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Smoking and its Effects on Your Body
Smoking cigarettes is both
damaging to your body and to your bodybuilding goals. Cigarette
smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. The most well known
of these compounds is nicotine, which, despite some reported
positive effects such as elevation of mood, is much more harmful
than helpful. Nicotine increases the risk of heart disease and
stroke, and has only a negative effect on growth. Aside from the
above, nicotine and other well known agents in cigarette smoke are
known to cause many other diseases and cancers. Lung cancer, gum
cancer, and lip cancer are some examples.
There are many well known
health problems associated with cigarette smoke, but there are also
general lifestyles accompanied with it. Smokers are known to be
more irritable than nonsmokers, and normally see more problems with
sleep patterns. Anxiety is also more predominant in smokers than in
their nonsmoking counterparts.
On a bodybuilding level,
male smokers have been known to have higher estrogen and lower
plasma-testosterone levels than nonsmokers do.
Smokers will claim that
there are benefits to smoking, but there are none. Smoking
cigarettes is no different than scratching a mosquito bite.
Whatever pleasure is gained from it would not be there if the bite
wasn't there to begin with! Cigarettes don't give you any pleasure
above and beyond what you had as a nonsmoker. Its effects on your
body in terms of possible health effects are plentiful. Top it off,
the hormonal and metabolic effects of tobacco cause lack of mental
and physical energy, endurance and recovery, and you will
experience these problems in both your everyday life and in the
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