Have you just decided to quit smoking again after hearing that the singer Amy Winehouse has just been diagnosed with emphysema? Cigarette smoking is the major cause of emphysema, a serious disease of the lungs. If you quit smoking now you can prevent many health problems associated with it including emphysema, lung cancer, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and blood clots.
Smoking deprives your body of oxygen poisoning you with carbon monoxide which causes death of nerve cells. Smoking poisons you with the toxic metal cadmium which blocks the function of a vital mineral zinc, increases copper which causes depression. You want to smoke or drink to feel better. It becomes a vicious cycle so its not surprising that it is hard to quit smoking.
How does it cause emphysema?
Smoking irritates the lungs and certain clean up cells of the immune system try to get rid of the particles that you inhale. In certain people with a genetic defect the side effect of this clean up is that a protein substance that enables the lungs to expand and contract is destroyed. The lungs loose their elasticity and you find it hard to breathe.
Natural remedies can help you quit smoking
There are many natural remedies that claim to help you quit smoking from acupuncture to herbs such as St John’s Wort that increase certain brain chemicals that make you feel good. People who are addicted to smoking are thought to have an imbalance of these brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Others with these imbalances take drugs because they can also make them feel good too.
There is evidence that eating lightly makes it easier to give up. Eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables as you can. You can still eat some animal protein but make vegetables or fruit 80 % of each meal. Eat mainly fruit for breakfast with a little plain live sugar free yogurt.
A 36 hour juice fast can also lessen cravings for cigarettes considerably. Try 4 – 6 8 oz vegetable or fruit juices a day over a week-end while you rest as much as possible. Use organic produce to avoid more toxins. Break the fast by eating a small salad or some fruit.
You could also try a lung detox. David Rhodes has written a no frills, no fluff guide with an easy 5 part plan to help you detox your lungs and easily quit smoking. Following this plan will make it much easier to give up smoking however many times you have tried and failed. The book contains detailed information about natural remedies to detox your lungs clearing then of tar and toxins that lead to emphysema.
With the right food supplements, vitamins and exercise you can detox the toxins from your lungs in less than 1 year. Many people have testified to the effectiveness of this program.
He does include one drug based remedy but he includes it for good reason. You do not have to use this if you are totally opposed to drugs. There are natural alternatives such as steam inhalations with the addition of 3 – 5 drops in total of the essential oils of eucalyptus, thyme and rosemary.
I think you could also add Vitamin C to his plan. Smoking destroys Vitamin C and all smokers are likely to be deficient in it. Adding 3 – 6 grams of Vitamin C a day in divided doses can help detox nicotine and make good the deficiency. If you take too much it can upset your bowels so start with the lower dose and gradually work up to the higher dose. Most smokers can tolerate this dose easily. A buffered or neutral pH vitamin C will not upset your stomach.
You can quit smoking easily and help your lungs turn from toxic black to a healthy pink in under a year by following this simple plan. Learn more about it now.