Our body is constantly trying to communicate with us.
And we should listen.
After all, a gnawing cough, shortness of breath and mild headache are signs that it is time to change something.
After you stop smoking cigarettes – even for as little as 24 hours – the body begins to heal itself. You benefit from more energy, better blood circulation and even an increase in libido. But quitting comes with some uncomfortable physical symptoms as well, and if not prepared, these side effects can be both difficult to manage and daunting.
Because of this, we want to prepare you for all of the physical symptoms you will experience when you quit smoking – the good, the bad, and the nervousness.
Breathe easier: Smoking affects the entire respiratory system, including the lungs, windpipe, and voice box. When you stop, your lungs naturally begin to remove the harmful residue, which allows for improved lung function. Breathing becomes noticeably easier after just a few days.
Better circulation: In just two weeks, your blood circulation begins to improve, which makes physical activities such as walking, jogging or climbing stairs much easier.
Strengthening the immune system: Consuming tobacco products weakens your body’s immune response and makes you more susceptible to disease. But after you quit, you will benefit from increased oxygen levels and lower inflammation, which boost the immune system.
Cleaner teeth and mouth: No more yellowish stains on teeth and gums. Quitting smoking refreshes your breath and mouth.
Improved Sex Life and Fertility: Better blood flow means improved blood flow and more sensitivity. Men who quit smoking tend to have longer-lasting erections, while women report easier arousal. Non-smokers also have an easier time getting pregnant.
a headache: It is common to have a headache and mild nausea when nicotine leaves the body.
Tingling in the extremities: That’s actually a good thing. As your blood circulation improves, you may feel a tingling sensation in your hands and feet.
to cough: A sign that the lungs are filtering out mucus and that the cilia (tiny hairs in the lungs) are active again.
Strep throat: As a side effect of your cough, a sore throat is temporary and will likely go away after a few days.
Constipation: Since nicotine affects the colon, it is normal to feel bloated or constipated as it leaves the system.
Irritability and frustration: Since you are giving up a highly addictive substance and breaking your normal routine, it is normal to feel easily irritated and upset. But these feelings pass.
anxiety: Breaking a habit can be difficult, especially one that is physically addicting. If the anxiety becomes overwhelming, try talk therapy or other alternative treatments to lift your mood.
Tremble: The lack of nicotine can cause tremors or tremors in the hands and fingers.