Even though there are many home remedies to stop smoking, some of them simply suck. In the article below, I reveal the best natural remedies to quit smoking.
But, first things first, what is a home remedy? Wikipedia says “a home remedy is a treatment to cure a disease or ailment that employs certain spices, vegetables, or other common items. … ”
So, what are the common remedies you can apply to stop smoking?
The first remedy is to decide to quit, and then quit. Next time you want to light up, think about what it will be like to die of lung cancer. Think of your family at your funeral. Think of your family at next year’s Christmas. That vacant chair at the table was for you.
Quitting is not easy but you can quit. You have to make that decision. There is no pill, patch or gum that will make that decision for you. You just have to make up your mind. You can do it with simple will power. I know it isn’t easy, but that’s the way to go. Stop making excuses for yourself, grow up and take control of your life.
Apply mind over matter, just tell yourself ‘I can do it’ and I tell you, you will successfully do it.
The second remedy is to quit cold turkey. Now, what is cold turkey? According to Answers.com, “Cold turkey” is the immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.”
Slowly giving up your smoking habit may look attractive but I’m afraid it’s no good. Go cold turkey, break from your smoking habit abruptly and feel great about it 5 years or so later. Most people who have successfully quit smoking went cold turkey. I don’t think any gimmicks will work, you just have to do it. It feels bad for the first three days and then you start getting over it. Some folks I know have taken off work, stayed in bed and basically treated themselves as if they had a bad flu.
The third home remedy to stop smoking is to engage in regular exercise. Exercise helps in no small way to quit smoking.
Research shows that smokers who take up a regular exercise program have a much higher quit-smoking success rate. Smoking and exercise simply can’t co-habit. Most people smoke to relieve stress, so, when they stop smoking, they need an excellent stress reliever to take the place of cigarettes. Regular exercise provides that.
One of the successful researches on the benefits of exercise on quit smoking is the First Brain Study. The Research from the University of Exeter reveals for the first time, that changes in brain activity, triggered by physical exercise, may help reduce cigarette cravings. Published in the journal Psychopharmacology, the study shows how exercise changes the way the brain processes information among smokers, thereby reducing their cravings for nicotine. For the first time, researchers used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to investigate how the brain processes images of cigarettes after exercise. The study adds weight to a growing body of evidence that exercise can help manage addiction to nicotine and other substances.
The fourth remedy to quit smoking cigarettes naturally is to eat properly. Experts say a healthy diet regime will greatly assist your stop smoking efforts. When you first quit, chances are you will be eating often so, stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts. If you have a sweet tooth just go ahead and indulge. Your whole purpose is to quit smoking so if you find yourself reaching for food as a replacement for smoking then make sure that extra food has a minimum number of calories. You may also find yourself eating more often but with smaller portions. After a while, your body will adjust to the absence of nicotine and then your eating will stabilize.
As much as possible, avoid carbonated drinks as they are toxic. Natural fruit juices or water are a better supplement and if you find ordinary water dull, just squeeze half a lemon to add some natural taste. Drink lots of water to flush the nicotine out of your system.
The fifth remedy is to know how to handle cigarette cravings. When you get a craving, go for a walk, ride a bike, eat some grapes or carrots. You can also chew a gum. It might also help to talk to someone- a friend or counselor who will help you get over the cravings. Avoid doing things that you would normally have a cigarette doing (having a cup of coffee, talking on the phone etc). Distract yourself when doing these things so you don’t go to light up.
Quitting smoking is like losing your best friend. Don’t give up the other joys in life. Do them but don’t smoke. It will build confidence and self control if you do those things and resist the urge. It will make you stronger if your friends around you are smoking and you refrain. The temptation will be there for a long time. I wish I could say you will feel better after you quit but that will not come for a long time. You will however greatly reduce your chances of a most horrible death.
There you have it, 5 home remedies to stop smoking. But, they can only work if you put them into practice today. Tomorrow may be too late!