smoking and digestion

Does smoking help digestion? – Why a cigarette does exactly the opposite

Another misconception about smoking is that people believe the cigarette improves digestion. Nicotine is a chemical that is more laxative than beneficial.

You also don’t fill up your tank with dirty fuel to get better performance from a car.

After eating you should smoke… such a nonsense

People like to reach for a cigarette pack after a meal and light one to stimulate “digestion”. As already mentioned in our article “Smoking and diarrhoea“, it is hard to do anything worse to the digestive system than to add harmful chemicals through cigarettes. The stomach mucosa gets irritated and the processing of food slows down.

Digestion doesn’t improve. It becomes in fact significantly worse.

Why does the smoker think he needs a (e-)cigarette after eating?

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The lack of nicotine causes a feeling of emptiness inside the body. The smoker has the feeling that something is missing. People usually relax during the meal. The work remains untouched, everyone is in a good mood. Not so the smoker!

The poor man cannot rest because he has to satisfy another appetite. During the meal stress builds up in him. The monster in him, which craves nicotine, screams for food!

The smoker believes that the cigarette is a pleasure. In truth, it is the withdrawal symptoms that cause him trouble. He confuses the consequences of smoking with the pleasure.

In truth, the smoker can never relax completely. In the course of time – and we can confirm this as former chain smokers – it will only get worse.

In our editorial “Why people smoke” you can find out more about the reasons why people smoke.

What actually stimulates digestion

  1. Drink enough water: Dehydration is known to have digestive effects on our stomach. We need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day to keep our system well supplied. Our intestines use water to push the digested waste through the system and convert it into a form that can be easily processed. A sufficient amount of water is especially important for smokers. The body needs it to quickly excrete the toxins from the body.
    A low intake of water also leads to constipation and the build-up of toxins in the body. This in turn increases the risk of digestive problems. So drink regularly and don’t wait to get thirsty
  2. Avoid foods that irritate YOUR digestive tract: Some people can tolerate large amounts of spices and others cannot. It is important to know which foods are beneficial to your body and which are not.
    Substances that are often not suitable for everyone: red chilli peppers, hot spices, caffeine, alcohol, desserts rich in sugar and fat.
    Other substances that irritate the digestive tract are nicotine and certain types of medication. While spicy foods can irritate the stomach lining in some people, they do not cause ulcers. However, it can aggravate existing ulcers in the intestine or stomach. The secret to a healthy digestive system is to avoid absorbing substances that cause irritation to your digestive tract.
  3. Dietary fibres are healthy: Eat meals with fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, oatmeal, beans, nuts, fruit and lots of vegetables. Dietary fiber helps your gastrointestinal tract function properly. It makes sure that the digestive process does not take place too quickly. This allows the body to efficiently process nutrients from the ingested food. Dietary fiber also helps improve stool consistency. This is especially important for smokers.
  4. Exercise regularly: There is nothing better than regular exercise for the digestive tract. It strengthens the abdominal muscles and promotes digestion.
  5. Avoid stress: Too much stress or fear causes the digestive system to work faster. Stress impairs the permeability of the digestive tract, causes an imbalance in the intestinal bacteria and increases the risk of inflammation. Stress-avoiding measures ensure a balance of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Is digestion impaired after stopping smoking?

Many people believe that a reduction in cigarette consumption has a negative effect on digestion. In reality, the reduced intake of toxins has only positive effects.

If you have problems with your metabolism after quitting smoking, it may be due to chance.

Make sure you put the above tips into practice. You will soon notice that your health will improve significantly.

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