In the case of smokers, their daily diet is essential as the substances existent in cigarettes destroy many of the vitamins and minerals present in their organism. Thus, smokers are exposed to a high risk of developing heart diseases, lung cancer, stomach or pancreas cancer and leukemia. If you cannot quit smoking, you should follow some rules regarding your nutrition and diet.
As your organism is traumatized every day by your bad habit, we present you a list of the vitamins and elements which tend to disappear with your every cigarette:
Scientists have discovered that smokers need a higher amount of vitamin C than the nonsmokers (80 mg/day compared to 40 mg). It’s a powerful antioxidant which protects the body against diseases such as cancer, heart affections and Alzheimer.
Oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are important sources of vitamin C and their consumption is highly recommended by specialists in this season.
You have to eliminate cyanide in the smoke by consuming foods rich in vitamin B like: lean meat, fish, seafood and cereals.
Vitamin E helps you fight against cancer and Alzheimer. The best sources of vitamin E are: sunflower oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, sweet potatoes, avocados and spinach.
Selenium fights against infections, contributes to the normal functioning of cells and stimulates the immune system. Thus, you should eat: fresh tuna, shrimp, rice, sunflower seeds, nuts and raisins.
It improves the structure of your bone system and controls the sugar level in the blood. You can find it in nuts, soy, tea and boiled brown rice.
Look for products rich in zinc to protect your immune system, such as: oysters, sardines, beef, pork and lamb.
Is there a diet that could help us give up smoking?
Scientists say that there are certain foods which could help us give up smoking. By decreasing the excretion of nicotine in the kidneys and by increasing the alkalinity of our diet – in other words, reducing the consumption of acidic foods – there are great chances for us to not feel the need to smoke.
Thus, you should try to eliminate proteins (meat, eggs, fish, cereals) in the first days of diet. At the same time you must consume more vegetables and fruits that contain magnesium and potassium. In this way, you might succeed giving up smoking if you have will and a strong desire to lose such a bad habit.
Moreover, a slice of cheese, a glass of water and a plate full of broccoli salad can sometimes help you more than a nicotine patch. At least this is what researchers at the university in North Carolina say after they have studied to what extend the consumption of certain foods can reduce the urge to smoke and taste tobacco.
If alcoholic beverages, those containing caffeine and red meat are responsible for an increasing appetite for smoking, fruits and vegetables have the opposite effect.
“Smoking does not represent just nicotine addiction; it also involves the sensations which a smoker experiences. Thus, if we discover exactly what can trigger these sensations, we can ease the path to quit smoking”, say experts.
Opt for fresh diary, fruits, vegetables and beverages with no caffeine which will help your organism to antagonize the effects of smoking.