When you smoke a cigarette, it takes 6-8 hours for that nicotine to work its way out of your system. Your body takes care of filtering it out. Sometimes a bit of nicotine gets left behind in your system for up to 20-30 days, making it necessary to help your body filter it all out. Here are our 10 tips for flushing nicotine from your body.
- Drink plenty of water! Being hydrated helps your body flush out all toxins, nicotine included.
- Eat lots of vegetables. This is just general good health. Vegetables like eggplants, beans, cucumbers and celery to increase the flushing.
- Eat nettle. It’s high in iron and good for your immune system.
- Adding kiwi to your diet infuses you with vitamins A, C, and E, which are reduced when you smoke.
- Pine needle tea has been shown to help disinfect the mouth and throat, as well as help with overall lung health.
- Breathe deeply! Infuse your bloodstream with lots of oxygen so your cells are able to work at their maximum capacity.
- Eating spinach will add folic acid to your body, which helps make the taste of tobacco repulsive.
- Eating broccoli helps provide your body with vitamins B5 and C, which help your lungs repair.
- Oranges are also high in vitamin C, which is a vital vitamin that many smokers are deficient in.
- Carrot juice also helps remove nicotine by giving your body plenty of vitamin A, B, C, and K. Nicotine also damages your skin, which these vitamins will help repair.
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