Most smokers are well aware of the risks associated with smoking: lung cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, emphysema etc. But many smokers suffer from a more puzzling tobacco-induced symptom: chronic foot pain. Difficulty walking, nasty sores that won’t go away, swollen feet that can’t fit into shoes—these are just a few of problems associated with smokers’ chronic foot pain and the only way to get rid of these troublesome symptoms is to quit smoking. But before we tackle how to quit smoking, let’s first get a better understanding of why smoking makes the feet ache. More...
If you are a smoker or you know a smoker, then you know that when it comes to quitting, smokers always have an excuse, a reason for why they just aren't quite ready to give up cigarettes. One of the most common excuses smokers use to avoid putting out that last cigarette is weight gain. Many smokers claim that smoking helps them keep their weight in check and they fear that if they quit, they will, to put it bluntly, get fat.
How does Smoking keep the weight off?
If we look beyond the appalling fact that many tobacco users laud smoking as a health benefit in terms of weight control, we are forced to confront the reality that smoking actually is a weight deterrent, as paradoxical and unhealthy as it may sound. According to smokefree.gov, smoking cessation causes the average person to gain between 4-10 pounds or roughly 2 to 5 kilos. Since smoking is an appetite deterrent and nicotine raises the rate of our metabolism, giving up tobacco means that the metabolism slows down while the desire to eat increases. Hence, the weight gain.
Even though smokers tend to gain weight after they quit, this does not mean that they will permanently be on the road to obesity. Within six month, those who have quit smoking are usually back to their normal weight. If you are a smoker and are worried about your weight, and use this as a crutch to keep lighting up, here are some ways to help yourself get healthy and keep your weight in balance:
· Exercise: it is never too late to get yourself moving and grooving and in shape. Make walking, running, bicycling or any other physical activity a regular part of your life and reap the benefits of a healthier, fitter body.
· Eat right: Your diet will determine your weight. If you eat right and cut our excess sugar, junk and other gunk you will find that you feel better mentally, physically, and you will be able to find the weight that is right for your body and makes you happy.
· Set realistic expectations: If you are worried about gaining weight if you quit smoking, then realistically assess the state of your body. How was your body before you started smoking? What is your weight now? If you never had Heidi Klum's body in the first place, then don't act like the few excess pounds gained after smoking cessation will ruin chances at being a super model. You are in control of your weight and you have the power to make yourself healthy, but don't compare yourself to perfection-smoking cessation should be about creating optimal health for your uniqueness as an individual.
The cold, hard truth is that smoking cessation usually causes weight gain, but the good news is that you have the power to create the body and weight you want, without the positive or negative influence of tobacco. This starts with exercise, a healthy diet, and realistic expectations about what is right and achievable for your body. Stop making excuses and take control of your body today-quit smoking!
I see many clients to help them to stop smoking, lose weight and other issues. With most of my clients, especially the smokers I talk to them about Colloidal Silver. As I explain to them while I cannot prescribe or medicate I can share this information as they can find it on my website.
So people who have smoked have at the back of their mind a fear or worry about cancer, ongoing chest infections etc. This is because they have been smoking for many years and realise that this can cause cancer and many other nasty diseases. So they know they have to stop smoking.
What is Colloidal Silver?
So I ask them "Have you ever heard of Colloidal Silver?" Only a few people have even heard of it, most haven't. I go on to explain to them that it has amazing properties. It can neautralise bacteria, viruses and even cancer. I have been taking it for well over a year now, not consistently only when I feel an infection coming on or have an infection. For example in July last year I attended a 10 day seminar - 13 hour days and developed conjunctivitis. Now we all know how unpleasant that is and it started on the 3rd day of the conference with Dr John Demartini. I bought some Chloromycetin eye drops from the chemist and it did nothing for it. It was a very uncomfortable 7 days where I kept my eye closed most of the time. When I arrived home I took four doses of Colloidal Silver and within 24 hours the conjunctivitis was pretty much gone. I did take another two doses for the next two days just to be sure.
I have used it on skin grazes, on skin infections, mouth ulcers and all with the same results. You may ask "what about cancer?" I met a lady at the pool two years ago and I asked her if she had ever heard of Colloidal Silver and she said, "Maureen I swear by it. I had breast cancer and I don't have it anymore and it's only because of Colloidal Silver. Mind you I will never stop taking it though."
What is in Colloidal Silver?
Now what is it exactly? Well it is filtered water with a shot of silver through it. I discovered recently that you can have different strengths so do check with your naturopath or the person you buy it from. If you Google it you will come up with a man who has a blue face and that is because he drank it like water. This is not how you take it - you take it in measured doses.
Ho Do I Take Colloidal Silver
So how do you take it? Well if it is a skin infection then just apply it to the open wound or even closed ones. When one of the girls had pimples I gave her a spray to put on morning and night. With sore throats just gargle it and swallow it. With the conjunctivitis I took 30mls and put about half of it into my mouth and left it there for 30 seconds and then swallowed it. I repeated this until all of it was gone. Then I didn't eat or drink for 30 minutes. At present I am taking it morning and night as I have a tingle in my throat.
