Alberta Woman Claims Urine Therapy Helped Her Lose Half Her Weight. Is This Practice Really Safe And Effective?
Of all 'natural health' trends, urine therapy is a rather weird one. Those who promote and practice urine therapy, which involves drinking your own urine (and, sometimes, applying it topically), claim that it can cure all kinds of ailments, from acne to cancer. But is there any truth to these claims?
Alberta woman promotes urine therapy, claiming it works like magic for weight loss
Leah Sampson, a 46-year-old woman from Alberta, Canada, used to be morbidly obese. Leah followed a typical American diet, suffered from chronic fatigue, and reached a point where her arms and hands became so numb she couldn’t brush her teeth or comb her hair. Then, she found what she claims to be a “miraculous cure” – drinking her own urine.
In 2013, Leah learned about this 'natural health' practice. She started drinking her own urine, which she does to this day. She also rinses her mouth and eyes and washes her hair using urine.
Since starting to practice urine therapy, the woman lost about half her weight. She says she feels better than she’s ever felt and urges others to try this 'therapy'.
Leah attributes her weight loss to drinking urine, but it’s also worth mentioning that she switched to a paleo diet. From the scientific standpoint, it was the diet that helped Leah shed unwanted pounds, not the urine therapy she now promotes.
Is urine therapy effective and safe?
There have been many claims about the supposed benefits of urine therapy coming from natural health enthusiasts, but there’s absolutely no scientific evidence to support these claims. More importantly, medical doctors do not recommend urine therapy as it’s potentially unsafe.
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Contrary to popular belief, urine is not sterile. Even healthy urine contains bacteria which it picks up in the urethra and from the skin when exiting the body. Even urine taken directly from the bladder has been found to contain bacteria. It’s not clear whether these microorganisms can cause illness, but it’s definitely not something you’d want to drink.
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In addition to that, urine contains certain metabolism byproducts, which are often referred to as 'toxins'. These are present in urine in small amounts, and they may not make you seriously sick when ingested, but they can put an unnecessary strain on your kidneys and interfere with their function. Your body is trying to get rid of these byproducts, why put them back in by drinking your own urine?
Also, there’s a popular myth that urine can help clean wounds. This is absolutely not true: urine does not possess any antiseptic properties. And, as we mentioned above, it contains bacteria!
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There’s one more myth: Drinking your own urine can save you from dehydration if you’re stranded somewhere without a water source. The truth is, drinking urine can make dehydration even worse.
All in all, urine therapy is not recommended by doctors. While there are some beneficial natural treatments that can be used in addition to actual medical treatments, urine therapy is not on this list.
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