Machida's Family Secret

Ingrid Hernandez-MonroyCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

Q:   What Do Bear Grylls and Lyoto Machida Have in Common? 

A:   They know first-hand that the human body contains a natural substance that can be used to treat many ailments. In other words, they both drink their own urine.

If you've ever seen the show "Man vs. Wild" on the Discovery channel, you will likely remember seeing Bear Grylls hiking in the middle of pure wilderness, finding odd sources of food, and resorting to drinking his own urine in order to prevent dehydration. Many, many, MANY times, I've found myself watching the show and exclaiming, "Man, that guy is crazy. I would NEVER do that!"

While Grylls recommends doing this if you are in a life-or-death situation, Lyoto Machida happens to put this idea that drinking your own urine is good for you into daily practice.

Yes, Machida drinks his own urine every morning. According to the March 2009 issue of Tatame magazine, Machida's father is the one who started this family tradition, and Machida has been following it ever since. 

Machida said, "People think it’s a joke (laughs). I never said it in the United States because I don’t know how the fans will react (laughs). I drink my urine every morning like a natural medicine.”

In all honesty, a lot of you reading this may be a little grossed out, as I was when I first found out.  However, the information I found while writing this article was astounding enough to change my mind.

It turns out that urine therapy (known as "Urotherapy") has actually been promoted by people throughout many centuries and in numerous civilizations as a healing aid and survival resource for several diseases and conditions. 

  • Hingu yogis call the practice of drinking urine "Amaroli."
  • Ancient Chinese medical texts talk about specific ways to use urine and how to purify it into a powdered crystal.
  • Aztecs used urine to heal wounds.
  • In 1519, when Ferdinand Magellan and his crew ran out of water during their voyage to circumnavigate the globe, guess what... they had to drink their own urine to survive.
  • The U.S. Marine's "Ten Commandments of Survival in the Desert When Lost or Stranded" say that rubbing urine on your body helps keep you cool and conserve sweat.
  • Morarji Desai, a former Prime Minister of India, said that drinking his morning urine on a daily basis was the reason for his longevity.  He died in 1995 at the age of 99.

The list of people who have discovered the power of urine goes on.

Here are some things about urine that make it a popular "drink" among people who believe in alternative medicine.

(Note: This information is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation with your doctor, who is familiar with your medical situation. )

Perceived benefits of drinking urine:
-Increased fertility
-Stimulates sexuality
-Used as a sleep aid
-Cures yeast infections, fever, oral infections, diabetes, and bladder problems
-Used recently to treat multiple symptoms of AIDS and is believed to help in treating cancer.
-Also, it's been used to clean wounds, heal cuts and rashes, and break down blood clots that can lead to strokes.

So, after learning all of this, am I going to start drinking a glass of my own urine every morning? 

Hell no. 

CORRECTION If my health deteriorates and modern medicine doesn't help, I might consider it. 

To Machida: Cheers!