Today I’m going to discuss a not-so-obvious problem to a very obvious problem. So, what the heck does this mean?…
The “obvious” problem is smoking. I think everyone knows by now just how bad smoking is for you. And most people associate smoking to lung problems.
However, most people don’t realize that cigarette smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the US. That’s 20% of all deaths!
In fact, it’s the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States.
And this is because smoking harms nearly every organ in your body… including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder, and digestive organs.
Now, a “not so obvious” problem with smoking is that it causes major damage to your blood vessels and circulation!
The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells.
They also can damage the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels. This damage increases your risk of atherosclerosis — which is a disease that causes plaque build-up in your arteries.
Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen & nutrient-rich blood, to your organs and other parts of your body.
Not only is this bad for your heart, but it dramatically increases your risk for heart problems. It’s also one of the leading causes of AGING — for your body, skin, organs, and even brain!
Even A “Little” Is Too Much
Any amount of smoking, even light smoking or occasional smoking, damages your heart and blood vessels.
For some people, such as women who use birth control pills and people who have blood sugar problems, smoking poses an even greater risk to the heart and blood vessels.
Secondhand smoke has all the same problems as regular smoking, but it’s just not as “concentrated”.
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. It also refers to smoke that’s breathed out by a person who is smoking.
My point with today’s short article is to remind you that smoking is bad for you, obviously… However, lung problems are the LEAST of your problems when it comes to smoking.
A much bigger problem is the decrease in blood flow and circulation, which affect every organ and cell in your body.
- If you’re over the age of 35,
- if you have blood sugar or blood pressure problems,
- if you’re overweight,
- if you live a high-stress life,
- if you don’t exercise daily,
- if you don’t eat healthy, etc., etc….
Then smoking dramatically increases your risk for heart problems.
If nothing else and you only care about your looks and vanity, smoking really AGES you – both internally, as well as externally.
So at this point, you need to first make a decision and COMMIT that you’re going to STOP smoking permanently. If not for yourself, then for your family, friends, and loved ones. Because secondhand smoke can be almost as bad.
In the meantime, if you want to naturally support healthy blood flow and circulation – whether the cause is from smoking or simple aging – then make sure you click the link below to know more about this topic.
I guarantee it’ll make a dramatic improvement in how you look and feel, while also helping avoid heart problems.
- Roger VL, et al. (2011). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012