Exercise In The New Year – Vital To A Successful Lung Detox

Shake A Tail Feather, And Feel Better

exercise for lung detoxI’ve spoken on the importance of exercise in a successful Lung Detox before, but it’s worth repeating myself at this time, being the New Year period, when we all at least consider either starting, or ramping up and exercise program to help burn the holiday calories before they preeminently lodge themselves around our middles. But besides being important for general health, exercise is doubly important for your Quit Attempt/Lung Detox.

Work The Body, Work The Mind

Your body and your mind are intrinsically linked, and as things that negatively affect one have the same sort of effects on the other (e.g. smoking), positive things, like exercising the body, can help the mind as well.  During a Quit Attempt and Lung Detox, regular exercise improves your overall circulation, blood pressure, immune competence, reduce feelings of stress, and mildly taxing exercise will prompt the brain to produce endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormones.  As an ex-smoker doing a Lung Detox, endorphins are your friends, as they can take the place of any ‘good feeling’ you got from your previous, and oh so destructive, habit.  And if you get your exercise by participating in a sport that you like, you an even have fun while exercising!

Exercise has so many benefits, it amazes me that so many people actually WANT to sit in front of the TV and avoid it.  Sure, if you overdo it you can get aches, but here’s a tip; if you have a good dose of protein after your exercise, and again the next day (such as a big glass of grass fed milk, or a protein bar/shake etc, or a good serve of meat), then you will reduce those aches considerably.  Exercise can help you feel better about yourself, help you lose weight (best if you exercise in the morning), and help you sleep better (if you exercise in the late afternoon/early evening).

Then there are exercises that are specifically designed to open up your chest, working your poor, battered lungs to improve their function.  Our product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series gives you a heap of good tips, and exercises to do, both to improve your general health (which helps your body clean your lungs) and breathing exercises to help open your chest and improve your lung function.

Tomorrow Is The Day!

Tomorrow we release the updated Guides for 2011!  We’re really pleased with how they’ve turned out, and we think you’ll get so much out of them, you’ll never look back.  So check back tomorrow for the release blog post, where I’ll give you an outline of the updated product, which will see you happily smoke free in 2011!

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Life After Cigarettes – The Social Impacts Of Quitting

Smoking – The Habit That’s Trendy To Hate

social life after quitting smokingMany smokers, before they quit, have related to me that while they were sitting outside having a puff, rather self-righteous people often came up to them telling them how bad their habit was for them.  Now despite the fact that this is accurate, there are quite a number of other societal ‘dependencies’ that don’t cop the same sort of vocal putdown. Take overweight people when they are eating a muffin while destroying their bodies with excess calories, or parents with more than two children for overpopulating the earth.  All these things are intrinsically bad for society as a whole, but only smoking is ‘fair game.’  And the only difference would be the 2nd hand smoke issue.

It’s just as hard for a smoker to quit as it is for a food addict to do so, but one is considered discrimination, and the other a valid target.

Now you might be wondering, ‘what the? – are you actually defending smokers?’ Well not exactly … I’m raising the ‘finger pointing’ attitude that society is developing in this day and age, and how some people’s weakness is targeted while other’s is conscientiously avoided.

Outside the bar or pub or workplace, the ‘designated smoking area’ is becoming the last bastion of the smoking holdout.  Smokers are herded together like social outcasts, sharing this chastised habit, and maybe even making new friends through a shared experience.  Thus a smoker can end up with more smoking friends than non-smoking, and this can make it very hard to quit, when you take into consideration the social effect of peer pressure (ironically the same pressure that probably got them to take up smoking in the first place).

But if you go all out and make the jump from smoker to lung health advocate, what then?

New Opportunities Await

So you took the plunge and quit.  That’s great, but now not only your chemical, but your social world is changing.  Sure you can hang out with your smoking friends, but you’d better not go outside with them when they go.  The temptation will be high, and the Situational Smoking Effect (see yesterday’s post) may well come into play.  But just like you made friends with smokers when you smoked, you can now make friends with those that used to indulge, but now are on their way to healthier lungs!  Just like you shared the lows of dependence, you can now share the burgeoning highs of those discovering life after dependence on nicotine.

