Q – Are there any natural aids to help me stop smoking. I’ve tried several times using things like nicotine replacement gums and patches but always seem to go back to smoking. Can you give me any advice?
A – The idea of ‘replacement therapy’ suggests that something crucial to health is being replaced. But of course, your body has no biological need for nicotine, and quitting does not produce a deficiency. Instead, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that involve pills, patches and gums, are what the late stop-smoking guru Allen Carr called nicotine continuation therapy. They pump the very chemical that makes cigarettes addictive straight into your system
What is more several studies have shown that nicotine replacement simply doesn’t work over the long term. The authors of a Harvard University study published earlier this year found that relapse rates were the same whether a person used NRT or not.
What this means is that in spite of the millions we spend each year on nicotine replacement products, when it comes to quitting smoking very little, it seems, beats old fashioned will power combined with a supportive network of friends and family around you.
The good news is that acute cigarette cravings usually only last less than 5 minutes. If you can get past this this you will be one step closer to quitting and each time you do get past the craving the next craving gets a little less daunting and a little more manageable.
Cravings are also ‘situational’ inasmuch as the impulse to smoke can be triggered by the places you are (like pubs or bars) and whether or not the people around you are smoking. While you are trying to quit keep a “smoke free” zone around you in order to help yourself naturally quit smoking. It is advisable to stop drinking alcohol while quitting smoking, especially if you are a social smoker.
It’s also worth trying a natural colon or liver cleanse to detox your body faster and help you naturally quit more easily. See our tips on detox in this article. In addition, consider these helpful steps:
Finally if you have tried to stop smoking before and it didn’t work, don’t be disheartened, with patience and perseverance you will succeed.
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