The Forgiving Body: Healing After Smoking

Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself from the effects of smoking. Following are some of the amazing benefits of becoming and remaining smoke free.

In as little as 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart starts to drop back to normal levels. In two hours, your heart rate and blood pressure will have decreased to near healthy levels. Your peripheral circulation will begin improving and the tips of your fingers and toes will begin to feel warmer. 12 hours after you quit, the carbon monoxide levels in your body decreases, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal. Within 24 hours of quitting smoking your risk for heart attack has already begun to drop!

48 hours of being a non-smoker is all it takes for your nerve endings to start to re-grow, so your sense of smell and taste begins to return to normal. 72 hours is all it takes for the nicotine to be completely out of your body.

In two to three weeks, your lung function has improved significantly, due to the regenerative processes that have already begun to occur, and you will begin to start breathing easier. Over the next few months, your lungs actually begin to regenerate, and the cilia, tiny hair-like organelles that push mucus out, will start to repair themselves and function properly again. Your coughing and shortness of breath continue to decrease dramatically.

By the time you have been a non-smoker for one year, your risk for heart disease is lowered by 50% compared to when you were still smoking. In five to fifteen years after quitting, your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who never smoked. Ten years after you become a non-smoker, your risk of developing lung cancer has dropped to half that of smoker’s. Risks of other cancers, such as cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decrease.

15 years after you quite, your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who never smoked. You are no longer at higher than normal risk for a wide range of cardiac conditions, including heart attack, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, infections of the heart, or conditions that affect you hearts beating rhythms.

On average, non-smokers live an average of 14 years longer than non-smokers. Hypnosis can help you make that step toward a happier and healthier life, while minimizing withdrawal symptoms like cravings, anxiety, tension, frustration, difficulty sleeping, and increased appetite. Physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or cramps are also minimized or even entirely eliminated with the use of hypnosis.

If you would like more information on hypnosis to help you become and remain a non-smoker, call Linda at 616-550-3231 today.


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About hypnotistlinda

I am a professional hypnotherapist in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI area. I work with all areas of hypnotherapy, specializing in smoking cessation, weight management, anxiety, and fibromyalgia treatment. Other common issues that bring people to hypnotherapy include personal and professional development, trauma resolution, phobia reversals, and sleep issues. I believe that each of us has the power to change our lives, by unleashing the full potential of our mind.
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