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This is the ongoing survival debate, but I'd like a definitive answer - to drink urine or not? ( Sorry Bear )

from UrbanViking on 02.17.11

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from jim9311 11/17/2012 at 05:59pm

It becomes too concentrated with salts and potassium after a long term of drinking. It is ok for short term, but not as a sole source of water over a period of time.

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from AndersonIN 2/1/2012 at 01:14pm

First Post, Just found the site.

Any idea if a water hand pump style water purification filter will handle urine and make it drinkable? I'm not asking if it'd taste great......just not make you sick!

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from Kansaslawman13025 7/27/2011 at 03:48pm

No.

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from Bob Hansen 4/19/2011 at 04:16pm

Don't do it...!!

It contains a variety of "waste" products that the body has no need for, and wants to be rid of.

It can, however, be used to provide additional drinking water when properly distilled, which can be done on-site.

Who's going to be the first one to ask "How do you get distilled water in the wilderness"?

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from Bo 2/26/2011 at 10:59pm

This is one of those things that we have all heard of someone who did this and had no problems. But there are always the exceptions and those people who claim to have done that are the exceptions. And it is true that there are cultures that drink urine and they suffer no ill effects, but they are not in a survival condition.
The short answer to the question 'should I drink my urine?' is no; I shall try to elaborate.
Urine contains body waste and it requires a certain amount of liquid to rid the body of the waste that it just got rid of. If you are short of potable drinking water and drink your urine (or anyone else's) your body is going to require more liquid in order to filter out the body waste that you just took back in. This will increase your need for water. (Do some research on drinking sea water.)
When fat is broken down in your body, ketones are formed. Most people are able to get rid of these ketones by drinking water as ketones are excreted in your urine. If the level of ketones in your body gets high enough, you can experience a condition called keto-acidosis. This is a condition that in my experience in the ER is usually seen in people with uncontrolled diabetes and it can be life threatening if not addressed immediately.
If a person in a survival situation is ketotic (has too many ketones) and drinks his urine, he is drinking more of the very thing that will probably kill him.
If you are in a survival situation and need water, make a solar still and pee into the pit. The liquid from your urine will be collected in the distillation process and the waste products will be left in the ground.
I hopes that helps to clear that up.

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from mesarich 2/25/2011 at 02:46pm

I would think not. Urine is your bodies waste product and as such in my opinion should not be reintroduced back into your body.

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from Bo 2/26/2011 at 10:59pm

This is one of those things that we have all heard of someone who did this and had no problems. But there are always the exceptions and those people who claim to have done that are the exceptions. And it is true that there are cultures that drink urine and they suffer no ill effects, but they are not in a survival condition.
The short answer to the question 'should I drink my urine?' is no; I shall try to elaborate.
Urine contains body waste and it requires a certain amount of liquid to rid the body of the waste that it just got rid of. If you are short of potable drinking water and drink your urine (or anyone else's) your body is going to require more liquid in order to filter out the body waste that you just took back in. This will increase your need for water. (Do some research on drinking sea water.)
When fat is broken down in your body, ketones are formed. Most people are able to get rid of these ketones by drinking water as ketones are excreted in your urine. If the level of ketones in your body gets high enough, you can experience a condition called keto-acidosis. This is a condition that in my experience in the ER is usually seen in people with uncontrolled diabetes and it can be life threatening if not addressed immediately.
If a person in a survival situation is ketotic (has too many ketones) and drinks his urine, he is drinking more of the very thing that will probably kill him.
If you are in a survival situation and need water, make a solar still and pee into the pit. The liquid from your urine will be collected in the distillation process and the waste products will be left in the ground.
I hopes that helps to clear that up.

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from mesarich 2/25/2011 at 02:46pm

I would think not. Urine is your bodies waste product and as such in my opinion should not be reintroduced back into your body.

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from Bob Hansen 4/19/2011 at 04:16pm

Don't do it...!!

It contains a variety of "waste" products that the body has no need for, and wants to be rid of.

It can, however, be used to provide additional drinking water when properly distilled, which can be done on-site.

Who's going to be the first one to ask "How do you get distilled water in the wilderness"?

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from Kansaslawman13025 7/27/2011 at 03:48pm

No.

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from AndersonIN 2/1/2012 at 01:14pm

First Post, Just found the site.

Any idea if a water hand pump style water purification filter will handle urine and make it drinkable? I'm not asking if it'd taste great......just not make you sick!

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from jim9311 11/17/2012 at 05:59pm

It becomes too concentrated with salts and potassium after a long term of drinking. It is ok for short term, but not as a sole source of water over a period of time.

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