What if you were a smoker, and now you have quit smoking? Smoking is just like an addiction, and many people think that cessation of it is going to be a challenging activity for them. Well, to some extent, it isn’t easy. But once you have quit it, you will observe health benefits within a short period.
Quitting smoking means you have broken the cycle of a continuous chain. Getting control over your nerves, especially, telling your brain to stop cravings for nicotine. That is only possible if you have a proper plan in your mind, and then you stick to that plan.
The benefit of quitting smoking start as early as someone may imagine. You just have finished your cigarette and committed that you will not have one from now on. It will start benefiting your body and brain within an hour.
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The sooner a smoker quits smoking, the faster are their chances to be prevented from cardiovascular diseases, lungs, and mouth cancer. After one hour of having a cigarette, whether an individual has decided to quit it or not body starts to return to normality. Just like we know, blood pressure and heart rates begin to drop and reach average values.
As soon as a person smokes, another one thing again starts to move towards abnormality. Due to smoking, a lot of harmful gases and toxins remain in the body. One of these gases is carbon mono oxide. This carbon monoxide is a fatal gas that blocks the passage of oxygen towards the lungs. It leads to suffocation and also known as a silent killer. Now, after 12 hours of avoiding a cigarette, your body starts to clear itself from carbon monoxide produced and stored in the body due to smoke.
After one day of quitting smoking, blood pressure is dropped, thus leading towards the decreased onset of smoking-induced heart diseases. Smoking also increases blood clots, thus contributing to strokes. In this short period of one day, a person’s oxygen level rises significantly, so they feel energetic to perform physical activity.
Smoking damages those nerve endings that are responsible for smell and taste. The appetite of such individuals who quit smoking improves, so they eat food and minimize their craving. They get satisfied by different flavors and varieties of food items. After two days of quitting smoking, a person may feel heightened smell and vivid change in taste buds.
Performing the blood tests after three days, we found that nicotine levels were significantly dropped in them. It is a healthy sign to have low or no nicotine in the body. But, those individuals do report to have severe mood swings, irritability, and enhanced cravings as the body was readjusting with the situation.
After a month or so, the lung’s capacity of that person increases along with the ability to do heart-healthy exercises, such as running and jumping. For the next several months, improved blood circulation leads to the healing of the lungs and prevention from infections.
The risk of coronary heart disease was decreased by 50% in former smokers. But this took around a whole year. Around five years, the narrowed arteries due to smoking start to widen. After ten years, the chance of dying due to lung cancer was cut into half as compare to the one who still smoke.
When individuals quit smoking, their bodies naturally start to heal and become like those who do not smoke. People do have urges to smoke even after months of quitting. All they need is to get rid of nicotine addiction that is possible through a healthy diet and frequent snacking. Doesn’t it make you quit as soon as possible?
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Team Doctor ASKY!