Is there any smoker in the developed world today who doesn’t know smoking is bad for you? Yet millions still do it. If you smoke beyond 40 you are courting multiple health risks, the possibility of a painful death and a considerably shortened life-span. It’s never too late to stop but the longer you leave it the greater the accumulation of harmful substances in your body such as tar coating your lungs.
Lungs and cardiovascular diseases are the best known risks of smoking, but even if you are one of the lucky few to survive these there are other unpleasant or debilitating effects that smoking greatly accelerates as vital antioxidants and proteins are depletes, these include cataracts and macular degeneration of the eyes, loss of hearing, incontinence, gum and tooth decay, graying hair, baldness, wrinkles and age spots.
• Quit! while you can.
• If you can’t, at least reduce the amount you smoke every day and go for regular medical check-ups.
• Caffeine, alcohol and sugar stimulate cravings for nicotine. Stay away from them.
• Drink plenty of water to help flush out nicotine toxins and reduce their accumulation in your body.
• Take regular exercise. Not only does it give tarred lungs fresh air, but is proven to offset some of the effects of smoking. The endorphins exercise release may also make you feel sufficiently upbeat to motivate you to quit. If you suffer from nerves and stress, exercise will calm you down far better than a packet of 20.