How to Quit Nicotine/Tobacco Naturally (Smoking, Chewing and Vaping)

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How to Quit Nicotine/Tabacco Naturally

Before I found my passion for herbs I found myself using chewing tobacco.  It would give me a boost in energy, calm my nerves, and keep me going though out the day.  I would use it in the morning to wake up, the afternoon to calm down, and at night to fall asleep.  Before I knew it, I realized that I was addicted to dipping and needed some help.  I found out that chewing tobacco is just as bad as smoking because it contains more nicotine than cigarettes, has many carcinogens, and changes your brain chemistry.  Being desperate to quit, I did my research and found a natural way to quit using tobacco.

How Nicotine Affects The Brain

Cigarettes and chewing tobacco contains the stimulant nicotine, which alters brain chemistry.  When you puff that cigarette, put that dip in your lip, you get a temporary relaxed feeling.  This happens because nicotine binds to neurotransmitters in your brain.  It hi-jacks your serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and GABA receptors in your brain.  When this happens your body will get flooded with euphoria and your bodies natural response is to fight it by down regulating your natural production of these hormones.  You know what that means right?  You have to keep using more and more tobacco, to get that same feeling.  People usually fail at quitting because when they stop, their bodies are at low hormone production and you’re not supplying it with the nicotine anymore.  You will feel anxious, agitated, depressed and decreased concentration during withdraws.

Inhibit Your Neurotransmitters 

The secret during withdraw is to trick your brain into thinking you have more neurotransmitters than it really does.  I found this to most important factor to me quitting tobacco successfully.  Inhibition works by preventing the breakdown of these important hormones, leaving more of them communicating in the neural synapse. Many pharmaceutical drugs use this concept to treat depression and anxiety.  SSRI’s prevent the re-uptake of serotonin.  SNRI’s prevent the re-uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. MAOI’s remove monoamine oxidase which break down serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.  I found a natural herb that acts as a MAOI that inhibits three neurotransmitters without the nasty side effects.

I’ve used several herbs, however, found the the most success with rhodeola rosea.  I think I’ve had the most success with this herb because it acts as a natural MAOI.  Instead of inhibiting one or two neurotransmitters, it works on three of them.  The effects are pretty quick as well, feeling relief within an hour.  Other herbs like St. John’s Wort, may take weeks to inhibit just serotonin.  I found that taking one capsule after breakfast, lunch, and dinner to work the best.  I was amazed how my anxiety and fogginess subsided almost immediately.  This is the first secret for my successful quitting.

Rebuild Your Neurotansmitters

The goal was to rebuild neurotransmitters in my brain because of the lack of production.  Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid I used to rebuild my norepinephrine.  It’s involved in a process that makes more of this hormone.  Phenylalanine is essential, meaning you must eat foods or take supplements to get it, because your body does not make it naturally.  I took one 500 mg L-phenylalanine capsule every morning on an empty stomach, and found it gave me a gentle boost every morning.

At nights I would build my serotonin because it’s involved with relaxation and sleep regulation.  Serotonin is made from the essential amino acid tryptophan.  Just like phenylalanine you must get it from foods or supplements daily for optimal production.  I found that two capsules of 50 mg of L-tryptophan in the evening to work the best.  This supplement helped me feel relaxed and gave me an incredible deep sleep.  Sleep is very important in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Adapt A Healthy Lifestyle

Adapting a healthy lifestyle was very important in my long-term success of quitting tobacco.  It’s all about eating healthy and giving your body the nutrients it needs to function optimally.  Exercise was key as well because that gave me a natural high, increasing my dopamine production.  One of my biggest lifestyle changes was drinking tea daily.  I started drinking oolong tea which has L-theanine, a protein that feeds that GABA receptors in the brain.  After drinking a cup of this tea I would feel an immediate calmness that helped me along the way.

A Quick Recap

The natural way I quit using tobacco.

Morning:

One 500 mg capsule of L-phenylalanine on empty stomach

One 250 mg capsule of rhodeola rosea after a healthy breakfast

Exercise if possible

Afternoon:

One 250 mg capsule of rhodeola rosea after a healthy lunch

One cup of oolong tea

Exercise if possible

Evening:

One 250 mg capsule of rhodeola rosea after a healthy dinner

One cup of oolong tea

Exercise if possible

Two 50 mg capsules of L-tryptophan

This was how I quit using tobacco naturally! It was also important for me to throw all my tobacco away and stay away from others when they are using it.  I’ve gone through many trials, however, officially kicked the bad habit with this natural method.  After I felt my brain chemistry get back to normal, I slowly reduced my rhodiola rosea intake. I still supplemented with the amino acids, exercised, ate healthy, and drink tea. If I felt the edge coming back I would go back to this natural remedy.


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