Tobacco is a mood altering substance that has been
used for thousands of years. Today it is used by smoking cigarettes. Tobacco smoke contains 1000's of
chemical aspects but the main thing concerning its addictiveness, is nicotine. Nicotine acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system; when nicotine is ingested, adrenaline production increases, raising the
blood pressure and heart rate. Nicotine also affects the overall metabolic rate, the regulation of body
temperature, the degree of tension in the muscles, and the levels of certain hormones. These and other metabolic changes create a pleasurable sensation in the user that
often and strangely is experienced as a feeling of relaxation. This pleasurable sensation is
something that makes tobacco so addictive. Another is the fact that tolerance to the effects of nicotine develops
quickly. So the amount needed to achieve the desired effect increases. Once addicted, your body depends
on the presence of nicotine. If you then quit smoking, withdrawal symptoms
occur and include: anger, anxiety, irritability, frustration, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite,
headache, restlessness, stomach
cramps, a slowed heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, and, most of
all, an intense craving for nicotine.
Even though it is very difficult to stop smoking, people
are doing it everyday. There
are many reasons to stop. Cigarettes are a factor in over 17% of all deaths in the
USA each year that's around 400,000 people a year. This is more than the
total number of deaths from alcohol,
illegal drugs, traffic accidents, suicide, and homicide combined. Tobacco smoking causes
in around 33% of all cancer deaths, 25% of fatal heart attacks, and 85% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
And it accounts for at least 85% of lung cancer cases. Many other health
related problems have been connected to smoking as well, including angina, arteriosclerosis,
cataracts, chronic bronchitis, corectal cancer,
high blood pressure, impotence, peptic
ulcers, respiratory ailments, urinary incontinence, circulatory ailments, and
cancers of both the mouth and throat, especially with cigarette smokers who also
use alcohol and/or use mouthwash containing alcohol. Smoking
raises the risk of catching colds and increases recovery time as well. Tobacco smoke paralyzes the cilia
which are hair-like protrusions lining the nose and throat, reducing their capacity to clear the passages by moving mucus and the cold viruses
trapped within to the outside and thus causing problems.
Nicotine has long been known as a deadly toxin. A very small pinhead
sized drop of liquid nicotine, injected directly into a person's
bloodstream, would be fatal. At the doses usually taken by smokers, nicotine makes the heart pump faster and work harder, increasing the
heart disease. It also constricts the peripheral blood vessels, contributing to circulatory disorders such as Raynaud's phenomenon and hardening of the arteries. And nicotine is not the only ingredient in cigarettes that poses a danger to
human health. Over 4,000 chemical substances have been identified as constituents of cigarette smoke, and at least 43 of these substances are known to cause cancer in humans. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, benzene, cyanide, ammonia,
nitrosamines, vinyl chloride, radioactive particles, and other known irritants and carcinogens. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin, interfering with the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Carbon monoxide also promotes the development of cholesterol deposits
on artery walls. These two factors increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Hydrogen cyanide causes bronchitis by inflaming the lining of the bronchi. Over the long term, smoking dramatically
reduces flow of blood to the brain. Men who have smoked for years are more likely to have abnormally low penile blood pressure, which contributes to impotence. This is probably because smoking damages the blood vessels, including the tiny blood vessels that supply the penis.
Smoking also is a factor in sterility; the sperm of men who smoke have
weakened ability compared to that of nonsmokers to penetrate, and thus to fertilize,
the woman's egg.
Women cigarette smokers often to have menopause earlier, face a greater risk of
osteoporosis after menopause, and
also have a much higher risk of getting both cervical or uterine cancer. They also appear less fertile and have more
problems during pregnancy. Smokers tend to have more miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature deliveries. Their babies often are smaller and have more health problems than babies of nonsmokers. Infants whose mothers smoke both during pregnancy and after childbirth appear to be three times as likely to die of
SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome as infants of nonsmokers. Children whose fathers smoke also face an increase in health problems. Children of male smokers have been shown to be at a higher than normal risk of developing
both brain cancer and leukemia.
Smoking has a detrimental effect on nutrition. Smokers break down vitamin C about twice as fast as nonsmokers. This can deprive the body of adequate amounts of one of the most powerful and versatile antioxidants
for our health and well being. Most other antioxidant vitamins are
reduced as well. Cigarette smoke contains high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide ozone, a compound that oxidizes the antioxidant vitamins and is also known to do damage to DNA. The accelerated antioxidant usage,
in combination with the DNA damage, speeds the aging
process with extra wear on your body systems.
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of tissues, enhances the effectiveness of the
immune system, and protects the heart and the lungs.
& Mineral supplement
||contains vitamin C,
vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, B vitamin complex, and selenium. The nutrients in
a daily supplement are required by the body for general good health
and well being.
B vitamin family is very important for the proper function of your brain and nervous system.
Supplements with natural vitamin B help with
cellular systems damaged by smoking. These B vitamins can
aid with depression, anxiety, and worry which maybe related
to the smoking.
increasing energy and required for liver function
for new red blood cells
are free radical scavengers that help stimulate
immune system and also serve to protect the lungs. They are also
antioxidants that work with vitamin A
||aids in protecting
and repairing the lungs
||herb that helps
protect the liver from harmful smoking toxins
||anti oxidants help
with the healing of mucous membranes
cell damage, smokers need
more vitamin C than normal because smoking depletes the vitamin in the body.
||helps with healing and to repair
cell and organ damage
mineral helps the immune
system heal from damages caused by smoking
||good detoxifiers to protect the
lungs, liver, brain, and
other body tissues from harmful effects of cigarette smoke.
||detoxifier that aids in protecting
lung, liver, brain, and other tissues from cigarette smoke.
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else