You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
Obviously, improving your diet and increasing exercise are always numbers one and two on the list. What would number three be? In our book, it’s including super foods and supplements into your daily routine. You can spend the money on a superfood instead of a cigarette.
If you are an ex-smoker, you want to start with nutrients that have the most data and historical use in supporting the overall health of smokers, including the organs and body parts most affected, and the deficiencies that are most commonly seen in cigarette smokers. Not only will this focused support help your current state of health and wellbeing, but maybe you can also undo some of the damage created by smoking, and prevent future complications from arising.
5 supplements to buy instead of a cigarette
Turmeric, sometimes labeled Curcumin, contain curcuminoids, which are the powerful and colorful components of turmeric that offer the most amazing health benefits. Turmeric is truly a total body super food. In the case of lung health, it has been used classically for respiratory conditions in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. As a powerful antioxidant, it neutralized free radicals abundant in cigarette smoke. Free radicals in our body can do a lot of damage to our cells. Free radical damage is linked to everything from wrinkles, to joint pain and inflammation, and cancer. In countries like Japan and India where smoking tobacco is abundant and turmeric consumption is also high, lung cancer is much less prevalent. Turmeric can be taken as a supplement and as a spice added to soups, stews, and stir-fries.
Vitamin C is destroyed by cigarette smoke, and even after you quit, it is an essential nutrient for restoring lost collagen and scavenging those free radicals to prevent further cellular damage. Do not just take any old Vitamin C pill, upgrade to a super food. One of the richest sources of Vitamin C comes from a super food called Camu Camu. Camu is also naturally rich in bioflavonoids, amino acids, and B vitamins. Consume a lot of oranges, grapefruits, and lemons and limes, on a daily basis, and include a few servings of Camu Camu too.
B Complex will be your best friend when it comes to managing your nerves and dealing with stress. As you learn new ways of handling nervous tension and stress that you used to count on cigarettes for, your body’s nervous system will thank you for these extra nutrients to combat the jitters.
He Shou Wu is a primary tonic herb in Traditional Chinese Herbalism. Because it has high anti-oxidant activity, an adaptogenic ability that supports the adrenal glands, high amounts of naturally occurring zinc to keep the immune and blood systems healthy, and the ability to calm the nervous system, it is a wonderful herb, and an obvious choice.
Goji Berries are also classified as a primary or superior tonic herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. High in many antioxidants including beta-carotene, which is especially good for ex-smokers to consume. They also have a nickname, often called the “happy berry”, because of their positive influence on serotonin levels.
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