And let’s face facts, it’s becoming a non-smoking world.  And after quitting, you’ll no longer need to slink off during a dinner for a puff, it will spell and end to those sideways glares from people in the street, and there will be no more comments from supposedly well-meaning individuals, who are sure their telling you what you were doing to yourself made all the difference!  Smoking was once hip, and you joined the hip crowd, but the world has woken up to the cigarette company’s poisons, attitudes have changed, and you’ve moved with the times.  Right?

Your Willpower Is Like A Muscle

I’ve been informed there is a new Quit Smoking advertisement on Australian television (I will post a video if it pops up online later).  It has the distinction of being the first POSITIVE add I believe they’ve EVER produced.

Your willpower is like a muscle; every cigarette you don’t smoke makes your willpower stronger.

It IS a good message.  It’s something that all those who have moved beyond smoking must do to stay clean, but the good news is, the more you resist, the easier it gets, and this is basically true.

But for most of us, it takes a little more than just willpower to make a successful Quit Attempt.  Our product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series is designed to give you all the information, tools and tips you need to make your next Quit Attempt your last, and if you’ve already quit, great, we provide some really pertinent tips to keep you healthy and avoid relapse, and – as the title suggests- all the best information on all the best ways to get toxins and tar out of your lungs – fast.

1 More Day!

We are getting really close now to the release of the updated Guides for 2011!  Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you.  Check back tomorrow for the sixth and final topic in the series; Exercise In The New Year – Vital To A Successful Lung Detox.

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Nicotine Dependence – It’ll Get You Back If It Can

Quit One Day, Smoking Again The Next?

nicotine dependence & addictionThe siren song of Nicotine, the chemical in cigarette smoke that makes your quit attempts more difficult, doesn’t just go away the day after you take your last puff.  As many a Quitting ex-smoker knows, it can take weeks for the cravings to subside, and then you still get the occasional pang from time to time, in places and situations where you used to smoke.  These cravings, considered by many doctors to be wholly caused by the absence of Nicotine in the subjects system, are now treated by NRT – or Nicotine Replacement Therapy, and other medicines that block the receptor sites that Nicotine attaches to in the brain.

But if NRT or other chemical treatments is all it takes, why are there still people who fail at a Quit Attempt?  Shouldn’t they all be successful, the first time they use these quit smoking aids?

Well it turns out that there is a lot more to it than just the chemical side of things, and that is an oft missed angle that our product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series aims to cover.  In our product we cover NRT and other therapies – some of which may surprise you – to combat the chemical side of the equation, but we also cover the psychological dependence side as well.  This is something that many other products simply do not do.

The following is a taste of the sort of tips available in Book 2 – The Complete Quit Smoking Guide.

Being Ready For The Siren Call

So you’ve got your NRT or equivalent chemical substitute happening for you, you’ve passed your Quit Day, and you ARE doing it, you HAVE quit! But the itch is still there.  Why do you still feel like a smoke?  We cover this is great detail in our Guides Series, but it has to do with the way your mental ‘habit’ of smoking has effected your mind.  Here is one example:

It’s a pressure called the Situational Smoking Effect (SSE) – where you mind actually down-regulates your neurochemicals when you are in a situation or place where you regularly smoked in the past.  It works like this – when you first started smoking, you got a buzz out of it, but after a while, you had to smoke just to feel OK.  No more buzz, yeah?  Well that is your brain becoming ‘used’ to having a regular nicotine supply.  That is why you feel bad when you don’t smoke, and why it is not a simple thing to quit – until you train your brain to go back to the way it was originally.  But after you have ‘trained’ your brain to expect a nicotine hit in a certain place or situation, it gets ready for it by down-regulating your neurochemicals (it’s actually a throwback from a system to prevent a dose of a chemical from hurting you– nicotine is a poison in high does after all).  So there you are, having gone through the ‘tough times’ of nicotine withdrawal, and you’re feeling better, over the ‘worst of it,’ and on your way to healthy lungs.  And then you go to that place or are in that situation, and BANG, you get a pang, and it can sometimes be strong enough to break your resolve.  THAT is the SSE, and if you are not ready for it, it can beat you.

But Knowledge is Power, and our product contains effective tips to combat the SSE, and many other pitfalls of the Quit Journey.

