There seems to be a group for every niche interest on social media, and that goes for drinking one’s own urine. There are several of these groups, in fact. And while people have been drinking their own pee for centuries, it’s worth noting that thousands of people still think it’s healthy.
The group Urine Therapy: THE REAL UNIVERSAL REMEDY has nearly 7,000 members and describes itself as a group “for using urine as therapy for maintenance of our body. Join us! Be conscious, that this is a serious therapy for healing of the body / mind complex… Urine therapy, opens the doors of your soul, healing every part of your being, use the knowledge you gain here wisely. It can change your life if you choose to allow it to.”
These groups are not new, but they recently saw a spike in popularity when someone tweeted out screenshots of some of their discussions. The screenshots were splashed across the Twitterverse with photos of people and their various uses for their own pee, from drinking it to soaking their feet in it.
highlights from the 'urine therapy' facebook group pic.twitter.com/JxMIaVcszG
— Heni (@Skyear_) January 10, 2019
The community is also on Instagram, often using terms like “alkaline” instead of “urine” in their photos. Apparently, a sample from your “first flow” of the day is the most important and beneficial.
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After a night of manifesting amazing dreams I had to sit down for a minute and sip this 1st flow to contemplate this life & how spectacular & loving it is towards me 🙏 #yourthoughts are #yourreality #think and it happens 🌿🍎 #drinkjuice it'll speed up, #govegan then #goraw I'm you & am just trying to make it easier for all of my reflections 🍀 #iwishinewwhatiknownow 🌱 #everythingforareason #lifeisbeautiful #yourvibeattractsyourtribe 💚✌🍈 #eatmelons #peace
There’s no scientific evidence to support claims that drinking urine is beneficial. In fact, it can be dangerous. It’s not sterile, after all. According to Healthline, “research suggests that drinking urine can introduce bacteria, toxins, and other harmful substances into your bloodstream. It can even place undue stress on your kidneys.”
The Guardian says the practice exists today “as a hybrid of Indian folk remedies and pseudo-science promoted by a British crank, John W Armstrong, in the 1940s. One of the bases for his book, The Water of Life, was a fairly literal reading of Proverbs 5:15: ‘Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.’”
Drinking a little bit of your own pee likely won’t be super harmful, but here’s an idea: drink a glass of water instead.