We’ve covered the alternatives of smoking so many types in this blog– but what happens to your body when you do quit? We know all about withdrawals, and while they sound like an easy thing to face, the reality is that they aren’t.
Having withdrawals is the hardest part about quitting because of its strong tendency for an individual to take a simple puff of cigarette. But did you know that the effects of quitting can actually start as quickly as twenty minutes? Yes, it’s that immediate. After taking your last cigarette, your heart rate will start to drop.
Your heart rate and blood pressure will go back to normal. This will also help your peripheral circulation from high to low. Nicotine withdrawals actually starts around this time making the tips of your fingers feeling warm. Many other symptoms like anxiety, increased appetite, intense cravings, and trouble sleeping may occur.
The effects of carbon monoxide can be troubling as it bonds with blood cells. When high levels of carbon monoxide occurs, cells may have a hard time bonding with oxygen that it can turn into life threatening issues like cardiovascular problems. So, after 12 hours of quitting, the amount of carbon monoxide that is found inside the body decreases.
The chilling fact is that smokers have a 70% higher rate to experience a heart attack than those who do not smoke. Even after going for a day without smoking, you’re decreasing your risk.
Although this is not a life threatening issue, deadened senses are one of the consequences in smoking. After only 48 hours, nerve endings will start to grow again which boosts the body’s sense of taste and smell.
The majority of nicotine will be flushed away from the body by now which means that you will be experiencing withdrawals. Be prepared for unusual changes like nausea, headaches, cramps, or anxiety.
You’ll be able to perform better physical activities in as short as two weeks. This is after all the regenerative growth that has occurred making your body’s circulation improve tremendously. In this small amount of time, your lungs will start feeling clearer!
After one month of quitting, your lungs begin to repair itself. The cilia found inside the lungs starts to push the mucus out. With cilia working its wonders without interruption, you’re more likely to reduce the risk of getting an infection. You’ll also see a decrease in shortness of breath and coughing.
Once you have reached that one year mark, you have officially decreased your risk of heart disease by fifty percent! This is a great significance compared when you first started.