Did you know that most smokers reach for a cigarette because their bodies are dehydrated?
The natural thirst mechanism in the body may be affected by smoking and when it reminds you in its weakened state that you need to put fluids into your body, the natural reaction of you as the smoker is to reach for and light up another cigarette.
This action of course dehydrates you even more, and the bodies weakened cries for hydration / water result in another and then another cigarette.
Many of the smokers who have wanted to quit that I have worked with over the years have expressed amazement at these facts, and have often admitted that they actually do not consume water as such. They have it in tea, coffee, soda’s and soft drinks, and in some instances even in a beer, however few of them actually drank water on its own.
When you add tea, coffee, and so on to your water it is recognised differently by the body. Basically the body views it as a food, and it will use the majority of the water it contains to ‘flush’ the tea or coffee through your system.
I usually recommend to my clients who are giving up smoking to buy a six pack of bottles of water and to place a bottle at each place they normally have a cigarette, beside their chair in front of the television, in the car, beside the telephone, and so on.
Then when you would normally reach for a cigarette, reach instead for your bottle of water, close your eyes, count to three, and take a few swallows from your bottle of water, you will in most instances not have a craving or an urge for a cigarette after you have swallowed the water.
Now as we all know we live in a toxic environment anyway, and smoking puts even more toxins directly into your body, I ask my clients “where do they think the first place in the body that the toxins are absorbed is” and in 99% of cases they will tell me the lungs. This unfortunately is a fallacy as toxins are absorbed directly through the tongue as well, and may also contribute to toxicity in the brain.
Brain toxicity can lead to diminished long and short term memory and tie this in with some simple dehydration and you have a good chance of reducing your mathematical skills and your focus and concentration as well.
So what do I as a practitioner recommend?
Make sure that you have sufficient hydration; the average adult requires 2.5 to 3 litres of fluid a day, to aid absorption by the body I suggest adding 20% Apple and Pear juice to your water, and give some serious thought to detoxing your body and extending your anticipated life span.
‘At an moment in your life you are either moving toward disease or you are moving towards wellness’