31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #20—Stop Smoking








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Smoking can have detrimental and life-threatening effects on your health. No matter your age, it’s never too late to stop this dangerous habit. Let’s go through some of the main advantages of stopping smoking for good.

What are the Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking?

Quitting smoking has immediate, positive effects on your entire body, especially your lungs. Put out your last cigarette and see the results in:

  • 30 Minutes—it takes 30 minutes for your heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal after smoking.
  • 8 Hours—oxygen levels return to normal. Carbon monoxide and nicotine start to leave your system.
  • 1 Day—your lungs start to clear out. Smoking debris and mucus decrease in quantity.
  • 2 Days—your full sense of smell and taste come back. Nicotine is completely eliminated from your body.
  • 3 Months—your breathing starts to improve and it’s easier to exercise.
  • 6 Months—your lungs are recovering. Most of your breathing problems, coughs and wheezing are greatly reduced.
  • 1 Year—the risk of coronary heart disease is dramatically reduced.

Herbs That Can Help Nourish and Repair Your Body from the Effects of Smoking

You can take these herbal teas or tinctures:

  • Calamus, or Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus) helps clear out the toxins in the lungs due to smoking
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) reduces anxiety and may reduce the cravings for nicotine. Put a few drops of the tincture on the back of the tongue.
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) clears the congestion and purifies the lungs. It also clears toxins from the intestines, bladder and kidneys while soothing the nervous system.
  • Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng) helps the body deal with stress, gives the body energy and helps rebuild the lungs.
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) soothes irritation in the lungs and nourishes the adrenals.
  • Lobelia (Lobelia inflate) reduces withdrawal symptoms. Put a few drops of tincture under the tongue to curb cravings or drink the tea.
  • Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) repairs and purifies the lungs. It has a calming affect during withdrawal.
  • Oats (Avena sativa) relieve depression and help improve mood and can ease withdrawal symptoms.

As always, do your research before using herbs so you know if there are any precautions you need to take. You can buy good quality organic herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs.   There are more herbs listed here for quitting smoking.

Smoking has been linked to a multitude of serious and often fatal health conditions like lung cancer and heart disease. The sooner you stop smoking, the greater the health benefits you’ll experience.

If you don’t smoke, think about what other bad habits you need to break. Stop cold turkey. Do whatever it takes to become a healthier you.

Source for Herbs:

Mountain Rose Herbs

Good article for quitting smoking

The Best Herbs to Help You Quit Smoking

 



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