2 More Days!

We are getting really close now to the release of the updated Guides for 2011!  Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you.  Check back tomorrow for the fifth topic in the series; Life After Cigarettes – The Social Impacts Of Quitting.

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Motivation – Your Best Friend, Full Stop.

What Motivates You To Undertake A Quit Program/Lung Detox?

motivation for quitting smokingDetermining your motivations, and nailing down exactly why you want to Quit Smoking and/or Detoxify Your Lungs is really important to keep you working towards these goals. The exact reasons vary for each and every one of us, so if you go to the trouble of really understanding your own reasons, and then feeling them – desiring them – you will have a much greater chance of staying smoke-free and cleaning up your lungs – fast!

There are many possibilities, and slight variations – but in some way or form these motivations can be summed up by this basic premise: giving up cigarettes forever, detoxing your lungs and be healthier, feel better and live longer for yourself and your family. Your smoking habit has caused this damage, and has the potential to continue to do so, for up to 10 years after your last cigarette. That is why a Lung Detox is an essential part of any Quit journey.

Reaching That Critical ‘Activation Energy’

Often in any great effort to change, the first hurdle is the toughest. This can be referred to as achieving Activation Energy – that is, making the start that will bring about the improvement in your health (presuming you stick with it – see next section). With most decisions to Quit Smoking and Detoxify Your Lungs, the primary motivation usually comes from a place of anger and fear. Fear of an early, wasting death, possible loss of quality of life for years beforehand, and missing out on seeing your grandchildren, and possibly even your children, grow up. These are all quite rational and sensible fears seeing the dangers of smoking are so well known and publicized these days.

We recognize that motivation through fear has its place. It is sad but true that we humans are far more motivated to flee from danger than we are to move toward things that are good for us. However fear motivation is strong, but short-lived. It can help you reach that critical Activation Energy to get started on your journey to better health, but once this is done it tends to peter out, and those old, short-term cravings seem to have the strong pull they always did. This is because people just can’t maintain a fear response for long periods; we are just not designed that way, and if we try it has considerable negative impacts on both our minds and bodies.

Seeing It Through

So if negative motivation can start us off, but won’t get us there, what do we do then? The answer is to swap to positive motivation! This simple but often overlooked change in motivational methodology can easily be the difference between a successful quit/detox attempt, and waking up one morning with a packet of cigarettes back in your top pocket or handbag. By knowing what your own personal, positive, long-term motivations are to get healthy, and using techniques like Visualization/Positive Forward Projection and Positive Mental Conditioning to keep you feeling those motivations strongly and permeating through all the levels of your mind, your chances of a successful quit/detox attempt will skyrocket!

In fact, we think this is so important, it is the topic of our newest Booklet in the ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series, Book 1 – The Complete Motivations For Lung Health Guide. Complied over several years, and drawing information from top authorities in the field, this newest addition to the Guide Series will help you stay the course, and reach your quit/detox goals.

3 More Days!

We are getting really close now to the release of the updated Guides for 2011! Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you. Check back tomorrow for the fourth topic in the series; Nicotine Dependence – It’ll Get You Back If It Can.

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Stress – A Smoking Relapse Trigger That Does Not Physically Exist!

Negative Pressure

stress and smoking relapseFor most people, stress is a negative pressure that adversely affects our day to day health and happiness.  If it builds up to intolerable levels, it can even stop us doing what we most want to do, and can also bring on all sorts of other mental instabilities, and physical sicknesses to boot.  And when Quitting Cigarettes or undertaking a Lung Detox, it can be the one factor too many that leads you to fail in reaching the goals you set out to achieve.  But what if there was a way to understand stress more clearly, and stop it having such detrimental effects on your life?  It turns out there is…

Stress – It All Starts In Your Head

Stress doesn’t physically exist.  It’s not ‘out there,’ seeping into your life with the pressures put upon you at work, or in the home, or a hundred other places.  It’s all in your head.  Truly.  Stress is YOUR reaction to pressures other’s – and even you – put on you.  Plain and simple.  Sure, the pressure comes from ‘out there’ for the most part, but the stress is all yours.

