A successful businesswoman has revealed the secret behind her flawless porcelain skin – drinking her own wee every morning, before exfoliating and moisturising her face with it.
English rose Kayleigh Oakley, 33, downs half a pint of urine on waking, then dabbing it on her skin before she showers, to keep her complexion looking fresh – claiming that drinking wee has cured a lifetime of health conditions.
Battling a low immune system for years, with a strenuous day-out leaving her bed-bound for a week, Kayleigh, of Newington, Kent, claims just days after sipping the yellow liquid she felt transformed, explaining: “It was almost instant."
Urine is Kayleigh's secret to flawless skin(Collect/PA Real Life)
She continued: “Drinking urine can't harm you and I view it as a medicine. We don't think twice about taking drugs bought over the counter, with side-effects, yet urine has no side-effects and it works really well.
“A lot of expensive skin brands contain urea, which is excreted in urine, so I have also got a really expensive product for free."
Just four-years-old when she was diagnosed with a low immune system, after constant tiredness and muscle pain, aged 15 Kayleigh also developed Hashimoto's disease – an autoimmune condition, causing an underactive thyroid.
Two years later she was told she had chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, which causes pain all over the body, and even the smallest tasks became a nightmare to Kayleigh, whose husband, Tristan, 39, is a draftsman.
“I was ill a lot of the time and life felt like really hard work," she said.
“If someone became unwell around me, my immune system would be so weak that I would get sick, too."
Kayleigh says her stunning skin is down to her urine therapy
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She added: “It was so draining. If I did any strenuous activity I would be in bed for week, and life became pretty miserable."
Two years ago, Kayleigh, who runs an education business and teaches yoga, discovered urine therapy, where people drink their own wee for health reasons.
“I was studying natural healing and medicine and was fascinated by the success stories other people shared about it," she said.
Kayleigh's morning drink, her urine (Collect/PA Real Life)
Kayleigh continued: “I had been on a long journey, trying to improve my health. I changed my diet and lifestyle, trying to introduce more holistic things and not taking any pharmaceutical medicines.
“I heard that urine can reset the immune system, promote general good health, and is good for the skin.
“It is also an ancient yogic technique, so thought I would give it a go."
Now stunning Kayleigh pees into a water glass every morning and drinks the mid-stream of the urine, discarding the first and last parts of the flow, as she says it can contain toxins and sediment.
She explained: “The morning drink contains the most hormones and nutrients.
“It doesn't taste of much. It's a bit salty and you can taste some minerals, but because I have a vegan diet, it isn't strong.
“I have never been horrified by the thought of drinking it and my friends and family accept what I do. We are conditioned to think drinking urine is unclean, but it's just a sterile filtration of the blood."
Kayleigh drinks her own wee every morning (Collect/PA Real Life)
And Kayleigh claims that the proof of the pudding, so to speak, is in the eating, as, within a few days of starting her new regime – which included a raw, vegan diet and regular yoga – she felt greatly improved.
“I had an extreme amount of energy, it was amazing," she said.
“Urine works really well to clear your skin up, if you have any hormonal issues with it. So, I use it as a moisturizer, just putting some on a cotton wool and popping it on my skin before I jump in the shower. It moisturizes and helps exfoliate too."
Yoga teacher Kayleigh claims drinking wee has cured a lifetime of health conditions
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Although her husband is not a convert to urine therapy, Kayleigh says he supports her choice.
“We are exposed to so many external environmental toxins, if you have ill-health it's about trying to find a more natural health to improve it," she said.
“Now I need less sleep and wake up naturally at 5am without an alarm. A combination of my diet and yoga practice, as well as drinking urine every day, has helped to cure me."
Kayleigh (Collect/PA Real Life)
Forgoing medication in favour of natural remedies, Kayleigh also believes in finding the cause of ailments.
She said: “We have an epidemic of treating the symptoms, not the cause. I have tried to look at my body as a whole, see what's missing and lacking due to nutrient deficiencies. This means I can then start treating it a bit more holistically.
“If I hadn't gone down the path of healing myself with different therapies, I would be on more medication. There's a lot of misinformation out there, but you won't know if drinking urine will help until you try it."
Kayleigh and husband Tristan(Collect/PA Real Life)
But Aisling Pigott, dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, disagrees.
She said: “There is no evidence or advice which would encourage anybody to drink their own urine. The body, in particular the kidneys, does an effective job at removing toxins and excretes urine.
“Therefore, drinking this again is not beneficial, could potentially be harmful and could cause infection."
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.