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Why are people drinking urine?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Groups have been drinking urine for millennia; while there are some case studies demonstrating little harm, it is likely that consuming excreted waste products will stress the kidneys and not provide much benefit
  • Urban legend holds urine is sterile in a healthy person, but using sensitive testing equipment researchers have discovered bacteria in urine, even in the absence of signs of infection, suggesting the bacteria may function in much the same way as it does in the gut, in terms of having beneficial and harmful effects
  • Topical use of urine has been successfully used to treat eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis; however, it is the urea compound in the urine that is effective and not the entire chemical makeup of urine
  • There are likely far more chemicals in your urine than you bargained for, including toxins, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic chemicals, making consumption more dangerous than it may have been 100 years ago

The human body is a complex system with a unique elimination structure to get rid of waste products and balance water levels. The urinary system is one part that may provide clues about your overall health status. The system is made up of organs, muscles and nerves working together to create, store and excrete urine.

You have two kidneys where the urine is created and two ureters transporting the urine into your bladder. The ureters enter at the top of the bladder on either side. At the bottom is a sphincter muscle leading into the urethra, which in turn carries urine out of your body.

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