Many people experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Headaches (these will likely be worse if you are also giving up caffeine and/or artificial sweeteners.)
- Fatigue, lightheadedness
- Some people report an increase in energy levels
- Nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, reduced bowel movements
Most of these symptoms are resolved within a few days, but may last up to a month or 6 weeks as you adapt.
Take some over-the-counter medicine for headaches, if that helps you get through the initial days. (Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or whatever works for you. This should be a temporary measure.)
Make sure to get enough sleep. Rest when you are tired, if at all possible.
Drink water when you are thirsty.
Hang in there! It gets much better – more energy, better quality sleep, improved digestion, reduced pain levels – many of these are also reported in the first several weeks!
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