What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Smoking?

There’s no point even trying to sugar coat the damage that smoking does. Smoking is a gross habit, it makes you smell, it makes your teeth turn brown, your fingers turn yellow, it ages you like nothing else, and it slowly kills you.

Stopping smoking is the best decision that you can make for your health. Some of the beneficial effects happen very quickly while others take longer to come about.

After 20 minutes, your pulse rate will return to normal.

After 8 hours, carbon monoxide and nicotine levels in your blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels increase to normal amounts.

After 48 hours, the carbon monoxide and nicotine will be out of your system entirely. Your lungs will begin to clear away the mucus and other smoking related debris, and your sense of taste and smell will improve.

After 72 hours, breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.

After 2 – 12 weeks, circulation improves.

After 3 – 9 months, coughing and wheezing subside, and breathing problems lessen as lung function increases.

After 1 year, your risk of heart disease is about half of that of a person who is still smoking.

After 10 years, your risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.

After 15 years, your risk of a heart attack is the same as that of a person who has never smoked.

But to gain all of these health benefits you’re going to have to go through a withdrawal period. Cigarettes are addictive because of the nicotine that they contain, and like any addictive drug, when the body is suddenly deprived of a substance that it has grown used to, it produces some pretty unpleasant symptoms.

If you’re planning to quit cold turkey you may be in for a tough time, especially for the first days and weeks.

Physical symptoms of withdrawal include dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, hunger, insomnia and coughing.

Don’t be discouraged though. All of these symptoms subside over time, usually taking between a few weeks to several months, depending on how much and how long you’ve been smoking.

You may also experience psychological withdrawal symptoms. Things like mood swings, confusion, depression, jitters, lack of focus, irritability, and powerful cravings. The cravings will obviously be for cigarettes, but you may also crave food.

No matter how bad things seem to get, remember that these feelings are temporary. Psychological withdrawal symptoms start to subside after about two weeks, and most ex-smokers find that they are completely gone in nine months.

Read the full article to see the full list of effects at https://www.balancemebeautiful.com/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-stop-smoking/?msID=d39d1730-4ad1-48e5-8474-81c878248cf4 

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