So what does this little factoid actually do to help you, you may be wondering?  The pressure is still there.  But once you realize that stress is your reaction, it means you have options.  You can learn to control your reaction to external and internal pressures.  You can take your reaction back, and use it to your advantage.

Turning Stress Into Success

Do you know the difference between the stressed out person who burns out and slips back into the smoking habit, and a person who turns that corner, changes their life for the better, becoming healthier in the mind and body?  The relapsed smoker turns pressure into stress, and reaches for that pack, that’s what.  And the other?  Well they learn how to turn that pressure into challenge, what is for many of us a negative into a positive, and achieve their goals.  That is what we all want, after all, isn’t it?

And that’s what the ‘Stress Reduction’ section of our product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series is aimed at helping you achieve, with many ways to reduce and avoid pressure laden situations, and more great advice on turning Stress into Success.

4 More Days!

We are closing in on the release of the updated Guides for 2011!  Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you.  Check back tomorrow for the third topic in the series; Motivation – Your Best Friend, Full Stop.

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Your Quit Date – Why It’s Important To Get It Right!

Jumping In, Boots And All

Most people wake up on the 1st of January, and once their hangovers clear, decide it’s a New Year and time to make a change.  This is a good thing.  It is a fine time to make this sort of decision.  However, it’s what they do next that decides if they will be successful or not.  Most smokers throw away their last pack and go cold turkey, or at best have nicotine patches to fall back on.  These can certainly help, in part, but they are NOT the be all and end all.  There is much more to know, and much more to do, before starting down the path of a successful quit attempt for the New Year; one that will become a new – and far healthier – lifestyle habit.

Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

It’s that simple.  If you don’t have a good plan for your quit attempt, you’ll likely be lining up again next year to try it again. Now I’m not saying that you can’t just stop smoking and ‘tough it out,’ relying on pure willpower to not slip back.  I’m really impressed with people who can do this.  But let’s face it, that’s not most of us.  Most of us are fallible mortals, who need a good plan, and a fair bit of help, to make that life changing move to healthy lungs.  This is what our product, ‘The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide’ Series, is aimed at providing; a complete program to guide you to a successful Quit Attempt, and/or Lung Detoxification.

Our product will give you a tried and tested method to prepare and enact a well-planned Quit Day, utilizing the best methods and tips for your personal situation, including when to actually schedule your last cigarette.

Picking The Right Time – For You

There are many factors that you should have working in your favor to make your next quit attempt your last, and your most successful.  If you spend the time preparing – reducing stress, understanding your short and long term motivations, keeping them in mind, and organizing the right help methods to get you on the path to healthy lungs *takes breath* then you will succeed.  And the important thing is, you might spend a month preparing, but that month is not nearly as much time to expend as you would use with multiple future quit attempts, is it?

Likewise, the actual day you set is important.  Choosing a day that is, for example, NOT during a busy time at work, or not during some other event that will distract you from your goal, is very important.  Your chances of success sky rocket when you have the time to focus on quit techniques and beginning healthy alternatives, like a new exercise program, diet, or the methods presented in our product.

Just 5 More Days!

We are closing in on the release of the updated Guides for 2011!  Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you.  Check back tomorrow for the second topic in the series; Stress – A Smoking Relapse Trigger That Doesn’t Physically Exist!

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

The New Year, Resolutions, And Lung Health

A New Year Is A Great Opportunity

I know it sounds a bit clichéd, but the New Year really is a great opportunity to start doing something positive to help YOU – and quite possibly your loved ones – live longer, better, and more comfortably.  Some people might turn their noses up at a New Year’s Resolution, especially one made in a drunken stupor at ten seconds to midnight on Dec 31, but… if you take it seriously, and understand that there are many others out there doing the same thing (striving to improve themselves), then you won’t feel so alone in this effort.  Also, we as humans often need some sort of point to know when to start things.  New Years is often a good opportunity for this; a New Year, a new calendar, and often time off work, giving you the opportunity to read, learn and start preparing for your healthy change from a clean slate!

I am certainly making some Resolutions and sticking to them.  What about you?

Resolve To Make A Change

Change is often considered quite hard, but the fact is that change is one of the few true constants in our lives.  We keep getting older, people come and go, we change jobs, roles, clothes, even cells in our bodies – every day.  Change is always there, so we might as well embrace it, and make it work FOR us for a change! Yes OK, that is a rather circular statement – but it’s very fitting.

