Nicotine is an alkaloid with serious side effects.
This addictive substance not only has serious consequences for a smoker; anyone near the smoker is exposed to related illnesses as well.
Nicotine in tobacco can be as addictive as alcohol, cocaine or morphine. That’s a fact we can’t ignore.
It’s not easy to give up this habit. The body and the brain become incredibly accustomed to this stimulant, and when it is lacking, we react with the classic symptoms: anxiety, irritability, agitation.
Whether you are a smoker or someone around one, you should know that your body suffers changes that put your health at risk. You have to take drastic measures to achieve quality of life and well being.
Below we will demonstrate the foods that can help detoxify and wipe out nicotine from your system. But first, of course, we have to completely give up cigarettes.
Later, to best heal our lungs and eliminate toxins from the body, it’s best to improve our dietary habits as much as possible.
Effects of Nicotine on the Body
When we think of the consequences of a tobacco habit, the first thing that comes to mind is lung cancer.
However, without going to such an extreme, there are many hidden conditions that we often don’t pay attention to.
Only some smokers develop cancer in the long term.
What we really don’t pay attention to are the consequences that 100% of tobacco users experience:
- Heightened heart rate.
- When nicotine enters the brain, it acts upon neurotransmitters, like dopamine. We feel more relaxed, but only briefly.
- One or two hours later, we need another dose. Addiction is quick.
- Nicotine alters the metabolism.
- Another effect of this alkaloid is the impact on digestion. It slows down the gastric process.
- Nicotine also makes the body more acidic and diminishes the function of the pancreas.
- The intestines are altered and irritated.
- The constant use of nicotine stimulates the production of stomach acid.
Foods That Cleanse Your Body of Nicotine
Whether you are a smoker that decides to finally quit or not, it’s best to pay attention to your diet to eliminate toxins from your body.
Something we also should keep in mind is that neither low nicotine cigarettes nor nicotine patches are healthy. They may be a mechanism to help quit tobacco little by little, but in the long run they can be just as dangerous.
The best thing to do is gather up will power, control the triggers that “ask” us to light up a cigarette, and simply resist. A life without tobacco is synonymous with health. You have to keep this in mind.
Now take note of which foods can help remove the effects of nicotine from the body.
1. Natural Orange Juice, Pomegranate and Lemon
Vitamin C in a pure form is synonymous with health. This natural compound has medicinal benefits for all smokers. It helps restore damaged tissue, improve circulation, eliminate toxins and increase the amount of red blood cells.
Every morning, combine orange juice with the juice of half a lemon and seeds from half a pomegranate, blend and drink before breakfast. Add some honey if necessary.
Broccoli is very effective at eliminating metals and toxins from the body.
It is very adept at preventing cancer and is important above all for being one of the best sources of vitamin C and B5.
Don’t hesitate to add fresh ginger when preparing food. Just two or three grams of grated ginger in your salad will do the trick.
It is one of the most recommended ingredients for quitting smoking and cleansing the body of toxins like nicotine.
4. Carrot Juice
People who quit smoking must drink a lot of liquids. The body has to be “drained” of all the damaging substances that have accumulated over time.
Carrot juice is rich in vitamin A, B, C and K, absolutely essential for eliminating nicotine.
The Spanish Society of Tobacco Specialists (SEDET) tells us something very interesting.
The Health Science Institute (ICSa) of the UAEH (State University of Hidalgo, Mexico) has revealed through an interesting study that raspberries are very effective for quitting smoking.
Raspberries have also been found to contain high levels of ellagic acid. This is a a substance that is capable of eliminating nicotine and other damaging compounds from the body.
Eat raw spinach. Do not cook it or it will lose vitamins and folic acid, fundamental in cleansing nicotine from the body.
Just like spinach, it’s best to eat peppers raw. Just dice a little bit and add to salads.
Peppers have a high level of vitamins C, B2 and B6, fundamental in healing the body recovering from the effects of tobacco.