Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer. Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems, many diseases, and death. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nicotine in any form is a highly addictive substance found in tobacco. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people are addicted to nicotine than any other drug, which may be as addictive as alcohol, cocaine, or heroin. Withdrawal symptoms, weight gain, and stress are the three main reasons people “light up” again and again.
Some people that smoke or dip chewing tobacco find it easier to quit than others, but anyone can stop using nicotine given the proper advice and guidance. Nobody should be disillusioned: abstaining from nicotine is difficult, and often requires numerous attempts. But it can be done.
Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible to quit nicotine naturally. It is also entirely feasible to detoxify the substance naturally, which is the focus of this article.
Here are ways to naturally detoxify the body of nicotine:
1. Drink water. Lots of it.
Purified water is, without a doubt, the most powerful way to flush toxins from the body. Water also consists of properties that seem to reduce nicotine cravings for many; unlike alcohol or nicotine, which often stimulates nicotine cravings.
Consuming at least a half-gallon of water every day is not only effective at flushing toxins, but it also provides the necessary energy to enable one to quit. A good idea is to purchase a large water bottle and keep it filled. Bring the bottle with you wherever you go, and you’ll naturally find yourself reaching for some H2O.
2. Change your diet.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help the body naturally rid itself of nicotine’s toxins. Also, consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables may ward off the weight gain that often occurs after quitting.
Broccoli and spinach are both “superfoods” (nutrient-dense foods) high in folic acid, and vitamins C and B5. The former is depleted by nicotine use, and replenishment of this vital nutrient can ward off cravings. The latter strengthens the immune system, aiding in the detoxification process.