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The Dynamic Trio- smoking- how to quit?

Smoking– is a way of managing stress but not a long-term encouraging solution. Around one billion people are smokers. Smoking not only weakens your immune system but also makes it harder for your heart, sugar level, brain, mouth cavity, and respiratory tract to perform their respective functions properly.

Apart from that, until you choose to make your ‘smoking’ a history and kiss it goodbye, here is a dynamic trio that has all the ingredients to help support your vitals that are being damaged by smoking.

The zestful potion includes the authority of olive oil, the longevity of lemon with the purification of warm water. All these constituents of the potion are purported for taking down the craving to smoke.

Kick-off your day with this energizing drink that is capable of bringing wonders to your body.

Tapers Bad Cholesterol

How come a fatty element can bring down the fat?

Let’s find out!

As paradoxical as it sounds, but olive oil is a natural fat that is clinically claimed to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. [2] It is also used to enhance the HDL characteristics in patients with hypercholesterolemia. [3]

On the other hand, lemon juice also doesn’t back down when it comes to imposing hypolipidemic effects by reducing the LDL concentration. [4]

Managing Blood Sugar Level

A good amount of scientific researchers have proven the benefits of olive oil for normalizing blood sugar concentration. It increases insulin sensitivity and shrinks the chances of attaining diabetes mellitus (especially type 2). [5]

On the same page, lemon is rich in soluble fiber and Vitamin C which are key elements to support the patient of Diabetes Mellitus. The high fiber content is of great use when it comes to lowering the blood sugar level whereas Vitamin C makes up for the persisting deficiency. [6] It not only decreases fasting blood sugar but also helps in improving insulin resistance.

Supports Heart Health

Smokers are at the edge of developing heart diseases. With the passage of time, they encounter multiple diseases out of which the most top-rated are cardiovascular diseases. Be it hypertension or heart failure, the weak heart gets burdened day by day and soon there comes a time when it’s no more capable of keeping up with the stuff.

To beat these diseases, your heart must be healthy.

No one can beat a healthy heart because, with a healthy heart, life runs miles.

The arsenal of olive oil is packed with polyphenols that are way too good at terminating the risk factors that can lead to heart diseases. [7] Polyphenolic compounds are endowed with several biologic activities that help in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases that include hypertension, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, vascular disease, and so forth.

Lemon juice agrees happily agrees with the working of olive oil. Vitamin C, fiber and citrus flavonoids impart a magical effect that reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke by degrading the formation of plaque in arteries. [8, 9]

Boost Immune System

The immune system of the smoker is at pronounced risk. They are on the verge of contracting viral and bacterial infections, and various allergies. Olive oil and lemon juice are a perfect combination for an immune-compromised patient as they both exert beneficial impacts. [10, 11]


Olive oil is quite helpful when it comes to the suppression of lymphocyte proliferation, inhibition in cytokines production, and reduction in activity of natural killer cells. On the other hand of argument, these activities do not subject to the events of immunosuppressant which makes olive oil a perfect element for immune-compromised patients. [12]


Lemon packed with Vitamin C that is hailed for boosting immunity. Thus, both olive oil and lemon juice produce synergism of action to immunize the body against any situation.

Respiratory function

Smoking and respiratory diseases go hand in hand. It provokes COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and may cause asthma too. A series of lung damage initiates which if left untreated, may subject to lung cancer.

The monounsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E found in olive oil chiefly combat the inflammation and enhances the functioning of the lungs. It is also useful when it comes to the management of bronchial asthma. [13]

While our knight in yellow armor, lemon, is brimmed with anti-inflammatory properties that aid in combating the respiratory tract infections to a great extent. Additionally, it cures sore throat and inflamed tonsils (tonsillitis) that marks it as the best companion for the olive oil to kick away the respiratory nuisances.

How to use

Grab a glass of warm water and add a tablespoon of olive oil in it.
Squeeze a lemon over your drink and consume it to stay carefree and healthy.


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