Can You Reverse the Side Effects of Smoking? 5 Tips to Do It

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Congratulations! By landing on this article, you have probably just quit. That’s perhaps the best thing you have ever done to your health. But then, you must be worried about the damage smoking has inflicted to your body. You must have experienced plenty of health issues due to tobacco use. Fortunately, there is a way to help your body recuperate and reverse the ill effects of smoking. With the following tips, you can get healthy once again – as if you have never smoked!



  1. See a doctor for a health check. Before engaging in a wellness program or doing some lifestyle overhaul, you first want to know what issues you would have to deal with. It is advisable to undergo a general health check so you will know if there are parts of your body that have been greatly damaged by tobacco use. If you know what health problems you are going to deal with, you can come up with better solutions to deal with them.
  2. Add exercise in your to-do list. Physical activity is one of the best ways to put the vigor back to your body and restore your health. Exercising strengthens your muscles not just in your arms and legs but also in your lungs, heart and all other vital organs in the body which may have gone weaker due to smoking. It also boosts blood circulation, a very important factor in keeping heart disease at bay. Even if you are currently undergoing a smoking cessation program, exercising is also effective in suppressing cigarette cravings.
  3. Seek help from a nutritionist. Well, this tip is optional. It would really be helpful if you can get some help from a nutritionist because this person knows exactly what foods you need to speed up your recovery from the negative effects of smoking. He or she can design a meal plan for you that you will have to follow on a daily basis. If you don’t want to spend hiring a nutritionist, you can always depend on the World Wide Web. It has a lot of information, tips and advices that will serve as your guide in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can also collect health books and magazines.
  4. Begin your day with a series of breathing exercises. Your lungs are probably the most damaged part of your body due to smoking. So if there’s one thing you want to give extra attention to – that would be restoring the health of your lungs. Breathing exercises will expand your lung muscles and promote endurance.
  5. Hire a personal trainer. Any form of exercise will do you good but it is much better if you will be doing workout routines that are most suitable for your need. Remember that your goal is to reverse the side effects of smoking. A professional personal trainer can design a program that will give you fast results.

Don’t forget to visit your doctor from time to time to check your progress. You may be advised to undergo treatments, detoxification procedures and other therapies that will restore your health.



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