When you quit smoking, you may temporarily turn into a seething, angry asshole. Or a weepy, emotional mess. This is partly due the chemical changes that occur within the brain and partly due to the fact you have used smoking as a way to deal with your emotions.
When your coping mechanism is taken away, your subconscious mind may overwhelm you and trigger a stress response in your nervous system and everything seems much more intense. This is annoying and incredibly frustrating for you, and the people around you.
Magnesium is an important mineral for proper nerve function. It calms the nervous system and helps relieve the stress of withdrawal symptoms. Magnesium is called ‘The Relaxing Mineral.” Magnesium is also essential for normal lung function. It acts as a bronchodilator, which allows for easier breathing.
One of the primary minerals that become deficient through smoking cigarettes is magnesium since it’s used in the body’s natural heavy metal detox process. When you take in heavy metal toxins from regular use of cigarettes, your magnesium reserves get used up very quickly. As a non-smoker, you will need to rebuild your magnesium levels, especially if you want to feel relaxed.
Greens are one of the best ways to add magnesium to your diet. Kelp is the highest food containing magnesium, weighing in at 760 milligrams of Magnesium per 3 1⁄2 ounces or 100 g serving. I recommend supplementing with kelp or Magnesium for an added magnesium boost.
Adding Epsom salts to a bath will also help you to relax and detox, as it floods your cells with magnesium. Take a 40-minute soak using 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts. The first 20 minutes will help release toxins and the second 20 minutes you absorb magnesium.
I also recommend adding 1 cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender to your bath to help increase the therapeutic effects.
Dosage: Magnesium - 200 mg to 400 mg, 2 times a day, with or without food. I recommend one of the doses before bed to help with sleep
NAC is an amino acid which is a precursor of glutathione, considered to be the most important antioxidant in the body. Glutathione plays a major role in detoxification and fighting oxidative stress. When someone gets sick or dies from a pain killer overdose, it is mostly due to the glutathione levels dropping.
NAC is commonly used in hospitals intravenously or orally for acute poisoning from pain-relieving drugs, liver failure, treatment of the flu, HIV infection and COPD. It’s extremely beneficial and protective of the liver and lungs.
If you take NAC before and after drinking alcohol, it significantly reduces hangovers or even stops you from having one. Trust me on this, I have tried this technique personally. 1200mgs before you drink and 1200 mgs before bed and you wake up feeling like you didn’t drink at all.
Studies have shown NAC to be helpful with reducing many different addictions like smoking, cocaine, marijuana, gambling as well as reducing habits like nail biting and hair pulling.
Warning: You do need to make sure you are taking Vitamin C with NAC, or you may have an increased risk of kidney stones.
Dosage: NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) - 1200 mgs of NAC a day, with 2000 mgs of Vitamin C (to prevent kidney stones).
If you get ever constipated, my favorite supplement ever is MagO7, Oxygenating Digestive System Cleanser by Aerobic Life. When I quit smoking, I developed terrible constipation issues. I could go for up to a week without going.
I wish I knew about MagO7 back then. I take it every night, and you just wake up in the morning and go to the toilet without needing coffee and a you-know-what.
Over time undigested food and waste can build up in the intestinal tract and colon, which can be a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Mag O7 Oxygen Cleanse works to break down and remove old debris out of your intestines and bowel.
It also targets the harmful bacteria, while magnesium works to soften the intestinal build up and remove unwanted waste.
Dosage: Mag07 - Start with 3 pills at night, and if that doesn’t do trick, try 4 or 5 the next night. You can take it anytime if you are close to a toilet, I personally take 2 or 3 a night as a maintenance dose.
If constipation is a issue, try drinking 1 tablespoon of psyllium husks (the main ingredient in Metamucil) added to a large glass of water. Drink another glass of water straight afterward, to make sure the psyllium doesn’t absorb too much water as it passes through your digestive system.
You can build up to a dosage of three times a day. Make sure you down it quickly, otherwise it’s like trying to drink sludge.