Short & Long Term Health Benefits - Stoptober Week 2

So you’re reaping the benefits of the short term health benefits associated with stopping smoking, so lets think about the long term or chronic effects it can have on your health too. Smoking can increase plaques and inflammation within the arteries, and this narrows the blood vessels increasing the risk of high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. So how do you go about reducing the damage caused by smoking? Well, one of the first lines of defence is to consume antioxidants, the more the better, and this is basically known as a cleanse or a detox.

Sources of Antioxidants

Some of the main antioxidants include vitamin C and beta-carotene, and great sources include fruit and veg, and it’s a good idea to vary the colour and type of fruit and veg in order to increase the range of antioxidants you consume. Vitamin Eis another example of an antioxidant, and good sources of these include olive oil, nuts, soya seeds and whole grains as well as sweet potato and green leafy veg.

Supplements

Supplements are a great addition to your habitual or ordinary daily intake, it’s not always easy to get the amount of antioxidants you need through your diet. So consider multi vitamins and minerals, omega oil blends particularly those high in omega 3 as these have anti-inflammatory properties, beta-carotene supplements, vitamin E, and Spirulina which is one of the most nutritionally dense single nutrition source known to man. Spirulina is approx 60-70% protein and contains vitamin B, iron, magnesium, zinc and beta-carotene and vitamin E.

So you’re at the half way point guys, keep up the great work and we’ll see you next week for the penultimate week…week 3!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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