July 30th, 2012 | The Blog
There are so many great reasons for you to quit smoking and to encourage your patients to quit smoking. Sometimes, being hospitalized is the push a patient needs to actually quit smoking.
Recent Research Results
Surprising results from a recent study shows that cigarette smokers who consume four or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day have a tremendous benefit. They are three times more likely to quit smoking and not return to the habit for longer periods of time than those who ate fewer than two servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Why is this, you ask? Here are a few of the theories attached to those who eat more fruits and vegetables:
Those who regularly eat a healthy diet are generally more health conscious so they are more open to smoking cessation.
One aside of which to be aware is that milk makes cigarettes take on a strange flavor, due to the aftertaste. Help your patients along; encourage them to drink milk regularly. It does not matter whether it is skim or whole milk, with regard to smoking cessation.
While we discuss the benefits of eating at least four servings of fruits and vegetables to help with smoking cessation, it is important to note the things that make cigarettes taste better. These things should be avoided or, at least, limited:
Whatever the reason, whatever the cause of a patient’s difficulty in achieving a smoke-free life, encouraging them to increase their fruits and vegetables intake is a simple, doable, healthy and tasty alternative or adjunct to try.