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9 ayurvedic foods stop smoking

Much has been said and written about smoking as a dangerous health problem. Each and every person who smokes is aware of the fact that their habit could hasten them towards death. Smoking is known to be one of the carcinogenic factors, and could lead to a wide variety of cancers including lung cancer and oral cancer. Smoking also causes various breathing and respiratory problems.

But despite knowing all this, people are reluctant to stop smoking. The main attraction of smoking is tobacco smoke, which is addictive. In addition, tobacco smoke also contains nicotine, which is deadly poisonous to human beings in its pure form. Tar is another harmful ingredient. This can clog the lungs over time.

Many smokers have intentions to give up smoking but cannot go through it in the right way. The main reason behind their inability to give up smoking is its addiction. Of course, a person wishing to give up smoking must have a steely determination to do so. But many a time that is not enough. The body may react violently to the sudden giving up of smoking. For this reason, it is necessary to fortify the body also.

In Ayurveda, there are some good techniques in which the body can be trained to cope up with the reduced smoking habits. This article tries to list some of the better Ayurvedic treatments in helping smokers in their quest of giving up smoking.

Foods to help you while you stop smoking

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to stop smoking. Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, ayurveda helps to clean and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction. Also, there are some foods that can help you while you stop smoking.

#1 Ajwain

Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.

Ajwain

#2 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.

Cinnamon

#3 Water Kept In Copper Container

Copper scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.

Water Kept In Copper Container

#4 Triphala

Triphala can clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.

Triphala

#5 Basil Leaves

Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.

Basil Leaves

#6 Calamus

A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.

Calamus

#7 Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

A ball prepared out of ginger, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.

Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

#8 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.

Ashwagandha

#9 Chamomile

Chamomile helps to calm down the nerves that provides an urge for smoking addicts. You can take it in the form of tea for 2-3 times a day.

Chamomile

Ayurvedic Tips for Quitting Smoking

Apart from the foods mentioned above that help you while you stop smoking. There are also some ayurvedic tips that can give extra help to kick the habit of smoking.

  • Avoid eating acidic foods such as meat, dairy products, tea, coffee, pasta and breads.
  • Intake of alkaline food such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts etc are highly beneficial.
  • Intake of raisins, beets, lima beans, dandelion, etc can really help you to quit smoking habit.
  • Increase the amount of vitamin C in your eating habits. Fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, oranges and grapefruits very useful.
  • Sweet foods reduce the urge of smoking. In addition to that add a small quantity of honey in whatever sweet dishes you consume.
  • When you feel excessive urge of smoking it is suggest to eat something salty. Or you can lick a little salt at that time.
  • Juice of radish along with honey twice a day is very beneficial to quit smoking.
  • Chewing liquorice (mulethi) is a good alternative to cigarette. It helps you to suppress the urge of smoking when you feel so.
  • An ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils is also very effective to relax you mind and suppress the urge for smoking.
  • Herbal extracts of cedar, lavender, lemon, orange, and tea tree along with water should be sprayed in the atmosphere to avoid the fragrance of smoking to enter your surrounding that can stimulate your urge to smoke.
  • Keep yourself busy in some sorts of work that can keep you away from smoking. These ayurvedic tips are really very effective and efficient to curb the urge to smoke in an individual.

In addition to that, you will have not to make any special to follow these tips as they are very easy to carry out.

Besides these techniques, there are various other ways like taking help from a professional ayurvedic doctor, which will help you stop smoking. You can also go to an Ayurvedic retreat or a Yoga retreat. You can combine these retreats and learn all about the ayurvedic medicine and also you can get the mental and spiritual calm that you need.

Remember, socializing with friends or spending quality time with your family, will keep your mind diverted from the stress of quitting.

If you are addicted to cigarette or (any other kind of addiction) come to our Ayurvedic Treatment Center to get the best care you can possible get in all of India. 4 Generations of Ayurvedic Doctors will be here to make sure you get over them.

Finally, we invite you to share this post with your friends. And also if you have any questions, please write a comment!

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10 Best and Worst Foods for People Trying to Quit Cigarettes

foods that are good and bad for someone who is trying to quit smoking

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If giving up cigarettes seems difficult, take heart in this fact: By kicking your smoking habit, you’ll regain a sense of taste and smell that will make your appreciation of food better than ever.

“Every smoker will tell you that smoking dulls their capacity to taste and smell,” says Michael Fiore, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

One puff of tobacco smoke releases a toxic mix of around 7,000 chemicals, some of which can harm the neuroreceptors in your mouth, dulling your tasting abilities, Dr. Fiore says. The good news: The damage isn’t always permanent. Within as little as two weeks of quitting, you’ll start to notice how you can newly enjoy flavors and scents, according to a study published in 2017 in the journal Tobacco Induced Diseases.

At the same time, when you’re trying to quit, what you eat can help you stay the course. While there isn’t an official quitting diet, some foods can increase your chances of staying smoke free for good — and some may make the habit harder to let go. Here’s what to eat and what to skip (at least temporarily) when you’re trying to stay smoke free.

