Can cream of tartar help you stop smoking and have less cravings? Is cream of tartar a remedy or a gimmick?
And if it does help, what’s the reason for it?
In this video you will learn what is cream of tartar and how it’s supposed to help you.
Also, we will fact-check the 3 statements about mixing cream of tartar with orange juice:
- It flushes nicotine from your body
- It can make you crave cigarettes less
- It can help you quit smoking faster
Most importantly, you will learn what remedy can really help you have fewer cravings and why.
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Can cream of tartar help you stop smoking and have less cravings?
Is cream of tartar a remedy or one of those gimmicks that may even have negative effects on your health?
Hi this is Nasia Davos and in this video you will learn: what is cream of tartar how it’s supposed to help you quit smoking and we’re going to look at the facts. We’re going to look what’s true, what’s a lie and misinformation, and what you should look out for so keep on watching.
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So what is cream of tartar? Cream of tartar or otherwise known potassium hydrogen tartar is a by-product of wine making. It is an acid similar to lemon or vinegar and it’s often used in baking or cleaning. It is a white powder that looks like baking soda or baking powder.
And there is this myth that it’s supposed to help you quit smoking but we’re going to look at the facts and we’re going to look if it’s true.
So this urban myth dates back about 10 years but there was a viral post about quitting smoking in 2008. And there was an article written by a blogger without any medical proof or facts. And the claim was that mixing cream of tartar with orange juice will flush nicotine from your body. It’s going to make you crave cigarettes less and it’s going to help you quit smoking faster.
So let’s examine those claims one by one.
So the first claim is that cream of tartar helps you flush nicotine from your body. Cream of tartar is diuretic, it helps you pee more and when you pee more you flush out toxins. But there is no proof that it helps you flush out nicotine. And even if it did, you will get it back by smoking a cigarette.
Nicotine has a short half-life so which means that when you stop using nicotine it’s quickly out of your system. It takes five days for almost all nicotine to be out of your body. The only thing you can do is stay away from nicotine.
So there is nothing special about cream of tartar. You can do detox if you want to by drinking a lot of water, by exercising or just eating fruits like oranges.
And the thing is that consuming too much cream of tartar can be harmful. And there have been rare cases that used cream of tartar as a cleanse and they ended up having life-threatening hyperkalemia which is having too much potassium.
Now the only good thing in this equation is the orange juice. The orange juice is good so if you want to detox throw the cream of tartar and keep the orange juice. And it’s even better if the oranges are fresh.
Now, the second claim is that cream of tartar makes you crave cigarettes less. Listen, I searched a lot, there is zero proof that supports this claim and there is also zero proof that potassium helps you with cravings.
Cravings are mental and physical. The physical cravings last 5 days, 5 days after you smoke your last cigarette and you’re nicotine-free. There is no nicotine in your body so there are no physical cravings. So during the nicotine detox, if you choose to do detox, you have maybe shorter period of cravings but the cravings are more intense. And because as nicotine is flushing out of your system, your body craves it more, not less. And when it’s completely gone then the physical addiction ends and you have no more cravings.
So it’s good to detox your body but you don’t have to use cream of tartar and it doesn’t make you crave cigarettes less. And the mental cravings that are the biggest part of the smoking addiction, they’re just positive thoughts about smoking so as cream of tartar.
It cannot possibly change how you think about smoking and your relationship with cigarettes so there is zero value there.
But now, you may tell me yes, but I used cream of tartar and orange juice and it made me feel a bit better or I know someone and it helped them. Listen, this is anecdotal evidence, this is not proof, this is not science. But if you did feel better, you’re not imagining this. I’m going to tell you exactly why this happened.
It happened because of the orange juice and specifically the vitamin C that’s in the orange juice. Yes, smokers tend to have a deficiency of vitamin C so it’s good to take it but that’s not why vitamin C helps with cravings. There’s actually research that shows that vitamin C can help with many addictions.
For example taking vitamin C as a pill or a tablet dissolved in water has been shown to reduce pain and reduce opioid, use in cancer patients. It has also been shown that high doses of vitamin C can increase endorphin levels. Endorphins are the brain chemicals produced by yourself to relieve stress and pain. And the University of Michigan Health System suggests to take vitamin C to expel excess alcohol during the initial withdrawal.
There is also research that shows vitamin C might block the response of opioid receptors to opiate drugs like heroin, morphine or oxycodone. Another research shows that vitamin C lessened withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction. And last but not least, there is research that shows that spraying vitamin C to your mouth along with counselling that helps you overcome the mental addiction. That the combination of those things showed that people had less cravings, less food cravings and better mood.
So yes, if you’ve been feeling any difference with this mix of cream of tartar in orange juice, is because of the vitamin C that’s in the orange juice. And you will feel even better if you put the tartar aside and up the vitamin C. Of course, ask your doctor before doing that.
And now the third claim is that cream of tartar and oranges can help you quit smoking faster. Let me ask you, how can excess potassium help you quit smoking faster by removing nicotine from your body which is also not true.
The smoking addiction is a physical and a mental addiction. The physical addiction goes 5 days after smoking your last cigarette and you’re nicotine free. The mental addiction goes when you change how you think about smoking. So it’s not a matter of when by its not-it’s not going to go in one day or two days or five days. It’s going to go as soon as you change how you think about smoking and your relationship with cigarettes.
So cream of tartar, it’s really useless and vitamin C it’s a wonderful remedy. But I want you to listen to this, all kinds of remedies, all nicotine free substitutes or herbal substitutes anything you can find out there, they’re all great to enhance your efforts if you’re in the right state of mind and you have a good foundation for your quit.
It’s like drinking water to lose weight. Water is going to help you but it’s not going to cause the weight to fall off. It’s only going to enhance your efforts if you’re already following a fitness plan. If you drink a lot of water but eat the same it’s not going to help you.
In the same way, if you drink vitamin C and keep on smoking or you don’t change your mental addiction, it’s not going to help you. But if you’re ready, it is going to assist you because the key to success, the key to quitting smoking easily and permanently is overcoming the mental addiction. Always has been, always will be.
Now if you want to overcome the mental addiction, make sure you start by watching the foundational video of the CBQ method. The CBQ method is a4-stage method based on psychology and the 4 stages it has. They designed to help you overcome the mental addiction so make sure you watch the foundational video. It’s going to help you have an overview of your journey and it’s going to help you understand why the CBQ method can work for you. So make sure you watch this video, I think you’re going to like it a lot.
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