You know that the use of tobacco and nicotine can lead to serious health problems, but you just can’t quit. When you are dependent on tobacco and nicotine you are dramatically increasing your exposure to toxins that cause cancer. Lighting up sets you on a path toward heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, and emphysema. Make a promise to yourself and tell yourself it’s time to quit smoking.
Even if you have been smoking for a few years, the best time to quit smoking is right now. When you stop smoking cold turkey your body will immediately begin to recover. Here are some motivational reminders as to why you should stop smoking immediately.
As soon as 20 minutes after your final cigarette your heart rate will begin to beat normally. Your pulse, temperature, and blood rate will improve or stabilize. The remaining nicotine in your blood will fall as your body recovers. During this time will start to feel early withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety or increased appetite.
Carbon monoxide is toxic inside your body and it is inhaled when you smoke cigarettes. Carbon monoxide will bond with your blood cells in place of oxygen, which will cause serious circulatory problems. Within 24 hours your carbon monoxide level will decrease in your body to lower levels increasing your blood oxygen.
Smokers generally have a 70 percent higher heart rate than people who do not smoke. Believe it or not after a full day when you quit smoking you will decrease your risk for heart attack. You aren’t completely recovered yet, but you are on the road to a healthier new you.
Two days after you have kicked your smoking habit nerve endings will begin to grow. Deadened senses to taste and smell are one of the consequences of smoking. When you quit smoking your senses are enhanced and you will start enjoying the taste of flavors and aromas to a new degree.
In three days nicotine will be out of your body and as great as is, the withdrawal symptoms will start to peak. Headache, cramps, and nausea are all physical symptoms that might manifest themselves during this time. Instead of buying any more cigarettes, reward yourself with a treat for quitting.
In two to three weeks you will no longer feel sick or winded when you perform physical activities. Your circulation and lung function will have improved. Best of all most withdrawal symptoms will have ended by this time. This is a great time to start an exercise routine.
After nine months your lungs will start to repair themselves. When your lungs are working properly any coughing and shortness of breath will decrease dramatically. Even the heaviest smokers with prolonged withdrawal symptoms will feel better around this time.
When you reach the one year mark you can celebrate the fact that your risk for heart disease has lowered by 50 percent. Your healthy new lifestyle will have helped your insulin resistance, circulation, and lung function. Smoking related shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or fatigue will have decreased as well increasing your overall body energy.
Looking forward to the future five years after your last cigarette you will have lowered your risk of stroke to that as someone who doesn’t smoke. In ten years your risk of getting lung cancer will have dropped in half. Your risk for other types of cancers will have also decreased as well. In fifteen years you will not have a higher than normal risk for heart conditions.
Quitting smoking in the long run will increase your life span. Non-smokers typically live 14 years longer than smokers. When you quit smoking it will set you on a path toward feeling great and living longer.