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 Does the Color of My Urine Mean?

What Does the Color of My Urine Mean?Time to get a little weird, guys. A little personal.

I try to eat healthy and drink at least two liters of water per day. This is a slippery slope for me, though, as I’m sure it is for many others. I can go a few weeks eating well and drinking my water each day and exercising, too. Then I have a bad day or two, and slide back into my old ways. I don’t exercise, eat bad, and don’t drink enough water.

So what does this have to do with the color of my urine? Well, I’ve been climbing back up that hill recently, and I’ve been drinking a lot more water. As I stare down at the bowl when going to the bathroom, I’ve been noticing the color of my urine. It’s been going from it’s typical dark yellow/amber-ish hue (TMI, I know) back to very light yellow or almost clear when I’m drinking water. This got me thinking, what does the color of my piss tell me?

The other day, as if they read my mind, Lifehacker posted an article along with a graphic–courtesy of The Cleveland Clinic–that helps you diagnose yourself. There’s a wide range of colors ranging from clear to green, purple, and even urine that fizzles like soda pop. Generally the lighter your urine, the better. The darker and more colorful it gets, the more you should worry. Of course, when you wake up in the morning it will almost always be darker, but as the day goes on and you drink more water, it should get almost clear.

As far as bodily waste goes, this is about as revealing as I will get on this blog. There will be no “what does the shape and texture of my feces mean?” in the upcoming weeks.

Check out the links below for the full details.

Via: Lifehacker via The Cleveland Clinic