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Smoking Dependency Recommendations

Eat more asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potatoes, and turnips; also eat plenty of grains, nuts, seeds, and unpolished brown rice; millet cereal is a good source of protein

Eat wheat, oat and bran, and also consume yellow and deep-orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams

Apples, berries, Brazil nuts, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, legumes (including chickpeas, lentils, and red beans), and plums are also helpful

Drink fresh carrot juice as a preventative measure against lung cancer

Do not consume junk foods, processed refined foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar, or white flour

Do not eat any animal protein except for broiled fish (up to three servings per week); never eat luncheon meat, hot dogs, or smoked or cured meats

Keep in mind that the acute craving for a cigarette normally only lasts for five minutes or less; focusing on this fact may make it easier to wait it out; also remember that it gets easier and easier as time goes by

When craving strikes, take a walk or do some sit-ups, or engage in any activity that can momentarily take your mind off cigarettes

Drink spring or steam-distilled water only

Eat onions and garlic, or take garlic in supplement form

Cayenne (Capsicum) desensitizes respiratory tract cells to irritants from cigarette smoke

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients:

Coenzyme Q10—Aids oxygen flow to the brain; protects heart tissue; also acts as an antioxidant to protect cells and the lungs

Grape Seed Extract—Helps to protect and repair the lungs; Nutrina’s Pine Bark, Grape Seed & Green Tea Extracts is an excellent source

Vitamin B Complex—Necessary in cellular enzyme systems often damaged in smokers

Vitamin B12—Increases energy; needed for liver function

Folic Acid—Needed for the formation of red blood cells; important for healthy cell division and replication

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids—Important antioxidant that protects against cell damage; smoking drastically depletes the body of Vitamin C

Vitamin E—One of the most important antioxidants, needed to protect cells and organs from damage by the smoke; use d-alpha-tocopherol form

Vitamin A—Antioxidant that aid in the healing of mucous membranes and important for lung protection

Beta Carotene—Precursor to vitamin A with similar properties

Zinc—Important in immune function

Multivitamin and Mineral Complex—Necessary for immune function and to restore depleted nutrients; Nutrina’s Daily Fitness Formula, Athlete’s Formula, and Marathon Formula, are excellent products

Selenium—Helps to prevent cell damage

For a more in-depth discussion of Smoking Dependency and its recommended nutritional treatment, consult Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, M.D.

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