Avid smokers and people who’ve been smoking for quite some time are in a dilemma if quitting smoking is worth the trouble? They consider the pros and cons of quitting and many believe that the damage is already done and there’s nothing they can do to improve their health. Moreover, when they think about the cravings and nicotine withdrawal stages it’s just too much to handle.
But quitting will make a big difference, a huge one, the only problem is to make yourself to stop. Despite the fact that you may have smoked for years, your body can and will heal, only if you stop poisoning it. You will notice the first difference in just a few days and if you manage to quit, after a few years, you’ll wonder how you even smoked before.
Just be persistent and don’t cave in to the cravings. The initial couple of weeks may be hard, but once you get through them, it will be easier.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect after you stop smoking:
- Get your blood pressure under control
When you stop smoking you will be able to get your blood pressure under control easier. Your blood flow and circulation will improve and your blood pressure will normalize.
- Reduce your blood carbon monoxide levels
Quitting smoking will help you reduce the damaging levels of carbon monoxide in your blood by a whopping 50%. Moreover, you’ll increase the oxygen levels and lower your risk of bacteria and infections. You can expect this to start happening in just 8 hours after you’ve had your last smoke.
- Improve your cardiovascular health
Your cardiovascular health will be improved as well and you will significantly lower your risk of stroke and heart attack. Moreover, your sense of taste and smell will become enhanced.
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- Easier breathing
When you smoke you have difficulties breathing, it’s a normal side-effect of the habit. Once you quit you will breathe easier because your bronchial tubes will relax. You can say goodbye to the bad cough as well.
- Increased energy levels for longer walks
As we mentioned already, quitting smoking will improve your lung function and blood circulation. This will make walking 30% easier in just the first two weeks. As time passes by, walking will become even easier.
- Eliminate coughing and ease congestion
Once your respiratory problems are eliminated the cough and congestion will slowly disappear as well. Your bronchial tubes, now repaired and improved, will help your body expel the mucus, infections and bacteria much easier.
- Improved sleeping
One study showed that smokers have much harder time falling asleep than non-smokers. Every night we go to bed our body goes through a minor nicotine withdrawal phase which prevents you from sleeping tight. If you want to improve your sleeping you should definitely think about quitting.
- Stronger bones
When you quit smoking you will strengthen your bones as well.
- Lower your risk of heart attack
Quitting smoking will strengthen your heart as well so it will lower your risk of heart attack and similar heart problems.
- Repaired lungs
Your lungs need 10 years of non-smoking to be restored back to normal. This may lower your risk of lung cancer significantly. Plus, all the dangerous chemicals that have been building up in your lungs will be eliminated and your overall bodily function will improve.
- Brighter teeth
We all know that smoking stains teeth and makes them yellowish, which is something we all despise. Quitting smoking will restore your pearly whites to their original self and will keep your mouth risk-free.
- Perfect complexion
And lastly, quitting smoking will improve the quality of your skin. Smokers then to age and wrinkle up faster than non-smokers, so if you want to prevent this from happening you need to stop smoking as soon as possible. For a youthful looking skin stop smoking ASAP.