One of the most unfair disadvantages in life, in my opinion is the effect that tobacco smoke has on those who do not smoke. Second hand smoke, contains over 4000 chemicals, 40 of which are cancer causing carcinogens. It is estimated that 42,000 non smokers die each year because of exposure to the smoke produced by those who smoke cigarettes.
If you do not smoke, somewhere at some point in life you will come in contact with second or third hand smoke as a result of those who do. There are some steps you can take that will help protect you from the danger of second hand smoke.
1. Vitamin C
Research done at the University of Berkeley, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer indicates, that 500 mg daily of Vitamin C supplementation, reduces at least one measure of the harmful effects that come from inhaling second hand smoke. Natural Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and their juices, such as apples, pomegranates, grapes and oranges.
2. Green Tea
Green tea has been shown to reduce lung cancer risk in smokers and non smokers. The polyphenols in green tea, are powerful antioxidants which fight cancer causing free radicals.
3. House plants
Even if you do not smoke, the smoke from others can travel. If there are smokers nearby, your home may still be at risk. Other fumes may also drift in when you open your doors or crack windows. Certain House plants will detoxify your home. Peace Lilly’s remove the effects of tobacco smoke, car exhaust and acetone. Bamboo palm gets rid of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.
Ginger and Tumeric have compounds that fight against the harmful effects of second hand smoke. I add ginger, turmeric and other spices to soup, popcorn, and all meat before cooking. Ginger tastes great added to tea.
5. Ban all smoking in your home.
The number one way to keep toxic tobacco chemicals from affecting you. is to not allow smokers to use your living space. If you live with a smoker, please encourage them to stop. Opening windows to allow fresh air inside, or having the smoker go out of doors to smoke should help during the interim.