What is urine therapy and should we all be doing it?

Marie Claire Dorking
Advocates of urine therapy, or drinking your own pee, say it has a wealth of health benefits [Photo: Getty]
Advocates of urine therapy, or drinking your own pee, say it has a wealth of health benefits [Photo: Getty]

Fancy swapping your morning coffee for a warm cup of Rosie pee?

Nope didn’t think so.

But believe it or not the practice of ‘urine therapy’ or drinking your own wee is actually becoming more popular.

A quick scroll of ‘urine therapy’ on Instagram throws up hundreds of posts from pee-chugging converts convinced the process has a whole wealth of health benefits.

Take Kevin Hinkle, a urine therapy advocate who has often used his grid to shout about some of the reported benefits of the practice.

“Fasting and urine therapy combined will heal anything on this planet,” he wrote in one Insta post before going on to list some of the perceived health pros which he says include helping to heal diseases including cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, regulating hormones, boosting your immune system and helping reduce inflammation.

Others believe drinking your own pee can aid with weight loss, while some beauty gurus believe applying urine to the skin can help with acne, eczema, rashes, and dry skin, and also boost the elasticity and suppleness of the skin.

While drinking and adding urine to your daily beauty regime might sound like a bonkers new trend, urine therapy has actually been around for centuries.

“Reports dating back to ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt suggest that urine therapy has been used to treat everything from acne to cancer,” Dominica Roszko, health expert and founder of Vegerasta told Yahoo UK.

But while our ancient cousins may swear by urine therapy, some experts, including Dominica, have concerns about the practice as urine is composed of fluid and waste products that your body doesn’t need.

“Whilst the practise of drinking urine is becoming more well-known and increasingly popular, there is no clinical evidence to suggest that it would confer any benefits, as the compounds being excreted are no longer required by the body,” explains Nature’s Best nutritionist Keri Filtness.

That’s something Dr Andrew Thornber, Chief Medical Officer at Now Patient agrees with.

“There have been claims that drinking it (in very small amounts) can help with problems such as acne, cancer and heart problems,” he says. “However there are no real specific scientific studies into the health benefits of drinking urine, so the jury is still out.”

“Some people also think that it by drinking urine it gives you a quick vitamin shot, but there are much healthier ways of making sure you get your vitamins such as eating a healthy and balanced diet or taking supplements,” he adds.

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On day 97 #fasting and reflecting upon a year ago #onthisday being the #firsttime Fasting and urine therapy combined will heal anything on this planet. 🌏🏵 what i posted last year is below ❤ Here it is ❤ before anyone freaks out, please enter this post with an open mind and realize that I am here to help people heal themselves with the #leastharmpossible to the earth and the inhabitants of earth. After many weeks of research on this topic including hundreds of hours of videos, I have finally, literally, swallowed the idea that #urine is extremely beneficial and healing ❤ and combined with fasting can be the best and most efficient way to heal the body and mind. #panacea #urinetherapy Here are some reasons for drinking your own pee: Aka Urine therapy 1) To heal a disease; combined with fasting it is known to heal cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and hundreds more quicker than any other remedy. Besides having so many life giving and essential qualities, it becomes a teacher to every cell in your body. 2) It Regulates hormones 3) Because #Jesus, Gandhi, Tesla, Einstein, Plato, Hippocrates and thousands of others have practiced it with great benefits and impacts. 4) To lower inflammation 5) It is part of the ancient yoga tradition, #Ayurvedic, for thousands of years. The Romans, ancient Chinese, Hindu, Aztecs, Incas, Egyptians, Mayans and many other ancient civilizations participated in this miraculous, powerful healing. 6) It whitens your teeth 7) It is the golden fountain of youth boosting the immune system greater than anything else. Urine contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals not to mention it’s completely structured hexagonal liquid. Because it is created by your own body, it helps to re-educate your immune system as what is foreign and what is domestic. It helps to teach your system and fine tune it to recognize pathogens and invaders. It’s similar to reading a book for the second time or watching a movie for the second time. 8) Because it is anti-viral, anti- fungal, and anti-bacterial. The reason it is this way is because it’s a byproduct of the body trying to balance sodium chloride with water. Since urea can kill bacteria and fung

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Dr Thornber explains that the whole point of urinating is for the kidneys to filter the blood and get rid of any excess fluid and salts, as well as minerals.

“Urine in a healthy person is made up of about 95 per cent water, but the other 5% is waste products the body is looking to expel such as potassium and nitrogen – which if you have too much in your body can cause problems,” he says.

What’s more drinking urine could actually have a negative impact on your health.

“When you drink urine, it will eventually come back out again and be much more concentrated, which could lead to gut problems,” Dr Thornber continues.

“Some studies have shown it does contain bacteria, which obviously could have harmful affects. The kidneys will have to work hard to filter out all the excess again, putting strain on them and potentially leading to kidney issues.”

Keri Filtness also raises concerns that urine therapy could impact your dehydration levels. “Some of the waste products excreted via urine, such as nitrogen, sodium and other minerals, may cause issues such as dehydration if they are consumed excessively,” she explains.

Though everyone is perfectly entitled to do what they wish with their own bodies, those wanting to test out the practice for themselves should proceed with caution.

While drinking a small amount of urine is unlikely to be hazardous to your health, there’s not much evidence to suggest it will do you any good either.

“Drinking your own urine has absolutely no benefit to you, and I wouldn’t recommend it,” says Consultant urological surgeon Kieran Jefferson, of BMI The Meriden Hospital.

“There may be stories out there claiming health benefits, but really kidneys excrete all that for a reason – once it’s gone, you really don’t need that any more.”

Think we’ll stick to a nice herbal tea, thanks all the same.

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