Can Smoking Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Can Quitting Smoking Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Many people fear quitting smoking for a variety of reasons. It will be too hard, it is impossible to quit, it will make socialising harder etc. However, many of the fears that people associate with quitting smoking are really just excuses; many people want to justify their habit by creating a litany of reasons why they can’t quit smoking.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

One such excuse that some people have come up with, but that is not grounded in truth, is that quitting smoking causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In fact, the reverse is true: smoking very often leads to a person developing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Let’s take a closer look at IBS to understand what it is and its relationship to smoking.

IBS is an uncomfortable bowel disorder that comes with a variety of unpleasant symptoms:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder and the medical community has not pin-pointed one cause of the disease. It seems to be the product of many different types of activities from poor diet to smoking. People who suffer from IBS are generally in a constant state of discomfort which can then cause them to suffer mood swings.

Smoking both contributes to the development of and irritates  cases of IBS.

This is because cigarette smoke irritates the valves connecting the esophagus and the stomach as well as aggravating the lining of the stomach. Tobacco smoke has been linked to acid reflux, indigestion and other gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, so it can definitively be labeled as a contributing factor to IBS and other digestive problems.

So why do people believe that quitting smoking causes IBS?

There are a variety of reasons and some make sense and some don’t. However, many people falsely believe that quitting cigarettes causes IBS because of the discomfort that is experienced by people immediately after they quit smoking.

Some people who quit smoking may experience some form of digestive discomfort as their body learns to re-adjust to life without cigarettes especially if they go cold turkey. Heartburn, indigestion, nausea, constipation—these are all possible side effects of quitting smoking. However, these problems were originally caused by the cigarettes.

If people begin to experience digestive problems for longer than several weeks, they might want to consider other aspects of their lifestyle—such as diet and exercise—as roots of the problem, and seek medical attention accordingly.

So the long and the short of it is: quitting smoking does not cause IBS. Smoking disturbs the body (and may be the direct cause of IBS itself) and when a person stops smoking, then the body is still off kilter and takes some time to adjust to life without tobacco smoke. It should be mentioned here that quitting smoking with hypnotherapy usually has the opposite effect with people experiencing a reduction in heartburn or indigestion and the energy kicks in around day 4.

To assist with quitting smoking, reach out to a hypnotherapist who will step you through an easy and relaxed session so you can become a non smoker.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Cigarette Prison: The Smoker’s Isolation

Very often, we think of smoking as a social habit; that is, smoking is something that people do to connect with others around them. But as smoking becomes more and more of a taboo—especially in the public sphere—many smokers are beginning to feel isolated and alone as they see their friends around them quit smoking one by one.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

Not so long ago, smokers were everywhere. On planes, in the office, at parties, in their beds reading at night. And even though Big Tobacco is still a multi-billion dollar industry world-wide, headway has been made in the effort to get people to quit smoking: In Australia, for example, the smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces makes it impossible to light up in bars and restaurants.

Smoking bans

These bans plus people’s awareness that smoking is deadly, have contributed to lower rates of smoking in some cases here in Australia. But the shadow side is that smoking is now a stigmatized activity. In today’s world, smokers are usually looked down on by non-smokers.

The Stigma Surrounding Smoking

This can lead many smokers to feel isolated and alone. Some even go as far as to engage in their habit in complete secrecy. Others worry that they will be shut out or mocked by friends, family and colleagues because of their dependency on cigarettes. As a result, many smokers become depressed and unsure of what to do—they want know they want to quit, but aren’t sure how. They just feel so alone.

The good news

Is that smokers don’t have to feel isolated. They can give up their smoking habits without being stigmatized. Quit smoking professionals, like those who employ quit smoking hypnosis, help smokers quit without feeling ashamed of themselves. Smoking cessation professionals help smokers empower themselves to kick their cigarette habits for good. With the guidance of a good quit smoking professional, smokers learn to value themselves and build self-esteem. With self-esteem comes the ability to be alone without feeling isolated as well as the ability to socialize without feeling stigmatized.

No smoker need ever feel isolated because no smoker is ever really alone. There is always help for those who need it—and help to quit smoking is no exception.

Are you looking to quit smoking?

You have the power to quit—you just need to make the decision to do it. And when you do contact Maureen Hamilton 1300 619 684 or go to https://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/ for more information and/or to book online. Maureen has been helping people to quit smoking for years and still gives a Lifetime Guarantee. So if the person smokes again, they come back at no extra cost.

Maureen is very committed and only sees people if they are also committed and have a real want to quit. So do give Maureen a call today.

Smoking and Pregnant

Impact of smoking on kids

Quit smoking before it harms your kids!

Smoking used to be cool, the coolest thing you could do. Just watch an episode of Mad Men or turn on a Humphrey Bogart flick for proof—tobacco used to be the King of suave. These days cigarettes have lost their glitz and glamour. In most Western countries, smoking is frowned upon and is quickly losing is social acceptability.

How Does Smoking Affect the Unborn Baby

Just because something is stigmatized does not make it an anti-social behavior. Many smokers would still claim that smoking is an act of community during which people can socialize and make and maintain friendships. However, recent research has linked prenatal smoking to anti-social behavior in children. If this is true, it has wide-ranging consequences for our society since many pregnant women are exposed to cigarette smoke on a daily basis even if they have made the conscious decision not to smoke themselves.

Potential Issues Due to Smoking While Pregnant

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, a “small but significant” link exists between maternal smokers and the development of ADHD and unruly behavior in their progeny. They speculate that this has to do with the reduction of oxygen to the fetus when mother’s smoke during pregnancy, which can damage brain development as well as other parts of the body. While this claim is still quite controversial (as many psychiatrists see ADHD and unruly behavior as phenomena engendered by socialization), it is still worth pondering. How many children and the lives of those around them, are negatively impacted by the fact that they were exposed to the over 4000 toxins present in cigarette smoke? We know how fragile fetal development is and we know what cigarettes do to adult bodies. So it isn’t that far of a stretch to see the link between maternal smoking and the development of anti-social behavior in children.

What Can You do for Your Unborn Child

If you are a smoker and are considering having children or are around pregnant women, then you should seriously consider the implications of your habit relative to the healthy development of the baby growing inside you or growing inside the women around you. Children are born into this world innocent and dependent and rely on the judgment of their parents for their health, development and safety. Children are a great incentive for you to find the will power to break the chains of your tobacco habit. There are many smoking cessation methods that can help you put out your last cigarette. One method worth looking into is hypnotherapy or hypnosis to quit smoking as it helps you change your beliefs and restructure your habits—it is never too late to create a new you!

Unfortunately when quitting smoking it is important to be focused on being a non smoker. So preparation is extremely important. Going cold turkey is painful and there is an emotional struggle. That’s because smoking is a habit and you are trying a break a habit built up over years and years. The unconscious mind is there to protect you emotionally as well as physically. So that habit is keeping you happy. So changing that habit is going against your unconscious mind making quitting very difficult. This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis is an easy pleasant way to become a non smoker in just one session.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

 

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion?

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion

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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.

Quit Smoking and Stop Indigestion

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.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and Risks of Habituation

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and the Risks of Habituation

Smoking is a habit and NRT only prolongs that habit

The mainstream public has been led to believe that the main culprit behind tobacco use is the addictive nature of nicotine. Despite evidence to the contrary, such as studies that confirm that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit, many smokers cling to the idea that kicking smoking simply means kicking nicotine addiction. Thus, many smokers readily enlist the services of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). However, there is a major problem with this approach to quitting smoking: NRTs can create the same psychological dependency as cigarettes.

What is NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT is used by many people who want to quit smoking for good. The method is pretty simple: smoking cessation is achieved by administering doses of nicotine by way of either nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The idea is that as long as the smoker gets a little bit of nicotine, he or she will have satisfied the craving for cigarettes. Unfortunately, NRT very often becomes a bad habit of its own.

Research on NRT

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, NRTs are not effective in the long-term battle against tobacco use. In other words: those who smoke before they start chewing nicotine gum will likely keep smoking later on in life.

Tel Aviv University’s study that demonstrated the fact that smoking is a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction shows that the reason for both cigarette and NRT dependency is a belief system that creates an unhealthy reliance on the former and the latter. Smokers continue to smoke because they learn to associate positive emotions and phenomena with the act of smoking a cigarette.

NRT users continue to chew gum or use patches because they become dependent on the psychological satisfaction they get from believing that they are controlling their smoking habit.  In the end, both dependencies are rooted not in the physical body but in the needs of the psyche.

So why do many quit smoking professionals continue to advocate NRTs?

The unfortunate truth is because there is money to be made in the manufacturing of such products. Helping people conquer the smoking habit via quit smoking hypnosis or other mind over matter methods is not very lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry. Hence, the mainstream has a tendency to promote NRTs.

