Detox From Nicotine and Return to Being a Non-Smoker
Nicotine in any form is a very addictive and deadly substance. According to the World Health Organisation, ASH and Office of National Statistics, more people are addicted and die from nicotine than any other drug. This includes addictions and deaths due to alcohol, cocaine, and even heroin.
Nicotine is very addictive and absorbed into your bloodstream fast. Within 10 seconds of entering your body, the nicotine reaches your brain. It causes the brain to release adrenaline, creating a buzz of pleasure and energy.
But that buzz fades as fast as it comes. Leaving you feeling tired, a little down, increasing stress/anxiety, and then you want the buzz again. This feeling is what makes you light up the next cigarette. Your body is able to build up a high tolerance to nicotine over time. As a result, you’ll need to ‘spark up’ more and more cigarettes to get the pleasurable effects and prevent withdrawal.
This up and down cycle repeats over and over, leading to addiction. Addiction keeps people smoking even when they want to quit. Breaking addiction is harder for some people than others. Many people need more than one try to quit, and that’s OK.
One thing that stops people from trying to quit smoking is the withdrawal symptoms and misconceptions. One such smoking misconception is that it keeps weight off. Now it’s true that smoking reduces your appetite. And when we stop our body’s starts to work the way its meant to again. Craving food an water to keep us going. Now it’s what we choose to swap those craving for that causes the weight gain. For example, a lot of people go for the chocolate and biscuits to subdue those cravings.
Quitting smoking comes down to many things, some people find it easier to quit than others. Anyone can stop wanting nicotine when they find the advice and help that suits them.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to quit nicotine without NRT. It is also possible to detoxify the substance in a natural way, which is the focus of this article.
Below are Ways to detox from Nicotine naturally and reduce cravings:
1. Drink Water and Lots of it
Ice Cold Water is, without a doubt, the greatest and naturalist way to flush any and all toxins from the body. Water also helps with reducing nicotine cravings and keeps the weight off. Unlike alcohol or nicotine alternatives, which stimulates increased nicotine cravings.
Consuming at least two and a half litres of water every day. Is not only effective at flushing toxins out. But it also provides the essential energy to enable one to quit. A good idea is to buy a large water bottle and keep it filled. Bring the bottle with you wherever you go, and you’ll find yourself reaching for water instead of the packet of cigs or the chocolate.
2. Change Your Diet
Get moving, Do something, anything for at least 30 minutes a day that requires you to physically exert yourself. Exercise, of course, causes the body to sweat which speeds up detox of the body. It helps you deal with the stress and agitation that often accompanies quitting. This is due to exercise releasing endorphins, and other feel-good chemicals into the brain. Serving as a great alternative when experiencing cravings.
4. Keep you Mind Busy
By not smoking and, following the above advice your body will detoxify and heal itself from past nicotine use.
Any smoker past or present knows that you’ll still experience cravings. Some of these episodes can be rather intense. By keeping your mind busy via work or play. Preferably play as it releases more feel-good chemicals. It will help suppress some inevitable pulses to drink or smoke.
When a craving is present, delve into the task at hand. During your free time, open up an app you enjoy on your phone, play game, or challenge your brain with some fun activity. Distraction works wonders on cravings, and your body will continue to naturally detoxify.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath. Focusing on it as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind. Then little by little, let go of struggling with them. You come to realise that thoughts come and go of their own accord; that you can control your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear, like a bubble bursting. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
6. Practice Meditation
Now you may be thinking, “Isn’t meditating that thing for like Zen masters and yogis who live in a rock garden?” Well sure, you have people like that, but really anyone can do it, regardless of religion or beliefs. All you need is a quiet space and a few minutes.
Meditation is a powerful mind and body practices. 15-20 minutes a day is all you need to reap the benefits of meditation. Which, in this case, will optimise your body and mind to detox from nicotine, reduce stress and improve self-control.
7. Self Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a level of focus that allows you to become almost completely unaware of everything else going on. It empowers you to commit to the changes in your life that you want and clears the mind of negative self-talk.
It’s a state we go into all the time. Like a weightlifter who enters a state of mind with a single focus. Lift the weight, not the thoughts ‘what if I can’t lift’ or ‘Did I leave the oven on?’ or ‘I need a cig.’ They only focus on there desired result, and then it becomes reality.
5-7 will work for some and fit others better, pick the one or all that you feel comfortable with. They all help reduce stress, anxiety and cravings. They also help to get your body and mindset for that healthier happier you.
Now everyone is different and some people will find it easier to stop than others. If you need a helping hand in returning to being a non-smoker. I would highly recommend using these tips and Hypnosis. I, myself found hypnosis one of the best tools to help me stop smoking, to exercise, and to make healthier food chooses. If you think you will struggle with hypnosis. Then I would recommend contacting your local hypnotherapist. They will not only help you stop but also help you on an unconscious level anchor the things you want in life.