So you’ve decided to go cold turkey? You can white knuckle it and try to make it through on your own, or you can relieve much of the stress from withdrawals with the following supplements.
Vitamins and minerals to take to help quit smoking:
- Vitamin C – 1,000 mg twice daily (remember to titrate down if you stop taking vitamin C)
- B Complex vitamins – 1 or 2 a day (never take one B vitamin for any length of time – it will make you deficient in the others)
- Calcium and magnesium – once a day
Vitamin C will help you flush toxins and nicotine from the body. This powerful antioxidant helps flush heavy metals from your body, including cadmium and lead.
Withdrawals are difficult and you will be irritable, to say the least. B vitamins are nature’s valium. They will help you sleep and calm your nerves. It is important to take a high quality B complex. Many people choose B6 or B12 for stress relief. But B vitamins work together and they need one another to work their best. In addition, studies have shown that any long term use of one B vitamin can cause a deficiency in another. So always take B vitamins in a B complex.
Calcium and magnesium work together. Magnesium is very calming. Many of us are deficient in magnesium. Soaking in epsom salts will also help you to detox as it floods your cells with magnesium. Take a 40 minute soak using 1 cup of epsom salts per 100 lbs of body weight. The first 20 minutes releases toxins. During the second 20 minutes, you will absorb magnesium. At the end of that time you will be able to taste it. This is a sign that all of your tissues have soaked up magnesium.
Diet to help you stop smoking
There is a strong relationship between nicotine and blood sugar. When we withdraw nicotine, our blood sugar is low. This is what causes fatigue and sugar cravings when you quit smoking. If you resort to sugar for a fast boost, you will start a cycle of sugar highs and crashes that will only make your cravings worse.
Start with a healthy diet. A truly healthy diet is a whole foods diet with a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. Your diet should consist of 80% raw, organic, fresh produce – more fruits than vegetables.
When you are first withdrawing from nicotine, focus on healthy protein and produce. Avoid starches and simple carbs. For the first three days of withdrawals, however, you may need a little boost of sugar when those cravings hit. Drink a cup of fruit juice, but follow it twenty minutes later with protein.
Snack on veggies throughout the day along with whole fruits. And drink plenty of liquids. Cranberry lemonade is a great detox drink. See the link below for the recipe. A gallon a day, sipped throughout the day will help flush the toxins from your body and reduce cravings.
You can do this. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can’t stop because you have tried before and failed. It doesn’t matter if you have failed a hundred times. Just do it. You can win.
About the author:
Kali Sinclair is a copywriter for Green Lifestyle Market, and a lead editor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine. Kali was very sick with autoimmune disease and realized that conventional medicine was not working for her. She has been restoring her health by natural means and is interested in topics including natural health, environmental issues, and human rights.