How often do you have to do a nicotine test? The most likely answer is never. But that was before. Now your employer or, say, insurance company, can make you get tested. And the results may surprise you.
The fact is that there is a lot of nicotine in each of us. Especially in those who prefer strong liquids. What can we do about it? How can excess nicotine be removed from our system? Let's figure it out. Nicotine and cotinine
To begin with, even if you've never inhaled tobacco smoke in your life, you still have nicotine in your body. It is produced by the liver and participates in your metabolism. And, since nicotine is of an organic nature, it is easily absorbed by the mucous membranes of the body. There is also cotinine. It performs several functions, but in our story it will pose as a marker of nicotine in the body. In the body
We're not trying to incite ethnic discord, but the time that nicotine and cotinine remain in the blood varies depending on different parameters, including ethnicity (Black people have more cotinine in their blood than Caucasians do), as well as sex, pharmaceuticals, and even diet. On average, the body of a smoking person can get rid of nicotine in a couple of weeks. It can be detected in the blood during the first two or three days, and in the urine for up to four or five days. Cotinine is a more resilient fella, it will be leaving your body for about seven days, and in some cases it can take up to three weeks. The tests
- Blood test. Fairly accurate, but it has been falling out of favor with organizations because in order to perform it you have to go to the lab, spend time and money;
- Saliva and urine tests. The cheapest and fastest ways to determine the amounts of nicotine. Even a child can buy a kit on the internet and do the test at home, at work, or in a school toilet. The results (the accuracy of which when testing saliva, by the way, is ⅓ higher than when testing blood, and urine has six times the amount of nicotine than everything else) only takes five minutes;
What to do
- If you have hair, it can be tested as well. Nicotine and cotinine remain in the hair for three months. But this info isn't likely to prove useful. The test is expensive, slow and few places perform it.
There are ways to help the body detox more quickly. Here are a few of them:
- 1.5 liters of water per day will help tone blood vessels and activate metabolic processes;
- Fruit juice contains vitamins and enzymes which will help the liver and kidneys break down nicotine. It's tasty as well;
- Dairy goodies are also helpful;
- Walking in the open air will help your lungs. Not an evening shop run for a beer, but outdoor activities. Parks, evergreen forests, all that;
- Inhalation therapy based on essential oils of eucalyptus, pine, or juniper can partially replace the previous paragraph. But it's worth taking a walk in any case;
- Sports and active breathing will help clear your bronchi from mucus;
- Antioxidants. Drink green tea, eat berries and cabbage.
Nicotine is in everyone, but the concentration is hundreds of times greater in those who get it from cigarettes or liquids. There are several ways to find out the amount of nicotine in the body, and the simplest ones are quite accessible. But even without tests, we all know: nicotine is no joking matter. And so, one should practice moderation, eat well and remember to see your doctor for a check up from time to time.