The solution to keeping the smoking craving at bay lies right in your kitchen...
Kicking the butt, like any other shoddy habit, requires a lot of determination andcommitment. Most smokers opt for conventional methods to help them quit such ashypnosis, nicotine patches and prescription drugs. Little do they realise that what they eatcan affect their craving to smoke a cigarette. Eating the following foods can help you resist nicotine cravings and also supplement your system with extra nutrients to keep the addiction at bay.
Apart from adding flavour to your food, cayenne pepper is one among the many spices that desensitizes the respiratory system to tobacco. Seasoning your meals with cayenne pepper will also clear your throat of the chemical irritants caused by smoking cigarettes. When combined with the healing process of abstaining from cigarettes, cayenne pepper aids in the process of repairing the respiratory system and the lungs. Cayenne is also rich in antioxidants that repair the lining of a smoker’s lungs. If you can’t include it in your food, just add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water and drink it down to reap the benefits of this spice.
According to a study conducted at Dukes University on the taste experienced by smokers after consuming certain foods it was concluded that lighting up after drinking cold milk causes a bad after taste in the mouth. In addition to this, dairy products have tremendous nutritional benefits that provide an extra boost of goodness for your body. However, this tip only works on regular cigarettes. Participants of the study that smoked menthol cigarettes said that milk didn’t deteriorate the taste of their smoking experience at all.
While trying out this tip, remember to consume the milk without any additives like coffee or tea. Walk into any cafe and you’ll notice smokers feeding their habit with a cup of mocha or tea to accompany their cigarette. Coffee and tea that is added to milk doesn’t serve the purpose of suppressing your craving. On the other hand, it only intensifies it. So, add milk cartons to your grocery list and consume it cold.
An observational study conducted by the University of Buffalo found that a person that has a diet rich in vegetables and fruits was three times more likely to quit smoking than those who don’t. The higher fibre content in vegetables and fruits induces smokers with the feeling of being full. The urge to smoke is closely linked to the feeling of hunger and feeling full helps in getting over the craving for nicotine. Smokers often confuse the feeling of hunger with the craving to smoke.
Smokes who consumes vegetables and fruits in the plenty have less nicotine dependence, smoke fewer cigarettes per day and have longer intervals between lighting up. Addictive substances also have a proven record of being consumed when a person undergoes physical and emotional stress. Veggies and fruits have the essential vitamins and nutrients your body requires to combat the negative effects of stress. Apart from curbing your cravings, the nutrients of these goodies can help in reversing the harmful effects of nicotine caused to the lungs and the respiratory system.
Leafy vegetables like broccoli, celery, spinach, lettuce and other veggies like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spring onions and red peppers are easily available in the market and can be included in a variety of cuisines. Dark green vegetables contain folic acid, iron and Vitamin A which are all essential nutrients to aid smoking cessation.
Fruits like oranges, strawberries, apples and pomegranates are great for clearing out remnants of nicotine in the body and detoxing the system to add new energy. Fruits and veggies also have antioxidants that defend the body from lung and respiratory ailments. Anti-oxidants are also essential to combat free radicals, a bi-product of metabolism, which can damage the linings of arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks and cancer.
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