It’s never too late to change. We’re sure you’ve heard the mantra before, but when it comes to improving your health, it’s truer than ever. Unfortunately, the misconception that it’s “too late to quit” can often prevent smokers from taking steps to live their best life. But whether you’ve been smoking for months or for decades, the benefits of transitioning to a smoke-free life begin to take effect more quickly than you might realize. In fact, the body begins to heal just hours after your last cigarette. Read on to learn exactly what happens to your body after you quit smoking, and how quickly your health, and quality of life, can improve.
Heart health begins to improve within hours after you smoke your last cigarette. In fact, after just one hour without nicotine, blood pressure and heart rate returns to normal and blood circulation improves, which reduces the risk of heart attack and makes it easier to participate in physical activity. Perhaps unsurprisingly, quitting improves heart health long-term as well. Within one year after quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease significantly decreases and high cholesterol may lower as well.
Lung damage is one of the most significant dangers of smoking. Smokers are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, and they tend to experience lung infections more frequently than non-smokers. Although lung damage can’t be completely reversed, the risk of lung cancer and lung infections will significantly reduce after quitting. Nine months after your last cigarette, the hair-like structures in the lungs called cilia recover and start fighting off infections, and ten years after your last cigarette, the risk of lung cancer is cut in half compared to someone who continues to smoke.
Along with a reduced risk of lung infection and lung cancer down the road, smokers experience immediate benefits after quitting, such as more energy and less-frequent shortness of breath. Just months after quitting, lung function improves and allows more oxygen to enter the bloodstream, making it easier to participate in vigorous physical activities.
Smoking depletes the body of vital nutrients and decreases the body’s oxygen levels, which leads to a weaker immune system. Luckily, just months after quitting, circulation improves, oxygen levels increase, and inflammation in the body decreases, which will give your immune system a boost!
Smokers experience cravings due to nicotine’s effect on brain receptors. After just one month living smoke-free, brain receptors return to normal, making it much easier to break the cycle of addiction.
Teeth and Gums
The effects of smoking on teeth and gums can be both visible and detrimental to your health. Smoking causes teeth to yellow and gums to recede, and it can also cause bad breath and an increased risk for oral infections and oral cancer. The visible effects of smoking and the risk of oral diseases decreases within just days of quitting. After one week smoke-free, many smokers feel a difference in their teeth and mouth.
Your senses are one of the first things to deteriorate when you start smoking. Luckily, they are also one of the first things to return when you quit. Within just two days of quitting, the nerve endings responsible for your sense of smell and taste heal significantly, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods like you once did before!
No matter how long you’ve been smoking, the quality of your life can greatly improve after you quit, and Libertas can help you on your journey to a smoke-free life. Our products are designed to target the areas most damaged and the nutrients most depleted by smoking, and to curb your nicotine cravings so you can continue reaching milestones. Shop our four-part program today to start your journey!