The drinking of pee has been a cultural practice as well as a form of medicinal treatment in China, Egypt, the Aztec empire, and India for thousands of years. Drinking one’s own pee and that of others has been touted as a sort of natural elixir for all kinds of ailments. In fact, one well known 20th century leader of India, Marquez boasted that he drank his own pee. Given this history, it would seem that Marquez’s announcement is not so shocking after all. Nevertheless, many continue to question the safety of pee therapy.
Some of the main arguments in favor of gulping down a glass of your urine are:
- It is better to drink your pee than suffer the consequences of dehydration when no other liquid is available for drinking.
- Pee is 95% water which has been filtered through the body.
- Pee is an ancient practice which invests this form of therapy with historical verification.
- There are some scientific studies which indicate that urea, which next to water is the largest component of pee, has some antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities.
- Drinking pee in small amounts has not been shown to cause any medical problems. On the other side of the argument are some compelling reasons for not drinking your pee: there is no medical evidence which supports the claims that drinking urine has medicinal purposes.
- Drinking pee is unnatural since urine is a waste product which the natural processes of the body have discharged and it goes against the workings of nature to reintroduce this waste into the body.
- If one is religious and believes in a creator who designed the human body, then it is idolatrous to ingest a substance which the creator has determined should be discharged from the body.
- Pee can contain harmful substances from the environment and from drugs and other substances ingested into the body.
- The Chinese Association of pee therapy has cautioned that drinking pee in excessive amounts can cause diarrhea, fever, muscle soreness, and fatigue which increase in severity as the amount of urine taken into the body increases.
- It appears then that drinking your urine in small amounts is safe. but why would you want to?
Why do People drink pee?
To survive: Some people recommend you drink pee if you are dehydrated and have no other source of water. You would essentially be recycling the water that leaves your body. while there have been a few documented survivals from drinking pee, it’s actually more risky than not drinking it due to the salts that dehydrate you even further.
Tradition and superstition: before the days of scientific proof and such, people tended to make health decisions based on hunches and stories. just because something has been practiced for years, however, doesn’t make it right. when better knowledge is available, gained from scientific evidence, it’s best to ditch the traditions and superstitions, especially when drinking pee can harm you.
A prank or party trick: People do many stupid things at parties. Drinking pee would be one of them. Enough said.
Can you drink pee?
Believe it or not, some people choose to drink pee …on purpose. Yes, they actually make a conscious decision to drink pee. We will look at a few of the reasons here as we review the safety and practicality of this practice.
Is drinking Pee safe?
As far as pee being safe to drink… pee is indeed sterile, and your pee is also mostly water. So, that means it’s ok to drink? Well, not necessarily. Keep in mind that your kidney does an amazing job of filtering out the impurities that enter your body, and they exit your body in your pee. So, your pee is really waste water. Your body has taken what nutrients it needed, and not only pushed out the excess, but also has filtered out the impurities. Think of it like a water filter for your sink. That filter removes many contaminants from your drinking water and holds them in the filter. Whereas the kidney, instead, pushed the contaminants out in your pee. If you were to drink your own pee, think of it like squeezing out the water filter and drinking that water. Sure, it would be water, but it would also be full of stuff you were trying to avoid in the first place, and you would be putting those contaminants right back in your body. It probably won’t hurt you if you your body is strong and you are healthy. Pee could, however, harm a less healthy person. In its unfiltered state, it’s not recommended to drink pee unless it’s a matter of survival. Even then, it’s questionable, because it can dehydrate you further.
Should you drink your own pee?
Just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. From our point of view, there are no tangible benefits to drinking your own pee, and there are a few downsides, such as health risks. There are those that believe drinking the pee of a healthy person can improve the health of a less healthy person. There’s no scientific evidence to support this theory. These practices of drinking pee for health reasons are based more on tradition and superstition and perhaps even religious beliefs than any actual documented benefits.
What would happen if you drink pee?
Well, for starters, it will make you thirstier than before drinking it. You might vomit, which, of course, would make you more dehydrated. but aside from the urge to vomit, the salts in your pee would tend to dehydrate you more than quench your thirst. Aside from dehydrating yourself, there are some other risks as well. If the pee comes from someone with a urinary tract infection, you might find yourself drinking the byproducts of that infection, which as you would guess, would not be good for your health. In order to avoid some of the bacteria in your pee, pee drinkers (you know who you are) collect pee only after letting some of the initial flow leaves the body, allowing bacteria to exit first. There are other chemicals that may end up in your pee, such as those from medicines the producer may be taking. Those medicinal byproducts could be a problem if you’re expecting to an untainted glass of pee.
Have you have any experiences in drinking pee? Is it for survival in the wild or just for fun? Leave a comment to share some thoughts.