When cutting back significantly on caffeine expect some withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood changes, and difficulty in concentrating for up to several weeks. But as the body adjusts, these will eventually subside.
The first step to achieving reduced caffeine intake is being mindful of one’s diet.
Caffeine is commonly associated with coffee and tea, but is also present in chocolate, soda, and energy drinks, some of which are known to have high amounts of it.
You may be exceeding the caffeine limit inadvertently by keeping within the prescribed amount of coffee or tea cups, but consuming other caffeine-heavy food and drinks. If you do exceed the caffeine limit, drinking lots of water can help flush it out of your system.
Checking if high caffeine consumption has become a habit can also help. Try to go for a reduced caffeine intake during the times you normally do so, and check how you are feeling about it. You may be surprised that you can let these things go without much effort.
Also, if getting caffeine into your system is motivated by a need for an energy boost, it could help to seek out healthier alternatives. Getting proper rest at night can help ensure that you have more energy for the next day.
You may also opt instead to exercise to build up endurance and stores of energy. Such lifestyle options are healthier overall than being dependent on your caffeine fix to get you through the day.