Health

Is drinking urine safe?

Gross picture right? Looks like it taste good but anyway…

I realize this question is somewhat unusual and perhaps subjective but then again, I don’t care, its my blog.

Ok so we’ve all heard the stories about how people saved their lives by drinking their urine. But I wanted to know for myself if drinking urine is safe when there are no other water sources available?

Before we begin, here’s a little urine-drinking history…..

“Self-urine therapy” dates back 5,000 years to ancient India, where it was known as “shivambu shastra” and seen as a way of rejuvenating body and soul. Advocates claim it has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticancer properties. The practice is particularly popular in China, where millions of people drink a daily dose of their own urine. Some fans believe the Bible even recommend urine therapy. A verse in Proverbs says: “Drink waters from thy own cistern, flowing water from thy own well.”

So assuming you don’t have a urinary tract infection, fresh urine should be sterile, the problem is that its a waste product which, apart from making it not taste very nice, means that consuming it will increase the concentration of waste in your body, which will require an increased volume of water to absorb and subsequently excrete, resulting in you being more dehydrated.

So how long can you survive by drinking pee?

From what I found, an extra day or two, at best. A healthy person’s urine is about 95 percent water and sterile, so in the short term it’s safe to drink and does replenish lost water. But the other 5 percent of urine comprises a diverse collection of waste products, including nitrogen, potassium, and calcium—and too much of these can cause problems. When you drink your own pee, all the stuff that your kidneys had attempted to excrete comes right back into your stomach, and much of it ends up back in your kidneys. After several days of this, your urine will become highly concentrated with dangerous waste products, and drinking it can cause symptoms similar to those brought on by total kidney failure. At that point, you’re doomed either way—from dehydration on the one hand or renal meltdown on the other.

Helen Andrews, of the British Dietetic Association, said: “There are no health benefits to drinking your own urine, and in fact I think it could be quite detrimental. Each time you put it back it will come out again even more concentrated and that is not good for health as it could damage the gut. If you are stranded, your body will try to conserve as much water as it can. Drinking your urine would be like drinking seawater.” Your Thoughts?

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