A man – no, not Bear Grylls – drinks a pint of urine everyday and claims he feels happier and smarter because of it.
It sounds like this guy’s taken a game of ‘would you rather’ a bit too seriously. I dread to think what the alternative choice would have been.
Fabian Farquharson, from Sheffield, south Yorkshire, first began glugging his man-made beverage three years ago after reading about the health benefits of urine online.
It’s been a while since I was in a science class, but I’m pretty sure the point of peeing is to get rid of the things the body doesn’t need. But Fabian has had a good experience with drinking his urine, and so he’s more than happy to do it every day.
Rather than a stimulating coffee or refreshing glass of water, the 37-year-old begins each morning with a pint of fresh urine, followed by 300-400ml of ‘aged pee’.
Come on Fabian, it’s hardly a fine wine, is it?
In 2013, the interior designer started experiencing stomach pains, but doctors couldn’t figure out what the issue was.
I was travelling a lot for work and eating junk food – Burger King, McDonald’s, anything convenient.
I was getting a lot of pain in my stomach and scans couldn’t find an ulcer or anything that could explain it, so I started looking online more and more.
The 37-year-old researched alternative medicines and holistic therapies, and initially changed his diet to become a ‘fruitarian’, eating almost exclusively raw fruits.
I’ve always been quite into holistic health but that was when I started to adopt it into my life more – starting with my diet.
I started to eliminate ‘normal’ foods and ate only fruit.. I’ll use mangoes, pineapple, strawberries – any fruit really, and add in chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp powder to make a smoothie.
I quickly started to feel amazing. I had more energy than I had in years, and could feel my well being improving.
Despite his big improvements, the curious man decided to delve deeper into alternative approaches to health and try drinking his own wee.
Explaining his experience, the interior designer said:
I’d been researching alternative medicines when I read about drinking aged urine. I’ve always been open-minded about that sort of thing, so I decided to give it a go and drink it fresh.
It tasted a bit like a bitter ale initially, it was quite strong but not a terrible taste and I had no problem finishing the glass.
It was about half an hour later that I started to feel amazing, I was absolutely bursting with energy. Now I’d never go a day without it and would recommend it to anyone.
After his success with the fresh produce, he decided to try the recommended aged version. Apparently leaving the urine allows it go through a ‘magnification process’, heightening the benefits of the liquid.
Fabian stores the pee in labelled glass containers, and leaves them for around a month, or until the contents has reached the desired pH level of nine. He claims drinking urine has left him feeling healthier, happier and smarter.
Fabian added his friends and family weren’t that shocked when he decided to start chugging pints of his urine, because he’s always been a bit off the wall with his approach to health.
Each to their own I suppose, but you won’t catch me trying it any time soon!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.