Nicotine addiction is the most difficult habit to break, and is a potent stimulant that makes cigarette smoking so difficult to quit. There are some foods that might make that epic task a little easier.
- Broccoli is perfect for flushing out nicotine because of the gene NRF2.
- Nicotine depletes vitamin C and causes anxiety and stress, so eat those oranges twice a day.
- Spinach containing folic acids and vitamin B9 can flush nicotine out of the body.
- Not only removing nicotine cravings, but by eating raw ginger, it will also remove toxins and work as a weight loss maintenance. Ginger will curb your cravings to a point that eliminating the habit of smoking is very possible.
- Cranberries are actually a safe alternative to nicotine when it comes to the detoxification process. Cranberries are similar to nicotine and have the ability to raise your blood sugar levels, so substituting cranberries for cigarettes is a common tactic used for those attempting to kick the habit. They will serve to curb your withdrawal symptoms until you’re strong enough to eliminate your smoking all together.
- You should be aware that nicotine can stay in your system for up to three days if you’re a regular smoker, and excessive nicotine within your system not only has internal affects but external as well. You can have skin cell damage as well as clogged pores that indicate signs of nicotine abuse. Eating lemons that are high in citric acid and vitamin C can help you combat this issue.
- Damaged nerve cells, compromised brain function and improper circulation caused by daily depletion of vitamin A are common. Counteract these potential side effects of nicotine by adding carrots to your diet weekly to replenish vitamin A and vitamin C, and return the vital nutrients to your body that nicotine strips away.
- Increased heartbeat, heightened blood pressure levels and overall decrease in oxygen to your bloodstream are prominent side effects associated with smoking. The consumption of pomegranates can flush out toxin caused by nicotine and also help to lower your blood pressure, calm heart rhythm and provide you with that needed oxygen.
- Elasticity of your blood vessels needs to be improved through vitamin E, wheat germ and nuts to reduce your risk of development of heart disease. Add this wheat germ into your diet to combat the cardiovascular difficulties from nicotine.
- Lastly, the world’s most prominent superfoods is kale. Kale will cleanse the body of various toxins that can help to prevent cancer-causing agents from forming while also ridding the body of excessive and lingering nicotine.
Breaking that nasty smoking habit and consumption of nicotine is one of the hardest habits to break, but there are so many side effects that will wreak havoc on your body. Take your health into your own hands and make a pact to work on cutting down, and eventually stopping your smoking habit. Your family will really appreciate it, so do it for them if not for yourself!
-Dr Fredda Branyon