Let us help you kick the habit for good!
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it is one of the best things you can do for your health.
At Valley Naturopath we have access to a number of unique treatment approaches, and we work with you to create a personalized treatment plan works for you and fits your lifestyle. We help support you through the whole process from deciding to quit, to preventing relapse.
There’s no time like the present, and it’s never too late to quit
Simply put, the sooner the better – quitting smoking at an earlier age also decreases death rates from cigarette smoking.
Quitting smoking completely rather than simply decreasing one’s cigarette consumption is very important for most health benefits from quitting smoking including staying alive
Light smoking of even 1-4 cigarettes per day is associated with a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to someone who does not smoke.
Studies show that up to 90 per cent of smokers who quit relapse within six months, and that quitting cold turkey is the most effective approach to prevent relapse.
Setting a quit date within a few weeks and measurable and achievable goals to decrease the number of cigarettes used per day over a specific period of time, as well as seeking counselling have been proven to increase one’s chances of kicking the habit for good. Studies have also shown that a combination of therapies is typically most effective for quitting smoking.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can negatively affect human brain development – a process that is still ongoing until about the age of 25.
Nicotine can also produce dysfunction of the lining of our blood vessels and cause malformation of fetuses in pregnant women. Nicotine also causes a decreased ability to smell and taste, and increases your cholesterol and you blood’s tendency to clot.
Physical withdrawal is at its height within the first 2 weeks of quitting and this is usually when most quitters relapse. Common symptoms include increased appetite and weight gain. Other symptoms include restlessness, fatigue, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
Some common symptoms people can experience are increased appetite and weight gain. Other withdrawal symptoms include irritability, impatience, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and restlessness.
Naturopathic treatment tools for smoking cessation
Naturopathic doctors use many treatment tools to help smokers quit including: herbal remedies, acupuncture, and nutrition.
For example, herbs can be used help decrease cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Ear acupuncture has also been shown to help with various addictions, and promotes relaxation.
Individualized diet and lifestyle counselling can help you learn how to eat for heart health and blood sugar balance, and prevent you from replacing one addiction with another.
Stress management techniques can also be key in many cases.
Everyone smokes for different reasons and develops unique habits – this is why at Valley Naturopath we work with you to create a personalized treatment plan works for you and fits your lifestyle.
For more information, feel free to call, e-mail or come in for a free introductory visit.
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