My husband is in the process of quitting smoking tobacco. Do you have any suggestions on what his body might need to detoxify, what nutritional needs he might have, and how to curb cravings?
Congratulations on beginning the change to quit smoking, your body will love you for your decision.
Many people refer to quitting smoking as being one of the hardest things to achieve, therefore looking for therapies to ease the transition may benefit many people in terms of reducing the stress it causes the body as well as eliminating the psychological and chemical addictions and habit. Due to the stimulating effects tobacco (nicotine) has on the nervous system this is one of the hardest things to come to terms with for many smokers when the decide to quit. It is suggested Naturopathically to address the nervous system tension that commonly arises due to the withdrawals. It is also of benefit to help the body to remove the lymphatic wastes and heavy metals from the body as a result of smoking.
It is also a very healthy realisation to think about the triggers that cause you to need stress relief in the form of a cigarette. What is going on for you emotionally? Swap cigarette smoking with a healthier alternative such as cooking, walking, stretching, knitting, reading or whatever hobby helps to absorb your thoughts during the time of transition. Addressing underlying stressful situations may also help to relieve the need for nicotine. Are there small steps you can begin to take to improve your lifestyle at home, in your relationship, your work environment or personally.
Many people have said that the biggest motivation to quit smoking is the fact that they no longer liked the person who smoked. Remembering this every time you have a craving and congratulate yourself because you will slowly be transforming into the version of yourself you want to be. Be kind and gentle with yourself, keep motivated, relax, breathe and remember that the frustration of nicotine cravings will not last forever.
Health improvements when quitting tobacco
Reducing the habit of smoking/ chewing tobacco will take some time to repattern behaviour so please be gentle and compassionate by supporting the person who has taken on this arduous challenge. The effects of withdrawals may last up to at least 3 months with the chemical effect also lasting this long. Each 3 months sees a turnover of new red blood cell production in the body and during this time the body will slowly adjust to the removal of the stimulant. The cleansing process for the removal of heavy metals and for repairing the lungs may take up to at least 7 years. The long term health benefits of ceasing the use of tobacco will greatly out weigh the short term difficulties associated with quitting, it is therefore important to keep enthusiastic and realistic about the situation. The health of the entire body will benefit and in time general health will be drastically improved, especially the functioning of the liver, lymphatic, respiratory and immune systems and the nervous system.