The health benefits when you stop smoking
When you stop smoking the health benefits begin right away.
Within 20 minutes your heart rate slows down to a normal level and your blood pressure stabilises. Your body is already rejecting toxins and starting the recovery process.
Within 12 hours the level of oxygen in your blood rises to a normal level. Your lungs have been purging your body of Carbon Monoxide.
Within 24 hours you'll probably notice that you have more energy due to better oxygenation of your body.
Within 72 hours all traces of nicotine are gone, and you can enjoy your food more. Since nerve endings at the back of your nose have started to regenerate, you can taste better and enjoy aromas more.
Within 1 week you'll likely notice that your breathing has become easier. The cilia (tiny hair like fibres which line the walls of the lungs) have started to clean themselves of the tar they've been subjected to. This means they are now able to filter the air coming into your lungs making sure you get only the highest quality going into your bloodstream.
Within 1 month you might start to notice that you look better. Smoking was interfering with the production of collagen which keeps your skin moist and supple. Now that it's production can start again, don't be surprised if you start getting compliments that you somehow look younger.
Within 3 months you're likely to feel fitter than you've been for some time. Your lungs are more able to fight off infections and keep your body working at an optimum level.
Within 1 year you can enjoy the peace of mind that your risk of heart attack has halved from when you smoked, and risk of any other smoking related disease is already greatly reduced.
When you stop smoking everything gets better.
Beyond the first year your body continues to heal and improve as your chances of any smoking related illness continue to decrease. But think also about the positive impact this could have on your mind.
Your unconscious mind is more sensitive to what you do, than what you intend to do. When you stop smoking, you've made a very significant statement to yourself. You're telling yourself that you are committed to your long-term health and well-being. At every level your body and mind will benefit. You might not yet know what other positive developments may be set in motion for you from such a decision. Isn't it worth finding out? Stop smoking, starting today, it could be the best thing you've ever done for yourself. Hypnotherapy can really help you stop smoking.
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About James Brannan
James Brannan is a professional hypnotherapist based in Ealing and serving West London areas. He has 10 years of experience and specialises in helping people to stop smoking.