You have quit smoking. Well done and congratulations!
You are now on your way to regaining your health back.
In this article I am going to outline 9 simple tips on how to detox after quitting.
These 9 simple tips on how to detox after quitting smoking have been used with great success by so many of my clients who have attended the Geoff Anthony stop smoking clinic. I’m sure they will be of great benefit to you also in living your smoke-free life.
Cigarette smoking causes so much damage to your body, but the good news is – you can cleanse yourself from the toxins derived from smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains harmful toxins like nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic and other chemicals.
Over periods of time, these toxins accumulate in the body and become very harmful to your organs, lungs, liver and heart.
Here are 9 simple tips to get rid of these toxins.
The power of water is often underestimated but it flushes out nicotine from your body speedily!
Water is the body’s natural cleansing agent. It breaks down chemicals and carries them out of your body.
Drinking lots of water daily will help hydrate your body and boost kidney activity and therefore, accelerate the elimination and flushing out of toxins from your body.
I recommend at least 6-8 full glasses of water daily.
You could also add a splash of lemon or lemon juice to cleanse your system of cigarette smoking and other chemicals from smoking.
Garlic is wonderful in cleansing your body of nicotine and harmful substances.
Garlic Cloves contains allicin, which helps in clearing the lungs.
You can cook with crushed garlic cloves, sauté with it and add to food, such as vegetables and meat.
If you don’t like the taste of garlic, you could use odourless garlic supplements which are available at local health stores and pharmacies.
3. Ginger Root
Ginger has many benefits and is a natural way to clear out the lungs.
Ginger root can be purchased from the produce area of most supermarkets.
Ginger root can be used to create a fresh natural ginger tea.
It can also be added to your foods and salads.
Ginger is also available in tablet or capsules form at your local health store.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidant properties that detoxify your body from years of smoking. And help to repair the damage caused by free radicals in cigarette smoke.
It is best to drink 3 or more cups of green tea a day.
White tea, lemon tea and peppermint tea and other herbal teas are also very effective in cleansing your body as well.
Juicing is a form of detoxing. It removes toxins from your body.
Juicing protects and prevents you from all sorts of disease related to smoking.
You can create fresh fruit and vegetables juices with your juicer and blender.
Fresh carrot, celery, beet, apple, tomato, and grape juices are great for cleansing the body.
You can also buy 100% juices.
Beet juice, asparagus juice, tomato juices and grapefruit juice help to get rid of the toxins from cigarette smoking.
6. High Fiber Foods
Fiber can help eliminate the toxins that build up over time from your cigarette smoking.
It helps prevent colon cancer.
Fiber foods include beans, raw green leafy vegetables, kale, brown rice, carrots, cabbage, asparagus, peas and whole grains.
7. A Healthy Diet
Consume more green leafy vegetables, fruits, berries, apples, nuts, sunflower seeds and beans.
Also, limit your intake of processed foods and fried foods.
8. Vitamin E and C
Smoking robs your body of essential vitamins like vitamin C, so drinking orange juice and eating fruits that contain vitamin C will help restore your body back to normal health and well-being.
Smoking also depletes your body’s supply of vitamin E but eating a lot of dark leafy vegetables like spinach, collard greens and kale will help restore it.
Essentially, vitamin E will help defend your cells and organs from the harm done by smoking and nicotine unwholesomeness.
9. Exercise Daily
During my clinics I always encourage my clients to at least start with walking.
Even a good brisk walk for 20 – 30 minutes daily will have profound health benefits.
Exercise makes you sweat and sweat releases the toxins that have built up in your body due to smoking.
Exercise also burns up the nicotine in your system and boosts your body’s metabolism rate.
It raises body temperature and supply of oxygen. It also keeps your immune system working perfectly.
Exercising frequently will also help detox your body of the damaging chemical load from cigarettes.
Exercise improves circulation and cell regeneration.
As you start exercising more you’ll begin to regain the lung capacity you lost while smoking.
As your body excretes chemicals in your sweat, I would encourage you to drink lots of water after a workout or your brisk walk.
As you follow these 9 simple and practical tips, there will be a huge difference in your body as your health is restored.
It’s good to feel good! Go for it! And enjoy your healthy, smoke-free life!