The most surefire way to quit smoking for good is not to depend on NRTs but instead to create new beliefs and thought processes that diminish the need for the tobacco habit. Quitting smoking is really about getting to the psychological root of the problem and then fixing it.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Quit Smoking and Heal the Lungs

Lung With Cancer

Lung With Cancer

Smoking damages the body in countless ways, but one of the hardest hit areas is the respiratory system. Habitual smoking often leads to respiratory illnesses like emphysema and lung cancer. Fortunately, the harmful effects of smoking can be undone, but it can take months to years to get the lungs back to normal.

Here are the best ways to get the lungs healing after quitting smoking.

Most smokers suffer from a chronic cough and excess mucus in the lungs. As soon as a person quits smoking these problems diminish, but the lungs are still weak.

Breathing exercises

One way to get them strong again is to do breathing exercises. On a daily basis, non smokers should practice breathing in and out deeply and steadily in order to retrain the body’s normal breathing capacities. Try the 4,7,8 process. What is this? Breathe in for 4, hold for 7 and breathe out slowly for 8. Repeat this at least twice and do it at least 5 times a day. You may find you will be coughing up phlegm which may be discolored. It is not unusual to see black phlegm but it means your lungs are clearing out all the toxins and poisons in your lungs.

Cardiovascular exercise

Ex-smokers should engage in a regular program of cardiovascular exercise in order to get their lungs expanded, oxygenated and strong. Cardio workouts can include walking, jogging, aerobics, swimming and even cycling.

Super foods

In addition to physically exercising the lungs, the respiratory system needs to be fortified with healthy vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in super foods will infuse the lungs with antioxidants and nutrients that will eliminate the harmful free radicals that have been circulating throughout the respiratory system with each puff of tobacco smoke. Super foods include green veggies, colorful veggies, lean proteins, legumes, spices, fruits, and whole grains.

Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows that it is not easy, but anyone who has ever successfully put out the last cigarette for good knows that it is totally worth it. Smoking cessation benefits are immediate—they begin as soon as the body is no longer subjected to cigarette smoke. The human body was built to heal and smoking damages can be undone when smokers develop the willpower to quit.

The Easiest Way to Quit Smoking

But the willpower to quit smoking is not always easy to find. This is why many people  enlist the services of quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis makes use of the principles of hypnotherapy: identifying the root issues of a problem and then using hypnotic induction to create healthy habits and core beliefs.  Since smoking is a psychosocial habit, hypnotic induction can help smokers discover why they smoke and then discover how to stop it. Many people find hypnotherapy to be a satisfying way to permanently give up smoking and as a result, heal their lungs for a longer, more enjoyable life.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Smoking and Cardiac Arrhythmias: What You Need To Know

Smoking is incredibly damaging to the human heart. Whether contributing to heart disease, heart attacks, or other circulatory problems, tobacco smoke is a deadly poison for the cardiovascular system and it is imperative that people quit smoking in order to save their lives.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia

One cardiovascular aspect of smoking that is discussed less often than the others is the cardiac arrhythmia. Cardiac arrhythmia is common. It is quite normal to have the occasional irregular heart beat due to occasionally wacky electrical impulses coursing through the veins. However, cardiac arrhythmia can also become chronic and may signal more serious cardiovascular problems. And chronic cardiac arrhythmia  is very often caused by smoking.

Smoking can cause cardiac arrhythmias because it is a stimulant that makes the heart beat faster and more irregularly. Chronic cardiac arrhythmias can be very uncomfortable: dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches and racing heart beats are all symptoms that can be bothersome and even alarming when occurring constantly.

Quit Smoking to Stop the Cardiac Arrhythmia

The good news is that cardiac arrhythmia can be eradicated when smokers quit; over time, the body heals and the cardiovascular system gets back on track.  In fact, quitting smoking can reduce the risk of death by cardiovascular disease by nearly 50%!

Getting rid of cardiac arrhythmias means quitting smoking, but this can very often feel harder than climbing Mt. Everest. As a psychosocial habit, the need to smoke is deeply habituated and it takes a lot of patience, willpower and commitment to quit.

