According to the American Lung Association, there are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals.
At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Many of these chemicals also are found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.
Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:
- Acetone – found in nail polish remover
- Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
- Ammonia – a common household cleaner
- Arsenic – used in rat poison
- Benzene – found in rubber cement
- Butane – used in lighter fluid
- Cadmium – active component in battery acid
- Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
- Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
- Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
- Lead – used in batteries
- Naphthalene – an ingredient in mothballs
- Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
- Nicotine – used as insecticide
- Tar – material for paving roads
- Toluene – used to manufacture paint
As you can see, cigarettes contain numerous harmful toxins that damage the body.
Just 10 seconds after a cigarette smoker inhales, nicotine is absorbed through the skin and the mucosal linings in the nose, mouth and lungs, and travels through the bloodstream to the brain.
Nicotine can also lead to insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance, as well as an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
It affects thyroid hormones, pituitary hormones, sex hormones and adrenal hormones.
These foods can help you flush out the nicotine and other toxins from the body:
1. Water: Flushes out the toxins from the body through your skin. Also, nicotine dehydrates the body, so you need water to re-hydrate the body, 8-12 cups of water is the recommended dose of water daily.
2. Broccoli: Contains high levels of vitamins B5 and C, and the broccoli protects the lungs from damage.
3. Spinach: Makes tobacco tastes bad, and it also is rich in vitamins and folic acid.
4. Dry herbs: Reduce nicotine in the body, and they are rich in vitamins A and E.
5. Berries: Flush out harmful toxins in the body.
6. Oranges: Contain high levels vitamin C, boost your metabolism, and reduces stress.
7. Kiwi: Replenishes vitamins A, C, and E that smoking reduces.
8. Carrot juice: Has vitamins A, B, C, and K that eliminate nicotine from the body. Carrot juice is high in vitamins that replenish the skin’s nutrients to make it glow because nicotine makes the skin look dull.
9. Pomegranate: Helps the blood circulation and blood cell count.
So, if you’re thinking about smoking or you’re trying to quit, try these foods to help you quit smoking or to help you resist smoking.