Smoking is an extremely difficult habit to break—so if you have recently stopped smoking, congratulations. Most ex-smokers don’t realize that they can help restore their body to health by detoxifying. Anyone who has stopped smoking (whether recently or within the past year) can detoxify to improve his/her health. Detoxification helps to improve liver function and get rid of some of the toxins, such as cadmium and arsenic, that have built up in the body. Mark Stengler, NMD, a naturopathic medical doctor and founder and medical director of the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California, recommends the following detoxification program to his patients who are former smokers to help them reverse some of the damage that has been done. In addition to taking all of the supplements below for four weeks, he recommends that patients have a weekly massage or a dry or wet sauna to further help detoxification. All of the supplements below are safe for everyone…

Milk thistle. This herb has been used for centuries for liver disorders and liver cleansing. Studies show that it enhances detoxification. Take 250 milligrams (mg) of a product standardized to contain 70% to 85% silymarin twice daily 30 minutes before meals.

Psyllium husks. These husks of the seeds of an east Asian plant provide fiber and promote detoxification by regulating bowel movements and expelling toxins. While you may know psyllium husk as the main ingredient in the laxative product Metamucil, it also is available on its own in powder or capsule form. Take 5 grams (one teaspoon) of powder twice daily mixed into eight ounces of water.

Pneumotrophin PMG. This propriety blend, made by a company called Standard Process (, contains nutrients that support healthy lung tissue. Take one tablet three times daily before meals.

Omega-3 fatty acids. To reduce lung inflammation, take either krill oil (1,000 mg daily) or a daily fish oil supplement with a combined 1,000 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Choose the omega-3 fatty acid that is easiest for you to take. Some people prefer krill oil because it is less likely to cause fishy burps or aftertaste.

Multivitamin. Everyone should take a multivitamin as the basis of his/her supplement regimen. This helps to ensure that your body gets crucial nutrients.