Many people nowadays turn to their habit of smoking especially when they are stressed, together with their friends, or even when they want to lose weight. Though this brings so many health problems, many are still trapped in the habit they wish they could break.
However, if we want to keep our bodies strong and fit, we must be careful with what food we ingest or even the substances we take such as cigarettes and alcohol. We can be happy and healthy even without hurting our health!
Dr. Dexter Macalintal, a Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, explains that smoking is so addicting because of the chemical nicotine found in the tobacco plant, which is rolled into a cigarette or placed into vape liquid. Those who smoke absorb the nicotine, which tells the brain to release the ‘happy hormone’ called dopamine.
This hormone makes the smoker feel happy and relaxed. Over time, especially when stressed or angry, our brain tells us to repeat the action that makes you feel better—in this case, smoking. When left uncontrolled, smoking can develop into a habit and a compulsory act, and the user becomes addicted.
Those who are addicted to smoking experience continuous coughs and colds because of the allergy symptoms that developed from the smoke. Moreover, smoking is a risk factor for multiple cancers such as lung cancer, throat cancer, and even esophagus cancer. According to the Department of Health, 87,600 Filipinos die a year from tobacco-related diseases. Included in these statistics are the non-smokers who inhale secondhand or thirdhand smokes which also causes a lot of illnesses due to nicotine.
Dr. Macalintal explained that the chemicals found in cigarette smoke produce free radicals, molecules created by the body in some cell processes and even by the immune system. When they are not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals can damage our body’s cells and even contribute to illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.
Clearly, if we want to be successful in our wellness journey, we have to quit smoking! Doing so cuts down the risk of cardiovascular diseases to 50% of that of a non-smoker within 1 year, and lung diseases to 50% as well when one quits after 10 years. No, you just cant limit the number of cigarette sticks that you can take without getting sick; quit smoking altogether.
When you stop smoking, you are also keeping your family and the community safe by keeping them away from cigarette smoke. How to do it? Talk to your doctor and let him elp you establishing a “quit date” where you must completely stop smoking or at least have reduced the number of cigarettes you smoke. There are also medicines or nicotine therapy to help you break the habit, so ask your doctor about it.
Aside from quitting such harmful habits, it is also important to have nutritious foods and food supplements such as Organique Acai Premium Blend. This all-natural food supplement can help counteract the negative effects of cigarette smoke and strengthen your immune system through its high antioxidant and vitamin content! A healthy lifestyle gives us a stronger body and mind, making us feel better and happier too!
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