Quit Caffeine Painlessly

Caffeine addiction keeps you reaching for another cup

Put simply, caffeine is an addictive drug. Anyone who has suffered through caffeine withdrawal symptoms can attest to this. Many people’s routines are built around the ritual of brewing their morning cups of coffee to wake up and then relying on an afternoon pick-up cup and maybe even an evening cup to stay up late.

Unfortunately, painful and debilitating caffeine withdrawal symptoms can keep the habitual coffee drinker from quitting. Attempts to quit coffee can be discouraging if you don’t know the right way to do it.

The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on a person’s overall health, sensitivities, and even genetic heritage. Some people report feeling flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, nausea and even vomiting. Recovering from caffeine addiction can take anywhere from just a few weeks to several months depending on the condition of your adrenal glands and your endocrine system when you quit.

Avoiding painful caffeine withdrawal symptoms

We don’t recommend going cold turkey! We’ve seen too many people suffer needlessly when quitting coffee and caffeine suddenly. But don’t worry – quitting coffee will be easier than you think if you follow Teeccino’s Kick the Caffeine Habit Program.


1.Dodge the headaches

The number one complaint from anyone withdrawing from caffeine is painful, debilitating headaches. Caffeine acts as powerful vasoconstrictor in the brain. That is, it constricts blood vessels in the brain and decreases circulation. Oxygen to the brain decreases by up to 30%!

When caffeine is not present, the sudden increased circulation causes major headaches. Of course, a well-oxygenated brain is what we want for optimal health. The key is to reoxygenate your brain gradually.

Caffeine withdrawal headaches can go on for days and the only relief is – you guessed it – more caffeine. Light is suddenly too bright to bear, concentration is impossible, and many people reach for an over-the-counter drug like Excedrin®, Anacin® or Midol® for relief, but whoops! They all contain caffeine.

The best way to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches is by blending Teeccino Herbal Coffee with your regular coffee to slowly wean yourself off over a two-week period. If you’re a tea drinker, there are techniques to reduce the caffeine in your teacup and to alternate cups of tea with caffeine-free herbal teas to gradually lower your caffeine intake.

2.Get more rest

Withdrawal headaches are usually accompanied by fatigue. If you’ve been depending on caffeine to keep you going day after day, your body is going to need some rest. Think of your adrenal glands like exhausted horses that have been whipped for way too long. Take away the whip and they want to lay down in their tracks! Make time to get some rest, especially during the first week of weaning off of caffeine.

And waking up IS possible without caffeine! Since caffeine artificially increases cortisol production, the hormone that makes you wake up in the morning, people going through caffeine withdrawal can initially struggle to wake up without coffee as a stimulant. But once your adrenal glands have readjusted to their natural rhythm of producing cortisol in the morning without a stimulant, you won’t need a cup of coffee to wake you up.

3.Get some support from nutritional supplements

Decreased alertness, brain fogginess, inability to concentrate and feelings of decreased well-being including irritability and depression are frequently experienced during caffeine withdrawal. Don’t worry, there are herbal and nutritional supplements that can aid your recovery and make the transition easier. Here are some suggestions:

  • Adrenal tonics: Adaptogenic herbs like eleuthero, Tulsi, ashwagandha, astragalus, licorice, schisandra berries, ginseng, and B vitamins especially pantothenic acid (B5).
  • Brain fog: Lion’s Mane mushroom extract, gingko biloba, Rhodiola rosea, bacopa, curcumin extract from turmeric, fish oils.
  • Regularity: cereals with soluble fiber like TeeChia, prebiotics like XOS, GOS and inulin, soaked chia seeds.
  • Detox herbs: Dandelion, chicory, burdock, turkey tail mushroom and silymarin extract from milk thistle are all excellent for stimulating the liver and gallbladder to detoxify.
  • Sleep aids: sublingual melatonin, lemon balm leaves, passionflower and valerian extract.

4.Find a coffee alternative that you love!

The key to avoiding painful withdrawal symptoms is to find a beverage that you enjoy to replace your cup of coffee or tea. Taste buds can take some time to adapt but they can be retrained to love a different taste than they are accustomed to. However, a coffee drinker has to satisfy four needs for an enjoyable transition to a caffeine-free coffee alternative.

1.It needs to brew just like coffee.
2.It must have a roasted, robust, full-body – no watery tea please!
3.It needs to have an enticing aroma.
4.It needs to produce an energy lift

Kick the Caffeine Habit Program

Teeccino’s Kick the Caffeine Habit Program  helps you gradually wean yourself off of caffeine by blending Teeccino’s all-purpose grind with your regular coffee in gradual amounts over a two to three-week period. By giving your body enough time to adjust to less and less caffeine daily, you’ll avoid the unpleasant symptoms caused by a sudden precipitous drop in caffeine intake.

Thousands of Teeccino customers who no longer drink coffee have used Teeccino’s Kick the Caffeine Habit Program to successfully quit drinking coffee. When you take this important step towards optimal health, you will find out for yourself that your journey to being caffeine-free can be pleasurable and satisfying. Give your body a few weeks or maybe a month or two to recuperate from being caffeine driven.

If you want to drink ready-to-go brewed coffee at a café or at the office, we recommend you carry a thermos of brewed Teeccino that you can blend with coffee in the cup. Additionally, to make it easy to brew Teeccino when you’re on the go, we offer a number of brewing options including tea bags and single-serve pour-over brewers that make it easy to brew Teeccino with only boiling water and a cup.

For Coffee Drinkers

For coffee drinkers who brew coffee, Teeccino’s Kick the Caffeine Habit Program  is based on blending Teeccino with your regular coffee in gradual amounts over a two to three-week period. The pace of weaning off of caffeine can be adjusted on an individual basis.


Start by mixing ¾ of your ground coffee with 1/4 Teeccino caffeine-free herbal coffee. Gradually reduce the percentage of your coffee over a two to three-week period until you are drinking 100% Teeccino. You should be able to avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms and also gradually adjust your body to less reliance on stimulants.

For Tea Drinkers:

Here are a couple of techniques for reducing caffeine gradually in tea:

  1. Reduce the amount of caffeine in your cup by steeping the caffeinated tea bag for a shorter period of time. For instance, steep the tea for only 1 minute, instead of the normal 3 minutes. If your tea seems too weak in flavor, add an herbal tea bag to your cup and let it steep the full amount of time.
  2. In the first week, brew 2 cups of tea using 2 tea bags, one from a caffeinated tea, the other from an herbal tea. This will give you a 50% blend of caffeinated tea.

    After several days to 1 week, brew 3 cups of tea, using 1 caffeinated tea bag and 2 herbal tea bags for a 33% caffeinated blend.
    In the 2nd week, brew 4 cups of tea using 1 caffeinated tea bag to 3 herbal tea bags for a 25% caffeinated blend.
    Finally, in the 3rd week, drink only caffeine-free herbal teas.
  3. If you drink multiple cups of caffeinated tea a day, you can reduce your caffeine intake by drinking it only in the morning and changing your afternoon and evening cups of tea to caffeine-free herbal tea. Depending on how many cups of tea you drink daily, you can quickly bring your caffeine intake down to a third or a quarter of what you have been consuming.

Give your recovery a couple of weeks

Many people find their adrenals are exhausted after habitual caffeine intake. Other organs may need some help getting back to normal too. We recommend a number of herbs and nutritional supplements that help restore adrenal health so you can rebuild your natural energy supply more rapidly. Try them for a couple of months to get their full effect, as dietary supplements need time to produce their full benefits.