Are There Foods that Prevent Nicotine Cravings?

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Smoking and nicotine is very interesting because it has been shown to increase dopamine levels in the brain, while decreasing seratonin levels in the brain. Now dopamine is that happy up chemical serotonin is that peaceful, blissful chemical. So, if you are wanting that same feeling you probably want to eat foods that are going to increase both.

Dopamine is released when you eat things like high fat, but it's also released when you eat lean protein. If you're eating great healthy lean protein with some healthy fats, say grilled chicken breast with some fresh avocado, that is going to increase the dopamine levels in your brain, which is the same dopamine that you were getting from that nicotine which is by the way the same action of Zyban which is the anti-smoking drug which increases dopamine in the brain.

If you're quitting smoking some of the cravings will probably also be about anxiety because what smoking does is it forces you to take a break, it forces you to breath slow and be mindful of your breath. So, here is two things you can do, you can eat foods that are going to increase the serotonin such as healthy carbs, whole grains.

Whole grains have been shown to increase serotonin in the brain, also things like a hot cup of tea or water with lemon are going to force you to engage in that same behavior meaning, paying attention to your breath and doing something very deliberately and slowly. And when you do this and you're blowing on that tea, you're making this your new ritual, that will increase serotonin levels in your brain.

So those are some simple things to do to add to your regimen so you're not focusing on what you're taking away from your life rather you are focusing on what you are adding.