We have a friend who is going to stop smoking forever after reading this.
She told us she wanted to quit, and we told her we’d do the interweb research and figure out the Ladies’ Guide to the Apocalypse way to quit: Detox, self-o-therapy, and the animal-vegetable-mineral answer which always lurks somewhere in this pharmaceutical world.
And did you know this? We didn’t know this. Cream of tartar, a.k.a. potassium hydrogen tartrate, pulls nicotine out of your body.
Half a teaspoon of cream of tartar in an 8-oz glass of o.j. before bedtime will send the nicotine packing via your sweat glands and elimination tracts. You take it before bed so your body has all night to do its work peacefully and thoroughly. A spice-jar of cream of tartar and a couple gallons of orange juice (not from concentrate) costs about 10-20 bucks per week. Nicorette costs $40 a pack.
Cream of tartar also replaces necessary potassium lost in the habit. Some say the chemical change resulting in the pH of your body causes it to fight off bacteria better. Some say it causes you begin to dislike the taste of cigarettes, too. The o.j. makes detox easier because the vitamin C scavenges the free radicals you put there by inhaling something on fire with chemicals a lot.
Cream of tartar is said to fix urinary tract infections and heartburn. Also, it’s made from wine crust and is a vital ingredient in Play-Doh. It stabilizes and creamy-fies eggs and sugar in the world of culinary tricks. It cleans brass and copper cookware and metal coins, and can be combined with vinegar to super-clean stovetops and crusty pans. Cream of tartar is what you add to baking soda to make baking powder. FOOD SCIENCE!
We suppose you could even do the remedy and keep smoking, and clean as you go, as it were. But nobody in the litigious “real” world will tell you that part. If you drink cream of tartar and orange juice as part of your quitting-smoking regimen, and you’re mindful and contemplative about the nature of your cigarette habit and how it promises to provide you false comfort and spiritual transformation in some way but never comes through … then you smoke fewer cigarettes, because there’s less of a nicotine reservoir in your body that needs to be refilled, and you detox your body chemistry down to where you can quit all the way, cold turkey if you like, without getting totally stabby.
Okay, friend? That’s how you’re going to do it. So, … do or do not. There is no try.
We double dog dare you.
(p.s. – More is NOT better. Half a teaspoon in one glass, before bed. Or you will be ejecting fluids from your rectum. Overdoing it gives you the runs.)
Here are some tips to quit smoking:
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* Once you’ve made up your mind to stop smoking, and start a no-smoking regimen, be consistent! If you try this drink, do it every night without fail. The following day, if you reach for a cigarette, you may think twice about it. You may even decide not to have that cigarette.
* Reduce the number of cigarettes you have each day, and you should be able to wean off them completely by the end of one month, if not sooner.
* Most smokers smoke “habit” cigarettes, e.g. smoking while on the phone, after a meal, or while driving. So, eliminate these habit cigarettes by changing your smoking habits. This reduces the number of cigarettes smoked without creating the feeling of loss that reducing the number of cigarettes often creates.
* Each time you buy a pack of cigarettes, change brands to one that is less appealing to you. It may reduce the pleasure of smoking, and confirm how nasty they can taste.
* Do not buy cartons of cigarettes; buy one pack at a time, and only after you have finished a full pack.
* Each day, wait an hour longer than the prior day before lighting your first cigarette.
* When you have a strong craving for a cigarette, wait five minutes; meanwhile, do something interesting, something that takes total concentration and takes your mind off smoking.
* As each day progresses when you have not had a cigarette, it gets easier to break old smoking habits.
Update: This 2016 peer-reviewed scientific study provides some gravitas to the old wives’ tale that powdered grape leavings equals smoking cure. Sure, grape seed extract — not grapefruit seed extract; don’t buy the wrong thing — may cost 10-20 times more than ol’ grocery-store cream of tartar, but they’re both made of dried, pulverized grape stuff.
MORE ABOUT GRAPE SEED EXTRACT from this firewalled site:
Origin – Europe
Part of the plant used – Seed, Fruit; Leaves, Oil (sap)
Edible Parts It is hardy and is frost tender, in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires dry or moist soil.
Edible Parts – Flowers; Fruit; Leaves.
- Fruit – raw or dried for winter use. The dried fruits are the raisins, sultanas and currants of commerce, different varieties producing the different types of dried fruit. A fully ripened fresh fruit is sweet, juicy and delicious. The fruit juice can be concentrated and used as a sweetener. This fruit is widely used in making wine.
- Leaves – cooked. Young leaves are wrapped around other foods and then baked, they impart a pleasant flavour. Young tendrils – raw or cooked. The flower clusters are used as a vegetable. An edible oil similar to sunflower oil is obtained from the seed. It needs to be refined before it can be eaten. A polyunsaturated oil, it is suitable for mayonnaise and cooking, especially frying.
- Sap – raw. Used as a drink, it has a sweet taste. The sap can be harvested in spring and early summer, though it should not be taken in quantity or it will weaken the plant. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute. Cream of tartar, also known as potassium bitartrate, a crystalline salt, is extracted from the residue of pressed grapes, and from the sediment of wine barrels. It is used in making baking powder.
Pharmacology – Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid make up much of the inner wall and supporting matrix of the capillaries; when they are in good shape the capillaries stretch to let red blood cells through the tight places and do not let the fluids in the blood leak out. Proanthocyanidins have shown a marked tendency to accumulate in tissues with high contents of glycosaminoglycans (complex amino sugars), such as capillary walls and skin. This may also apply to cartilage and synovial fluid. Proanthocyanidins have also shown antimutagenic effects in vitro at high concentrations (250mcg/ml).
Proanthocyanidins (also known as leucoantho-cyanidins) are a form of polyphenol, which is in turn a form of bioflavonoid. Proanthocyanidins are at least 15 to 25 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing the iron and oxygen species free radicals that attack lipids. Grape seed extract is used for fighting free radicals and maintaining capillary health. It is very similiar to pine bark extract, with a high content of proanthocyanidins (see active properties). Proanthocyanidins are found in many foods, but freezing, cooking and canning deactivate them.
Medical Uses – Grape seed extract is used for its free-radical-fighting capabilities, and for a variety of conditions related to capillary health and permeability. It is synergistic with vitamin C – which is more potent and absorbed more rapidly when used together with proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins have been indicated for:
- poor distribution of microcirculatory blood flow in the brain and heart
- altered capillary fragility and permeability (in diabetes mellitus)
- chronic arterial/venous insufficiency in the extremities
- altered platelet aggregation and other characteristics of blood flow in capillaries
- breakdown in the elastic fibers of the capillaries (collagen and elastin) due to free-radical and enzyme action
- microangiopathy of the retina, edema of the lymph nodes, varicose veins and other symptoms of the problems listed above
- the cumulative effects of aging and reducing the risk of degenerative diseases
Free radicals do damage in the capillaries in two ways:
- by inactivating a compound called a 1-antitripsin, whose role is to restrain the enzymes that break down collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, and
- by turning the fats in the cell membranes rancid (lipid peroxidation). Proanthocyanidins protect both the 1-antitripsin and the lipids by neutralizing the specific types of free radicals most likely to damage them, and may also directly inhibit the damaging enzymes.
Toxicity, Cautions & Contra-indications – Grapes also contain sugar and/or alcohol from fermentation or as part of the extraction process. Skin rash may develop due to the procynidolic component of the grape seed. Grape seed should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
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