If not careful, over time your body can become dependent on caffeine and need it to function. Stopping caffeine cold turkey can cause the body to go through withdrawal or detox. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, drowsiness, irritability, difficult concentrating, and even flu-like symptoms. Symptoms can start within 12-24 and can last up to seven days.
To keep your body from going through withdrawal, it is best to gradually wean yourself off caffeine over a 2 to 3 week period. Switch to low caffeine options such as decaffeinated coffee or teas, which can help your body slowly get used to functioning without caffeine. Pay close attention to the labels on beverages and check out the caffeine levels. Increase your water intake. Not only is water a healthier option, but it also can help to flush caffeine from the body and ensure you stay hydrated. Try not to consume coffee daily or stick to one cup and more importantly be on the lookout for any signs or symptoms of too much caffeine.