Foods That Fight Nicotine Cravings
Woman's Era|September 2021
Donʼt puff your life away.
Shivani Naghnoor

Nicotine dependence is also referred to as tobacco dependence; it is when a person is addicted to nicotine products. It is difficult to overcome addiction to tobacco even though it might be harmful. Addiction to nicotine is the prime reason why people find it difficult to quit smoking.

What causes nicotine addiction?

Excessive inhalation of nicotine increases the level of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward circuit region of the brain and causes a high or euphoria, making the individual dependent on tobacco. Increased use of tobacco over a period of time affects the regions of the brain that regulates self-control, stress, and learning.

When cigarette smoke is inhaled and enters the lungs, it is absorbed by the blood within a short span of time and reaches the brain quickly. In just ten seconds after inhalation, the level of nicotine increases and it aids in a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward pathway of the brain. Quitting now becomes a task, because the high level of dopamine causes a pleasurable high, and when a person stops using a cigarette, the feeling of euphoria is lost.

Withdrawal symptoms

With continuous dependence on nicotine, the body gets accustomed to the drug, and when a person stops smoking, withdrawal symptoms set in. There is an increase in appetite, sleep apnea, lack of cognition, irritability, and anxiety. It takes four to twenty-four hours for withdrawal symptoms to remain after smoking the last cigarette. Post quitting on the third-day withdrawal symptoms are felt to a great degree and after three to four weeks it reduces. It is essential to note that there are positive changes associated with quitting, there is a better sense of taste and smell, and breathing becomes less problematic while doing work out. Most importantly there is less coughing.

The treatment for nicotine addiction is medication and counseling, however, there are foods that could fight nicotine cravings.

Ginseng tea

The freshness of Ginseng tea could help fight cravings for cigarettes, it weakens the pleasure kick that dopamine gives in the reward circuit region of the brain. Once you sip on delicious Ginseng tea, the taste of cigarettes will appear negative.

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