There are several diet and lifestyle changes as well as supplements that will support the body to make it easier to quit smoking. Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid and prevent the cravings rather than try to fight them once they’ve already started? So how do you do that? Read on to find out.
Support your adrenal glands
Why is this important? Part of the reason for physical cravings for cigarettes is that nicotine relaxes the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands manage the body’s stress response through the fight, flight, or freeze response in the nervous system through adrenaline and cortisol.
If you continually over stimulate the adrenal glands with caffeine or too much sugar and simple carbs, then you’ll continually feel the urge to reach for cigarettes to calm your adrenal glands back down.
When your adrenals are revved up you might feel tense, nervous, irritable, jittery, on edge, and you might even feel a sense of dread or impending doom. You might even notice your heart racing and shortness of breath or shallow breathing. These are all conditions that make it more likely you’ll want to reach for a cigarette to relieve all those feelings.
Over-stimulated or exhausted adrenal glands will also cause cravings for sugar and salt, which will lead to poor food choices and possibly over-eating.
So you can set yourself up for success by preventing the cravings. The way to do that is to:
- eliminate caffeine (or reduce to only one cup in the morning)
- reduce sugar and simple carbs (anything made with flour)
- take supplements to support the adrenal glands
- take Vitamin C (1,000 mg a day)
Taper off the caffeine gradually by reducing the amount by 25% each day. If you drink coffee, start mixing decaffeinated coffee into your regular coffee grounds when you’re brewing it. The first and second day, mix in 25% decaf; the third and fourth day mix in 50% decaf, the fifth and sixth day mix in 75% decaf; and on the seventh day use 100% decaf coffee grounds.
Supplements to support the adrenal glands
Adaptify Adrenals contains a blend of adaptogenic herbs to support the adrenal glands, stress management, balanced energy, and restful sleep. It’s critical to support all these things to help prevent cravings, withdrawal, stress, and anxiety. When your adrenals are revved up you might feel tense, nervous, irritable, jittery, or on edge and that makes you want to reach for a cigarette to calm down.
Formulated with proven adaptogens to nourish your physical, emotional and mental well being, each active ingredient works synergistically to support adrenal health, fight fatigue and manage cortisol levels. Order on Amazon
Keep blood sugar levels stable
The adrenal glands are involved in managing blood sugar levels so they will be fatigued by unstable blood sugar levels with too many high peaks and valleys. Your blood sugar levels can crash after drinking caffeine or eating foods high in sugar and simple carbs. Exhausted adrenal glands will cause cravings for sugar and salt, so that’s another reason to support your adrenal glands.
Some tips to keep blood sugar stable:
- eat something with a half hour of getting up in the morning; also drink a glass of water upon rising since your body has been fasting and dehydrated all night.
- breakfast with protein (i.e. protein powder shake, hard boiled eggs, nut butter on gluten-free toast, eggs with avocado, steel cut oatmeal with protein powder or Greek yogurt, etc.)
- incorporate moderate amounts of healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, grass-fed butter, ghee)
- eat regular meals; don’t skip meals or go too long in between
- reduce sugar, simple carbs, processed foods, and anything made with flour as much as possible; follow the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time you choose healthy, whole, natural foods and no more than 20% of the time you allow yourself to enjoy indulgences on the weekend, parties, or special occasions.
Support neurotransmitters in the brain
This natural supplement, called Crave Control, is specifically designed by a doctor to control cravings without drugs or prescription. It contains a blend of amino acids that help boost neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) that give a feeling of calm and well being as well as prevent cravings for cigarettes and even sugar and simple carbohydrates. These neurotransmitters are involved with appetite and impulse control, which are helpful for both smoking and weight loss programs.
This is also related to smoking since nicotine increases the receptor sites for these neurotransmitters, so we need to provide a replacement for the nicotine. By providing a boost of support, it makes it easier to transition off nicotine and prevent physiological cravings.
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Support your liver and kidneys
Liver Cleanse Detoxifier & Regenerator — a blend of herbs and nutrients to detoxify, cleanse, support, and repair the liver and kidneys. Smoking is very hard on the liver and kidneys due to all the toxins and heavy metals in cigarettes so it’s important to support them as they filter our blood.
If you’ve had your gall bladder removed, it’s even more important to support your liver. It’s important even for non-smokers since we are all exposed to toxins in our air (pollution), water (chlorine, fluoride, etc.), and food (pesticides, herbicides, preservatives). Order on Amazon
Relax the vagus nerve
The vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes called the rest and digest system which calms the body. The role of the vagus nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system is to slow the stress response.
Some easy ways to relax the vagus nerve:
- splash cold water on your face or plunge your face into a bowl of ice water
- take several really deep breaths from your belly
- chew gum; chewing stimulates the vagus nerve
- sing in the shower, in the car, or anywhere you can
- hum a tune at times when it’s not appropriate to sing
The vagus nerve runs behind the throat so humming and singing stimulate it.
All these supplements and changes in diet and lifestyle will help to support the body to make it easier to quit smoking. Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid and prevent the cravings rather than try to fight them once they’ve already started?