Change comes in two main flavors, like most things; positive and negative.  Negative change tends to happen regardless after we hit our mid 20’s; we get older, our bodies tend to become less highly-tuned, and we have to work harder to maintain them.   We have to put the effort in to effect positive change. It is always hard to star these thingst; there is a theory floating around that every person has an ‘activation energy’ to start something – akin to reaching the motivation needed to start on a new activity or course in your life.  This is always the hardest part; actually starting.  However once you get started, it gets easier.  You still need to focus on it, but it does come more readily as you go along.  Look back at all the skills you have mastered during your life so far, a common example is driving.  It was hard at first to learn, but eventually you did, and as you got better at it, it got easier.  Making a Resolution and following it is much the same.  Get past the start, and you’ll be well on your way, but that’s not all there is to know.

Knowledge Is Power

There is no truer statement.  Know what you are doing and prepare well before you start, and your chances of success skyrocket.  That is what our flagship product, The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series is all about; giving you the knowledge you need, and the preparation tips to maximize your chances of success with a straightforward lung detox, or a quit program and lung detox.  It’s all included.

Now the Guides themselves contain a wealth of information for you to utilize to make your Lung Detox quick and highly successful (several months rather than up to 10 years), as well as a mass of Quitting smoking help, Stress Reduction tips, and Motivation methods that should hold you in good stead as you make a grand, positive change in your life.  However, there are two new angles we are covering with our updates based on user feedback:

  1. We have added in a raft of worksheets, designed to help tailor your Lung Detox to your own situation.  We have included a ton of information in the Guides, not all of which will be relevant to your specific situation.  The worksheets will help you discover which ones will work best for you, and guide you on your personalized path to Lung Health.
  2. Some users have said there is so much good stuff in the Guide they were not sure where to begin!  Fair comment, so in the update we’re including a Step-by-step Success Guide/Wall Planner, that will help you draw the information from the four Guides together and make it work for you, with a minimum of fuss.

These are really exciting editions, and we know you’ll get a lot out of them.

6 More Days!

We are closing in on the release of the updated Guides for 2011!  Over the first six days of the New Year, we’ll have a series of New Year’s Resolution Lung Detox posts, all related to the new release and to starting the adventure to a healthier new you.  Check back tomorrow for the first topic in the series; Your Quit Date – Why It’s Important To Get It Right!

Until tomorrow,

Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Merry Christmas From The Team @ Lungdetoxification.com

A Christmas Message

On behalf of the team at lungdetoxification.com I’d just like to wish all our readers, customers and potential customers, affiliates and anyone willing to put the effort in to improve their health now and in the New Year, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best during this festive season and beyond.

Updates For The New Year

Speaking of the New Year, I did promise I’d let slip a few more details about what improvements we are planning for our flagship product, The Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series, for 2011.  Now research into – and the understanding of – the mental and physical aspects of smoking addiction, best practice for lung detoxification and ways of improving motivation and reducing stress does not stand still, and neither have we.  Over the past year we have brought you a cornucopia of useful information in this very blog, and we’ve collected and sorted through a mass of hints, tips and methods in this field, to bring you the best updates for the past twelve months.  Now the posts here account for only a part of this new information, the best of which is being included in the 2011 version of our product.

For example, do you need motivation to get you ‘with the program’ and keep you focused on your goals of getting healthy and detoxifying your lungs?  If so, we’ve got that covered in our new ‘Motivations’ booklet.  Through a series of thought-provoking ‘question and answer’ exercises, you’ll explore what you have to gain from quitting, staying quit, and detoxifying your lungs, and with that kept firmly in mind, you chances of reaching your health goals will be that much better.

Our ‘Quit Smoking’ guide gives you a deeper understanding of why you smoke, why you took it up in the first place, and how knowing why you did something, gives you a much stronger basis from which to leave it in the past.  In this case, knowledge really is power.

Our ‘Lung Detoxification’ booklet is the meat and potatoes of the product.  Full of highly effective methods for getting that black tar and toxins out of your lungs, ramping up your immune system action, getting your chest open and working more effectively again, and as a flow on effect, improving the health of the rest of your body.