Best: Milk

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If you feel a craving coming on, reach for a glass of milk instead of a cigarette. In a study published in 2007 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, researchers asked a group of 209 smokers which foods interact with the taste of cigarettes to make them more or less palatable. At the top of the list: dairy products. (This only applies to nonmenthol cigarettes; menthol can mask lots of flavors.) It makes sense, since after all, milk hardly pairs with cigarettes. 

Worst: Coffee

coffee with milk

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Unlike milk, coffee and cigarettes often go hand-in-hand. “When we ask people which cigarettes will be the most difficult to give up,” says Fiore, “one of the most common answers is, ‘the one I have with coffee.’” The reason: “Many people pair certain activities with smoking,” he says. When that happens, the habit becomes nearly automatic — i.e., drinking a coffee equals smoking.

Plus, caffeine may deliver an added buzz to the stimulating effects of cigarettes, which is another reason why coffee may trigger a strong craving. If you’re trying to quit, Fiore recommends switching to tea for a week or two to help break the association between smoking and your morning joe. 

Worst: Alcohol

an alcoholic drink

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People often smoke cigarettes when they drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks — and each cigarette-and-cocktail combo reinforces the next. “These things are so intimately linked, people don’t even have to think about lighting a cigarette when they have a beer,” says Fiore. “It’s automatic.”

Try to abstain from alcohol during your first smoke-free month, he says, when the risk of a smoking relapse is highest. After that, limit yourself to two drinks; having more can affect your judgment, making you more likely to reach for a cigarette.

Best: Fruits and Vegetables

How Coconut Oil Can Benefit Your Skin

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Smokers tend to eat less produce on a daily basis than those who don’t smoke, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. So when you’re quitting, it’s a good idea to pile it on. When the researchers analyzed 1,000 smokers, they found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were three times more likely to have stayed smoke-free for at least the past 30 days compared with those who noshed on the least. One reason? Earlier research indicates that, like dairy, eating produce worsens the taste of cigarettes. 

Best: Popcorn

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When you’re quitting, you may feel an urge to snack all the time, mainly because you can no longer keep your hands and mouth occupied with a cigarette. If your appetite has grown or you feel as if you can’t stop eating, have air-popped popcorn, suggests the American Heart Association (AHA). Not only will it keep you busy, it can also help you feel full, reducing your urge to smoke. Five cups of air-popped popcorn only contain 150 calories — but they can take a while to eat. 

Best: Frozen Grapes

frozen grapes

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The AHA also points out that you may start to crave sweets after you quit — and indulging in those cravings is a good thing because it can prevent you from reaching for a cigarette. Of course, that doesn’t mean dipping into a pint of cookies and cream regularly.

Instead of grabbing processed desserts, try eating frozen grapes, recommends the AHA. Their sweetness will help curb sugar cravings, and because they’re frozen, they’ll take longer to eat than fresh fruit. 

Best: Cinnamon Sticks

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No, we’re not suggesting that you start crunching on cinnamon sticks — but some people say that this spice can help keep cigarettes at bay. “Sucking on cinnamon sticks delivers a nice taste for no calories,” says Fiore. “It offers something you can chew on and play with in your hands.” While carrot and celery sticks may have a similar shape, they don’t have the same jolt of flavor as cinnamon. 

Best: Beans

spoons with different types of beans

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Quitting smoking is often associated with weight gain, and you really do need to watch your diet. Here’s why: You may find that you’re replacing cigarettes with food, keeping both your hands and mouth occupied. What’s more, you may have been used to the appetite-suppressing, metabolism-enhancing effects of nicotine. “Those two factors lead people to generally weigh a little less when they smoke compared with when they stop,” explains Fiore.

If the thought of gaining a few pounds is discouraging, consider adding high-fiber beans to your diet. A 2015 study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who made only one change to their diet — in this case, eating more fiber — lost nearly 5 pounds over the course of a month. And that may be exactly what you need to maintain a healthy weight in your postcigarette life. Other high-fiber foods include artichokes, broccoli, raspberries, and oatmeal. 

Worst: Low-Calorie Foods

a bowl of carrots and celery

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While it’s important to watch your calorie intake, relying only on low-calorie or diet foods can backfire. One study from 2005 published in Psychopharmacology found that smokers who slimmed down their diet by 700 calories a day smoked 8 percent more cigarettes than those who didn’t lower their calorie intake.

It may be tempting to adopt a strict diet to ward off any weight gain in advance, but doing so may hinder your attempts to quit smoking. Besides, there are healthy eating plans (like the Mediterranean diet, according to a 2016 study in the journal The Lancet) that are also associated with lower weight and a slimmer waistline — no calorie counting required.

Best: Your Favorite Food

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Once you quit smoking, the flavor and texture of food will taste much better. “Ex-smokers say, ‘I wasn’t taking advantage of the wonderful smells and tastes around me,’” says Fiore. Use this time to get back in touch with a food that you used to love before you started smoking. Whether that’s a sliver of carrot cake or a serving of risotto, try to enjoy the food while savoring your newfound senses. It may just offer a glimmer of hope during those times when quitting is a struggle.

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Much has been said and written about smoking as a dangerous health problem. Each and every person who smokes is aware of the fact that their habit could hasten them towards death. Smoking is known to be one of the carcinogenic factors, and could lead to a wide variety of cancers including lung cancer and oral cancer. Smoking also causes various breathing and respiratory problems.

But despite knowing all this, people are reluctant to stop smoking. The main attraction of smoking is tobacco smoke, which is addictive. In addition, tobacco smoke also contains nicotine, which is deadly poisonous to human beings in its pure form. Tar is another harmful ingredient. This can clog the lungs over time.

Many smokers have intentions to give up smoking but cannot go through it in the right way. The main reason behind their inability to give up smoking is its addiction. Of course, a person wishing to give up smoking must have a steely determination to do so. But many a time that is not enough. The body may react violently to the sudden giving up of smoking. For this reason, it is necessary to fortify the body also.

In Ayurveda, there are some good techniques in which the body can be trained to cope up with the reduced smoking habits. This article tries to list some of the better Ayurvedic treatments in helping smokers in their quest of giving up smoking.

Foods to help you while you stop smoking

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to stop smoking. Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, ayurveda helps to clean and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction. Also, there are some foods that can help you while you stop smoking.

#1 Ajwain

Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.

Ajwain

#2 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.

Cinnamon

#3 Water Kept In Copper Container

Copper scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.

Water Kept In Copper Container

#4 Triphala

Triphala can clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.

Triphala

#5 Basil Leaves

Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.

Basil Leaves

#6 Calamus

A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.

Calamus

#7 Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

A ball prepared out of ginger, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.

Ginger, Amla, Turmeric

#8 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.

Ashwagandha

#9 Chamomile

Chamomile helps to calm down the nerves that provides an urge for smoking addicts. You can take it in the form of tea for 2-3 times a day.

Chamomile

Ayurvedic Tips for Quitting Smoking

Apart from the foods mentioned above that help you while you stop smoking. There are also some ayurvedic tips that can give extra help to kick the habit of smoking.

  • Avoid eating acidic foods such as meat, dairy products, tea, coffee, pasta and breads.
  • Intake of alkaline food such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts etc are highly beneficial.
  • Intake of raisins, beets, lima beans, dandelion, etc can really help you to quit smoking habit.
  • Increase the amount of vitamin C in your eating habits. Fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, oranges and grapefruits very useful.
  • Sweet foods reduce the urge of smoking. In addition to that add a small quantity of honey in whatever sweet dishes you consume.
  • When you feel excessive urge of smoking it is suggest to eat something salty. Or you can lick a little salt at that time.
  • Juice of radish along with honey twice a day is very beneficial to quit smoking.
  • Chewing liquorice (mulethi) is a good alternative to cigarette. It helps you to suppress the urge of smoking when you feel so.
  • An ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils is also very effective to relax you mind and suppress the urge for smoking.
  • Herbal extracts of cedar, lavender, lemon, orange, and tea tree along with water should be sprayed in the atmosphere to avoid the fragrance of smoking to enter your surrounding that can stimulate your urge to smoke.
  • Keep yourself busy in some sorts of work that can keep you away from smoking. These ayurvedic tips are really very effective and efficient to curb the urge to smoke in an individual.

In addition to that, you will have not to make any special to follow these tips as they are very easy to carry out.

Besides these techniques, there are various other ways like taking help from a professional ayurvedic doctor, which will help you stop smoking. You can also go to an Ayurvedic retreat or a Yoga retreat. You can combine these retreats and learn all about the ayurvedic medicine and also you can get the mental and spiritual calm that you need.

Remember, socializing with friends or spending quality time with your family, will keep your mind diverted from the stress of quitting.

If you are addicted to cigarette or (any other kind of addiction) come to our Ayurvedic Treatment Center to get the best care you can possible get in all of India. 4 Generations of Ayurvedic Doctors will be here to make sure you get over them.

Finally, we invite you to share this post with your friends. And also if you have any questions, please write a comment!

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Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus spark dating rumors with makeout session in New York

That was fast! Diane Kruger has moved on from Joshua Jackson with former co-star Norman Reedus, a pairing that’s had the rumor mill in motion for years.

Kruger and Reedus, who starred together in 2015’s “Sky,” were spotted packing on the PDA in the streets of New York City on Tuesday, E! News reports.

In E! News’ photos of the two, they can be seen strolling hand-in-hand, looking happy as they make their way from “The Walking Dead” star’s home to a bar.

Kruger, 40, announced her split from Jackson in July after they dated for 10 years. However, as the Daily News reported, she was getting cozy with Reedus, 48, long before the two parted ways.

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Kruger and Reedus were spotted in December 2015 making out in a New York bar while Jackson was across the globe, soaking up the sun on a beach.

Since her split with the “Dawson’s Creek” star, Kruger hasn’t shied away from taking her romance with Reedus public.

The pair starred in the 2015 movie “Sky” together.
The pair starred in the 2015 movie “Sky” together. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Just last month, the two were photographed in New York returning from a trip together, and in December, the German-born actress dropped by Reedus’ photography exhibition opening in Paris.

But don’t feel too bad for Jackson as his former flame moves on — he was spotted earlier this month on a romantic date with a mystery brunette.