How Everyday Lifestyle Affects Drug Testing

Our body chemistry is complex, and your everyday lifestyle, including what you eat and drink as well as exercise routines, affects how your body chemistry operates. This includes the ability to remove waste from the body's cells. One of the waste products removed from cells is drug residue. A healthy lifestyle can help you pass a urine drug test.

Anything you eat, drink, smoke, or snort makes it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream it is conveyed to cells all over your body. The cells then extract the needed nutrients and returns what it doesn't need (waste) back to bloodstream. Your kidneys filter the blood, removing waste product and storing it in the bladder in the form of urine.

Fat cells are most likely to hold on to drug residue, except for steroids which is held in muscle tissue. The higher your body fat content, the more drug residue you hold in your body. Generally, a fit person is more likely to pass a drug test than an overweight person with similar drug use. We all know that fitness is a result of everyday lifestyle, so your daily habits have a direct impact on your ability to pass a drug test.

People who have body fat that fall into the athlete or fit range (14-24% for women, 6-17% for men) are much more likely to pass a drug test because there is simply less fat available for drug residue to be stored. It passes through the body much more quickly than a person who has a higher body fat content. One important way to improve your ability to pass a drug test is to become more fit. Reduce body fat through healthy eating and exercise, but always check with your doctor before starting any diet and exercise regimen.

Drinking fluids is another way to impact how drugs are stored in you body. If you drink lots of fluids, particularly water and juice (especially cranberry juice), waste is flushed out of your body more quickly and effectively. Drinking alcohol, however, actually causes to your body to retain drug residue because the kidneys are occupied processing the alcohol.

Consume at least an extra half-gallon of fluid every day above what you normally drink. This will help keep your body cells more free of drug residue. When you know you are going to be drug tested, increase that amount to at least an extra gallon of fluids every day.

Salt intake also affects your body's ability to expel drug waste. Salt causes your body to retain fluids, which you want avoid. You want plenty of fluids to flow into your body and then flow right out. This helps your body expel waste effectively and efficiently, including getting rid of drug residue.

Since some employee drug tests are random, maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle along high fluid consumption may be the only way to beat a random drug test. When you know a drug test is coming, such as employment screening, you can undertake additional activities to pass the drug test. which we will discuss shortly. There is no way to avoid these employee drug tests, particularly in certain industries and occupations. The only drug tests that can be avoided are the required drug tests after an accident. These are common in many public and private organizations. By being responsible and using extra care you can avoid these drug tests. Do not give your employer or an authority any probable cause to drug test you.

Finally, in terms of lifestyle, the frequency of drug use also plays a role in how much of the drug is in your system. Those who use more responsibly and at lower levels are more able to regularly flush detectable drug residue out of their system and escape a positive drug test. Also, carefully consider who you associate with. Avoid becoming friends or hanging out with people who are not trustworthy or responsible. They may turn you in when they are caught. If they are well-known drug users, you may be considered suspect or guilty by association, and more likely to be identified for drug testing.