The first tip of this article to all the smokers out there would be to quit smoking. That is the first and the pre-requisite step to reverse the effect of smoking. Smoking not only causes damage to your lungs but also your liver, brain, heart and arteries. So there you have it, reasons to stop smoking.
Now let’s continue with the matter-at-hand and discuss what foods can help you reduce the after-effects of smoking.
#1 Foods with vitamin-E
Vitamin-E protects cells, arteries and other organs from the damage caused by smoke. It is a source of antioxidant in your body and it also reduces the risk of cancer and heart diseases. Eggs, milk, brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, nuts, sunflower seeds and all the green leafy vegetables are a rich source of vitamin-E and should be included in your diet.
#2 Foods with coenzyme Q10
Again, an antioxidant. CoQ10 is the perfect guard for your heart and lungs and since smokers have a higher risk of heart diseases and lungs related diseases, foods with ample amount of CoQ10 in them are the right way to go. Beef, sesame seeds, salmon, broccoli and cauliflower, avocado, et cetera are some of the foods that you can include in your diet.
#3 Foods rich with Vitamin-C with Bioflavonoids
According to some studies, excessive smoking leads to the depletion of vitamin-C from your body. Inadequate vitamin-C means that you will be prone to viruses, cold, flu and bronchitis. Now, vitamin-C is also an antioxidant which protects you from viruses and strengthens your immune system. So to replenish the lost vitamin-C you should eat foods that are abundant in it, like, grapefruit, strawberries, oranges, papaya, kiwi, spinach and other green veggies. Vitamin-C supplements are also available.
#4 Foods with Vitamin-B Complex
One more really bad effect of smoking is that it really harms your body’s capability of repairing and developing healthy cells. And by now you can guess that Vitamin-B complex helps your body to reverse that effect. It is a very important nutrient for your body to sustain healthy cell activities and development. It also helps with liver function, nervous system and repairs the damage that was done to your lungs. Eggs, fish, liver, whole grains and green leafy vegetables are the perfect source for the Vit-B complex.
#5 Grapeseed Extract
You can find this supplement in medical stores. Grapeseed extract is said to reverse the effect of smoking on your lungs and repair them.
Remember to eat everything in the right amount and proper portions. A healthy diet with a balanced mix of all the above nutrients can help you in the long-run.