If you have been a smoker, you will know how difficult it is to quit smoking. Lots of resolution, anti-smoking pills, nicotine patches, a day of going without smoking, suffering from nicotine withdrawals; quitting cigarette is a messy affair! In today’s topic, we will discuss how to eliminate nicotine from the system. To get further into the topic, let’s first learn what happens when we smoke and how nicotine affects our system.
What happens to your body when you smoke:
Carbon-monoxide and nicotine from the smoke puts a strain on your heart and makes it work faster. This increases the risk of blood clots. It also damages the lining of the coronary arteries.
How nicotine affects the body:
Nicotine affects the heart, the gastrointestinal tract and the hormones. Nicotine also causes a sudden rush of adrenaline that stimulates the body increasing the blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and respiration.
How long does it take for nicotine to get out of the system:
With smoking, nicotine gets absorbed into the bloodstream, the enzymes in the liver break the nicotine to form cotinine. With regular smoking, it stays in the system for up to three months after ingestion. If you smoke occasionally, traces of cotinine can be tested in the urine for 4 days.
Nicotine stays in the bloodstream for 1-3 days after the last exposure and cotinine can be detected positive in blood for up to 10 days.
It takes up to 4 days for nicotine to get completely flushed out from the saliva.
Withdrawal symptoms of nicotine:
It takes at least 48 to 72 hours for nicotine to completely leave the system. However, the nicotine stays in your system sending you craving signals to take in more nicotine. If you are still smoking to give in to the cravings, it will get difficult to leave smoking as you are feeding your system with more nicotine. To get rid of nicotine, you must first quit smoking fully. As it is an addictive compound, you will face some withdrawal symptoms like
- Intense cravings to smoke
- Burning sensation in the skin
- Lack of focus
- An intense headache
- Anxiety, depression, irritability
Ways to flush nicotine out of the system:
After you have been able to successfully quit smoking, here are some natural ways you can flush nicotine out of your system
A piece of advice from nicotinefree.org is you must drink as much water as you can because it helps to flush nicotine and other chemicals from your body.
Vitamin C-rich foods and orange juice:
Vitamin c is the best-known substance to help your system flush the nicotine from the bloodstream. It helps to boost metabolism and increase the count of white blood cells in the body to clear nicotine faster. Drink as much orange juice you can throughout the day. You can also have strawberries as it is loaded with Vitamin C. Have a lot of fruits and veggies can be beneficial as it contains a lot of water the makes the taste of cigarette less appealing.
Veggies like celery, cucumber, eggplant, zucchinis, and beans can affect the taste of a cigarette. Having a lot of these vegetables can decrease nicotine dependence. Also, ensure that you do not eat sweet vegetable during the withdrawal phase as excess glucose activates areas in the brain that stimulates your craving to smoke.
This fruit alone is capable of flushing nicotine out of your system and replenish your system with Vitamin A, C, and E that is reduced by smoking.
Spinach and broccoli:
Being rich in vitamins and folic acid, these green veggies keeps metabolism high and protects the lungs from toxin damage.
Rich in Vitamins A, B, C and K, carrot juice eliminates nicotine from the body.
Even after successfully quitting smoking, some emotional drawbacks might pose you a challenge to grab a smoke. Don’t give in!