Smoking is probably one of the most widespread addictions in the world. In 2015, about 15 of every 100 American adults aged 18 years or older smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. According to the CDC, over 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.
Smoking, as a habit, is not just about controlling your will. Tobacco contains nicotine which travels quickly to the brain when it is inhaled and can cause a feeling of temporary relaxation and/or stress relief. Nicotine can also elevate your mood and your heart rate.
This makes you get addicted to nicotine because your brain craves for it every time you feel stress or when you want to feel relaxed. Unfortunately, the damage smoking does to your lungs is often serious and irreversible. However, there is something you can do something about getting the toxins out of your lungs. All you need to do is drink this lung-cleansing elixir daily.
What’s In The Drink?
The drink is quite simple actually. It has only three ingredients: turmeric, ginger, and onion. All the three ingredients are easily available or are probably already sitting on your kitchen shelf. Individually, they are known for their many health benefits but when combined, they form a potent and tasty lung cleansing beverage.
Turmeric finds mention in ancient Indian texts on medicine and surgery. The root of the turmeric plant is dried and made into a fine powder that can be used as a spice while cooking and also for topical application. It is used extensively in Ayurveda and has been known to have as many as 600 different benefits. It’s high in minerals and vitamins and has anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
The next ingredient in the list is ginger, which is also a favorite among Indian and Chinese medicine. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is usually used as a remedy for settling an upset stomach. However, it also has many other healing properties like the ability to reduce excess mucus in your lungs, which can happen as a result of smoking.
The last ingredient is the humble onion that you probably use in your day-to-day cooking without giving it much credit. Onion is a powerful antioxidant and is known to have anti-cancer properties because compounds present in onion can inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. It may give you bad breath but what you get in return definitely makes up for it.
How To Make The Drink
2 tbsp. of turmeric
400g of onion
Thumb sized ginger root
400g maple syrup
1l of water
Mix the maple syrup into the water and heat until it starts to boil.
Chop the ginger and onion and add to the mixture, bring back to a boil.
Add the turmeric and lower the heat to medium.
Heat until there is only half the original amount left.
Strain what’s left into a glass container.
Let it cool to room temperature then place in the fridge.
How Much You Should Have
Have 2 tablespoons of the drink daily; once in the morning and once in the evening. The ideal time to have it would at least 2 hours after a meal. But remember that having this drink does not mean you get a free range to smoke as much as you want.
Yes, smoking is addictive but think seriously about giving it up. Search online for all the strategies that have worked for people who quit smoking. There are also apps you can download to help you get out of your smoking habit. Smoking puts a lot of strain on your body and quitting can reduce several health risks.