UK Couple Drinks Own Pee To Treat Depression, Brighten Eyes, And Clear Skin

TheTwitter backlash was immediate after couple Bex Long and John Dixon did the unimaginable on UK television show ITV This Morning: they drank their own urine. Yes, you read that correctly. The couple believes that drinking their own urine has a myriad of health benefits, none of which have been scientifically proven. And they decided to prove what they say is true by downing a champagne flute of their own pee live on the air.

“I spoke to people where John works and heard stories about how they had got better [from doing it] and thought I would try it,” said Long, according to the Daily Mail. “For the first couple of months I felt happy and bouncy — it worked straight away.”

Long and Dixon, who have been together for two years, said that drinking their urine is like throwing back an energy drink. The couple believes the liquid waste cures depression, and also clears their skin, brightens their eyes, and aids in the healing of cuts and burns. While they admit it’s an acquired taste (actually, it tastes a lot like whatever food you’ve eaten throughout the day) they say that the perceived health benefits make it worth it. “It smells and tastes like [urine] — there’s no getting around it. But it cleans you out,” said Dixon, according to the Daily Mail. “When you carry on doing it, you can taste what food you eat.”