One of the prime functions of the kidneys is to maintain the fluid balance of the body. That is, the body must be kept at a reasonably fixed level of alkalinity (ph); to do this the kidneys remove acid from the body. This occurs especially after meals. Associated with this elimination are various other constituents, one of which is ammonia. It is this ammonia that some people would object to, as it is poisonous in certain quantities. However, in the amounts that the body produces, especially from a vegetarian low-protein diet, it is not a problem.
Contents of urine
Urine contains: urea, creatinine (protein), uric acid, amino nitrogens, ammonia, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride compounds, sulphate compounds (organic and inorganic), enzymes, hormones, trace elements
It contains various other constituents, the amount and concentration of which depends on diet and health. Most of these materials are essential substances for maintaining the body and can be recycled. This is one of the reasons why amaroli may give so many benefits. However, this is still subject to experimental verification and as yet no real scientific proof has been given to substantiate the claims of proponents of amaroli.
If you want to start to practise amaroli, the biggest obstacle is your own mind. It is difficult for most people to even touch urine, let alone take the first sip. This has to be overcome gradually.
The best method of overcoming your phobia is to first of all wash your hands in urine. Then the following day, or after a few days, start to wash different parts of your body. Eventually you should be able to wash
your whole body in urine. Of course you should also wash afterwards with water.
Then, during washing with urine, tentatively put a drop on your tongue. You will find that it is not as bad as you think it is. In fact, you may even find it tasty. There is one man in the ashram who says that it reminds him of Jamaican beer (not mm).
Eventually you will find that you can take a sip of urine without the slightest hesitation. It is then a short step to actually consuming a glassful of urine. It is only cultural brainwashing that makes us nauseous at the thought of consuming urine.