Smoking is bad for your health! This is widely known but what you do not know is that there are short term and long term health risks of tobacco smoking. The following are 10 health risks of tobacco smoking:
- Blindness: Smoking increases your risk of age- related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 65. Smoking causes oxidative stress, damages the retina and reduces blood flow to the eyes. This leads to oxygen depletion in the macula which can result in tissue death. Working on your smoking habit and using Nature’s Field eye cap helps in slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
- Cancer risk: Certain chemicals in cigarette such as carbon monoxide and various metals increase the risk of cancer in different parts of the body such as the mouth, kidney, lungs, stomach, colon, pharynx, larynx, cervix, pancreas, etc
- Ectopic Pregnancy: This occurs when a fertilized egg occurs somewhere other than the uterus. A product in nicotine called cotinine reduces the expression of the gene BAD in the fallopian tube. This results in an environment that allows ectopic pregnancy to occur.
- Hip Fractures: Nicotine and free radicals kill osteoblasts which are the cells that make bones. Smoking damages blood vessels, interrupting supply of blood to the bones, hence, causing fractures.
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: The fifth on our list of harmful effects of tobacco smoking is orofacial cleft. These birth defects which occurs when the baby’s lips do not develop properly during pregnancy. Women who smoke during pregnancy carry a fetus whose DNA lacks a gene involved in detoxifying cigarette smoke. Therefore, this increases the baby’s chances of being born with a cleft lip or palate.
Other health risks of tobacco smoking you do not know include;
- Gum disease: The solid particles suspended in tobacco smoke called tar contain chemicals and cancer-causing substances (carcinogens). Tar is sticky and brown, stains the teeth and contributes to periodontitis. This is a gum infection that destroys the bone the supports the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
- Tuberculosis: If you have had tuberculosis, smoking doubles the chance of recurrence. Nicotine in cigarette inhibits the production of Tumor Necrosis Factor (a substance that causes inflammation). As a result, this increases the susceptibility of development of progressive disease form a latent tuberculosis infection.
- Cardiovascular Disease: The highly reactive chemicals in cigarette such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, thiocyanate, radioactive metals, can damage the heart muscles and blood vessels of people that smoke. They react with cholesterol leading to a buildup of fatty materials on the cell wall. Their actions lead to heart disease, stroke and blood vessel disease.
- Risk on the brain: Smoking causes significant harm to your brain too. A compound in nicotine called NNK (Nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone) provokes the brain’s immune cells causing them to attack healthy brain cells rather than unhealthy cells they are supposed to attack.
- Immune System: The last on our post of Health risks of Tobacco Smoking is Immune system weakening. Smoking causes inflammation throughout the body. It poses more health risk by weakening the immune system. Therefore, it becomes harder to fight off infection and diseases.
STEPS TO NATURALLY CLEANSE THE BODY
The toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke, reach the liver and cause oxidative stress producing free radicals. This free radicals damage liver cells. Therefore, it is important you detoxify to get rid of those free radicals.
The recommended steps include:
- Detoxification: A great way to detoxify is to use Nature’s Field Toxi-Flush which enhances natural detoxification of harmful chemicals and toxic wastes. This product contains a blend of botanicals and extracts that are loaded with nutrients to detox the liver, kidney, colon , gall bladder amongst other detox properties it possesses.
- Include healthy foods, specifically for your lungs in your diet: this includes water, cruciferous vegetables, apples, fatty fish, beans, nuts, carrots. These are foods that will boost lung health and keep them healthy.
- Get more exercise: such as walking, running and cycling can help improve your lung capacity. If you have a chronic lung disease, it is important you speak with your doctor to find out the exercise most suitable for you.
In addition to the above, you should also limit alcohol and tobacco intake. Drink more water, and consume anti-oxidant rich foods to enhance your body’s natural detoxification system. While doing that, do not forget to take Nature’s Field Toxi-Flush to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.