While most New Year’s hype revolves around losing weight and getting into shape (which are good things to go for), there are other life-changing habits you may also consider addressing. Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for your health. After all, you will cut your risk of cardiovascular and lung disease within days, and even more as the years pass by your quit date. You’ll also regain a better sense of smell and taste, and have more money in your pocket from not buying the “nicotine sticks.” While it is a great New Year’s resolution to kiss smoking goodbye, there is a “shadow effect” that must also be addressed.
Candida and cigarettes
It may sound like a song title, but the reality is that nicotine has shown some level of protection from fungus such as candida, in the body. Mind you, while nicotine does not kill fungus, it can inhibit its growth in the body.1 While this is not a reason to continue puffing away, it does dovetail into the issue of symptoms that could appear after you quit the habit.
What happens to fungus when you quit smoking?
Not unlike opening the floodgates to a storm channel, quitting smoking removes nicotine from the body and enables fungus (let’s use candida again as an example) to grow and spread into an infection known as candidiasis.2 This can lead to symptoms such as brain fog, carbohydrate cravings (where’s my candy bar?), mood-swings (I love you/I hate you), and hypoglycemia (I skipped breakfast and now I’m shaking). Essentially, while you cut your risk of heart and lung disease when you quit the habit, you may get some or more of these other symptoms simply because the fungus is “among us.”
Two birds, one stone approach to quit smoking and kill fungus
The answer to fungus growth after you quit smoking is to kill the fungus at the same time you toss out your cigarettes. While there are prescription antifungal medications, a variety of natural solutions are available that can provide effective results when used for fungus such as candida. Look for products that contain ingredients such as Frankincense, black walnut oil, white thyme, and wormwood oil to provide plant-derived antifungal relief so you can quit smoking and sidestep the shadow.