Tips on Passing a Drug Test


Obviously, the easiest way to pass a drug test is to not take drugs. If there is nothing in your system, then there is nothing to detect. However, this is not always the case as to what people do, and sometimes a one-time mistake can cost you more than it should. It's in those instances when a couple tips can save you.

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Doctor holding urine sample (Image: Vonschonertagen/iStock/Getty Images)

Consuming Before Your Deadline

Random drug tests are incredibly difficult to pass, but are fairly rare. Most drug tests will have a deadline attached as to when the test is to take place. Forty-eight hours prior to your test, you want to avoid any toxins. Longer, if you can hold out, but at least two days. You need to give your body time to process the toxins that are already there. Introducing new toxins will not give your body enough time to flush them out of your system.

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Man looking at watch (Image: Alen-D/iStock/Getty Images)

What To Eat

Diet is incredibly important when trying to flush toxins from your body. The key is to avoid junk food. High-calorie foods, greasy foods, and other kinds of junk food have been shown to slow the detoxification process. You don't want that to happen. Instead, try to eat fiber, carbohydrates, vegetables, and high protein foods. Eat all throughout the day, but do not eat late at night. You're trying to avoid the creation of fat, which will slow your detoxification. However, crash dieting and starvation are to be avoided, because they will also lower your metabolic rate.

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Woman eating salad (Image: Jill Chen/iStock/Getty Images)

What To Drink

Detoxification is aided best by large consumption of water. Water triggers the body's natural detoxification process, and flushes your system faster than anything else you could drink. Two days prior to your drug test, though a week would be better, you should consume a minimum of six 16 ounce glasses of water every day. Keep a bottle by you at all times, and just casually sip throughout the day. It seems like a lot of water to drink, but you'll get it all in without even thinking about it. Absolutely no alcohol should be consumed. Alcohol has been known to provide false positives on drug tests.

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Man drinking water (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)


Exercising is a great way to increase the body's detoxification process, and to get out the last traces of a substance. When you exercise, your metabolic rate is increased. This means that not only are you burning out any substances in your body, you are doing it faster. A lot of people try to recreate the effects of exercise by consuming large quantities of metabolism boosting substances, such as coffee, sugar and Red Bull. While quantities of these substances can boost metabolism, there is no substitute for the power of exercise. The more natural you can make your detoxification process, the better.

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Man getting work out on bike (Image: Warren Goldswain/iStock/Getty Images)

Substance Myths

There are a lot of myths about what will help you pass a drug test. Aspirin, ammonia, bleach, Drano, niacin, orange juice, Visine, and vinegar have all been cited as ways to purge the body of drug toxins. These are all myths. Diet and exercise are what cleanse the body.

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