Over 1 billion people in the world are smokers. Smoking is strongly related to a variety of illnesses, early deaths but also joint pains and rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking affects your whole body, I have been there myself, I know how hard it can be but I also know the benefits you get from quitting.
The answer here is yes, smoking can cause rheumatoid arthritis and smoking does affect rheumatoid arthritis as well.
There is a lot of research being done on the subject of how smoking causes rheumatoid arthritis still but the likely reason seems to be that when you smoke this aggravates your already faulty immune functions, this being hereditary, in its turn it causes Rheumatoid arthritis. So if you do not have rheumatoid arthritis the risk will be elevated if you are a smoker, when you quit the risk drops. However the risk will still be increased due to the fact that you were smoking in the first place.
How Does Smoking Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis
Does smoking cause inflammation? What a lot of people do not know is that, besides the obvious risks of smoking, that the tobacco plant is in fact a nightshade. I have previously discussed why nightshades are not to be recommended when you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or auto-immune disease. Nightshades increases inflammation in your body so when you are smoking you are smoking something that is highly inflammatory. This will increase your joint pain and stiffness and make you feel, overall, shitty.
Does smoking cause joint pain? One thing that is very good when you have rheumatoid arthritis is exercise. When you smoke you limit your body from oxygen, making every breath heavier and harder, making movements harder. Exercising when smoking can be very difficult and you can find yourself out of breath very quick. Exercise can be very good when it comes to joint pain because you build up support, in the shape of muscle, around your joints. Unfortunately smoking can and most likely will increase this pain.
Last but not least, it can affect your treatment, if you do have one. Studies have shown that people who smoke on a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment do not get the affects from the medication that a non-smoker will. They do not respond as well to the treatment that they have been given. If you under any circumstances might need surgery due to your rheumatoid arthritis you might not be able to if you are a smoker and if you are able to, your results from perhaps a joint replacement will not be as good as they would be for a non-smoker.
I Want To Quit Smoking
There are plenty of ways to quit smoking but first of all you must want to quit smoking which is sometimes easier said than actually meant. If that makes any sense. We might say that we want to quick smoking but we will just have one last smoke, or but after this pack. No! If you want to quit smoking you do it as soon as you feel it. It doesn’t matter if the pack is half full, throw it away. Do you really want to smoke on last stick of cancer? Smoking affect Rheumatoid arthritis and one more smoke will affect it even further. You are stronger than that.
You can join smoking programs and apps, you can call the quit smoking line, you can purchase band aids.
So many ways to assist you. Or you can do it the good ol´fashioned way, just stop.
There are quit a few ways to quit smoking naturally. Most people exchange the cigarette for something else. The cigarette is in fact a form of safety net. It is to the cigarette we turn when we need to relax or feel comforted, we turn to it in both good times and bad times. It is like taking away your best friend.
Your best friend that influences you to do bad.
A great way to quit smoking can be to chew on a licorice stick. This can make things easier in a variety of ways. First of all it will still allow you to have something in between your lips and it is also used to flavor our precious cigarettes in the first place, so it will be a familiar taste.
Licorice root can also help as it can decrease your withdrawal due to how the actual root affects your body.
A licorice root stick can easily be purchased from eBay, free shipping worldwide, or you might be able to find it in a super food store.
When you smoke you do not only affect the people around you and our environment but you also put your body through a lot of stress. Smoking will increase pretty much any illness you can think of, there are no benefits to it, it will not increase your life span, it will not increase your ability to work, it will not contribute to your life in any way. If you are ready to quit there are steps you can take. If you are not ready, please be aware that it does affect your life and Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you are a smoker and you do have Rheumatoid Arthritis, please quit. It can be easier said than done, I know this for myself. I have been a smoker for many years but I am a proud non-smoker now and it will be noticeable in your joints when you quit.
Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.