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This is What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking. (It’s Never Too Late To Stop!)

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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4 Effects of Withdrawal

1. Digestive: You may experience heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually get worse before they begin to improve.

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2. Respiratory: Sinus congestion, coughing, phlegm and a slight hoarseness can occur.

3. Circulatory: You may feel dizzy, stiff, or even tingling in your toes and fingers.

4. Sleep: You may experience insomnia as well.

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These effects are a direct result of your body repairing the damage that smoking has caused, and starting to smoke again will only set back your plans of a healthy lifestyle. If you fight through your withdrawal stage (which should only last 3-4 weeks) you will see immediate and long-lasting health improvements.

To give you an idea of the benefits that you will experience once you quit smoking, the American Cancer Society has created a timeline that describes what you can look forward to in your new, smoke-free life.

20 minutes after quitting

Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

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(Effect of smoking on arterial stiffness and pulse pressure amplification, Mahmud A, Feely J. Hypertension.2003:41:183)