The quitters flu; a number of symptoms that combine in such a manner they closely resemble a cold or flu like illness. Most people who quit smoking will experience it. The symptoms can be headaches, flashes of hot and cold, chest congestion, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion.
The moment you quit smoking your body begins to heal and as a result, these physical symptoms will occur. The most notable of these flu like symptoms are those associated with the respiratory system.
The lungs contain small hair like structures called cilia. (They look more like sea anemones.) These cilia, naturally sweep particles out of the wind pipe to be expelled by coughing. Tobacco smoke coats the lungs with tar and disrupts this process by preventing the cilia from working. When you quit smoking, the tar begins to break down and the cilia once again start cleaning. Quitters will likely notice a blackish – brown and often speckled phlegm as a result. Given the amount of rubbish that builds up in a smokers lungs, this can be quiet extreme and often takes time to settle down.
The ability to breath easier and maintain a greater state of healthiness, more than make up for the unpleasantness of quitters flu. The symptoms of quitters flu should also start to settle after a few weeks.
Tips for Managing the Quitters Flu.
Rest During the Early Stages.
Quitters flu is at its worst in the early days of a quit smoking campaign. It may help to rest and be as comfortable as possible, while allowing the healing process to happen. Consider drinking warm herbal teas to aid relaxation and relieve some of the symptoms.
Eat Quality Foods and Micro Nutrients.
The body gets the majority of nutrients needed to heal, from the foods we eat. If these foods are of a high quality and have sound nutritional value, the more building blocks your body will have to aid the process. Consider eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and less processed and over cooked foods.
When You Feel Ready, Get Some Exercise.
Exercise promotes healthy lung function and helps accelerates the cleaning process. Consider starting with a daily, fast paced, five minute walk around the block.