If you have ever tried to give up smoking, you surely know how difficult it can be. A British study carried out in 2006 revealed that smoking is responsible for 9 out of 10 occurrences of cancer in the lungs. One third of all the lethal outcomes due to cancer are also caused by smoking. Despite this frightening fact, a large number of people are still active smokers.
Most of the 4,000 substances in the cigarette smoke are very harmful for the entire health. Let us name just few of them: the poisonous arsenic, carcinogenic benzene, dry-cleaning ingredient ammonia, and brain-damaging cadmium.
We must not forget the compound responsible for the majority of lung and throat cancer in people who smoke – tar. Not only does it accumulate in the lungs, but it also harms the protective lining of our breathing organs, affecting their ability to defend the body from infections.
What about nicotine?
Although nicotine alone is not a cancer-causing substance, its dangers primarily lie in its highly addictive nature. Namely, its potency is up to 10 times bigger than that of cocaine and morphine. As soon as nicotine is inhaled, it gets to the brain in as little as 20 seconds. Its effects are experienced immediately.
This leads to the increased production of adrenaline, which in turn causes rise in the blood pressure, increased pulse rate and breathing. Since it stimulates the nervous system, nicotine negatively affects restful sleep at night.
Cream of tartar amazing properties
If you have ever tried to give up smoking, you surely know how difficult it can be. Like with any other addiction, people who are trying to stop smoking frequently experience mood swings, depression, nicotine craving, and a great amount of stress.
There is a new method that can truly facilitate this process, alleviate the unpleasant symptoms and detoxify the body from the harmful substances.
Here is the magical solution:
- orange juice with half a teaspoon of cream of tartar.
What is cream of tartar?
This white powdery substance is utilized in baking, being an ingredient of baking powder. It is actually called potassium bitartrate, a byproduct of fermented grapes in the procedure of making wine. You may not be familiar with its medicinal benefits that may be of great worth to you, so let us focus on them briefly.
It helps in the process of giving up smoking
Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with a half teaspoon of potassium bitartrate will help you achieve a twofold purpose: it will replenish your body’s needs of vitamin C. This study has shown that smokers do not absorb this precious vitamin as well as the non-smokers.(source)
Cream of tartar is known for its ability to flush out the harmful and highly addictive nicotine from your system and it suppresses the nicotine cravings. It also has a high content of the valuable mineral potassium, which is deficient in people who smoke, according to this study.(source)
As you may know, potassium is extremely important for the entire health since it participates in the production of bodily enzymes and the synthesis of proteins. Furthermore, it is essential for the release of insulin and the metabolic processes of carbohydrates. So, this mineral is one of the key factors necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies.
It alleviates pain caused by arthritis
Not only is cream of tartar rich in potassium, but it also abounds in another essential element-magnesium. Among other vital functions, this mineral is also greatly responsible for the health of our bones and joint cartilage. This information is especially important for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, a serious and very painful condition that causes deterioration of the tiny joints in the skeletal system.
Research has revealed that arthritic patients have low levels of magnesium in their bodies. Regular consumption of magnesium can lead to significant improvement in these patients. Topical application of magnesium can also be of great help in lowering the pain caused by arthritis. Immersing the body in a mixture of cream of tartar and Epsom salt can greatly alleviate the pains due to arthritis.
It lowers high blood pressure
Potassium is crucial in regulating our blood pressure. If you suffer from elevated blood pressure, the solution made from freshly squeezed orange juice and cream of tartar can be your powerful ally in battle with this very common and dangerous condition.
It helps cure infections of the urinary tract
Consuming cream of tartar was a traditional way of alleviating pain caused by infections of the urinary tract before the invention of antibiotics. It normalizes pH levels in the body, helping the immune system destroy pathogenic bacteria.
A word of warning
High levels of potassium in the blood can also be very harmful to the body, even resulting in a heart attack. Consultation with your physician is therefore necessary if you decide to consume cream of tartar on a daily basis, especially if you are already using some other medications.
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