Nicotine which is highly addictive can trigger symptoms of withdrawal in people who have just quit smoking, thus causing people often fail in their attempt to stop smoking.
There are many ways to counter the effects of withdrawal, such as nicotine patches, hypnosis and some prescription drugs. But apparently not many people know that food can also help.
Here are some foods that can help you stop smoking, according to Lifemojo:
1. Milk and milk products
Milk is one food that provides a comprehensive nutrition for the body. But not many people know that milk can also help you quit smoking.
Dukes University revealed that smokers who drank a glass of milk before smoking will not like the taste of their cigarettes. They complained that the taste of cigarettes suddenly becomes bitter. You can also dip cigarettes into the milk and let it dry. This will create a sense of bad taste of cigarettes in the mouth.
2. Certain vegetables
Some vegetables such as celery, cucumber and eggplants also leaves a bitter taste if eaten before smoking. In addition, some experts claim that eating lots of vegetables may reduce the intensity of nicotine dependence.
However, vegetables such as beans and sweet corn can increase your desire to stimulate areas of the brain responsible for pleasure and satisfaction.
3. Orange juice
Smoking robs the body’s supply of vitamin C, making you deficient in vitamin C which is filled with nicotine. So if you want to kick the smoking habit quickly, start drinking more orange juice or eat more fruits such as oranges, lemons and pomegranates which are packed with vitamin C as a powerhouse.
Whenever you want to smoke, you should eat something salty, or lick a little salt with the tip of your tongue. It can kill your urge to smoke.
Ginseng has been shown to prevent nicotine-induced release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. It should not be used everyday but can be used 3-4 times a month.
Chewing sugarless gum when you have the urge to smoke is a good way to keep the mouth ‘busy’.