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Dr. Johnny Benjamin Sets the Record Straight Re: Piss-Drinking

(Ugh. Someone needs to tell this dude about Centrum.)

From Dr. Johnny Benjamin’s latest "Ask the Doc" column on MMA Junkie:

Dr. Benjamin: I was wondering if you would share your opinion on the supposed nutritional value of fighters drinking their own urine. Fighters such as Lyoto Machida, who claims to swill his pee every morning, is one example. I’ve heard it said that pee is full of nutrients that the body could not absorb on the first pass. Other then sounding like a gross thing to do with one’s waste, is there any validity to this? -Mitch

Mitch, thanks for the question — I think. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve been asked this question. I’ve tried to ignore it. But I see that I cannot. So here we go. Damn.

Urine is 95 percent water, 2.5 percent urea, and a 2.5 percent mixture of minerals, salts, hormones, enzymes and non-toxic waste products.

The practice of drinking urine is certainly not new or limited to a few modern practitioners of combat sports such as world champions Lyoto Machida in MMA and Juan Manuel Marquez in boxing. China, India, the Middle East and Rome all have ancient and modern writings that discuss the willful consumption of urine.

I recently viewed an HBO "24/7" episode with Mr. Marquez sipping a steaming glass of his golden nectar in preparation for an upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. I have the utmost respect for Marquez as a champion, but apparently the thought of a potential ass whipping will drive a man to consider a great many things.

Although the potential benefits and healing capacities of drinking urine have been encouraged for centuries by many cultures, there is no credible medical literature or studies that support these beliefs.

Urine has been consumed to combat dehydration in extreme survival situations for its 95-percent water content. Also, water is reclaimed from urine, purified and filtered for consumption on the International Space Station.

Drinking your own urine may reclaim a small bit of water, but if the body didn’t want the other five percent (waste products and the like) during the first time, why would it want it the second time around?

Wouldn’t it be easier (and probably considerably tastier) to just sip a tall refreshing glass of H20?


As Juan Manuel Marquez says in the clip at the top of this post, he drinks his urine because "that’s where a lot of proteins and vitamins are, part of your vitamin intake, and why not drink them again instead of wasting them?" That’s an interesting question, Dr. Marquez. I guess 1) because it’s disgusting, and 2) because you can get the same "proteins and vitamins" from any number of other non-urine-based sources. Are we supposed to believe that hot urine contains super-nutrients that you can’t find at the GNC, and the body is flushing them out of your system? No disrespect to our beloved light-heavyweight champion, but is it possible that the athletes who swear by urine-drinking just enjoy drinking pee?

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RPS13- October 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm
the guy in the article is an un-biased doctor, so there you go. "there is no credible medical literature or studies that support these beliefs."
Barc- September 16, 2009 at 8:16 am
Da Spied Her-
I know the jingle; but, they were on to something. Especially with that, "oh what a relief it is" line. It's damn near the Anthem of the golden gulp.
Viva Hate- September 16, 2009 at 5:44 am
Man that is one tasty article...............wait not a good choice of words.

So I have been drinking piss all this time for nothing? Fuck you too Machida!

Okay Doc, any health benefits to drinking other peoples piss? I know a couple of girls who are into some craaaaazzzzzzy stuff!
william97- September 16, 2009 at 12:42 am
I found a more interesting place________ M y W e a l t h y L o v e _______It 's where you have the opportunity dreaming about dating a millionaire and make it true!
UFC fan- September 15, 2009 at 8:22 pm
I hope Joe Rogans stupid HIGH ass sees this and learns to stop trying to be like some stupid fag like Machida and marquez and drink urine that has ZERO value, stupid foreigners.
I think Machida needs to pick up a new habit and eat his own shit like a hunting dog trying not to let his prey know he is being hunted...yeah MASHITA give that a try that will give you an edge ( you ignorant 3rd world fuck).
tallkitchenbags- September 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm
i heard ass felching is good too. it strengthens the core.
Da Spied Her- September 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm
@Barc: It was "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz" not "Plop, plop, piss, piss".
Barc- September 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm
The chocoloate moo-chida. With the secret squeeze.
Seoul Brother- September 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm
@hotsaucemonster: Then remember to tip the servers at Jamba Juice, or you may end up with a shot of Machida Squeezin's in your smoothie.
NateGetsIrate- September 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm
@ WuTang:

Get off my nuts already!
hotsaucemonster- September 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm
i want to know about the un-willful consumption of piss
WuTangClan- September 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm
at NateTheQueerbait
WuTangClan- September 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm
^ Never again
Monkey Punch- September 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm
piss on the rocks for me warm piss is disgusting.
NateGetsIrate- September 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Reminds me of an old bedtime story...

"Back already, Jack?" said his mother. "I see you haven't got Milky-White the cow, so you've sold her. What did you get for her?"
"Magic Piss, mother!"
PurplePickle- September 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm
I once asked my dad what can you eat to be a real man. His answer:
Pussy, raw oysters, and hot peppers.

Human waste didn't make the list, so I'm callin bullshit on Marquez and Machida. (That goes for you too, Smitty. Gina's doo doo is still doo doo, you nasty person.)
jamesbrktt- September 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm
My new business venture,collect piss from Lyoto Machida sell it for $99.99 on ebay.I'm telling you,people willl buy it.
Sneaky Pete- September 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Training partners? Isn't Machida married? Dude, she's a keeper if she'll still kiss that pee-gobbler.

On the other hand, if I were going up against, say a Quinton Jackson, I might try it (that's to say Machida's, not mine. I know what's in mine thank you very much).
google- September 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm
It seems to me that if what Loyota and Marquez say is true, those girls in Max Hardcore's videos should be a tad buffer.
Strife- September 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm
Wonder if his sparring partners complain about his urine breath?
Barc- September 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm
Alka selter knew something way before their time...
Shane Sherk- September 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm
So what you're saying is that if my dad had brought bottles of urine for my little league team instead of capri suns, we'd be the best around, with no one to bring us down?
phantom151- September 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm
I really like when you mix beer with clamato ..... maybe they should try Pee and clam ??? yes I think so :)
BigWill83- September 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm
the hair of the dog seems to get the best of me every morning - JMM
Smitty- September 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm! Must......drink...........piss......