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Improving Your Lung Health: Tips for Quitting Smoking Successfully

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If you have been a long-time active smoker, quitting and recovering can have a significant positive impact on your overall health.  To give you a few examples, quitting smoking has been shown to have an effect on the brain by destroying the addiction pattern.

Following a month of not smoking, the nicotine receptors in your brain will restore to their normal levels, thereby reducing your reliance on cigarettes. Ending your cigarette habit can have a variety of physical health benefits, including improving your night vision and clearing your skin.

Smoking has immediate impacts on the skin, such as dehydration, and over time, smoking is a major contributor to premature aging. In just a few weeks after quitting, you will notice that your skin is more moisturized and clear, and you will no longer have to worry about your bad habit hastily speeding up the aging process.

Even more crucially, quitting smoking has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, as well as the risk of developing heart disease, heart attack, and cancer, all of which can be life-threatening. 

When it comes to those of you who believe that smoking is an appetite suppressor, keep in mind that when you quit smoking, you will lose weight around your waist and lessen your risk of developing diabetes. The most obvious benefit of quitting is related to your lung health.

Additionally, quitting smoking lowers your risk of developing COPD COPD, in addition to lowering your overall cancer risk. While there may not be an easy method to quit smoking, there are a number of strategies that might help you stay on track with your goal of quitting, such as: 

Be highly motivated

Find a strong reasoning that is powerful enough to help you resist the impulse to take another drag from your cigarette. Some people believe that this is about protecting their children from secondhand smoking and setting a good example. Even if you try to disguise it, they will find out. Perhaps you're motivated by the desire to appear younger, or, more crucially, by the desire to breathe easier and live a longer, healthier life.



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Do your research

There are numerous methods for quitting smoking available, and the internet makes it superly easy for you to access such information. You can consult with your doctor, look for an online or in-person support group, or even meditate to alleviate your symptoms. Check out evaluations of the different approaches and pick which one will be the most suitable for you after doing your research.

Replace

If you find that smoking helps you relax, you might want to treat yourself to a massage after a week without smoking. Alternatively, every time you feel the temptation to light up, drink a glass of water and practice mindful meditation for a few minutes. 

Additionally, attempt to increase your physical activity. Substituting something good for smoking will make you less likely to counter with another cigarette.

Avoid your triggers

Try to avoid anything that makes you want to smoke, at least until you've passed the one-month mark where your nicotine receptors have returned to normal. It may be alcohol or it may be coffee. 

There are instant health benefits to quitting smoking after your last cigarette, but there are also steps you may take to counteract the damage you've already done. While it is impossible to restore your lung function, it is possible to increase your lung capacity, which will allow you to breathe easier and regain the endurance you may have lost as a result of years of tobacco use.

The use of a breathing exercise device such as the WellO2 can be quite beneficial. Using warm steam and counter pressure breathing, the device strengthens, opens, and purifies the airways, resulting in improved health and well-being.


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