8 Ways to Lose Your Cigarette Cravings

At least 90% of all lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. 50%  of the 1.1 billion people who smoke tobacco was already killed by it. 

Smoking tobacco lets you to inhale more than 7,000 ingredients such as arsenic, carbon monoxide, and butane that can damage the lungs. 

This can lead to lung-related problems like lung cancer or  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, while the accumulation of plaque  can also lead to heart diseases. 

Nicotine can also increase cortisol or the stress hormone and the DHEA or the “all is good” hormone levels that can lead to weakened immune system.

Smoking habit also contributes to insomnia, infertility, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal problems, blood sugar issues and osteoporosis.

Nicotine is  addictive and it will be hard for someone who is into it to stop. Apparently, it is said that it is harder to stop smoking than to quit cocaine or heroin.

If you are planning to quit smoking but having a hard time to get through it, here are effective ways that might help you:

1. Exercise

A 5-minute moderate to intensity workout can lead to a short-term lessening in the desire to smoke.

2. Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis can actually help you relate smoking to something unpleasant, and expedite the process of quitting smoking.

3. Lime

Chew skin of a lime slice that is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants whenever you crave for a stick. 

4. Magnesium

Magnesium provokes the NMDA receptors, which stimulates the release of the dopamine. This can also lessen the satisfaction that you are obtaining from smoking.

5. Mindfulness

The practice of ‘sitting’ through hard and tough situations like smoking can assists you in quitting it effortlessly.

6. Acupuncture

Insertion of needles on parts that is connected to smoking such as mouth, lungs, and airways can lessen your addiction. 

7. Olfactory training

Exposing yourself to smell of cigarettes and rotting eggs or fish while they are in Stage 2, non-REM sleep for a week, could let you smoke less. 

8. Nicotine patch

Nicotine patches are said to be even more effective when mixed with drugs such as varenicline, as well as bupropion. Your dose depends on the number of cigarette that you smoke on a daily basis and how frequent you are smoking.

Source: Read and Digest 
Image: Quit Smoking Community

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