Here's What Happens to Your Body When Stop Smoking

What Happens to Your Body When Stop Smoking? Starting from the ear canal to the circulatory system, cigarettes can harm almost every part of your body. Unfortunately, for nicotine addicts, quitting smoking is a frightening specter so they tend to prefer to live with the damage that has already been caused. The first weeks after quitting smoking is usually the most difficult period, it takes at least 8-12 weeks before someone is declared free of cigarette addicts and reconciled with his new lifestyle as a former smoker.

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But as it turns out, the body will start the regenerative process even just minutes after you quit smoking. Here is a time chronology of the reaction that occurs in the body after your last cigarette.

First 20 minutes.

One of the effects of smoking is blood pressure as well as increased heart rate due to nicotine that poison the circulatory system. The benefits of quitting smoking can already be seen in the first few minutes. Approximately 20 minutes after the last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to decline and stabilize to normal levels.

After 2 hours.

The tips of your fingers and toes will begin to feel warm due to peripheral blood circulation that gradually recovers. But watch out! In this period of time, you will be susceptible to "addictive" nicotine. The early signs and symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:
  • Severe cravings
  • Anxiety, tension, frustration
  • Drowsiness or insomnia
  • Increased appetite
  • Tingling in the palms of the hands or feet
  • Sweating
  • A headache

8-12 hours.

Carbon monoxide if consumed in large quantities will replace oxygen to bind itself to red blood cells and cause various heart problems. The first 8 hours after you stop smoking, carbon monoxide levels in the body begin to decline and are replaced with oxygen.

24 hours.

The chance of a heart attack in the smoker group is higher when compared with the non-smoker group, reaching 70%. The good news, after 24 hours of your last cigarette, the risk of a heart attack that has been haunting you will gradually decline.

Your lungs will also begin to dissolve the mucus and the toxic substances that stick to blocking your breathing path. Note also the symptoms of "addictive" that usually appear in this phase. As your lung performance begins to improve, you may experience general flu symptoms (a sore throat, cough, and other respiratory problems).

After 48 hours.

Nicotine causes chemical addictions that signal your body to meet the needs of nicotine levels to some degree in a definite time. If this need is not met, cigarette addicts can lead to the sensory collection, especially the sense of smell and taste. After 48 hours, the nerve endings will grow back so that the two senses will work as usual.

3 days.

At this stage, all the levels of nicotine remaining in your body will disappear entirely. The bad news is, in this phase also the symptoms of smoking addiction will be vulnerable to arise and increase. You may experience nausea, cramps, and various emotional problems in addition to the early symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Tension and craving will slowly accumulate during this phase, sometimes until it is unbearable. To fight "addiction", reward or treat yourself to a personal record of net achievement from cigarettes today. Use cigarettes to buy clothes, for example, or running shoes that you have long been craving for.

2-12 weeks.

Smoking affects your blood circulation, making any physical activity that you run feels heavy and excruciating. As a result, your body's health decreases. After weeks away from the grip of nicotine, you can now exercise or do other physical routines without the need to feel sick and tired. This energy recovery is caused by the regenerative process of the body which is reactivated. Your lung and respiratory function will also start to improve. Generally, the phenomenon of "addiction" will begin to decline when a person manages to reach this phase.

3-9 months.

Months after you smoke-free, your body's health will increase. Coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulties from smoking that you have been complaining about will slowly disappear along with the regenerative process of your lungs. The craving symptoms will disappear altogether at this stage.

1 year.

This phase is a very monumental stepping stone for you. Cigarettes damage the artery walls and cause blockage of the arteries due to fatty substances (atheromas) that accumulate. After one year completely free of smoking, the risk of heart disease (coronary heart, angina, stroke) will drop dramatically to 50% when compared to when you still have not quit smoking.

Also, read 7 Reasons Why People Smoking.

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