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QUIT SMOKING and Heal Your Body from the Damage of Cigarettes


Try some produce instead of the patch. Cravings can be brutal. I know. It’s time to figure out if you have a true nicotine craving, you crave the lifestyle, the stress relief, or the physical hand-to-mouth motion. Each of those habits and cravings have different ways to deal with them, focusing your attention on other healthier alternatives. This isn’t about being a nudge. It’s about giving you information that might help… In the end, you need to quit for you- because you made that decision. I personally feel that your health is worth it. For me, I make the daily decision to be healthy, eat well, exercise, and make lots of little fit decisions… not just so that I’m thin and healthy today, tomorrow, next week, month or year. But so that in 20, 30, 40 years I will still be healthy and be able to live a full, long, and active life. Honestly, I choose to surround myself with people with the same fit mentality. Why? Again, not because of today or tomorrow necessarily. But because if I am choosing to spend my life with you, and I am here doing my best to be healthy for 20 years from now, I want to be with someone who wants to be healthy right beside me… 20 years from now.

The damage done to your body, now that’s an entirely different issue, and one that, once you’re aware, might be enough to make you quit.

If you’ve been a long-term smoker, damage has been done to your body in many different areas. But don’t stress (that won’t help), there are vitamins found in your food that are ready to do some clean-up work.

Lung Protection

Vitamin A. It’s time to make it up to your lungs and Vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps with repairing mucous membranes, is helpful in lung protection. Try these foods:

Butter

Raw Cheese

Eggs

Carrots

Sweet Potato

Spinach

Curly Kale

Watercress

Mangoes

Apricots

Paprika

Chili powder

 

Cellular System

Vitamin B is important for the health of your cellular enzymesystem, usually damaged in smokers. Here are some foods high in Vitamin B:

Soy

Turkey

Tuna

Chili Peppers

Lentils

Bananas

Potatoes

Tempeh

Foods full of Potassium:

Papaya

Cantaloupe

Prunes

Raisins

Mango

Oranges

Pears

Sweet Potatoes

Avocado

Tomatoes

Asparagus

Pumpkin

Mushrooms

Brussels Sprouts

Increase Liver Function

Vitamin B12. A second type of Vitamin B? It’s complicated, I know, but worth it. Vitamin B12 increases energy, which has many benefits when it comes to liver function. Here are some Vitamin B12 sources:

Eggs

Mussels

Duck

Corned Beef

Beef

Fortified Breakfast Cereals

Turkey

Pork

Hard Cheese

Milk

Cell Repair

Double Trouble. Smoking depletes your body of Vitamin C, and Vitamin C is crucial for protecting against the cell damage often caused by smoking. Time to reload with some of these foods:

Citrus Fruits

Kiwi Fruit

Raspberry

Peaches

Mangos

Peppers

Spring Greens

Brussels Sprouts

Gourd

Cauliflower

Tomatoes

Green Cabbage

Protect Your Organs

Bring out the big guns with Vitamin E which protects the body’s cells and organs from damage done by smoking. Here are some good sources:

Sunflower Seeds

Almonds

Olives

Spinach

Papaya

Swiss Chard

Mustard Greens

Turnip Greens

Collard Greens

Blueberries

It’s time to kick the habit. But you know that. One way to help? Start working out. You will find that you’re out of breath, but you will love the body benefits. Soon the healthy lifestyle should outweigh the addiction…

 

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