Natural Ways to Quit Smoking
Instantly Downloadable in PDFThe natural ways to quit smoking I'm going to share on this page are the most effective method you can find because they address the true root of nicotine addiction -- a disruption or depletion of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Nicotine addiction has nothing to do with an addictive personality, weak will, character defects, lack of morals or any of the other ridiculous labels that get applied to those who struggle with an addiction.
People become addicted to nicotine because it is a powerful addictive drug. It is a neurotoxin so powerful that it is sometimes used commercially as a pesticide. One cigarette contains approximately 10 mg of nicotine. Only about 1 to 2 mgs of nicotine are inhaled while smoking one cigarette. If an adult were to ingest one drop of pure nicotine, it would kill them.
In addition to that, cigarettes contain over 4,000 toxic chemicals of which at least 43 of them are carcinogenic. Some of them include, but are not limited to, arsenic (also known as rat poison), benzene, tar, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, cadmium, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide (also known as gas chamber gas), acetone (also known as nail polish remover), lead, antimony and acetaldehyde. Ammonia and acetaldehyde are intentionally added to cigarettes to increase the addictive potential of nicotine while other ingredients are intentionally added to alter your brain chemistry so you're more receptive to nicotine.
Acetaldehyde is a neurotoxin that wrecks havoc on the human body in many ways. It alters red blood cell structure and reduces their ability to perform their essential functions, resulting in less oxygen to our brains, disrupts brain function and the endocrine system, impairs memory, damages the nervous system, kidneys, liver, joints, muscles, tissues causes deficiencies in numerous crucial vitamins and destroys essential enzymes to name a few. But even more important in regard to nicotine addiction, is the fact that acetaldehyde promotes addiction to toxic substances because of its insidious ability to bind with our neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and create substances called tetrahydro-isoquinolines that are as highly addictive as opiates.
Cadmium, arsenic and antimony not only impair neurotransmitter production and function, but they are poison to the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system, which results in a variety of symptoms like depression, anxiety, irritability, nausea, headaches, and many more which make the person reach for another cigarette to try and alleviate the symptoms it is actually causing.
Addiction to nicotine is one of the hardest addictions to overcome, because it causes changes in the brain that are similar to the brain changes created by alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction. It is often considered the gateway drug or the drug of entry, meaning that this is where addiction originates for some people and then leads on to alcohol and/or other heavier drug usage. The bold, ugly and blatant truth is that if you are smoking cigarettes, then you are a drug addict.
In your brain you have chemicals called neurotransmitters. They are what the brain uses to facilitate communication from cell to cell. Among other things, neurotransmitters regulate our mood states, behavior, memory, cognitive functioning, weight, sleep and pain perception and response. In order for everything to run smoothly, these powerful neurochemicals must remain in balance. Too much or too little of any one of them and a host of psychological and/or physiological symptoms will manifest, like depression, anxiety, cravings for stimulants like nicotine and caffeine, cravings for sugar, alcohol or other mind altering substances, hyperactivity, attention deficit, memory disorders and much more.
Nicotine stimulates the release of excessive amounts of acetylcholine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, vasopressin, arginine, serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. The brain responds by reducing the number of receptors for these neurotransmitters, which means you now require more and more nicotine to achieve the same results. This is called tolerance. Over time, as this pattern continues, the brain stops making neurotransmitters on its own and becomes dependent on the nicotine to mimic their effects. When you try and give up the nicotine, you experience withdrawal, because neurotransmitters are now depleted. The only way to function normally or feel relaxed, pleasure, etc., is to have a cigarette.
In other more simpler terms, nicotine becomes an artificial source of the neurotransmitters and thus competes with our natural neurotransmitters. This confuses the brain and it thinks it has too many, so it stops producing the neurotransmitters or downregulates responsiveness.
Your brain is actually dependent on the nicotine to function properly. Thus, why you feel so bad when you try to quit smoking. Because, when you stop smoking, the brain doesn't automatically begin to make the neurotransmitters again on its own. It takes time for the brain to recover -- months or years. However you don't have time, because the lack of neurotransmitters makes you so miserable that you pick up another cigarette to feel better.
At this point, many people feel powerless over their addiction, but that is an illusion. Your behavior and choices are dictated by your disrupted brain chemistry. Therefore, you can regain your power simply by correcting the brain chemistry.
2 Easy and Natural Ways to Quit Smoking
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem. Restore balance to the neurotransmitters through other means.
- Avoid other substances that disrupt and deplete neurotransmitters
- Replenish the neurotransmitters that are depleted
These two steps are accomplished with the following:
- amino acids
- vitamins and minerals
- fatty acids
- changes in diet
- stress reduction techniques
- avoidance of environmental toxins
- changes in lifestyle
Amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters. When they are combined with their respective vitamin and mineral cofactors, then the brain can once again create and regulate its own neurotransmitters. Your brain will no longer need nicotine.
Combine this with changes in diet, lifestyle and stress management techniques that encourage healthy neurotransmitter production and function and you have a complete program that will help you quit smoking with very little discomfort and help you maintain long-term abstinence without cravings.
Benefits of Natural Ways to Quit Smoking
There are many benefits when you choose to use these natural ways to quit smoking which include the following:
- Addresses the root of addiction
- Corrects brain chemistry, therefore alleviates other common symptoms that accompany nicotine addiction like anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, impaired cognitive functioning, memory loss, etc.
- Eliminates cravings
- Highly effective
- Greatly reduces risk of relapse
- Overcome your addiction to sugar, caffeine and other substances as well
- Prevents weight gain that typically occurs when one quits smoking
- Non-toxic and natural for your body
When you use these natural ways to quit smoking, then you restore balance to your brain chemistry, which gets to the root of the problem. When disruption to brain chemistry is corrected, then cravings for nicotine cease to exist.
You Can Quit Smoking Today Naturally, with Cynthia's Blueprint
As a recovered nicotine, drug, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and food addict for more than 25 years, I can tell you with certainty that the methods I have covered on this page are highly effective. I never experience cravings for any of my old substances of choice.
In my Quit Smoking with Ease- Naturally blueprint you'll learn:
- which amino acids should be used to overcome nicotine addiction
- which vitamins and minerals should accompany those amino acids
- how to detox naturally from nicotine addiction
- a program that eliminates cravings for nicotine
- how to identify which of your neurotransmitters are depleted
- the diet that will help you overcome your nicotine addiction and remain craving free
- how to identify your unique biochemical nutritional needs
- the most effective and affordable stress reduction technique
- which lifestyle choices need changed
- the role of environmental toxins and diet in cigarette addiction
- a program that not only helps you stop smoking, but alleviates your depression, anxiety, memory problems and irritability
- a comprehensive protocol that addresses the root of the problem
- how to achieve abstinence to last a lifetime
Nicotine kills approximately 400,000 people per year. You don't have to be one of them.
Don't waste your time or money on prescription drugs or other ineffective hyped-up miracle cures, because as we all know, your life really does depend on making the right choice. The most effective, easy and painless method to overcome nicotine addiction is to go directly to the root of the issue by restoring balance to brain chemistry.
You are not powerless. You are not a slave to your nicotine cravings. You can Quit Smoking Today.