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Live Healthy: Food to help you quit smoking

Smoking is linked to a number of illnesses, such a cancer and cardiovascular disease, and puts you at a greater risk of developing other conditions.  Kicking the habit is difficult. On this Live Healthy nutrition expert Andrea Hill shares how making adjustments to your diet and help you put down the cigarette.

Nicotine withdrawals lowers  serotonin, which controls our mood. To counter that effect Mrs. Hill says to boost your tryptophan food. Tryptophan rich foods include seeds, whole grains and animal protein. You can also take a supplement.

Some smokers automatically light up after a meal, because it can settle the stomach. For people facing this, Mrs. Hill suggests taking a digestive enzyme before your meal.

Calming foods are also important for someone trying to quit smoking. Adding magnesium and dark chocolate help calm anxiety nerves.

Lastly Mrs. Hill suggests adding sugar to your diet.

“Not many nutritionist are going to suggest you grab a lollipop, but certainly when it comes to the nicotine fix, sugar can work.  I’ve got lollipop in this sense because it actually works to provide that oral gratification of smoking” she says.

There is one rule you must follow if you are going to add sugar; have a protein snack afterward. This helps to balance off the protein, and ensure a stable blood sugar level.

 

 

 

About the author

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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