Why You Shouldn’t Drink Your Own Pee

Why You Shouldn't Drink Your Own PeeA couple weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Lyoto Machida and how he and members of his family drink their own pee. I’m not talking about pee from one of those trips to the bathroom where the urine is clear, almost like water. Nope. These guys drink the first pee of the day, which is likely the biggest one of the day, and probably the one that’s the deepest shade of yellow, almost orange in color. However, it turns out that it may not be a good idea to drink your own pee after all.

When I wrote that blog post I came away with the feeling that it doesn’t offer any benefits to the urine drinker, but it really doesn’t harm them. If it’s something they think will have a positive effect on their lives, then maybe it will. The mind and the power of suggestion is a powerful thing.

Yesterday, one of my favorite gadget websites posted an interesting article on why you should definitely not drink your own urine.

Turns out that the old adage “Urine is sterile. You can drink it.” that many people picked up from Fight Club isn’t exactly true. Urine is around 95% percent water as I mentioned in my previous article, but what I wasn’t aware of is that urine actually contains bacteria. As a result, it’s not completely sterile. This is because many bacterial colonies call our urinary tracts home. Some of this bacteria will find its way into our urine, and when we drink it, into our mouths and into our bodies again.

As the article also points out, some people think that if they’re ever in a tough situation where they’re without food and water for an extend period of time, they could always drink their urine. That is technically true, but it can actually dehydrate the drinker even faster due to the high sodium content. So if you’re like that guy who had his arm trapped between the boulders, don’t drink your piss despite how thirsty you may become.

I don’t want to reproduce the entire article here, so if you’re thinking about setting down that warm glass of urine and reading a few more reasons why you don’t need to drink your own pee, head over to Gizmodo to read this article in full.

Should I Drink My Own Urine?

Should I Drink My Own Urine?A little while back I watched a video on YouTube where Ariel Helwani was interviewing Yoshizo Machida, the father of UFC fighter Lyoto Machida. Now, it’s well-known in the MMA community that Lyoto starts off each day by drinking a nice tall, warm glass of his own urine. Lyoto has said that he learned this practice from his father. You can likely imagine where Ariel’s interview with Lyoto Machida’s father goes when the topic of drinking urine comes up.

But before we get to that, let’s find out exactly why Yoshizo drinks his own urine.

Yoshizo says that he drinks his own urine for health reasons. He says that drinking your own urine helps to flush out your system and to clean it. Yoshizo then goes on to tell a story about how Lyoto once had a persistent cough that just wouldn’t go away. When he began drinking his own urine, the cough disappeared shortly after Lyoto added drinking his own urine to his morning regimen. Yoshizo also adds that drinking the urine is like a vaccine.

Drinking urine for health benefits isn’t something unique to the Machida family. The practice of urine-drinking actually goes back thousands of years and has roots in Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian cultures.

But what’s in urine that (supposedly) makes it so beneficial to one’s health? Actually, your pee is mostly water. Urine is around 95% water and then 5% vitamins and nutrients that your body has filtered through its blood via the liver and kidneys. Because of this intense filtering process, urine is sterile and safe to drink.

With that little tidbit of knowledge, it kind of makes sense to drink your urine. It’s water, which is a good thing, and a cocktail of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, which are also good. But many doctors feel that there’s little to no health benefit to drinking your own urine. Some think that it may actually have a detrimental effect since your body then has to process a highly concentrated glass of urine each time you drink it.

So does this mean you should drink your own urine? Not really. If it’s something you’re curious about, go ahead. Chances are it won’t hurt you. And if you think that it will have a positive effect on your overall health, maybe it will. That’s the placebo effect and the result of positive thinking!

Without further adieu, check out the video in question below where you can see Yoshizo Machida drink his own urine:

What is Glutathione?

What is Glutathione?I’m no scientist, so I’m not going to delve too deply into glutathione, but I wanted to learn a little bit more about it after hearing about it on The Joe Rogan Experience. One of Joe’s guests–Dr. Mark Gordon–was talking on the podcast about glutathione and its effects on the body when consuming alcohol. This is what appealed to me about taking glutathione.

Glutathione is an antioxidant. It is produced naturally in the body and is not considered to be an essential nutrient, which means our bodies don’t need to obtain it through eating food. That being said, a wide range of factors can impact how much glutathione our bodies produce. A poor diet, stress, age, and medications can all affect how much glutathione our bodies create.

Glutathione is helpful because it will “grab” free radicals (created when the body is exposed to toxins, such as alcohol) and it will dispose of them naturally via our bodily functions. When our bodies are overwhelmed with too many toxins, our glutathione levels become depleted.

Dr. Mark Gordon said that taking glutathione will help reduce hangovers. Taking some after a night of drinking before you go to bed could reduce the effects of a hangover significantly. Someone who Dr. Gordon knows said they took glutathione after a night of drinking and actually found it difficult to get drunk again the next day.

Obviously there are a few things to be cautious of with glutathione. It shouldn’t be taken to sober you up quickly so you can drive. Don’t think about taking it a few hours before attempting to drive home. That’s not what it’s for and shouldn’t be used in that way, nor would I suggest driving at all after consuming any amount of alcohol.

Glutathione is a molecule that can benefit us in a number of ways, and reducing hangovers is just one of the positive effects it has on the body. If anyone has had any experience with glutathione, I’d be interested to hear your feedback, especially in regards to how well it worked to reduce your hangover after a night of drinking.

There are a number of glutathione supplements available on Amazon. I’ve heard that the powder form of it isn’t absorbed into the body that well, so if you’re looking to try this for yourself, I’d start with the capsule versions first.

Onnit 180 Drink Mix Now Available!

Onnit 180 Drink Mix Now Available!I’m on holidays this week so I’ve been away from the computer, but I thought I’d type up this quick blog post to let everyone know that Onnit 180 drink mix powder is now available! I first wrote about this months ago–late spring or early summer, if I remember correctly–so this is a long time coming. I’ve been really excited about this product!

So in a nutshell, Onnit 180 is a rejuvenating drink mix that’s filled with vitamins and nutrients. I first heard Aubrey talk about Onnit 180 on Joey Diaz’s podcast The Church of What’s Happening Now and he said that it is a great product for anyone who suffers from jet lag, or for when you’re hungover. It’s actually like a few Onnit supplements combined: you get the cognitive enhancing and neurotransmitter benefits of Alpha Brain, the adaptogens from Shroom Tech Sport, 5-HTP from New Mood, along with minerals to boost the immune system and some new ingredients as well. Basically Onnit 180 is great for any situation where the body feels stress, like jet lag and hangovers of course, but when you’re feeling down or when you need Alpha Brain’s effects to hit you faster than taking the supplement in capsule form.

Onnit 180 powder drink mix is now available on the Onnit website and it comes in boxes of 10. It’s priced at about $30 for a box of 10, which can seem expensive, but keep in mind this isn’t Kool-Aid. It’s also not medicine, but you should treat it that way: taking it only when you need, not when you’re thirsty. Having a box at the office, at home, and one for the suitcase will ensure that you’re always covered when stress from flying, drinking, or working becomes overwhelming.

The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo