Detox your body of nicotine and other harmful additives
Most people know that nicotine addiction is one of the hardest addictions to break, but perhaps they do not know the science behind it. If you are addicted to nicotine, I highly recommend you read Nicotine Addiction 101 before you read this article. I feel that if you understand the processes happening in your body, you will better be able to cleanse yourself of nicotine addiction.
Now that you have the basics down, we can move on to ridding nicotine from your system. Once the nicotine is gone, your body (especially the brain) can begin to repair the damage. This article is about how to best manage getting rid of the nicotine, then what to eat to help keep you off of it in the future.
A special note for cigarettes
Not all nicotine addiction is from cigarettes, so this section is for cigarette users only.
When it comes to commercial cigarettes, nicotine is the most addictive substance, but there are many other addictive toxins as well that also increase the chances of heart attack, stoke and other serious problems.
I feel getting rid of these things first will help you on your journey. Before you quit “cold turkey” I suggest you switch to an non-chemical organic cigarette 21 days before you start the detox. Although it may be a bit more work, it will give your body a chance to rid itself of most of the toxins other than nicotine before you start your cleanse. This is NOT necessary if you are prepared to quit right now. I is only a suggestion for some of you.
I DO NOT recommend the patch. The studies saying it is two times more likely to quit with the patch are faulty at best. Either go cold turkey or switch to organic (tobacco only) cigarettes first. The patch is most likely WORSE for you than cigarettes. At least your lungs have some filtration before the chemicals hit your bloodstream.
How to perform a nicotine detox diet
It takes about 72 hours to rid your body of nicotine. So during this time, your diet is crucial.
- Eat 4 medium meals per day (never go hungry)
- Have a good healthy breakfast
- Try to stick with organic unprocessed foods
- Drink 64 oz of water with lemon juice per day (½ lemon per 12 oz)
- Drink carrot juice or eat carrots throughout the day (keep your blood sugar stable)
- Add some fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C (such as yellow bell peppers, oranges, or strawberries). If you would rather take a supplement, please make sure it is in whole food form. Healthforce makes an awesome whole food Vitamin C.
- Make sure you drink a laxative herbal tea every afternoon (say, when you get home from work). You want to remove any toxins from the colon before they re-absorb.
Before, during and after your nicotine detox diet
Add one superfood to your diet per week. This is smart for anyone, but critical for addiction removal. Superfoods will start to replace any vitamin or mineral deficiencies you might have, and replace some of the unhealthy “good feelings“ with real good feelings.
What I am trying to do here, is keep your body as healthy and toxin free as possible, so that you don’t find yourself fighting more than just the addiction. Nothing is going to make it easy, bit this should make it easier.
Toxic Stress is another major factor in a nicotine detox diet. Do whatever it takes to reduce the stress and stay happy and centered. If something really bothers you, now is the time to make a change. Load up on movies and other situations that make you happy or make you laugh.
This diet is a work in progress, and is by no means perfect. There doesn’t seem to be much information about the diet side of nicotine addiction. But as we know it takes 72 hours to rid the body of nicotine, it seem preferable to use a healthy detox method to do so. As always, talk to your healthcare professional about any extreme changes in diet.
Thank you for all your feedback. I have been working on a good recommendation to stop smoking for a year now. It looks like I am getting really close. A few more real people that it works for, and I will post it. This is very exciting!