Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable cancers. It accounts nearly 5.4 million deaths per year and about a billion may die in this century if global consumption remained at current levels. Even if WHO spearheaded an international treaty with 170 countries to reduce the production, distribution and promotion of tobacco products in 2003, you can still see many people smoking especially in Asian countries. Nicotine is a heavily addictive substance that exposes people to extreme tobacco dependency. In addition, nicotine is at least as difficult to give up as heroin and makes it difficult for any person to stop smoking, because it triggers deep cravings when the effects wear off!
Chewing or snorting tobacco products usually releases more nicotine into the body than smoking. In as little as 10 seconds after a smoker inhales, the nicotine level in his or her body peaks, but also wears off quickly.
This is one of the reasons many people can smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. They would want to avoid the negative consequences or experience physical withdrawal symptoms when they deprive their bodies of nicotine.
Nearly 68% of smokers want to quit and they often struggle with the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. However, many did not know that hunger triggers nicotine cravings. In fact, several studies reported smokers to feel a strong craving for sweet foods after quitting smoking.
Don’t you know that nicotine withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as 30 minutes after smoking a cigarette? The symptoms peak approximately 3 to 5 days after quitting.
Early symptoms can be depression and anxiety, fatigue and irritability, insomnia, dry mouth and headaches. Depending on how many cigarettes and for how long, some individuals are more susceptible to these symptoms and yes, it can be rough!
Few studies found the sugar alternative as one of the best remedies for nicotine cravings. Some people recommend buying 100% natural juice, no sugar added.
Sipping juice will not only help stabilize blood sugar levels, but it helps in accelerating removal of nicotine from your blood. Indulge in vegetables and fresh tasty fruits.
With each cigarette you smoke, you may be lowering your Vitamin C supply, that results in a deficiency. Eat oranges, pomegranates and lemons. Apples, bananas and peaches have also shown to reduce nicotine craving.
Natural interventions for smoking cessation can be just right on the shelves of your local grocery store. In fact, one study found that the fresh lime juice can effectively help with quitting smoking. Carrot juice is also a good alternative to help you get pass through with the cravings.
Drinking more fresh fruit juice or water, eating more high fiber foods and reducing the caffeine and refined sugar in your diet can help cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Quitting smoking is not a single event that happens and completed in a day.
The nicotine withdrawal symptoms are most intense around 24 to 48 hours after giving up. They will start shortly after smoking your last cigarette and will begin to ease off after 72 hours more or less. May not completely disappear until 2 to 3 weeks, but you will still feel the occasional urge to smoke.
The acute craving for a cigarette usually lasts 3 to 5 minutes. How does an acidic fruit juice help you get through the early withdrawal symptoms from nicotine?
Acidic fruit juice will accelerate the removal of alkaloid nicotine from your bloodstream, as well as help stabilize blood sugar.
During the first 72 hours of quitting smoking, anything that can cut that intense period of craving is most welcome. Because fruit juice is fattening, drinking much of it after the 72 hour initial quitting period may not be the best idea.
The craving for nicotine is destined to be overpowered if you can hang in there for up to 3 minutes at a time and ride it out. When you are quitting smoking, you need to weather through the times that you’ve felt strong cravings.