Rounding out the Guides, our “De-stress and Mental Fortitude’ booklet will give you a ton of tips and ideas to reduce your stress levels, and give you that chance to really kick the smoking habit, and to improve your lung detoxification experience.  Added to this, is a highly informative section outlining how your mind works, and how you can take control of it.  This synergizes nicely with the motivation section, and ties the four booklets together.

More To Come…

Keep an eye out for our New Year’s message, where I’ll let you in on the new additions to the ‘Guides’ product.  They really will help your chances of successfully following our guide program, and clearing your lungs of toxic cigarette tar – fast!

So again, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, and remember to keep us in mind as 2011 begins, as you realize you’ve overdone it a bit in the silly season, and it’s time to do something positive for your health.  It would be hard to do better than clear years of toxic smoking deposits from your lungs, and breathe easier in the New Year.

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Good News In Several Forms – New Lung Cancer Treatment And Lung Detox In The New Year

I have some good news. Firstly, it was announced this week in the Australian Herald Sun that researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, have made a breakthrough in lung cancer research. They have identified a gene that makes squamous cell lung cancer tumors (that account for 30 – 40% of all lung cancers) grow and spread. From this discovery, they are working on a pill that will be trialed in humans next year (2011).

Associate Professor Gavin Wright, lead researcher of the team that is responsible for the discovery, has said…

This is possibly the most significant finding in lung cancer, full stop. The drug, which would be taken daily as a pill, could be standard treatment within three years. Hormones bind to a receptor on the FGFR-1 gene in the cancer cell, making the tumour multiply and spread around the body. If we block the FGFR-1 receptor on the cancer cell, it undergoes the normal programmed death that tired or diseased cells are supposed to.

Two drugs, which in the past had not been identified as useful, have now been shown to block the gene. The drugs have been shown to cause squamous cell lung cancers in mice to disappear in early trials. Human trials will be held in Melbourne at St Vincent’s and at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany. So if you are near either of these two places, and have been diagnosed with squamous cell lung cancer, you could do a lot worse than see if you can get into the trials.

This is indeed good news for some cancer suffers, however, here at lungdetoxification.com we are hoping you never get to the stage of needing these sorts of drugs. So to make it even easier for you to follow our comprehensive program for quitting and detoxifying your lungs, removing damaging tar and built up toxins from smoking so you considerably reduce your chances of developing cancer, we are adding new components to our product. This will initially be at no extra charge, and will help you with motivation to ‘stay the course’ of quitting and lung detox, and will make it even easier for you to follow the comprehensive information in our Guides.

So stay tuned to the blog, as I’ll be introducing you to the new additions to our product in the lead up to the New Year.

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds

Is Good Sleep That Important To A Successful Lung Detox? You Bet!

Sleep is supposed to take up one third of our lives, but for most of us, this isn’t nearly the case.  It is also known as the third pillar of good health, along with the right food (in the right quantities) and regular exercise.  But how many of us really think about getting enough good sleep, and do you have any idea how lack of sleep (known as a sleep debt) can not only reduce your chances of a successful quit attempt, but also a successful Lung Detox?  After reading this, you might just turn out that light a bit earlier and sleep a bit more regularly!

What Does Sleep Really Do For Us Anyway?

Sleep is important not only for your mind, but your body too.  While you sleep, your brain goes over the stronger memories of your day, reinforcing them and then shuffling them from short term to long term memory.  This is why when someone is tortured using sleep deprivation, they often have little clear recollection of that time, as they didn’t have the sleep to lay down the memories into long term storage.  For the average person, 8 hours is the optimal sleeping period.  That is made up of 3 hours of light sleep – where your mind sorts through the day’s recollections in short term memory – three hours of deep sleep – where the ‘important’ memories are shaped and then moved to long term memory – and 2 hours of dreaming – where your mind is trying to ‘sort out problems you’ve had during the day’ for you.   This, of course, isn’t always obvious, because the subconscious works quite differently from the conscious, logical mind.

While the brain is sorting all that memory stuff out, the body is also very busy.  It is digesting, storing energy (in the form of fat), increasing muscle mass (if your muscles have been challenged during the day) and your immune system is busy, protecting and repairing your body.  This is very important for a Lung Detox, as your immune system plays a central role in clearing your lungs.  Without enough good sleep, the detox will simply take longer, or, in the worst of cases, may not work at all.

