A woman who drinks her own urine and rubs it on her skin claims it has cured her anxiety and helped her shed 30lbs.
Grace Jones, 32, from San Diego, has been gulping down, snorting, and rubbing her own urine on her skin and hair for the past two weeks.
The retail manager drinks a glass first thing in the morning and claims it has already cured ailments including her bad eyesight, eczema, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, digestive problems and helped with weight loss.
Grace said: ‘I ingest it, snort it, pour it into my eyes and rub it on my skin and hands.
‘I wee into a cup in the morning and drink it straight away.
A woman who drinks her own urine and rubs it on her skin claims it has cured her anxiety and helped her shed 30lbs. Grace Jones, 32, from San Diego, has been gulping down, snorting, and rubbing her own urine on her skin and hair for the past two weeks
he retail manager drinks a glass first thing in the morning and claims it has already cured ailments including her bad eyesight, eczema, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, digestive problems and helped with weight loss. Pictured is her eczema before
‘During the day, I pee into a jar and save it because the more it’s aged, the more potent the nutrients are.
Should you drink your own urine?
Urine is made of approximately 95 per cent water and 5 per cent nutrients including calcium and iron.
Fans of ‘urotherapy’, a term used to describe drinking your own pee, include Madonna.
In 1945, John W. Armstrong, a British naturopath, published a book claiming that drinking urine could cure all major illnesses, however there is no scientific proof of this.
Health expert Aisling Pigott, dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, says urine contains toxins expelled from the body and kidneys, and drinking it could therefore be harmful and cause infection.
However Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at NutriCentre, says urine is not toxic and is actually very sterile as it has been filtered twice – once by the liver and again by the kidneys.
Followers claim it cures diseases when ingested and acne when used topically due to its ‘disinfectant’ properties, and it has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines.
Sources: Healthline.com; Marie Claire
‘I try not to drink it in the evenings because it gives me a lot of energy and keeps me awake.
‘I’m completely off my blood pressure medication, it has helped my skin problems, my hair looks healthier and I’ve lost 30 pounds.
‘I no longer have depression, anxiety or brain fog.’
As well as her new morning routine, Grace has adopted a plant based diet and cut out alcohol; both of these lifestyle changes are known to help improve general health, aid weight loss, and boost the complexion.
However Grace still credits much of her personal transformation to ‘urine therapy’.
She decided to start following the controversial wellness trend two weeks ago when she came across a post on social media encouraging people to try it.
She said: ‘I was skeptical at first and it took me a while to get over the stigma of it.
‘It tastes slightly salty and buttery but it depends on what you’ve eaten and how you’re feeling.
‘I wanted to get off my blood pressure medication so I was searching for alternative methods so when I saw someone on Instagram teaching urine therapy, I just fell into it.’
Although she has been open about her quirky new self-care routine with her friends and family, Grace admits that she hasn’t yet told her partner of nine years because she is worried about his reaction.
She said: ‘I’ve told a couple of my friends and family and some have said I don’t know what I’m doing or I’m crazy or sick or I’m going to hurt myself because it’s toxic waste.
‘I haven’t told my boyfriend yet because I don’t think his reaction would be positive.
‘I’m just waiting for the right time. I have my own bathroom so I can keep it hidden.’
As well as her new morning routine, Grace has adopted a plant based diet and cut out alcohol. Grace decided to start practicing the controversial ‘urine therapy’ two weeks ago when she came across a post on social media encouraging people to try it – which has helped her to loose 30lbs
Pictured: Grace’s eczema on her finger before she started drinking urine and rubbing it onto her skin
Urine therapy is still an extremely divisive subject in the medical community – with some doctors warning that the practice of drinking the liquid can cause infection because it contains toxins that have been expelled by the body.
However others claim that that urine is actually completely sterile because it has been twice-filtered by the body, first in the liver and then via the kidneys.
The effectiveness as urine as a topical solution to improve the skin is also the subject of debate and controversy – however some dermatologists note that it can be used as an anti-inflammatory treatment for some conditions.
Dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, told Refinery 29 that washing or toning your face and skin with urine may prove effective, but only if it is done in a very careful and regimented way.
She warned that anyone hoping to experiment with urine therapy should only do so with their own sample, and advised that it only be done with freshly-expelled urine, in order to avoid any potential ‘bacteria contamination’.
Dr. Bowe added that anyone who is prone to UTIs, has diabetes, or is taking any oral medication, should avoid putting urine on their skin because this may cause a reaction.