This month we will be keeping tabs on your New Years Resolutions, in
order to empower you, help you to stay on track and give you some
great tips for keeping your promise to yourself.
Empowering Resolutions: Managing Your Smoking Habit
There is both a physiological and psychological component to smoking.
Dopamine is a natural substance in your body that dulls pain and
increases the feeling of pleasure. This is actually triggered when
you are smoking. When you smoke, you elevate your dopamine levels. So
when you don't smoke, your body craves a cigarette. If you can quit,
you can switch your dopamine levels back to normal. Smoking also
becomes a behavioral addiction. You get used to the action of picking
up something and putting it in your mouth.
Start by cutting your cigarettes in half. This limits the amount of
nicotine by decreasing the size and intake.
The hardest part of quitting comes in the first week. You feel
sluggish, have cravings and start expelling phlegm and mucus from the
lung's lining. This is the process your body endures as you start
detoxing your system.
Top 10 Tips for Detoxing
1. Eating a diet that focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits.
2. Eat whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
3. Adopt a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise.
4. Avoiding drugs and excessive alcohol.
5. Taking a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
6. Take nutritional/herbal supplements to protect and enhance organ
7. Fasting is one of the quickest ways to increase elimination of
waste and enhance the healing process of the body.
8. Go on a three day fast, four times per year (fasting at the change
of the seasons is a good rule to remember).
9. Take care of your skin and know your skin type.
10. Consider a self empowering affirmation to clear your mind.
In general, it is usually recommended that you begin with the
intestines (see detoxing the organs in Chinese Medicine). The reason
for this is if you focus on the liver first, the stored toxic
substances that are released from the body tissues may become
reabsorbed if the bowels are not moving adequately enough to expel
them and can monitor your progress throughout the program.
The most easiest, inexpensive and effective methods of detoxification
are fasting and specific dietary regimens. Keep in mind that the goal
is to achieve a healthier way of eating, not weight loss, or to rid
the body of all bacteria. In fact, "the good bacteria," known as
probiotics, is necessary in order to remain in good health.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
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