It’s never too late to quit smoking. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, some immediately and some over a longer period of practice. Your brain, for instance, immediately has to develop extra nicotine receptors to accommodate the amount of nicotine it’s receiving. These receptor sites begin to build over time and then when you decide to try to quit and these receptors stop receiving nicotine, the empty receptors result is nicotine withdrawal, feelings of anxiety, irritability, and strong cravings. Of course, it is well known that nicotine and tar from cigarettes inflames, damages, and impairs the lungs and airways. But did you know: nicotine also compromises chemicals and restricts nutrients that are important for fertility, cholesterol, muscle growth, bone and dental health, wound and infection healing, and even skin health and eye sight.
That is why NOT smoking is considered a pillar of good health for both conventional and functional medicine doctors world wide.