Wow, you actually decided to read this article? You’re probably just curious, right? I mean, you’re not actually thinking of DOING this, are you?
I mean, eating raw meat is one thing. I suppose you could actually make the argument that because meat is healthy, eating raw meat could be too. Beef tartare is a delicacy after all, isn’t it?
But drinking urine? Really?
Isn’t that human waste – it’s like, dirty and full of nasty crap your body wants to get rid of, right?
As my friend Donald would say,
Urine therapy: no scientific evidence – but so what?
Once people get over their initial gag reflex of imagining themselves drinking pee, their minds naturally move to the next question: is there any evidence that suggests that drinking urine is actually healthy?
But let’s take a look at what this actually means…
I’ve mentioned this before in many articles, but just because there is no scientific evidence that something is good or bad, does not mean that it’s good or bad.
Or that it’s an effective treatment for a disorder.
There are a few things to be careful of when evaluating comments on blogs, by doctors, or researchers that say something to the effect of:
“There is no scientific evidence that suggests that ::substance:: is an effective treatment of ::disorder::”
If we unpack this semantically, we see that it really means that there is an ABSENCE of SCIENTIFIC evidence that one substance has a certain effect.
This DOES NOT mean that a substance has been PROVEN to be INEFFECTIVE.
Let me say this again:
When you hear that there is “no scientific evidence” about a substance doing something, that just means that no scientists have gotten together and done a study testing a substance for a certain effect.
There’s no money in studying urine therapy
And if they HAVE done that, then it’s not rigorous enough to be considered unbiased.
Most of the time the issue is with the organization funding the study (i.e. a study of sugar’s effect on the body funded by Coca Cola) or the testing methods (i.e. not a double-blind study).
If you’ve read any of my other articles or watched my videos, you’ll know that I don’t entirely base all of my recommendations on whether or not there’s scientific evidence.
That’s for people who are afraid of getting sued and/or looking stupid on the internet.
I don’t have any money and already look like an idiot, so I’m more than happy to give you ACTUAL recommendations based on real world experience.
And I can tell you that urine therapy definitely has some bro-science-y benefits. But we’ll get into that in a minute.
For now, just understand that regarding urine therapy and really ANY type of alternative therapy that “doesn’t have any scientific evidence” backing it up, it’s entirely possible that it still works just because no scientists have gotten together and run some tests on it.
If a tree falls in the forest…
Finally, the level of research on urine therapy is likely to be much lower than other substances because there’s no money in it.
Who is going to fund a study on urine therapy and why on earth would they do it?
Compare this to the literal billions of dollars invested into studying new drugs developed by pharmaceutical companies. These companies stand to make heaps of money by rigorously proving that their drugs effectively treat some condition, so they invest in their research.
But how can you do the same for urine? You can’t.
Everyone can produce their own virtually unlimited supply of the stuff.
Urine therapy – benefits and unbenefits
Even though it’s possible to argue that there are some disadvantages to urine therapy, in my own personal experience (and judging by other people’s experience as well), the benefits of urine therapy are pretty good.
But first let’s talk about it’s safety profile.
Not to ruin the tension for you, but it’s totally safe. Urine is sterile and completely filtered by your kidneys before being excreted. You have absolutely nothing to worry about by drinking it.
In fact, there are reports of people being stranded in the wilderness and surviving for weeks by drinking their own urine.
Add to that the fact that people have been drinking urine for thousands of years without any ill effects.
Anyway, drinking urine is safe.
I first discovered urine therapy after watching a Snake Diet video. It was titled Super Snake Juice and Cole spent an hour talking about how he would drink his own piss in the gym.
At first I thought he was insane, but because I trusted his opinion with basically everything else, I decided to give it a shot.
When I made my first Snake Diet results videos, I was living in Thailand and unable to find NoSalt. As a result, I had to get creative when it came to replenishing my electrolytes.
This was a big problem for me. I had just started to make videos seriously and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do any Snake Diet fasting. It was right around that time that Cole mentioned in his video that urine could be used as a substitute for Snake Juice.
If you’ve seen any of those original Snake Diet videos, you’ll notice that I was lean and looked amazing. While I can’t attribute all of my success with that to urine therapy, it definitely allowed me to do intense workouts while fasted.
Sure, I had just finished a 5 month powerlifting schedule and was fasting down from 190 lbs.
That plus the combination of crushing some hardcore Muay Thai workouts, PLUS drinking urine, all contributed to what I think was an awesome body at the time.
Urine therapy for stomach disturbances
When your stomach is rolling after a night of drinking too many beers, the last thing you’d probably think of doing is drinking your own urine.
But in my experience, urine therapy is just what the doctor ordered to calm a sick stomach.
Speaking from personal experience, I used to have awful stomach issues. Kind of ironic considering that I’m allegedly this healthy person, but it is what it is.
In fact, my stomach issues were so bad that I always had a pack of gum on me. I found that chewing gum regularly helped to ease my stomach pain.
The stimulation of the salivary glands helped to increase digestion of whatever foods I had in my stomach.
(Honestly, I probably should have stopped drinking all those fruit shakes. But I couldn’t get it out of my head that fruit was healthy. Plus I had just gotten to Thailand and didn’t want to give it up.)
That said, these issues completely disappeared with a sip of urine in the morning.
I’m talking literally gone, zero, not at all. None. No heartburn whatsoever, not even a single belch.
I obviously don’t have any evidence on the topic, but I thought it was interesting how it seemed to balance out the pH in my stomach without the need of any gum, charcoal pills, or bentonite clay.
Urine therapy as a topical treatment for injuries
Another common practice of using urine to heal your body is to rub it on areas that are injured.
This is something I don’t have any particular experience with, however one thing that I have done is use urine as a topical treatment for my face in the morning.
Any ladies reading this know that one of the most popular ingredients in cosmetics is urea. Aside from water and creatinine, urea is one of the most concentrated ingredients in urine.
While I doubt they use urea extracted from humans, urea is urea at the end of the day.
Having been used in creams since the 1940s, urea helps to loosen dried skin which can then be easily exfoliated afterwards.
What I think is especially funny is that despite the “question” of whether or not urine is healthy, it’s composed completely of things that are considered healthy: salt, water, creatinine and yes, urea.
Urea is even listed on the World Health Organization Model List Of Essential Medicines. How’s that for irony?
On days where I’ve used urine as a topical treatment, I notice that the skin on my face seems smoother and a bit more supple. The biggest issue is actually applying it, as you don’t want to use too much.
I’ve noticed that if I use just a very small amount, there is no lingering smell. In fact, there is literally NO smell.
You’ll know if you use too much.
Conclusion: should you try urine therapy?
I’m gonna go with yes on this one. It’s safe, effective, and you literally have nothing to lose.
Yes, it’s a little gross to think of drinking your own piss. And no, I’m not going to tell you to start eating poop in the next article.
But despite its funky smell, drinking and topically applying urine has been part of human culture for thousands of years.
And more than that, like every other crazy recommendation that you read on this site, I encourage you to TRY it on your own.
Don’t take my word for it. Experiment.