Although many people are aware of the negative health effects of smoking. Most people do not realize the nature and extent of how dangerous tobacco is.
Several studies have shown that smoking affects the nutrients in a way that can not be taken into account in the diet alone. Some findings from the studies are as given below:
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an essential disease-prevention antioxidant. Antioxidants are thought to help the body fight diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer, and help prevent the degenerative effects of aging. The more he/she smoke, the more vitamin C is lost from the tissue and blood.
For example, smoking one cigarette is same as lost 25mg of vitamin C (the amount of vitamin C in orange). But the body needs more vitamin C to fight the damage that smoking cause to the cell. To overcome these problems, a smoker needs to increase the consumption of vitamin C about 2000mg a day by eating more vitamin C rich foods like lemon and oranges or by taking vitamin c supplements.
Vitamin D: Smoking has a significant effect on the metabolism of vitamin D. Smokers have 50% greater incidence of poor vitamin D levels than non-smokers.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is believed to inhibit the fatty deposits on the inner walls of arteries. Smoking causes hardening of the arteries. Hence, smokers can reduce their risk of heart disease by taking vitamin E rich foods.
Calcium: Smoking has a significant effect on calcium metabolism. Poor absorption of calcium can cause osteoporosis, or thinning bones. You do not want it happen right?
If you smoke, then you have to consume more nutritious food than non-smokers. To help your body use the nutrients, drink green tea, eat lots of vegetables and fruits that are rich of vitamins, and exercise routine. And of course, the best way to keep our body healthy is to QUIT SMOKING!