As crazy as it may sound, there is one mixed martial artist that believes drinking his own urine helps with his overall health and stability, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. This is not some recent phenomenon. The Xinhua news agency stated that more than three million Chinese nationals drink their own urine to help benefit their own health.
According to an article from askmen, drinking your urine doesn’t come without risk:
“Urine can also contain harmful substances in those who have taken medication or drugs, as we just learned from flying reindeer. Salts and minerals in urine may pose a hazard as well, especially if the urine is from someone who is dehydrated.”
So, what are the positives to this “secret” remedy? The Complete Guide To Urine Therapy had this to say:
“Drinking urine is a good alternative wherever water is scarce. It not only satisfies the need for liquid, but also actually keeps the body healthy. Some time ago there was an earthquake in Egypt. A survivor was pulled out of the rubble in Cairo after being trapped for three days. The man had kept himself alive by, among other things, drinking his own urine and he was in excellent condition…another story about a man who kept himself alive with his own urine for a week in a collapsed mine. At the time of his rescue, he looked fine and was in extraordinary health.”
Is urine really all that good for athletes? It depends on who you ask. One thing is for sure, Machida is one of the best fighters on the planet. Maybe this is his advantage over his competition.