So I hope this has helped you. I would suggest having this on hand and trying it out even on the children. It's worthwhile so they don't have to keep having antibiotics and messing up the healthy bacteria in their tummies. As mentioned above check with your naturopath for dosage and frequency. You will find more information on http://masteryourlifepower.com as articles are being posted almost daily.
There are many things that can disturb our sleep patterns, from sleep apnea to stress. Chronic sleep loss can cause many issues such as weight gain, a weakened immune system, depression, and chronic fatigue. Many people don't realize how fragile our ability to sleep really is; it can be easily disturbed by anything. This includes cigarettes. In fact, smoking is a major disruptor of your sleeping habits. Let's take a close look at how smoking cigarettes hinders your ability to get a good night's sleep.
What is Sleep Architecture?
One way that smoking harms your sleeping patterns is by disrupting what doctors and researchers call the sleep architecture. The sleep architecture is the structure of your sleep-the patterns of sleep cycles that constitute your entire sleep experience during the night. You should typically move through a cycle that ranges from light sleep to deep sleep, optimally without waking up in between stages. Smokers experience something called sleep fragmentation with regards to their sleep architecture. This is something that can affect anyone, but smokers are four times more likely than nonsmokers to experience interrupted sleep. Smokers have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep than non smokers. Smokers are also less likely to fall into a "deep sleep" stage of sleeping which is a vital part of resting and rejuvenating your body during the night. Thus, smokers are not able to get the proper rest that they need during the night. Since the tired body of a smokers is more susceptible to illness and stress, smokers are at an even higher risk of getting sick or feeling glum because their bodies are working overtime to combat the toxins from tobacco.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Smoking can also increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring and a loss of breath that causes the sleeper to wake up continuously through the night. Since smokers obstruct their airways with cigarette toxins and their mucus byproducts, many smokers can develop sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms. In fact, the lauded Mayo Clinic research hospital in the U.S. has determined that smokers are three times more likely to experience sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms.
Sleep Better Without the Cigarette
If you are a smoker you have probably heard the thousand and one reasons to quit smoking and sleeping is one of them. Your body cannot function properly if it does not get the rejuvenation of a good night's sleep. Smoking cigarettes disturbs an already weakened body's ability to rest and regenerate. If you want to sleep better and stay healthy, then put that last cigarette out for good!
Life is pretty stressful for most people nowadays. We are constantly juggling working, taking care of a household and raising children and sometimes it seems like there is little time for a break, little time to rest and recharge. Many of us are suffering from major fatigue. But fatigue does not only have to do with busy schedules, fatigue is also a symptom of poor diet and not enough exercise. Smoking is another stress as it impacts on every part of our body.
But luckily, we can beat fatigue with food. I don't mean the usual suspects such as coffee and sugar-they give you incredible rushes and then BAM! You crash and burn and feel even more fatigued then before. No, the best energy booster foods are healthy. These include:
• Bananas: Bananas are excellent energy boosters and they also come loaded with protein and crucial vitamins and minerals such as potassium-they really keep your blood sugar going and kick start your body into a less-fatigued state.
• Nuts, Nuts, Nuts! Nuts are great snacks that you can take with you on the go and they also give you added fuel and energy. Nuts like almonds are great sources of protein and healthy fat, so you will be giving yourself energy and doing your body a favor.
• Water: Water may not be food, but it certainly helps you fight fatigue. Many people become fatigued because they are not hydrated enough. Drinking your 8 glasses of water a day will really help you to keep your motor running! As a smoker our body becomes dehydrated so therefore smokers are very much in need of water.
In addition to keeping energy boosting snacks with you, nothing really beats fatigue better than a diet combined with exercise. In fact consider this information with your weight loss program. You should be eating lean proteins like poultry, salmon, fruits, vegetable, and unrefined grains such as brown rice and quinoa as much as possible. Avoid processed foods and refined sugars and grains like the plague! All they will do is give you a high from which you will plummet dramatically from later on. If your body is getting all the right nutrients it needs from healthy food then you will find that you will have more energy than ever. Healthy eating brings the body into a state of energy equilibrium. Regular exercise will also keep you feeling like you have a zest for life every day!
One of the main reasons we get so stressed is because we are tired and one of the main reasons we are tired is because we are not eating right, yet we still have so much to do. Treat your body right and give it the energy it needs in the form of energy boosting snacks and healthy meals. If you are a smoker then take steps to rid yourself of this stressful habit. It is worth it!
Congratulations! Quitting smoking is a major achievement that you should be proud of! But giving up the tobacco habit is only the first step in the long smoking cessation healing process. Your body will now need to recover from the damages wrought on it by cigarettes. To help you along in the process, to keep you from going back on tobacco, here are 5 things you need to remember to do when you quit smoking:
- Hydration: As soon as you quit smoking you need to drink water. Lots and lots of water. Water helps detox the body by flushing out the toxins and chemicals that have been deposited into your system by cigarettes.
