9 natural remedies to quit smoking

9 natural remedies to quit smoking

Smoking is one of the most damaging habits for our health and that of those around us, so quitting this practice is essential to enjoy a good state of health and keep fit, above all, the health and well-being of our lungs.

Quitting smoking is not easy, since tobacco creates a very strong addiction, but it is worth giving up, since the damage it causes to our health is very serious (cancer of the lungs, mouth, larynx, esophagus, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, chronic bronchitis and emphysema)

Personal motivation is the most important thing to want to quit and this decision must be conditioned by individual desire, since many times the environment of smokers tends to exert pressure so that they decide to quit, failing in most cases because there is no real conviction.

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1. Chewing gum or gum

It is one of the most common tricks in a treatment to stop smoking, and its effectiveness depends on each patient, the simple fact of chewing and having the mouth and mind occupied with it, in addition to providing a feeling of well-being, facilitates the process to quit tobacco. If you choose this option, try to consume those sugar-free chewing gums, which will damage your teeth less.

2. Ginseng

Ginseng has been characterized as a good natural remedy to reduce the pleasure that the act of smoking provides, without which consuming a cigarette does not make much sense, and facilitates its abandonment. This is possible through the inhibition that ginseng produces on the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for providing a feeling of well-being, which is usually stimulated by nicotine.

3. Infusions

They can become a good ally when it comes to quitting smoking. There is a wide variety of plants (eucalyptus, valerian, chamomile…) that will help us relax our nerves and thus calm our anxiety about tobacco. The infusions will not only help us overcome the urge to smoke, but will also serve to hydrate our body and provide it with a series of benefits, among which we will provide the high doses of antioxidants that they provide and the diuretic power that almost all have , and that will also help us control the desire to eat that appears because of that anxiety.

4. Sport and meditation

Another great remedy for times of stress and anxiety that can come from trying to quit smoking is to practice sports and meditation. Not only is greater flexibility, toning and balance of the body achieved in this type of sports practice, but it also keeps the mind busy, which is essential to be able to quit smoking more easily.

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5. Lobelia

It is a plant native to North America known for its many therapeutic uses, such as reducing the effects of nicotine and gradually quitting tobacco use. Being an expectorant, it also helps to deal with chronic smoker's cough and asthma.

6. Delay desire

If you feel like you're going to give in to the urge to use tobacco, force yourself to wait 10 more minutes and then do something to distract yourself during that time. Try going to a tobacco-free public zone. These simple tricks may be enough to beat the urge to use tobacco.

7. Green oats

Also known as avena sativa or wild oats. It is useful in reducing the desire for nicotine, as well as reducing symptoms. It promotes the detoxification of nicotine during that period. In addition, it has sedative effects, reducing the symptoms of euphoria and anxiety.

8. Licorice root

This plant contains properties that help detoxify the body, making the taste of tobacco unpleasant. Sucking on a piece of licorice helps to remove the desire to smoke. It is advisable not to use it for more than six weeks because it can lower potassium levels and cause blood pressure to rise.

9. The salt trick

Whenever the urge to smoke appears, eat something salty or put a little salt on the tip of your tongue. This calms the anxiety to smoke, so that every time the strong desire to put a cigarette in your mouth appears you can do it, the addiction will disappear. Use salt low in sodium and in small amounts so you don't damage your circulatory system in the process.

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Tips:

  1. Ask for help from family and friends
  2. Avoid contact with smokers at least the first days of treatment as well as places or situations that carry a greater risk of relapse, such as bars and terraces.
  3. Remove everything related to tobacco, such as ashtrays, lighters, cigars ...
  4. Avoid exciting drinks such as coffee, colas, and other drugs such as alcohol because they increase the desire to smoke.

Remember: These remedies do not work miracles. They help those who are dedicated to quitting smoking, which requires rigor and willpower to reach that difficult goal, but one that brings so much good to health.

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