Best Food and Diet That May Help You Quit Smoking

Best Food and Diet That May Help You Quit Smoking

What is Smoking?

Smoking is a slow but a powerful addictive. Many people think that smoking is a good stress buster, which on the contrary has a lasting irreversible effect on our body. 

Each cigarette produces thousands of toxins into our blood stream, which reaches our blood stream. The effects of these toxins on our appearance and health are very gradual of which the smoker is initially not aware. Smoking in long term can lead to changes in appearance like dark lips, yellow teeth, wrinkles and various lethal diseases like oral and lung cancer. Expecting parents also put their unborn children to various health hazards.

Whether you are ready to stop smoking or you are trying or you have already stopped smoking, one has to prepare his body to fight against the poisonous toxins produced by the smoke. According to the study conducted by Duke University psychologist, F.Joseph McClernon, PhD, there are some foods and beverages that taste better to smokers than others like caffeinated alcohol beverages and meats. Vegetables and dairy products tend to make smoking taste worse.

Diet to Quit Smoking

The following foods and supplements will help you in combating the smoking effects.

Vegetables

Various medical professionals suggest an increase in vegetable intake as they keep mouth and hands of the smokers occupied in a similar way as the cigarette do. The physical act of smoking is similar to picking up and eating a piece of food. In addition, brightly colored vegetables and fruits have anti- oxidants, which detoxify the body.

Dairy Products

Dairy beverages and products are often helpful in quitting smoking. The enzymes left in the mouth after eating dairy products chemically react with the smoke. The chemical reaction produces an unpleasant aftertaste.

Coenzyme Q 10

It is a powerful antioxidant, which protects the cells of the body and lungs. Co Q 10 also assists the oxygen flow to the brain. Studies have shown that smoking may dramatically speed up age related memory loss. Its sources are meat, chicken and eggs, soya bean oil, rapeseed oil, sesame and cottonseed oil, corn oil, various nuts and beans, vegetables like spinach, broccoli, sweet potato, sweet pepper, garlic peas, and cauliflower.

Pycnogenol

Irreversible harm to the lungs of smokers can occur before we notice symptoms. Pycnogenol helps to protect and also repair our lungs. It also reduces inflammation. It is a pine bark extract and is not found in an ordinary diet.

Vitamin B Complex and Folic Acid

Vitamin B complex is considered useful to the enzyme system at a cellular level, which helps in dealing with damage done to the cells, by smoking. B vitamins are essential for energy production, amino acid metabolism, cell division and more. Sources of B vitamins are- whole grains, potatoes, banana, lentils, chili peppers, beans, tempeh, nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, molasses, etc. Sources of folic acid are – leafy vegetables, legumes, sunflower seeds, liver and kidney.

Vitamin C and E

Smoking rapidly depletes Vitamin C. This is because vitamin C actively combats the negative effects of smoking on our bodies and must be continually replenished. This vitamin is critical for smokers and those quitting the habit.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol increases the urge of smoking. Nicotine and alcohol both cause the body to produce increased amounts of dopamine, which is a chemical the brain produces when it senses pleasure. Therefore, many medical professionals recommend lowering alcohol intake when trying to stop smoking.    

Avoid Caffeine

According to a study conducted by Duke University (2009) on a sample of smokers, caffeine is reported to cause smoking to taste better. Researchers believe that the acidity of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soft drinks may contribute to this phenomenon. Foods and beverages that have acidic properties cause taste buds to sour faster than those that do not. Smoking cessation requires enthusiasm, self-discipline, as well as perseverance to end the habit of smoking completely. And including above said foods and supplements would definitely help in combating the ill- effects of smoking for pervious smokers, current smokers or who are trying to quit smoking.