From the very moment that you smoke your last cigarette, your body is doing all it can to eliminate whatever it cannot use. Our body’s are like a huge conglomerate that owns many
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different manufacturing businesses. And each of those manufacturing plants are the trillions of cells that our body houses. When we add anything to our body, air, water, food, or any organic or inorganic substance, our body looks to identify it and send it to where it can be used in the manufacturing process. And what is our body manufacturing? Hormones, blood, lymph fluids, saliva, tears, new cells, whatever it needs to stay alive and functioning as well as possible.
So anything that our body cannot use is either stored or eliminated. Anything that comes into our body from cigarette smoking is not needed by our body. I never heard of a normal human being having a deficiency of any of the more than 4000 chemical compounds that a burning cigarette supplies to us. So what isn’t stored is released. Nicotine is one of the chemicals that leaves our body quickly. So quickly that it is felt almost immediately upon the cessation of your last cigarette. That’s the normal discomfort that a smoker feels that they associate with needing another cigarette. Some think it’s a craving, but it’s not. It’s just a mild sensation that goes away when you smoke. In most smokers it is so mild that if they are distracted by anything they will completely forget they were looking for a smoke.
So here’s what happens within 24 of your last smoke:
The human body is amazingly resilient.
Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process
begins. The benefits will continue to improve your health
and quality of life for years.
When you quit smoking, the benefits begin within minutes of your
At 20 minutes after quitting:
* Blood pressure decreases
* Pulse rate drops
* Body temperature of hands and feet increases.
At 8 hours:
* Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
* Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
At 24 hours:
* Chance of a heart attack decreases
So I’m sure you have some personal reasons to quit smoking, and it’s time to start focusing on them until you are so fed up with smoking and not having the control you want that you are ready to quit right now.
If you can muster up that kind of intensity on your own, that’s great! If not, don’t worry, all is not lost. Either way, when you need some help quitting smoking, give me a call at
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