How to keep the new years resolution to quit smoking

How to keep the new years resolution to quit smoking

Author -  Good Health

It’s a popular resolution and the desire and ability to stop smoking is a challenging task even for those with the strongest will power. Anxiety and irritability are common symptoms experienced when giving up smoking. Luckily, our naturopaths are here to provide the best ways to manage stress and stay serious about the 2014 goal of kicking nicotine out for good! It is proven that you are much more likely to quit and stay quit if you have support, so be sure to also contact Quitline on 0800 778 778 for some extra quidance and support.

Just the thought of being deprived of something you enjoy doing or having with your morning coffee or evening chardonnay can set our emotions in a whirlwind. It’s particularly difficult when emotions and stress are often triggers for smoking to begin with. We can help our body deal with stress more effectively to avoid reaching for a cigarette in response to a stressful event or feeling. Supplements and herbs can be effective at providing nervous system support when going through stressful periods, whether it’s long-term or short-term.

Stress and Vitality Support is a synergistic 3 in 1 herbal adaptogen formula. Adaptogens are herbs that are able to increase the body’s capacity to cope with stress and recharge the adrenal glands, which are the body's mechanism for responding to stress and emotional changes. Stress and Vitality Support provides support for today’s fast paced demanding lifestyle to help adapt and cope with stress and nervous tension whilst supporting energy levels and performance. This support can help you cope with the emotional drawbacks of quitting smoking. Giving up smoking is not only an emotional and mental stressor but also affects the body physically. 

Stress and Vitality Support can help you deal with everyday stressors more effectively. This triple action formula contains 3 clinically researched ingredients; Rhodiola, Withania and Siberian Ginseng for nervous system support.

B Stress free contains key herbs to soothe and calm nervous irritation and tension and targets healthy adrenal function. An increased demand for B vitamins are required during times of stress, particularly B5 which stimulates the adrenal glands and increases production of adrenal hormones to improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions. Antioxidants vitamin C and E protect the body against damaging stressors such as free radicals. During stressful situations there is a greater demand needed for Vitamin C because the storage of vitamin C in the adrenal glands depletes faster.

Another helpful mineral is magnesium, which is really important for a healthy nervous system. Overall magnesium has a calming and relaxing effect that helps to ease both physical and emotional tension. It’s important to remember that increased levels of magnesium are required during stressful times. Magnesium Ultra is a high strength formula that is oxide-free  for  superior absorption. It contains more easily absorbable forms of magnesium with vitamins for a faster acting, more effective supplement.

Do you know why Vitamin C is so essential for smokers and ex-smokers? Smokers use up vitamin C at a faster rate than non-smokers due to the formation of free radicals in the blood and vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. Smokers also have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood than non-smokers. Taking a vitamin C supplement is a good idea because smoking is known to cause damage to blood vessels which can lead to cardiovascular disorders including strokes and heart disease. Increasing your body’s levels of vitamin C might improve function in blood vessels that have been damaged by years of smoking. Smoking seems to have a damaging effect to the blood vessels and Vitamin C is an important antioxidant which helps protect the cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C is also vital for adrenal function, and is easily depleted during stress and therefore makes it a great supplement to take along with either B stress free and Stress and Vitality Support.

Opti-C is an advanced, highly absorbable Vitamin C that provides potent 24 hour immune support and antioxidant protection. It contains key metabolites (threonic acid) that activate the Vitamin C molecules for better absorption & bioavailability. It also contains bioflavonoids to protect and enhance the action, and increase the absorption of the Vitamin C. Opti-C is absorbed faster than standard vitamin C, making it highly bio-available from the moment you take it. Furthermore, concentration in the blood is twice as high as regular vitamin C for several hours after consumption. Opti-C has a neutral buffered pH of 6.5-7.5 making it non-acidicand therefore gentle on the stomach and tooth enamel..

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