So If We Don’t Get Enough Good Sleep, What Effects Does It Have?

A recent study of a man who was trying to get by on 3 hours sleep a night showed up some rather startling effects after just a few days.

  1. He was a 15 year martial artist, third dan black belt, and he said after 3 days he was making beginner mistakes (co-ordination and memory problems), and when he was thrown, the room kept spinning (balance problems).
  2. In a driving test, he was unable to properly react to surprises (drop in reflexes), and often unable to make a quick decision when he’d previously been told what to do.  He was also monitored to have had over 60 (!!!)  micro-sleeps (those momentary losses of consciousness that can kill on long trips) during the driving test, many of which were while he was waiting for instructions.
  3. In memory and comprehension tests, he failed almost every time.
  4. On doing blood tests on this daring man, it was found that:
    • His insulin production had dropped by half!  This is the same level as pre-diabetes (Type II).
    • His levels of PYY production (the gut hormone that makes you feel full/sated) were down by 40%.  This suggests a link between sleep debt and overeating.
    • His immune function had also dropped by 50%!  This is the big one, because it opens a sleep deprived person up to infection.  It is also reduces his ability to clean and repair his organs, and this is especially important during a Lung Detox.

So clearly, good sleep is very important.  So how do we get the good sleep we need?

Make Your Sleep Good Sleep & Pay Back That Sleep Debt!

There are a few important points to consider when making your sleep count towards your good health, and a successful Lung Detox. 

 

  1. If you have a sleep debt, you need to pay the bank!  All those short nights cannot be replaced by caffeine.  You need to make up the sleep, by sleeping more than an 8 hour night.  Just try this.  Put down the TV remote, or turn off the PC, and get 9 hours sleep a night for a whole week.  C’mon, you can do it.  It’s just a bit of TV, or that game or Facebook you can catch up on later.  Just get that sleep debt leveled off a bit.  You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes in how you feel every day.  You’ll be more productive, clearer thinking, and happier!
  2. Work out your sleep cycle and then stick to it.  Not everyone works on a 2 x 4 (=8) hour cycle.  Even if you spend 8 hours in bed a night, it might not be working quite right for you.  When your life is in a position where there are few outside distractions to getting a good night’s sleep, try adding an hour, or taking one away, and over the course of a week, see if you feel better when you awake and through the day.  Play around with the times, adding or removing half an hour until you work out your optimal sleep time.  Once you have it, get it regularly and you’ll be well on the way to having good sleep.
  3. Stop concentrating hard at least an hour before you plan to go to bed.  It is important to wind your mind down before settling down in bed.  This should help you get off to sleep a lot easier.  Also, if you’ve had a rough day and are feeling stressed, or you have a lot of unanswered questions running around in your mind, this can also stop you getting off to sleep.  So distract yourself with something light and totally uninvolved in your day to day.  Novels, documentaries on TV, some form of light entertainment that you don’t need to concentrate too hard on.  If that doesn’t work, try meditation or other mind calming techniques.
  4. Get some exercise in the late afternoon/early evening.  Just a little exercise near the end of the daylight hours can really help your ability to sleep.  Likewise, exercise early in the day can help you lose weight more effectively.
  5. Keep the lights low in the house of an evening. Many people don’t think of this, but all the artificial light we bathe ourselves in once the sun goes down can have a drastic effect on our sleep cycles.  If you use bright halogen lamps at home in the evening, this strong light can actually reset your sleep cycle, and mess up your circadian rhythm!  So keep the lights low after dinner, and you’ll find sleep a lot easier to find each night.

By following these few simple recommendations, you can greatly improve the quality and regularity of your sleep.  Also, keeping stress levels manageable will also greatly improve your sleep.  By sleeping well, and by realizing that stressing does more damage to you than it contributes to solving your problems, you’ll be healthier, and have a more successful Lung Detox.

A successful Lung Detox starts with the right program.  Try our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide series for the most in depth, comprehensive Lung Detox available today.  Get that Tar out of your lungs fast, and live healthy sooner (and sleep better at night for it!).

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds