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15 Natural Ways To Kick Butt

iVillage   By Susan Carlton   First Posted: 07/22/11 09:27 AM ET   Updated: 09/21/11 06:12 AM ET

By Susan Carlton for iVillage.com

If quitting smoking were a breeze, then 44 to 46 million of us wouldn’t still be lighting up. The truth is that stopping is tough. And while there are lots of tools in the medical arsenal -- from popping pills to snapping your way through packs of nicotine gum -- there are also natural approaches that may also help. “Quitting is a challenge -- it often takes a multipronged, integrated approach to succeed,” says Amit Sood, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. Feel free to mix and match these 15 all-natural approaches to kicking butt for good.

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Certain foods make cigarettes taste tasty -- and others not so much. Researchers at Duke University asked smokers to list the foods that made them savor the flavor of cigs. Seventy percent reported that red meat, coffee and alcohol enhanced lighting up. On the flip side, about half the group said good-for-you foods, like fruits, vegetables, juice and milk, made cigarettes taste lousy.

"Loading up on fruits and vegetables even before quitting might help cigarettes seem less appealing," says F. Joseph McClernon, Ph.D., director of Duke's Health Behavior Neuroscience Research Program. Can't hurt to have your taste buds on your side.

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