Thursday, June 28, 2012


GOOD REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR NICOTINE FIX - Are you having a hard time giving up those after-meal cigarettes and stress-relieving smoke breaks? If you’ve tried just about everything, then here’s a bit of good news for you. According to a new study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, smokers who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables are three times more likely to kick the habit. They are also more likely to stay away from smoking for longer as well. Researchers conducted a telephone survey of more than 1,000 smokers from ages 25 and above to see just how a nutritious diet affects their smoking habit. 
After 14 months, the participants were once again called and asked about the number of times they had smoked in the past month. Based on the results, smokers who consumed the most fruits and vegetables were more likely to have not smoked in the past 30 days than those who ate the least produce. Even after accounting for factors like age, race, gender, and income among others, the results remained the same.

The healthy diet also appears to lessen the number of cigarettes people smoke in general. Apparently, eating fruits and vegetables worsens their taste. "We may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking," says study author Jeffrey Haibach, a graduate research assistant in the University at Buffalo's Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. "Granted, this is just an observational study, but improving one's diet may facilitate quitting."  Haiback notes that many people mistake hunger for an urge to light one up, so the next time you feel like smoking a cigarette, try eating fruits and vegetables instead. By substituting one habit for another, you’re already improving your quality of life.
Several explanations for the findings are possible: people who consume a lot of fruits and vegetables may be less nicotine dependent, or may have a decreased desire to smoke, the researchers said. Fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, which may give people a sense of satiety or fullness so that they feel less of a need to smoke. Smokers sometimes confuse hunger with an urge to smoke, Haibach said.

According to a new study published in a biography Nicotine and Tobacco Research, smokers who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables are 3 times some-more expected to flog the habit and to stay divided from smoking for longer as well. But, the most important conclusion is that "Unlike some foods which are known to enhance the taste of tobacco - such as meats, caffeinated beverages and alcohol - fruits and vegetables may actually worsen the taste of cigarettes", Haibach said.  How about if today you start changing your diet and kick the smoking habit?.

The trout is lured by the worm on the hook of the fisherman, the mouse by the cheese in the mouse-trap. A tragic irony of the struggle for existence is that living beings are often destroyed by what they desire. But at least the fish and the mouse have excuses: the bait and the cheese look like sustenance. Also, the fish and the mouse do not know in advance that they will be trapped. Humans seldom have either of these excuses. The temptations that wreck their lives are quite often pure indulgences known to be dangerous. For example, no one has to smoke for survival and all smokers are aware that smoking is dangerous. Tobacco kills nearly 10,000 people worldwide every day. ... The statistics about other self-destructive behavioral patterns - alcoholism, substance abuse and suicide - are equally, if not more, alarming. And even among so-called normal people, practically everyone is victimized by some form of self-destructive behavioral pattern - unwarranted expressions of anger that turn out to be disastrous, unintentional use of caustic words that break hearts and so on.

Śrīpad Chaitanya Charan das :
"The Spiritual Scientist"
"Bad habits - Causes and Cures"
December 25, 2011

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


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