After reading about the speedy results of your two-week fat flush detox diet, I decided to give it a try. But after two days I was so miserable with a migraine and nausea that I quit. I did lose two pounds in those two days, though, so I really want to try again. Is it possible to bypass the headache and upset stomach?

Yes! While headaches and nausea are common side effects of withdrawal from toxins like caffeine and alcohol, you can avoid them with a few dietary tweaks. First, include 400 mg to 800 mg of magnesium in your daily diet. Detoxification causes an initial bodywide inflammation response that can trigger head pain and muscle aches, but magnesium’s anti-inflammatory powers reduce tissue swelling and pain. Detox diet-friendly sources include sunflower seeds (255 mg per 1⁄2 cup), trail mix made with unsalted nuts and dark chocolate (250 mg per cup) and boiled spinach (156 mg per cup). And if the queasies kick in, sip some ginger tea. The root’s active ingredients, gingerol and shogaol, are proven nausea-fighters. Taking one to three capsules of a pure ginger extract should also do the trick. My brand of choice: Planetary Formulas Full Spectrum Ginger Extract 350 mg. With these dietary changes, you’ll enjoy the slimming, feel-great benefits of my Fat Flush Plan from day one!

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