Who doesn’t want to live a healthy life? Well, everybody does! But if you look at the number of people suffering from obesity, cancer, and similar problems around the world, you would be forced to think otherwise. There is a big difference between the intent and the actions. Though a lot of people talk about quitting smoking, they never come round to doing it. At the same time, even when the body is showing clear tell-tell signs of deficiency of vitamins and minerals, very few people visit their doctor.
Smoking is one of the oldest known forms of recreation. Its use dates back to 5000 BC. At present, about one in every six-people on this planet smokes. This figure includes both the occasional and the long term smokers. People smoke substances like opium, tobacco, and cocaine, with tobacco being the most popular among them. People smoke for getting a sense of elation. Some do it as a means of socialization. However, the feeling of elation remains only for a very short period of time. On the other hand, the harmful effects are so dangerous that smoking kills millions of people around the world every year.
Smoking attacks the most important part of your body — our lungs. There are many boys and girls who begin smoking as a fun activity. But even before they know it, they become addicted to it because of the addictive nature of tobacco and other substances. Heavy smokers don’t even realize that they are doing so. Logic doesn’t work for them. However, most of the smokers express interest in quitting smoking, but very few are able to actually do it.
E-cigarettes have become quite popular among smokers who want to quit smoking. It is claimed that e-cigs do far less harm to the body than the traditional cigarettes. Since there is no smoke involved in smoking e-cigs, the claim looks quite genuine.
What do supplements do?
Supplements are substances that are consumed to combat a certain type of deficiency in the body. These may include supplements of vitamins, minerals, hormones, fibers, amino acids, etc. A deficiency may arise due to several reasons, including aging, diseased glands, poor diet, or unhealthy lifestyle.
The supplements industry is valued at around $30 billion (2016) in the US alone. The usage of supplements has increased around the world in the past few years. Earlier, the supplements were mostly prescribed by doctors when they noticed a deficiency in the body. Today, these have become popular among the healthy people as well. There are tens of thousands of supplements on the market for both medical and non-medical use. There are supplements for nearly everything, right from increasing your height to improving your sex life.
Supplements in body building
Many professionals and amateurs from athletic arenas consume supplements to achieve enhanced performance, reduce or increase weight, boost recovery after intense workouts, and build strength in the muscles. The usage of protein powders is quite common among the body builders.
Are there any side effects?
One should be warned that supplements may cause side effects as well. The side effects show up when a person abuses a given supplement. It is advisable to take supplements under the guidance of an expert. He would prescribe you products to neutralize the side effects of a supplement if there are any. One of the biggest issues with supplements is that many people consume them just by seeing others doing it. They forget that people have different body types. Sometimes they end up taking a supplement which their body does not need. The functions of the body are quite complex and the same symptom may represent different problems in two different people. The dosage also varies from person to person. What works for a teenager may not work for somebody in his 40’s. Thus, it is necessary that you consult an expert regarding the dosage and schedule of supplements.
Most of the doctors and researchers agree that there is no better way of combating a deficiency than by increasing its intake in your diet. Exercising daily is also known to improve the functions of the body. And yes, quitting smoking is the first step smokers can take toward improving their lives.