Many of the negative side effects of smoking are well-known: quit smoking campaigns have made the dangers of cancer, emphysema and heart disease crystal clear to consumers. However, smoking can lead to a great many other health complications, including indigestion. Let’s look at some of the ways that tobacco use affects the gastrointestinal system in order to drive home the point that it is important to quit smoking as soon as possible.
What is Indigestion?
Indigestion is often defined as some kind of impairment of the digestive process. When this occurs the symptoms are very uncomfortable and include bloating, heartburn, nausea, belching and general discomfort in the stomach. There is nothing at all pleasant about indigestion.
Indigestion, however, is often a symptom in itself of a larger medical condition. For example, many people with chronic pancreatitis, ulcers, and gastro esophageal reflux disease experience the many discomforting aspects of indigestion listed above.
Aside from medical conditions that walk hand in hand with indigestion, smoking plays a big role in creating the right conditions for digestive disruption in the body. When a smoker inhales the tobacco smoke, the stomach and the esophagus is irritated, as well as the valves connecting them to the stomach lining. This boosts acidity and contributes to heartburn, bloating and indigestion. This kind of disruption occurs every time a smoker inhales, and thus people who smoke many cigarettes on a daily basis are constantly irritating their digestive system and creating discomfort. The more the digestive system is mistreated, the higher the chance of a person developing gastrointestinal diseases. Thus, smoking contributes to a destructive gastrointestinal cycle.
Luckily, a vexatious case of indigestion can be mitigated or even cured by giving up cigarettes. One of the great things about quitting smoking is that the benefits are immediate; that is, the body begins to heal in a New York minute. Once the body is no longer exposed to toxic tobacco smoke, the indigestion begins to fade as the gastrointestinal system is no longer agitated by the cigarette poisons.
Quitting smoking is not always easy, especially since it is a matter of will power; recent research conducted at the University of Tel Aviv confirms that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit. However, the good news is that there people can overcome their smoking habit by taking on a mind over matter mindset and this can best be done by enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists help people change their core beliefs and thought processes in order for them to live more healthy and fulfilling lives. Quitting smoking takes commitment and persistence, but the long-term health and happiness benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of giving up a bad habit.