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Published: Wed January 15, 2014
Categories: The Myth Minx
This is my year I hear you say. Last year was too stressful, busy, wrong timing blah blah blah. Excuses are endless when it comes to justifying why your will power caved in but the reality is we make time for the things that are important to us and excuses for the things that are not. If you need an extra boost of will power to give up smoking this may be just what you need to read. We all know that there are many reasons not to smoke: it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, sinus problems, infertility, poor nutrient utilisation and efficacy, fatigue, lowered immunity and much much more. If this isn’t enough to put you off smoking, it is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing and devitalised skin plus it really makes you smell bad – really bad. Many of these smoking related issues are related to increased free – radical damage to the cells of the body. Free radicals are molecules that are unstable due to the fact that they are missing an electron. In order to stabilise themselves they need to steal an electron from another molecule causing that to become unstable in the process. This creates a damaging chain reaction with each molecule attempting to protect itself at the expense of its neighbour. Over time cell damage accumulates creating premature ageing and degeneration of tissues. When the chemicals in cigarettes are inhaled, they put our bodies into a state of physical stress by sending literally thousands of poisons, toxic metals and carcinogens coursing through our bloodstream with every puff we take. These chemicals affect everything from blood pressure and pulse rate to the health of our organs and immune system. Cigarette smoke contains toxic compounds including toxic heavy metals. Heavy metals and metal compounds have the potential to harm our health when absorbed or inhaled by the body. In minute small amounts, some of these metals support life, but when taken in large amounts, can become toxic. Arsenic Commonly used in rat poison, arsenic finds its way into cigarette smoke through some of the pesticides that are used in tobacco farming. Cadmium Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that is commonly used in batteries. Smokers typically have at least double the amount of cadmium in their bodies as non-smokers. Poisonous chemicals in Cigarettes Poison is defined as any substance that, when introduced to a living organism, causes severe physical distress or death. There are approximately 250 poisonous chemicals in cigarette smoke. Ammonia Ammonia compounds are commonly used in cleaning products and fertilizers. Ammonia is also used to boost the impact of nicotine in manufactured cigarettes. Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is present in car exhaust and is lethal in very large amounts. Cigarette smoke can contain high levels of carbon monoxide. Cyanide Cyanide was used to kill people in the gas chambers in Nazi Germany during World War II. It can be found in cigarette smoke. Nicotine Nicotine is a poison used in pesticides and is the addictive element in cigarettes. Due to the barrage of toxic chemicals, heavy metals and free radical attack on the cells of the body, smokers are in need of far higher amounts of antioxidants in their diet such as vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium and bioflavonoids. Cigarette smokers are at risk of not getting adequate vitamin C which is an essential vitamin for skin health and detoxification. A lack of vitamin C in the skin can result in a loss of collagen leading to premature ageing, dilated capillaries (particularly across the cheek area), pigmentation and dull devitalised skin. Smokers are prone to congestion and blackheads across the cheek area. Increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet such as citrus fruits, kiwis, mangoes, kale, broccoli, capsicum to name just a few can provide necessary antioxidants and applying vitamin C topically to the skin is essential to replace depleted vitamin C from smoking. So there we have it, a future of ageing skin, pigmentation and capillaries alongside numerous potential health issues or a smoke free future? The choice is yours!