Smoking can be a touchy subject, but the fact is, it is an unhealthy habit. We look at a few ways to beat the cravings which could help you end the addiction…
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Smoking is an addiction whether we like to admit it or not. There’s nothing quite like a cigarette after a meal, or in the car during traffic, or with a drink while out with the girls. Coffee wouldn’t quite be coffee without it, and nothing helps more than a cigarette for stress. But is it really worth the risk on your overall health?
We take a look at some tips on reducing tobacco cravings we have found:
There are prescriptions and over the counter medications.
- Nicotine gum is most commonly used. Known as NRT therapy (nicotine replacement therapy)
- Varenicline and Bupropion are prescribed medications.
- Vitamin C should be taken to replenish what is lost from smoking.
- Squeeze fresh lime into water and drink it, it is said to curb the craving.
- Oats or wild green oat extract. It flushes out your toxins as well as helps with depression, anxiety and stress that will come along with withdrawls
- Cayenne pepper and ginseng lessen the cravings to smoke as well. Include it in your food, or add a teaspoon to water and drink it.
- Ginger helps with the symptoms of nausea from the withdrawls.
- Honey is also known to help stop the cravings for cigarettes.
- Oranges! If you don’t want to spend money on Vitamin C tablets.
- Stay Positive.
- Commit to quitting. Confirm a date and stick to it.
- Tell your friends, and ask them for support. Tell them they can fine you for any slip ups.
- Change your drink (coffee/fizzy drinks/alcohol). Caffeine can cause the shakes once smoking has ceased.
- Keep a journal of your journey. It helps to see it on paper.
- Change your diet (certain foods cause more cravings)
- Buy sugar-free gum and pop one in your mouth when you do crave
- Get rid of any smoking paraphernalia
- Chew on liquorice sticks
- Exercise (you feel less inclined to smoke while getting healthy)
- There are self help websites you can visit for all the help you need at a click of a button : http://smokefree.gov/
It can take up to 5 months for the cravings to end. Your body has also been damaged from the smoking, however the effects are reversible. You can repair your body with the correct exercise, diet and amount of sleep.
Quitting an addiction is not easy, and requires the greatest of will power and dedication. Be kind to yourself, don’t give up and good luck!