Smoking is one unhealthy habit that unfortunately still do a lot of people. Many ways to get rid of nicotine addiction, such as chewing gum specifically, taking pills or drugs, exercise, meditation, active in several activities, to make some substantial changes in lifestyle.
However, not many people are aware about the fact that what we eat and drink can actually help improve or worsen the taste of cigarettes.
According to experts from Duke University, foods and beverages such as meat and caffeinated beverages make smoking more tasteful. However, dairy products and fresh vegetables actually makes cigarettes taste worse. Now, let’s look at the five foods and beverages that can help us stop smoking.
1. Milk and other dairy products
Many smokers say, after drinking a glass of milk, smoking does not bring the expected flavor and satisfaction. Milk makes cigarettes taste very bitter and unpleasant. This can help reduce cravings and help get rid of nicotine addiction.
2. Orange juice
If you want to quickly stop smoking, try to consume more orange juice. The reason is, when someone smokes regularly, they will lose a lot of vitamin C, and their bodies will be used to exchange with some unnatural elements of nicotine. Some fruits such as oranges, lemon, black currant, and pomegranate is the best food for those who are trying to get rid of nicotine dependence.
Celery, along with other vegetables like zucchini, beans, and cucumbers also affect flavor cigarettes. In fact, scientists assess, many types of food consumption may reduce nicotine dependence (as long as it does not consume alcohol). This is also why the snack sticks at once replied celery may help reduce cravings. However, you do not have to worry if you do not like celery because the celery can be replaced with a carrot.
But remember, eating lots of vegetables, sweet is not too good because of the excessive amount of glucose would activate brain areas related to the responsible enjoyment and satisfaction. Thus, glucose can stimulate the appetite.
Broccoli is a type of green vegetables are very beneficial for everyone because it has a wide range of therapeutic properties. In particular, it helps to reduce the risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance that increases the activity of NRF2 gene and protect the lungs from damage by toxins from nicotine. Unfortunately, the study found evidence that the therapeutic properties of broccoli does not work for smokers because nicotine killing activity of sulforaphane.
5. Red wine
A glass of red wine a day lowers the risk of lung cancer in both smokers and nonsmokers. The researchers from South California found that people who drank a glass of red wine every day has a 60 percent lower chance of developing lung cancer. Red wine has flavonoids and resveratrol, are also very useful for heart and blood (as it prevents blood clotting).
However, you also have to be careful and do not eat lots of red wine because of this situation will expose you to two problems at once, ie, nicotine addiction (cigarettes) and alcohol.