Quit Smoking – What Is Your Gut Reaction?
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I'm not talking about your intuition, although I'm sure that gut reaction tells you very clearly that smoking is a really bad idea on many levels.
So here is another one. Your gut does a whole lot more than hold food and churn it up for digestion. There is a kilo or more of healthy bacteria in a healthy gut.
But you are a smoker so your gut is not healthy. You will still have about one kilo of bacteria but a high proportion of them may be the type which do not contribute to your health.
The result is inflammation in your joints, skin, lungs, organs and even your brain.
The toxins from smoking affect your gut bacteria, this creates inflammation, plus smoking alone creates inflammation so now you are in for a world of possible problems.
It is easy to say that smoking makes everything worse, but for certain we know that it causes a vast selection of health issues and that it does absolutely no good at all for anyone.
Many smokers claim that smoking helps them relax. While there is some truth to that belief, the reality is that nicotine causes more stress. It's just simple bio-chemistry.
But the thing about stress is that one of the important chemicals which regulate our mood and emotions is the neurotransmitter serotonin. The thing is 70-80% of serotonin is created in the gut. Therefore anyone with a disturbed gut function will have trouble managing stress.
As a smoker the reward center of your brain likes nicotine, as it would alcohol, or sugar. But this same part of the brain which is called the limbic system, is the part which runs over time when you are stressed.
Smoking causes you to be locked into a cycle of stress, inflammation, and a habit which still connects to some perceived benefit.
When you quit smoking using hypnosis, your stress levels will drop as you are producing less cortisol and adrenalin from nicotine. In time your gut will heal and you will produce more healthy bacteria, but this will take up to a year or more and you will need to supplement with a pro biotic formula, and it will help to eat less sugar, which only feeds the bad bacteria.
If you have smoked for many years you will need to be patient as you recover, you have stressed your body and it will take time to bounce back.
By Ian Newton