While I stopped drinking caffeine I also stopped drinking juices, sports drinks, milk. Basically everything other than water. And speaking of water, I upped my intake of that considerably. I'm now up to at least a gallon a day. My bladder is as thrilled about that as those people who were around me the first four days of the cleanse were.
Anyway, the result was 22 lbs. lost (I was hoping to shed 5-10), better mood, better sleep, and dramatically improved running ability.
After 30 days of the cleanse I decided to basically stick with it, although adding a few more calories and allowing a little more cheating, and I started taking vitamins that included a blend of something that provided telomere support. I didn't know anything about telomeres either, and that's why I provided the link. Here's another one if you're still interested.
After 30 days of the cleanse and after 30 days of post-cleansing that included vitamins I am running like I never thought I'd be able to again since suffering a stress fracture in my foot each of the last two years. It has been absolutely nuts. That's the only way I can describe it. I even had an annual physical and at 43 I'm in such good shape my doctor said he wishes all of his patients were as healthy as I am.
My point is not to brag about my awesome physical condition. My point is that I'm running like a maniac these days, and while I credit clean eating I credit the constant flow of only water into my system almost as much.
I used to struggle with hydration issues when I run because I'm a pretty heavy sweater. In the summer, even during the cooler parts of the day, I couldn't run three miles without bringing along water. I'd make sure to drink a cup or two before I headed out, and I'd have to replenish as soon as my run was finished.
Now, because I am constantly so well hydrated water is not an issue. I can run further than ever without a sip. If I leave the house and forget to drink a cup or so before I leave it's no problem. If I spill some when I'm half way through a long run I don't panic.
It's taken this long for it to sink in and for me to appreciate it, but a full-time water only hydration strategy helps me run like I never thought I would again. It's a miracle fluid. Tell your friends about this secret I've discovered.
Aw, I heart you too water.