Smoking is injurious to health!
We all have come across the warning signs at all possible mediums, be it billboards, cigarette cartons, print and media advertisements. These messages are often accompanied by an image that portrays the negative impact tobacco has on our body. Smoking is something which is initially started as a recreational thing or something to look cool, but soon it leads to addiction. Someone who is addicted to smoking and tobacco would often say that they can quit it anytime they want. But in reality, it might be a difficult task. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and damages lungs and causes high blood pressure and cancer. Tobacco in any form is harmful, including chewing or in taking it through cigars and pipes. It gives a pleasurable feeling in the brain that desensitizes it and makes it crave more and more. The smoke released from a cigarette contains poisonous gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and cancer-causing radioactive particles.
Below listed are the harmful effects of nicotine:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart disease
- Premature death
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
We all are aware of the effects nicotine have on our system, here’s a look at the foods that need to be consumed to detoxify lungs. Below are the foodstuffs that help in combating the harmful effects of smoking and detoxify the body from within. Make sure your diet includes foodstuff that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that enhance immunity and help to combat the adverse effects of nicotine.
Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of Brassicaceae family that includes cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and garden cress, among others. The chlorophyll in these vegetables helps to flush out toxins from the body and filters blood. These vegetables are also rich in Vitamin C that helps to boost the immune system.
Kiwi is rich in Vitamins A, C, and E that helps in eliminating the nicotine from the body.
Oranges are rich in Vitamin C that helps lungs to function effectively. The fruit contains cryptoxanthin that helps to prevent lung cancer. In taking the fruit in the form of juice helps to relieve stress and boost metabolism.
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a popular adage. The fruit contains vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants.
Onions help to clean out lungs and prevent lung infections. Cancer patients are advised to eat onions to prevent the growth of new cells.
Ginger has several anti-inflammatory properties that help to get rid of toxins from the respiratory tract. It contains vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, and zinc. It promotes respiratory health by eliminating tobacco smokes and air pollutants.
Carrot juice is good for skin and is rich in Vitamins A, C, K, and B that helps to flush nicotine from the body. It protects respiratory system from infections. It is said that eating carrots cut the rate of lung cancer in half.
Nicotine dehydrates the body and to hydrate your body back to normal and flush out all the nicotine by drinking a lot of water. It also helps to remove toxins from the skin. Water helps lungs to receive an adequate amount of moisture to operate. It also helps to strengthen the body in multiple ways.