I can't quit!

Did you know that whilst smoking rates have dropped to only 22% in the general public, over 50% of people with chronic pain still smoke? Most people are well aware of all the reasons to quit smoking, but people living with Fibromyalgia find it particularly difficult to quit because of their chronic pain condition. Whilst people living in chronic pain get some immediate comfort from smoking, they are compounding their physical problems. One of the issues that arises for smokers is Parasthesia, a burning or prickling sensation that a person experiences on the feet, legs, arms, hands, and other parts of the body.


The problem for sufferers of chronic pain is that quitting smoking adds to their discomfort when they are dealing with the challenges of nicotine addiction withdrawal as well. Dr. Steven Yen has some great tips for anyone wanting to quit which he shares in Issue 9 of Health Naturally Magazine.


Whilst it is common knowledge that quitting smoking is beneficial to one’s health, it may not be as well known that the body does begin to heal very quickly. By adding a few important foods and supplements, this healing will happen even faster. When you quit smoking, in 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. In 4 hours the nicotine level in your blood will halve. In 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level increases. In 1-2 days, nicotine by-products are removed from your blood. In 2-3 days, Taste buds revive, and your ability to taste and smell improves. In 2 – 12 weeks, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your circulation improves.  You will also find that exercise is easier and your lung function improves. It makes so much sense to quit when you can see all this improvement in such a short amount of time.


Learn some useful tips on quitting smoking and see what you can do today to improve your health in Issue 9!