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Long Term Detox Plans for Weight Loss, Cleansing, and Drug Testing: Why Diet and Water Matter

The detox craze is no secret. But what most people aren’t aware of is how much water they should be drinking during a detox, and what foods to stay away from, not just the ones to run toward.


Many people wonder how a body cleanse works and how detox drinks actually cleanse the organs and tissues of the body. It’s a great question, and it’s also a subject that involves the factors that diet and water consumption bring to the table.

It is important that those who engage in cleanses, fasts, or short and long term detox products know which foods will help during a cleanse for health, detox to pass a drug test, and fasts to lose weight. There are foods to run to, and foods to avoid while detoxing.

For those engaging in long term detox diets or cleanses to remove toxins from the body, staying away from starchy, carbohydrate loaded foods for duration of the detox cycle is recommended—toxins and residues are likelier to hang on to the body while these items are consumed.

Instead, stick with lean, protein-filled foods such as boneless, skinless chicken, salmon, leafy greens, and low-carb whey diet shakes and protein powders to help move toxins through the body faster. To help with a fat flush or drug test detox, add milk thistle to assist the liver as well.

In addition, drink plenty of water. The daily diet for the average person calls for 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day—those engaging in a cleanse will want to increase that to 16 eight-ounce glasses at least during the use of a permanent detox product. Some dieticians and nutritionists also recommend this formula: Drink at least one ounce of water for half of body weight (in pounds) each day. For example, someone who weighs 200 pounds should drink about 100 ounces of water per day during a long-term detox or fast—this is also a good recommendation for the summer months or as a guideline for athletes.

For those facing a drug test, there is a caveat for water consumption: The final 48 hours before taking a urine test, return to “normal” water consumption and add in other fluids, such as sports drinks and teas. The reason for this is that those who have too much water in their bodies could be called back to the lab for a second test due to a “negative-dilute” drug test result.

The key to any long term cleanses or permanent detox diet (three to ten days) is patience, and believing it actually can be done. So stay healthy, drink water, and relax—the hindrance of stress hormones on the body will work against the goals of any detox plan.


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