What Happens to Your Body After You Quit Smoking?
What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?
A couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning and decided it was time to quit smoking. I have been a smoker for nearly 15 years now, which at 32 represents almost half of my life. Besides, I figured it can't be that hard to quit smoking. After all, it's just cigarettes, right?
The first day of not smoking went pretty well—nothing but a minuscule headache, no big deal. The next day was a tad bit harder, but nothing unbearable, just a slight cough. However, it was the third day, as well as the next week or so, that made me realize why I should have never smoked to begin with.
That third day I coughed so hard I was gagging with every cough. Not to mention the fact that my hands felt numb and my head was spinning. My doctor said this happens to some people when they quit smoking; it is caused by the improvement in your circulation and oxygen levels. I also found myself wanting to eat approximately every ten minutes... which I nipped in the bud around the fourth day. I didn't want to replace one bad habit with another one!
While I felt depressed and crazy for the first week without cigarettes, I did notice how much better I was breathing. I even caught myself taking almost too deep of a breath because my body was not used to it. I can still hear my chest rumbling a little because my body is still releasing the years of toxins I have been putting into it. I even sweat it out in my sleep. The smell is horrible. I have changed my bed sheets nearly every other night since I gave up smoking. Smoke in general stinks to me now—all these years of smoking, and I never realized how truly hideous it smelled.
I have also noticed my food tastes so much better to me now. I even realized I don't like the taste of certain foods like soda and salty chips anymore. About a week after I quit, I grabbed a diet Dr. Pepper and almost gagged when I drank it.
Smoking kills millions of people a year, and I am so glad I have quit. I used to swear up and down that smoking was okay and that it wasn't harming me. I now realize how ignorant I was. I know that one day we all have to die—I just don't want to die from suffocation caused by years of smoking.
Health vs. Tobacco
Smoking can cause
1. Bad breath, staining sometimes even lead to the loss of your teeth.
2. Body odor giving your sweat a sulfur smell yuck.
3. Morning cough with an excessive amount phlegm sexy huh, not.
4. Lack of oxygen which leads to poor circulation.
5. Extreme lassitude
6. Smoking can even change the appearance of your house if your curtains or walls are white, smoke stains them, smoke for about a month and then look at them. If it can do that to your walls imagine what it is doing to the inside of your body.
9. Eventually death
There are no good side effects of smoking only bad; while it may suck quitting smoking, once you have you will feel so much better, you are worth it. Good luck!!!!
Things to Help You Quit
Here are a couple of things I used to help me quit, I hope you find them helpful.
1. A lot of times quitting can be easier if it is done through a slow process, which includes using "stop-smoking aids" such as Nicorette or other types of nicotine alternatives.
2. Exercise instead of grabbing a cigarette. I would walk around the house or jump on my elliptical machine for a couple of minutes.
3. Drink lots of water. At first, I thought this tip was somewhat weird, but it actually worked for me.
4. Spend more time doing fun things with your family and friends.
5.Start a money jar and save the money you would have spent smoking. You will quickly see how much money you are saving by not smoking, which can be a good motivator to stay away from cigarettes.
There are hundreds of other different ways to help you quit. These are just a couple that worked for me.