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Just Me
Cleaning lungs after quitting smoking.?
After about 17 years of smoking I finally quit about 2 months ago. So far so good - no cravings or anything. I know that after that many years of smoking my lungs are very polluted with tar. From what I understand a human body has some self-cleansing and cell regeneration abilities but is there any way to somehow speed up the process to clean the lungs and the whole body from tar, smoke, nicotine and everything else?
                      








essentiallysolo
no, no way to speed it along, but the process begins almost instantly once you quit, after one year, your lungs will be clear as a non-smoker's always were.


Shea
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Yes there is. Exercise will help your body expel some of the gunk. It is also helpful to take vitamins. Research antioxidants, many of these are found in fresh fruit. The antioxidants will fuel your recovery. Congratulations!


liz s
mild aerobic exercise that causes heavier breathing and a large intake of water. See you dr. before starting any exercise esp if you have a history of smoking. Congradulations


Jason
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Exercise is a great substitute for smoking. You may find that as you
exercise more, you cough more, clearing out your lungs and airways.
This is good. Most likely you'll breath easier and build up your
endurance as you get further and further from your last cigarette


G S
The answer to your question should be encouraging. Provided permanent damage has not been done to your organs, most organs will be restored to optimal health in a comparatively short time.
Here are some stats for you:

Changes your body goes through when you stop smoking
Source: The Drug Education Centre Newsletter, Australia

Within 20 minutes of last cigarette:
 Blood pressure returns to normal
 Pulse rate drops to normal rate
 Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

After 8 Hours:
 Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
 Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

After 24 Hours:
 Chance of heart attack starts to decrease
 Chance of stroke starts to decrease

After 48 Hours:
 Nerve endings start re-growing
 Ability to smell and taste things begins to recover

After 72 Hours:
 Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
 Lung capacity begins to increase

After 2 Weeks to 3 Months:
 Circulation improves
 Walking becomes easier
 Lung function increases by up to 30%

After 1 to 9 Months:
 Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease
 Cilia restored in lungs increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, reduce infection
 Body’s overall energy level increases

After 5 Years:
 Lung cancer death rate for average smoker [one pack a day] decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000
 [After 10 years, rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 – or almost the rate of non-smokers]

After 10 Years:
 Precancerous cells are replaced
 Other cancers, such as those of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas, decrease [There are 63 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer]

All it takes to undo and lose all of these tremendous benefits is to light, and smoke just 1 cigarette a day!

I hope that helps.


somedaysoap
If you ever have a chance, go see a bodyworlds exhibit (bodyworlds.com) when it come to your local city. It shows the way the human body works, including a smoker's lungs compared with a non-smokers. It is simply fascinating, and wonderfully educational. Please don't miss it if you have a chance to go..... And NO, I don't work for the company....


J
You can't speed up the process but you can facilitate it by exercising, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, eating plenty of fiber and fruits & veggies full of flavenoids. Exercising causes you to sweat and naturally detoxifies your body, water does the same, eating fiber cleans toxins out of your system and consuming food with flavenoids helps keep free radicals in check. Read this short essay: http://www.thenutritionreporter.com/flavonoids.html

Congrats on quitting! I quit a 5 weeks ago after smoking on and off for 11 years so keep up the good work!


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