9. Your Appetite
Nicotine is an appetite suppressant. When you stop smoking, you may notice that food smells and tastes good again. While some fear that this may cause weight gain, take advantage of your renewed ability to taste nutritious foods. Relish the sweetness of strawberries, the crunchy crispness of leafy greens, and the savory goodness of roast chicken. Fuel your body with nutrient-packed veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains to enjoy food while not packing on extra weight.
8. Your Hair
Toss the cigarettes and you may notice your hair becoming thicker, shinier, and healthier. Smoking has been linked to premature hair loss and shedding. Constriction of blood vessels in the scalp prevents your hair follicles from receiving the nutrients they need. Kicking the habit gives your scalp and hair follicles a chance to recover. Dull, brittle, dry hair can regain its healthy shine. Your hair will smell fresher too!
7. Your Blood
The stress of smoking results in elevated numbers of white blood cells in your blood. Your body maintains these high levels as it tries to fight off the toxins in your body. Stop smoking and your white blood cell count will revert to normal levels. In addition, smoking increases the thickness of your blood, making you more susceptible to heart disease. When you stop smoking, your blood can return to normal, and your heart will thank you!