We all know smoking is bad for us, unfortunately, it’s also highly addictive making it difficult to quit! The addictive properties come from nicotine, the ingredient responsible for those undesired cravings. There are many nicotine replacement therapies available but if you want a bit of natural help, food could be the answer.
One of the most effective home remedies for combatting cravings, oat bran and meal have been used in India for centuries to combat opium dependency, and researchers in Scotland found those who consumed fresh oats were likely to experience reduced cravings, in Japan investigators found that those taking a supplement of oat extract naturally reduced the amount they smoked by about half.
One recipe which claims to provide maximum benefit is as follows:
- Take one tablespoon of ground oats, add it to two cups of boiling water, then leave overnight.
- The next day consume a portion of this blend a few hours after each meal.
- Don’t consume after eight at night.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
- Nicotine dependence withdrawals: Nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects in your brain that are temporarily pleasing. Fruits and vegetables will supply your body with vitamins that nicotine has been robbing your body of, and can also help flush out the nicotine to speed the passing of withdrawals.
- Taste: Meats, alcohol, and caffeine can enhance the taste of tobacco. Fruits and vegetables however do not enhance, and may even worsen the taste of tobacco
- Psychology: Engaging in a healthier lifestyle can cause a further shift from attachment to unhealthy habits such as smoking
Here are some examples of properties that can help your body recover from smoking and improve your chances of giving up:
- Apples: Said to improve lung function because they contain antioxidants that strengthen lung capacity and lower incidence of coughing and breathlessness.
- Bananas: A good fruit to consume in the first few weeks of smoking cessation, they contain B6, B12, magnesium, and potassium, which assists the body’s recuperation during withdrawals. They also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin, responsible for lifting your mood.
- Oranges: crammed with vitamin C, which helps your body fight toxic substances and increases your metabolism to flush nicotine from your body. The smell can also appease your senses, while the time it takes to eat an orange should outlast the cigarette craving. Some also suggest drinking a glass of orange juice mixed with a teaspoon of cream of tartar before bed to speed nicotine removal from your body.
- Carrots: nicotine is damaging to the skin and carrots are amazing at maintaining skin health so a great remedy to the damage, along with being packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K. Drink carrot juice for maximum effectiveness in flushing out nicotine.
- Tomatos: Tomatos are from the same family as tobacco, and it is said that drinking the juice can provide similar effects, and help reduce cravings. Tomatoes are also high in the antioxidant Lycopene (a nutrient from the Carotenoid family that help prevent lung cancer)
- Water: nicotine dehydrates you, by drinking a minimum of 8 cups a day you can rehydrate your body, and increase your metabolism to flush it out of your body. It is calming, curative, and detoxifying, and also said to make smoking taste worse. Aside from drinking water, it is said that splashing your face or bathing in water are helpful craving busters.
Be aware that researchers have discovered that alkaline foods keep nicotine circulating in your body for longer so if you’re trying to flush it out this may not be the best option. However, if you’re trying to slow the cravings, alkaline foods can increase the time between wanting a smoke because of this effect.Here’s a handy pH food chart:
- Spinach is not only high in folic acid which smokers tend to be low on but has the added benefit of making smoking taste bad.
As a side note, something else natural that will help you give up smoking, and avoid weight gain commonly associated, is exercise. Exercise not only gets your lungs working, and heart pumping, but produces chemicals that can create similar euphoric feelings to those nicotine elicits in the brain. It also reduces the anxiety and stress related to giving up smoking.
Smoking withdrawal salve
- ½ grapefruit
- ½ orange
- 200 ml chamomile tea
- 30g jojoba oil
- 30g olive oil
- 30g coconut oil
- 5g oregano
- Juice the grapefruit and orange.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Mix until you get a homogeneous mixture and then put it into a bottle so you can carry it with you.
- Whenever you feel need for a cigarette, apply the mixture under the nose or place a small amount on some tissue and inhale deeply.
Many people who have tried this recipe claim that it really works for killing the desire to smoke.
Lung Clearing tea
- 400g clean and cut onion
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1l water
- 400g brown sugar
- 1 small piece ginger root
- In a larger pot, boil the water and the brown sugar.
- Then add the onion and the ginger root, and lastly, add the turmeric and some grated ginger.
- When the mixture starts boiling, you should lower the temperature.
- Let it cool at a room temperature, and then store it in the fridge.
Use: Drink this elixir every morning before breakfast and in the evening 2 hours after your last meal.