Let us know why drinking urine is said to have health benefits in human body and why do people drink. Its advantages and disadvantages

Until now there is no evidence regarding urine ‘Does it really have any real health benefits or not’. At the other side, some says it as an unhygienic part. So there’s a risk behind drinking urine. Thus to get back to the conclusion lets study the assumptions first and let’s get cleared about it.

From past so many years, there’s been a culture of drinking urine in some parts of the world. Some drink intentionally as it is said to them that urine has health benefits for eras. In present, some research is on the search of the fact and some says it to be the best part for healthy living. These claims are yet to be concluded but in the ancient times, Romans use to drink urine to cleanse mouth and whiten teeth. In 1944, British naturopath John Armstrong claims urine as a medicinal value.

In recent, natural health believers claims that urine can heal wound in mouth, improve eyesight, provide nutrients, and build immune system, cure thyroid etc. and much more. In arid places, some prefer drinking urine as an alternate to water (emergency source).

Urine is a waste part of the human body which the body doesn’t needs it. It’s a water based substances but still has some other components.

Every day, a person urinates:

  • 25 grams (g) of urea
  • 10 g of electrolytes like sodium
  • 3 g of phosphate and other acids
  • 1.5 g of creatinine
  • 1 g of uric acid
  • 40–80 milligrams of trace proteins
  • Small quantities of hormones, vitamins and antibodies

Though, there is no confirmation that these ingredients are beneficial one or not.

Urine is an influential diuretic, which can dismiss the more salt and water. Some uses diuretics to lower the blood pressure but still other strategies are much safer. Yet, there’s no proof regarding that urine can lower the blood pressure.

In some countries, new-born baby is given their own urine to keep them healthy. It seems that they don’t have anything except milk and milk is seemed to be 75% of water in both breast milk and formula milk.

Safeties and Threats

People who drink urine can have infection, dehydrate or have electrolyte imbalance.

Infection

In urine, there are lots of bacteria present. When it leaves from kidney, it is neither sterile nor purified later to drink. It comes in contact with skin while passing out and so on infected urethra can have infectious urine. Even in normal people bacteria is present and drinking others urine may lead to life threatening disease. Though it contains antibodies, there is high level of bacteria too. They are in the form of:

  • Salmonella
  • Pseudomonas
  • Shigella
  • Escherichia coli, or E. coli
  • Staphylococcus

Dehydration

We have read that urine is a diuretic which may lead to dehydration process very quickly. The salt in urine tends to lessen the sum of water in the body. On the other hand, some people in emergency may have drunk urine to keep hydrated which have no evidence at all. It might have reduced the thirst of that person.

Electrolyte imbalances

Urine contains salt and other electrolytes and so may change its level. Due to the imbalance electrolyte, people may face more health risk.

The exposure to dangerous chemicals in the urine may lead to allergic reaction.

That true that drinking urine may not improve one’s health. In that case, some may face more problems. Always remember to consult doctor first before seeking to any natural health remedy. Healthcare practitioner may provide you a good knowledge regarding such information.

In arid situations, try to keep extra water or reuse clean water from washed vegetables, fruits etc. to keep yourself hydrated. And if you prefer urine, you may worsen the situation more or may lead to side effects.

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