How to Quit Smoking Naturally
When you decide to quit smoking, you need to support your body nutritionally through the transition, withdrawal and detox process. If you do everything correctly, you’ll have a much better chance of long-term success. Years of smoking cigarettes make the body more toxic and acidic and the first step in detoxification is to eat an alkaline diet.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only.
It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Repair Free Radical Damage
A daily Green Smoothie is the perfect alkaline food to bring your body back to a healthy pH. The fiber in the smoothie helps to sweep out toxins through the bowel, naturally. Greens are high in chlorophyll and the chlorophyll helps to repair free radical damage caused by the toxins in the cigarettes. Greens also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and that will be much needed as the body rebalances its adrenals.
Support the body through Nicotine Withdrawal
One of the main minerals that become deficient through smoking cigarettes is magnesium. Magnesium is used to relax the muscles but it is also used in the body’s natural heavy metal detox process, and when you take in heavy metal toxins from habitual use of cigarettes, you can imagine that any excess magnesium reserve gets burned out very quickly (no pun intended!). As a non-smoker, you will need to rebuild your magnesium levels, and especially if you want to feel relaxed naturally (Magnesium is called ‘The Relaxing Mineral’). Guess what one of the foods highest in magnesium is? Greens! Any dark, leafy green that you add to a Green Smoothie will be naturally high in magnesium. Especially for anyone who is trying to quit smoking, I recommend an additional supplement of 1 Tbsp. kelp powder or 1 Tbsp. Magnesium Citrate powder in your daily Green Smoothie for an added magnesium boost. Kelp is the highest food in magnesium, weighing in at 760 milligrams of Magnesium per 3 ½ ounces or 100 g serving.
Clean up Free-Radical Damage
Smoking creates a lot of free radical damage, or internal rust, from the toxins directly ingested with every puff. The added magnesium increases antioxidants which are then used to break down the free-radical buildup, all part of the detoxification process. Vitamin C is another natural antioxidant. If you add fresh pineapple, mango, orange or lemon to your daily Green Smoothie, you’re getting plenty of Vitamin C. Dark, leafy green vegetables are also a high source of Vitamin C. Add a handful of fresh parsley or watercress to your Green Smoothie to get your natural boost of daily Vitamin C.
Balance Mood Swings with Tryptophan and Tyrosine
In additional to adding more magnesium to your diet, I also recommend taking 500 mg of L-Tryptophan at night before bed and 500 mg of L-Tyrosine in the morning before breakfast for anyone who just quit smoking and is going through the transition off of nicotine. Tryptophan and Tyrosine are both amino acids that help with mood elevation and balancing. Tryptophan stimulates the brain to make its own serotonin, and that in turn helps you relax and improves sleep. Tyrosine triggers the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, the ‘alertness chemicals,’ and those help to stimulate focused brain thought and improved concentration. All of this will help with any feelings of depression that may arise during the transition and withdrawal process. If you’ve been smoking for a long time, I recommend taking both of these supplements for 6 months at a minimum.
Think Detox & Alkaline Diet!
The combination of supplements – Tryptophan and Tyrosine – plus a daily Green Smoothie naturally high in magnesium, chlorophyll, minerals, fiber and alkalinity will give you the best recipe and natural cure for how to stop smoking, once and for all. When you give the body the minerals it needs and support the brain with amino acids, you minimize feelings and symptoms of withdrawal. When you support the body through natural detoxification, you feel better faster. Green Smoothies are the key to your success!
Drink Green Smoothies
Check out my NEW book Green Smoothies for Dummies – I’ve got loads of recipes using dark leafy greens so you get easily get you daily dose of Magnesium, naturally.
Did you know that lack of Magnesium can lead to massive sugar cravings, mood swings, muscle cramps, irritability, trouble sleeping, constipation and fatigue? Your body really works as a whole. A deficiency in one area can lead to other problems somewhere else.
When you take care of your whole body, you get whole body health. When you let your food be your medicine, you are always moving towards better health.
Find the book Green Smoothies for Dummies on iTunes or amazon.com!
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Enjoyed your article. When younger I was a vegan raw foodest, then merely vegetarian, then omnivorous. Love blended drinks. For 2 years I’ve used Nutri- Bullet which does not separate out the pulp, which has been made drinkable. Here is my problem: I get a loose stool if I relentlessly drink my breakfast of raw fruits and or vegetables. I have tried adding warming spices,as ginger. And I have added ground flax for bulk in the bowel. But still had the problem. Any advice what ingredients may be causing the lose stool?
Can you please provide a list of ingredients you are using in your smoothies? I can’t comment on what ingredients may be causing the problem if I don’t know the ingredients. Please list exact fruits or vegetables, liquids, and anything else you are adding such as nuts, superfoods, etc. Thank you!
To your health,
Found this website today and immediately went out and bought as much as my 24 dollars could afford: a single serve blender, kale, plain whole milk yogurt, blueberries, mango. I also had some overripe frozen bananas. I just finished my first smoothie. Yogurt, kale, frozen banana, and mango. Super delicous! This is my second attempt in roughly a week to quit smoking. Thanks for the suggestions! !!
I am going to try this. Ive been wanting to stop smoking and drinking for two years now. I agree its very hard but Im goung to try my best. I eat healthy already I just smoke
You can do it! Good luck and healthy blessings!
Your all suggestions are very good. I think all smokers should follow your ideas. Our organization also helps smoker to quit smoking. The smoker can do exercise and yoga regularly to avoid drinking and smoking.