- Fruit: It is important to eat a variety of different fruits, especially if your body is used to taking in a lot of sugar. Fruits contain many of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to replenish after smoking.
- Deep Breathing: This advice might seem a little strange at first, but it is vitally important to breathe deeply when you quit smoking. Deep breathing oxygenates and exercises the lungs, something that you need to do on a regular basis after having exposed the lungs to tobacco toxins.
- Check Your Bank Account: Smoking is not only a dangerous habit, it is an expensive habit. Smoking is a bank breaker for many people. Therefore, if you are struggling with motivation in the first few days after you quit smoking, make a plan to calculate how much money smoking cessation saves you—and maybe plan to use that money for something more healthy, fun or productive as well.
- Be Trigger Conscious: In the days after you give up the psychosocial smoking habit, you will need to be very conscious of what triggers you vis-à-vis smoking. What is it that makes your reach for a cigarette? Being aware of your triggers allows you to both avoid and defuse them so you can stay smoke free.
Quitting smoking is not a one day event, it is a lifelong process. This is why it is important to have a plan of action with regard to smoking cessation; having a plan will help you stay smoke free for the long haul. One plan that is worth investigating is quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis helps you re-program your attitudes and beliefs towards cigarettes so that you are no longer dependent on them for stress relief or any other form of psychological soothing. As a smoking cessation method, quit smoking hypnosis will teach you to transfer your emotional responses onto healthy activities instead. Try it—you will find that it helps you stay off tobacco in order to live a healthier life.
Smoking is a psychosocial habit that can kill you, but it doesn’t have to; quitting smoking will allow you to heal your body. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a smoking habit, please contact us. You can also check us out on Facebook and ask for advice or share your own tips on how to stay tobacco free.
Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do to your body; there is not benefit to smoking, no silver-lining. Yet despite the ubiquity of information on why smoking is bad for you, many people still do it. Thus, it is always worthwhile to remind people of the quit smoking benefits. We will discuss a few of the major reasons why to give up cigarettes below.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death; that is, smoking deaths occur solely because of smoking. This is the great tragedy of smoking: nobody that smokes needs to die—they die because of a psychosocial habit. There are a variety of adverse health effects associated with smoking. The most prominent are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung disease
In addition to the deadly side effects listed above, smoking has an impact on nearly every aspect of your body and mind. The over 4000 toxins found in tobacco assault the body, leaving the skin looking worn and wrinkly, depression and anxiety disorders aggravated, teeth yellow, muscles loose, nails and hair brittle, and the immune system destroyed. Smoking is a habit that can only bring pain and death. There is no sugar-coating this one—smoking is fatal.
The good news? As soon as you quit smoking, the body begins to heal; in fact, the healing begins within 20 minutes of quitting. But quitting smoking is not a 20 minute event. Indeed, it is a lifelong process. This is why it is important to have a plan will that will help you stay smoke free for the long haul. One way to do this is to engage in quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis teaches you to stop using cigarettes for psychological soothing and start living a healthy life.
Smoking is a psychosocial habit that can kill you, but it doesn’t have to; quitting smoking will allow you to heal your body and build the life that you want. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a smoking habit, please contact us. You can also check us out on Twitter and ask for advice or share your own tips on how to stay tobacco free.
The decision to quit smoking is an important step in the direction towards better health—but the decision to quit is only step 1. Step 2, then, is finding a smoking cessation method that is best for you. But with so many quit smoking methods out there, it isn’t necessarily so easy to choose. We’ve compiled a few of the top options in hope of pointing out your choices and then hopefully pointing you in the right direction: quit smoking hypnosis.
If you are shopping around for a quit smoking method then you have no doubt hear about quitting “cold turkey.” Cold turkey doesn’t require any aid or assistance; you just give up cigarettes plain and simple. Sound easy right? Unfortunately it is not; between 30-50% of cold turkey quitters relapse within a year.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies
Unlike cold turkey, nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) require you to invest more thought and money into your smoking cessation endeavor. The way that NRTs work is quite simple; they administer nicotine to the body of the smoker, typically via nicotine gum or nicotine patches. The idea is that if smoking is a physiological addiction to nicotine, then small doses of the toxin will keep the smoker from smoking. Yet a study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that at least one third (approx. 30%) of NRT users relapse.
Hypnotherapy or quit smoking hypnosis is a smoking cessation method that may require a small financial investment, but the rewards are well worth it: over 90% of hypnotherapy quitters stay smoke free for life.
The success of quit smoking hypnosis is based on the fact that it addresses smoking as a psychosocial habit and not a physiological addiction. This means that quit smoking hypnosis helps smokers get to the root of their smoking problem: smoking as a habit they have built on a foundation of false beliefs about, and unhealthy emotional attachment to, cigarettes. Quit smoking hypnosis helps smokers re-shape their attitudes and beliefs towards cigarettes so that they can stay smoke free for good; additionally, it helps smokers build new, healthy habits so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
So given the information above, which smoking cessation method do you want to choose?
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