So, you’ve made the decision to quit smoking. Good for you! We’re not here to lecture you about all the harm that smoking is doing to your body; you know that already, or you wouldn’t have taken the bold decision to quit. Having taken that big step, though, you now have another decision to make. How are you going to go about it? Are you going to try to go ‘cold turkey’ and just quit through willpower alone, or are you going to call upon a little assistance to get the job done?
There are many over-the-counter treatments that say they can help you to quit smoking, but some of them are problematic. As an example, many of them contain nicotine, and so you’re not breaking your nicotine addiction at all; you’re just changing the way you consume nicotine. Others have side effects, as all pharmaceutical treatments do. Remember, putting a tablet inside your body is like putting a dollar in Gamevy online slots. You don’t know what the end result will look like until it happens. Players at online slots websites know what they’d like the end result to be, but they don’t always get it – and that’s how and why the companies that own and operate those online slots websites make so much money. Just because a tablet might be able to do something doesn’t mean it will – and why consider tablets when there are natural aids that might assist you?
In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few lesser-known anti-smoking aids you can use at home, and example how they might be able to assist you.
Our ancestors knew all about the healing properties of ginger, and so did their ancestors. It’s been used in medication since time immemorial, and there’s no reason why we should have faith in its abilities today. Ginger has a warming effect on our bodies, and has been shown to have a positive impact when it comes to flushing away toxins. It also reduces nausea levels and eases anxiety, both of which are typical withdrawal symptoms when somebody is trying to give up cigarettes. Alleviate the symptoms, and maintaining enough willpower to stay away from smoking becomes a lot easier!
You’ll need a reasonable tolerance to spice to give this solution a try, but if you can deal with it, it can work wonders! There are a couple of ways you can introduce it to your diet, but the most effective way is to sprinkle a little of it in a glass of water and drink it down. You should find that it has an almost immediate effect on cravings. This is one of a multitude of potentially beneficial effects that cayenne peppers might have. Some studies suggest that its rich blend of antioxidants might even help to repair your damaged lungs, and also reduce your appetite at the same time. Not only can cayenne peppers help you to quit smoking, but they can also help you to lose weight!
There’s a reason that oats became the default option for breakfast many years ago. They’re a fortifying foodstuff that helps to clean out cholesterol from the arteries, set you up for the day, and suppress cravings. Every bowl of oats contains minerals, dietary fibers, and a variety of nutrients that will persuade your body to ‘forget’ about its desires for nicotine for a while, and if your body ‘forgets,’ then so will your mind. You’ll still need willpower, but starting the day with a big bowl of oats is your best way to cut out your morning cigarette – and when you’ve cut that one out, it’s easier to cut out the ones that you used to come after it.
When you smoke regularly, the acid level inside your body increases. Over time, your body starts to accept this level of acidity as ‘the new normal’ and, therefore, attempts to restore it if it drops. If you quit smoking, your acidity level will fall, and your cravings will intensify. The best way to boost that acidity level without giving in to that cigarette craving is to grate some radish and eat it. It’s not what your body is expecting to happen, but you’ll be surprised how quickly those cravings drop away after you’ve eaten some!
This is one of the better known natural ‘quit smoking’ aides, but we shouldn’t skip over it just because you might have heard about it already. Licorice is useful in more ways than one because it can help you to replace the physical symptoms of smoking withdrawal as well as the psychological ones. By that, we mean the things that you used to do with your hand when you smoked! Every time you feel the need to smoke a cigarette, just put a stick of licorice into your mouth instead and chew it. The licorice boosts your digestive system, and the act of placing the stick in your mouth subconsciously satisfies the desire to put a cigarette there instead.
Grape Seed Extract
As yet another ‘kill multiple birds with one stone’ option, grape seed extract might alleviate some of your withdrawal symptoms as well as repairing some of the damage that a prolonged smoking habit may have done to your body. Dentists know all about the benefits of grape seed extract; it beats off plaque and prevents cavities from forming, and smokers are more likely to suffer from such issues than people who don’t smoke. Grape seed extract has also been shown to protect your body’s respiratory system and has been connected to a reduced risk of heart disease in several studies. When you add all of those things together, why wouldn’t you drink a glass or two of grape juice every day?
The best thing about these hints is that you can combine all of them. Drink grape juice. Chew licorice sticks. Grate and eat radishes, have a bowl of oats for breakfast, put some cayenne pepper in your water, and eat ginger. If you’re really still struggling to stay away from cigarettes after all that, then you may still want to consider a pharmaceutical alternative – but we’d be surprised!