Luckily, there are a variety of quit smoking methods available to make tobacco cessation easier. One such method is quit smoking hypnosis, which gets to the root of the smoking habit. It allows smokers to re-wire their beliefs relative to cigarettes so that they no longer depend on them for emotional gratification or stress relief. Quit smoking hypnosis is easy. Of course the long-term health benefits, such as reduced cardiac arrhythmia makes it definitely worth the effort.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

The Harmful Effects of Nicotine

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Nicotine is one of over 4,000 toxins found in cigarette smoke. Traditionally, nicotine has been held responsible for smoking addictions. However recent research has shown that smoking is actually a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction.

How Harmful is Nicotine to the Body

Regardless of whether or not nicotine is the smoking addiction culprit, it is still a very dangerous substance to have floating around in the human body. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more harmful aspects of nicotine inhalation in an effort to underscore the importance of quitting smoking.

Nicotine is an alkaloid poison that both stimulates and depresses the systems found in the human body. Some of the more dangerous effects of nicotine include:

Narrowing of the blood vessels

When nicotine is ingested by way of tobacco smoke it contributes to vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of the blood vessels. This is because nicotine stimulates the cardiovascular system and thus elevates the blood pressure and may even lead to hypertension and heart attack.

Respiratory problems

In addition to stimulating the cardiovascular system, nicotine also stimulates the respiratory system. Breathing rates increase as do respiratory secretions which can lead to difficulty breathing and in the worst case scenario, respiratory failure.

Gastrointestinal problems

Nicotine depresses the appetite and as a result, many smokers eat much less than they should. This throws the gastrointestinal system off balance and many smokers experience constipation, inflammation and general discomfort.

Heart Palpitations

Nicotine stimulates the heart and this can lead to the development of arrhythmia and other irregular heart beat problems.

Above are just a few of the many issues associated with nicotine use. By smoking nicotine-filled cigarettes, smokers put their heart, lungs and stomach at risk and are more prone to developing a variety of diseases that can either decrease the quality of life or end life altogether. This can include poor circulation affecting the extremities especially the legs and feet.

What is the Alternative to Nicotine

Luckily, smokers do not have to let nicotine get the best of them if they can learn to get their smoking habit under control. Smoking cessation requires patience and dedication, but it is a very attainable goal for those willing to work for it.

One of the best ways to quit smoking for good is by utilizing quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis is a method that employs the strategies of hypnotherapy to help people create new thoughts and beliefs that will enable them to give up tobacco. Since smoking is a psychosocial habit, quit smoking hypnosis helps people address the core issues behind their need to smoke cigarettes. This in turn decreases their dependency on tobacco and instead building new habits that will lead to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Smoking’s Effect on the Teeth

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You are likely well aware of the many adverse side-effects linked to smoking http://lifecoachtoquitsmok ing.com/smoking-2/why-you-shouldnt-smoke-the-basics, but one issue that often goes unnoticed in the quit smoking battle is the harm cigarettes can do to your teeth.

What is so bad about smoking

Smoking is toxic and the thousands of poisons and chemicals in each cigarette hinder the functioning of your body’s circulatory system.This means that the blood you need to keep your gums healthy and strong isn’t quite making it to your mouth. Furthermore, cigarettes interfere with your body’s ability to generate new cells. As a result healing and preservation don’t take place vis-à-vis your teeth.

How can smoking affect the teeth

These are the main reasons why smoking can lead to a plethora of dental problems, including:
• Gum disease
• Bad breath
• Tooth discoloration
• Plaque and tarter build-up
• Inflamed salivary glands
• Oral cancer

All of the issues above are impediments to your health and happiness (who wants to go around with bad breath). What’s worse is that life with oral cancer can be fatal. Thus, smoking is tantamount to giving up on dental care.

Do you want to have healthy teeth

Then you really should consider quitting smoking. Perhaps you realize this and you are looking for a way to kick your cigarette habit? One quit smoking method that is worth your efforts is quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis harnesses the power of the brain—the power you have over your own mind—towards positive changes in habits and beliefs. Since research shows that smoking is a psycho-social habit, quit smoking hypnosis gives you the chance to quit smoking for good by creating new, healthy habits that don’t include cigarettes.

You have the power to quit—you just need to make the decision to do it. And when you do contact Maureen Hamilton 1300 619 684 or go to https://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/ for more information and/or to book online. Maureen has been helping people to quit smoking for years and still gives a Lifetime Guarantee. So if the person smokes again, they come back at no extra cost.

Maureen is very committed and only sees people if they are also committed and have a real want to quit. So do give Maureen a call today.