Smoking not only harms your own body, but also harms the bodies of others around you who inhale the smoke. Smoking damages your lungs, reduces blood quality, affects your heart, impairs brain function, and causes shortness of breath among many other things. So if you have decided to stop smoking, good for you (and probably to people around you too). Smoking with all its injurious repercussions still has a huge number of followers. Compulsive smokers with their passionate spree are found smoking come rain or shine. But, in course of dicing with death, it makes for sense bearing in mind some of the healthy options.
Your body will need lots of proteins and energy to repair itself from the damage smoking had done to you. Smoker`s typically have low levels of vital nutrients like vitamins C and E, zinc, calcium, folate, and the omega-3 essential fatty acid. Make sure you get enough of these nutrients. Eat fresh fruit and avoid canned or processed fruits.
A strenuous, full body exercise regime quickens the heartbeat and strengthens the weakened heart. It dilates the arteries which were previously constricted due to the smoke and increases blood circulation to all areas of the body resulting in quicker healing. You also start coughing which will drive out residual smoke from your lungs and strengthen them due to the constant need to take in more air.
A morning walk through a park will be very beneficial for your body. The morning air is free from pollution and smoke, resulting in the cleaner air reaching your lungs.A walk will often freshen your mind and help you overcome you cravings for a smoke.
You need to re- hydrate your body and also your skin. Smoking makes you look older than you really are due to the dehydration of your skin.
Even though it may be painful at first, taking deep breaths will let in a larger volume of air in your lungs. Your lungs will expand to their full capacity and you body will have a greater amount of oxygen with each breath. You also exhale deeply which will let out any residual smoke from your lungs and clear you windpipes.It also releases the toxins that may have accumulated in the body or lungs as a result of many years of smoking and boosts the energy level.
The longer you smoke, the more damage it does to your body. Breaking away from your habit in the initial days of the addiction will return your body to the fitness level it was the day before you started smoking.
Note: Your body will not repair itself overnight. Even though the blood pressure recovers just after 20 minutes after throwing away cigarettes for good, actual reversal will take months or even years. Restoration of your body to non-smoker status can take up to 15 years.