People are often ashamed to talk about everything to do with the toilet – maybe they think it’s “dirty,” who knows? But there are benefits to taking a closer look at your own urine. Not only is urine sterile and nontoxic, but there are also certain uses that can be very beneficial to your health. Urine is primarily made up of glucose, amino acids, electrolytes, all of which are not dangerous. Here are a few ways you can use your pee – and you’ll also see why it’s not a bad idea to start peeing in the shower.
1. Peeing in the shower
If someone admits to peeing in the shower, the best case scenario usually is that he gets a few strange looks. But really, peeing in the shower is not only completely harmless, it saves a ton of water. Proponents of this practice estimate that many of us use up to 15 liters of water every day just to flush the toilet. If you multiply that by our population and the days in the year, that is literally tons of fresh water every year that is more or less wasted. Not only is that expensive in the long run, it is bad for the environment, too! Of course, there are some ecological low-flow toilets out there, but not even close to enough to make a dent on water usage. Since most people shower almost every day, it makes sense to tinkle and wash simultaneously. And there is a double environmentally-friendly bonus: You’ll use less toilet paper and save trees!
2. Disinfect wounds
Yep, you heard it right: Urine can disinfect wounds. If you get a few bumps or scrapes and your first-aid kit isn’t around, you can clean wounds with fresh urine. It doesn’t only clean the wound, it soothes your tissues and can alleviate pain. In a pinch you can even use someone else’s urine as long as this “volunteer” doesn’t have any infections. Of course, you should always go to the doctor for any serious injuries.
3. Skin care
Urine is also beneficial to battling skin issues like psoriasis or eczema. Urea is an active ingredient in a lot of skin creams and ointments. Urea is a compound most concentrated mid-stream in your early morning pee, i.e. about 5 seconds in. You can rub fresh urine in your skin and/or use compresses – it’s best to let it sit for a few hours before cleansing your skin again.
Applying urine to the skin is usually odorless, but maybe give this one a go sometime when you aren’t among a large group of people. The urea promotes acid-base homeostasis in the skin and works to soothe dry, brittle skin.
Urine compression is also helpful to fight against annoying fungal infections, such as those on your feet. It works best if you rub urine into the fungal area and let it soak in overnight under a compress. After a few weeks, your symptoms should greatly improve. But again: for serious fungi you should always visit your doctor who should be able to tell you a lot about your fungus and your urine!
Well, who knew pee had so many uses? There are also ways to use it beyond the body, e.g. as a lawn fertilizer. So many inhibitions have crept into our day-to-day lives, leaving a lot of knowledge long forgotten. But maybe you’ll remember the tip about the shower – that’s really something to consider. Be green and clean!