Symptom Quiz & Video
For detailed Quitting Smoking help watch the video above and/or read below. For additional help click here.
How to Quit Smoking Safely
1. Before You Start
- Some suggestions to help you "kick the habit":
- Long Time Smokers: It's usually better to quit gradually rather than all at once if you've been smoking for some years.
- Stress: The stress of sudden withdrawal can be very hard on your system.
- Liquid Cleanses: If you have any medical problems (whether or not you are taking prescription medicines) you should check with your doctor before beginning a liquid cleanse.
As you probably know, the nicotine in tobacco makes it one of the most powerful stimulant plants known, and one of the most addictive. Take the quiz below to find out if you are likely to have nicotine toxicity.
Q u i z !
Which of These 8 Nicotine Toxicity Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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Nicotine in smoke enters the lungs and quickly goes into the blood stream, immediately stimulating bursts of adrenaline which consequently boost the heart rate and increase blood pressure. As time goes on the resulting effects of nicotine continue to ripple throughout the body with a wide range of damaging results, many of which can be fatal.
2. Getting Ready
- Before you quit smoking:
- improve your diet to correct any nutritional deficiencies
- See the online recommendations for specific foods to add to your diet
- take a good quality multivitamin/mineral supplement every day, with a meal.
- Try to eat 5-6 servings (half cup each) of fresh vegetables daily (steamed, raw, stir-fried and in soups, casseroles, pastas, etc.), especially:
- Brussels sprouts
- winter squash
- leafy greens like:
- kale, collards
- beet greens
- salad greens
- Eat brown rice often
- Eat whole grain:
- Eat egumes.
Result of Many Years...
In many cases cravings are caused by or made much worse by poor diet and smoking. Vitamin, mineral and enzyme imbalances together with other nutritional deficiencies accumulate in our bodies over a long period of time. They are usually the result of many years of various abuses such as eating too many refined foods, fats, sugars, etc. and consuming too few fresh foods and too little fiber. But it's not too late to start reversing that!!
A good nutritional analysis, such as our comprehensive symptom questionnaire provides, is an important first step in determining the current status of your body’s nutritional health and beginning a customized program to make your quitting smoking program a success, by simultaneously correcting your unique nutritional deficiencies.
- Start with a cleansing diet for 2 to 3 days to help clear nicotinic acid from your blood and stabilize blood sugar.
- The most effective way to do this is with a liquid cleanse
- fresh fruit and vegetable juices and clear soups (especially miso soup) for a day or two and then
- add steamed vegetables, brown rice, sprouts and fruit for the next day before
- adding more vegetable protein (with sea vegetables, seafoods, legumes, etc.).
- An alternative is to leave out the juice cleanse and eat lots of
- fresh vegetable salads
- vegetable protein
- citrus fruits
- carrot juice
- fresh carrots
- celery (etc.)
- whole grains (brown rice).
- This is a very nutrient-dense diet that is moderately cleansing, light and easy to digest.
- A cup of green tea daily will help cleanse your system.
- Your liver is your body's natural detoxification control. It's important to keep it healthy. See the online liver recommendations
- Your metabolism will likely slow down when you quit smoking and that's the reason for the weight gain (besides substituting food for cigarettes when you first quit)
- The healthier you are, the sooner your metabolism will adjust.
- Eating refined foods and sweets will slow down the rebalancing process
- Be sure to keep something healthy around to eat when you have to have something
- It's important to keep blood sugar levels as stable as possible to reduce cravings and irritability (see the online hypoglycemia recommendations)
- Avoid junk foods and situations where you'll be too tempted to smoke
- A green food powdered supplement that is dissolved in water or diluted juice would be an excellent supplement for you
- It would give you a quick green boost (minerals) and, since it is a food-source supplement, it is easily absorbed
- Wheat grass, barley grass, sometimes alfalfa, spirulina and chlorella are the main ingredients
- They supply an extra boost of vegetable protein, minerals, a wide range of vitamins and chlorophyl (good for your liver)
- Wakunaga Kyo-Green would be a good one to try (it's not too expensive) but there are others available if you can't find it
- Green superfoods are really good fatigue fighters, too -- and can help prevent food cravings when taken between meals.
4. Extra Supplements
- Some extra supplements you should consider taking for at least two to three months (take them in divided doses with meals over the course of each day):
- 1) anti-oxidant vitamins to help heal any lung damage, such as
- vitamin E (200 IUs twice a day)
- vitamin C powder with bioflavonoids (1/4 teaspoon in water several times a day)
- co-enzyme Q10 (60 mg once or twice a day)
- 2) a vitamin B-complex supplement (1 a day with a meal).
- Don't take the vitamin B at the same meal as the multivitamin.
- There's a good homeopathic remedy called Caladium that you can take up to 4xday when you have cravings.
- A vitamin or health food store would likely have it or you might get it from a naturopathic or homeopathic doctor.
- Health food stores also have kits to help you quit which some people find very useful.
- Acupuncture can help reduce cravings as well as boost will power.
- Try deep breathing exercises continually for about 4 minutes until the desire for tobacco decreases -- the extra oxygen helps.
- A consultation with a holistic medical doctor such as a naturopath might be the best way to begin a non-smoking program.
- After taking a medical history, they would be able to prescribe the best natural therapies, herbal combinations, etc. for you.
- But even if you don't see a holistic doctor, the above recommendations will be extremely useful.