Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult tasks to tackle, but it's the first step in ridding your body of nicotine. Nicotine is the addictive agent that sparked your addiction, so, naturally, you need to get rid of it. Once you flush the nicotine from your body you can begin to focus on the emotional side of quitting. Nicotine often takes up to three days to exit the human body, but there are certain things you can do to ensure its exit and begin developing a healthy routine for your life, according to the University of Iowa.
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Drink lots of water. A total system cleanse--like the one to eliminate nicotine--requires water, and lots of it, according to SelfGrowth.com. You will have to urinate quite a bit, and this is a good thing. It means the nicotine is exiting your body.
Exercise at least once a day. Running and jogging are a great way to sweat out the nicotine in your body. If you've smoked for a long time, be careful. Too much exercise for someone who is out of shape can be harmful to the heart and lungs, but, according to EMaxHealth.com, exercise will not only flush nicotine from your body, it will make cravings more bearable.
Take lots of vitamin C. In fact, vitamin C should be one of your top priorities for the first three days during the flushing process. Drink orange juice and take vitamin C supplements throughout the day. The acidity of vitamin C is a great vehicle for exiting nicotine, according to CiggyFree.com.
Breathe deeply. Some of the deepest impurities in your lungs can be extracted by consistent and frequent breathing exercises. While sitting in your office or the classroom, take 10 deep breaths in a row, then take a break. Do this several times a day. Breathing deeply can also ease some of the stress of quitting smoking.
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