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My husband started smoking at the ripe age of 14. He’s been at it for more than 17 years.
Last month he finally decided that it was time to quit. Why? Because he was out of breath holding our 20 lb daughter and running for just a few minutes.
He decided to quit cold turkey, and predicted that he would be very ill doing so.
He was right–well at least initially.
We were ice skating on his first day of abstinence, and he suddenly fell flat on his stomach. I thought that he tripped over the ice, but later found out that it was because his mind suddenly went blank. The whole time we were skating, he felt castrophobic and as though the areana was closing in on him–some serious withdrawal effects at work!
But luckily that was as bad as it got. Right after the incident, he went out and bought some cranberry juice. Pretty random eh? Well not really–my husband did his research. He read online that some people were able to quit cold turkey successfully using the juice.
Why and how cranberry juice detoxes nicotine
For reasons beyond my knowledge, the juice detoxes nicotine out of your body. Mind you, it is a great drink on its own for its high vitamin C content. Cranberry juice is also best known for its urinary health benefits (please refer to this article to learn more).
Just out of curiosity, I did a quick google such to understand the process behind it, but found very little information. Interestingly enough, cranberry juice is recommended by several websites as a general detox, not necessarily targeting nicotine. This website, however, recommends cranberry juice and a few other juices like grapefruit to speed up the removal of nicotine out of the bloodstream.
If you are someone who is committed to quit cold turkey but is feeling withdrawn, I highly recommend you give this juice a try. I have witnessed its positive effect on my husband–plus it’s all natural and noninvasive.
Choosing the right cranberry juice
The juice should NOT be from concentrate. This is very important and it goes for all juices you purchase. When you buy juice made from concentrate, the water content is removed from the original fruit and you lose the ‘good’ of it. It should also be cold pressed with no sugar, absorbic acid or anything else added–just pure cranberry juice.
Does it have to be organic? If you can find an organic brand then go for it, because you’ll probably pay the same price for a non-organic bottle. With that being said, my husband switches between organic and nonorganic–which ever is available. After the first two weeks, he overcame the urge to smoke and now only drinks cranberry juice for enjoyment. Be ware though, cranberry juice has a very strong citrus taste that takes time to get used to.
Cranberry juice does not equate successful quitting
Cranberry juice is a natural facilitator that may help you abstain without feeling withdrawn (especially in the first few days), but in order to quit successfully and permanently, it’s all in the mind.
What is your motivation? Economic? Lifestyle change? Children and family? Engrave these in your mind.
Allow yourself to be in the position to succeed. Get rid of the leftover cigarettes. Surrond yourself with supportive friends and families. Find a partner in crime. Don’t do it alone if you don’t have to. And de-stress!
As well, some people smoke out of habit. If that is you, I recommend that you replace old habits with new ones–such as drinking cranberry juice. I used to be addicted to instant noodle–a very strange addition but it really did consume me. It took a long time for me to overcome it, but I had to constantly grab a fruit or something else every time I had the urge to go for the instant package that my mother stocks up on.
For all of you who quitted successfully, how did you overcome your addiction? Any secret weapons or advice? Please share!