Water Therapy Diet

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Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Drinking water is good for your health, but the water therapy diet is a fad diet promoted as a cleanse or detox. The diet does not restrict what you eat, making it a healthier option than most fad diets. And it may help you meet your daily water needs, though just drinking water throughout the day eliminates the need for a special water diet. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Diet Details

The water therapy diet is simple. First thing in the morning, before you've even brushed your teeth, you drink 6 cups of water. Then, you wait an hour before eating breakfast. Purportedly, drinking large amounts of water first thing in the morning cleanses your body of toxic substances.

Water for Health

A healthy adult needs anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of water a day, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension, and the water therapy diet can help you reach your daily needs. While drinking enough water helps move nutrients in and out of cells, your liver and kidneys are responsible for helping rid your body of toxic substances. Making sure you meet your daily water needs, however, may help keep both your liver and kidneys in good working order.

To help you meet your daily water needs without drinking half or more before you've even brushed your teeth, make water your drink with meals and snacks, replace one or two of your coffee breaks with a water break and keep a cup or bottle of water at your desk while you work to sip on throughout the day.

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