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By Dr. Mercola
Does Your Urine Smell Like Roses?
If you’re a woman from ancient Rome and your urine smells
like roses, you’ve probably been drinking turpentine. This is a
high price to pay to woo your suitor with pleasant-smelling pee,
as turpentine may kill you! Short of drinking turpentine, there
are many common substances that may alter the way your urine
smells, which is why it’s helpful to know what’s normal. Urine
reflects all of the inner workings of your body and contains a
wide variety of compounds and metabolic by-products. Some dogs
can actually smell cancer in human urine.
Urine doesn’t typically have a strong smell, but if yours
smells pungent (like ammonia), you could have an infection or
urinary stones, or you may simply be dehydrated. Dehydration
causes your urine to be more concentrated and may have a stronger
smell than normal, as do high-protein foods like meat and eggs.
Menopause, some sexually transmitted diseases, and certain
metabolic disorders may also increase the ammonia smell. Here
are some of the more common reasons your urine’s odor may change:
Medications or supplements
Certain genetic conditions, such as Maple Syrup Urine
Disease, which causes urine to smell sickeningly sweet.
Certain foods most notably asparagus. Asparagus is
notorious for causing a foul, eggy or cabbagy stench that results
from a sulfur compound called methyl mercaptan (also found in
garlic and skunk secretions). Only 50 percent of people can smell
asparagus pee because they have the required gene. Cutting off
the tips of asparagus will reportedly prevent the pungent-smelling
pee...but of course, this is the tastiest part!
Urinary tract infections
Uncontrolled diabetes is known to cause your urine to
have a seet or fruity or, less commonly, a yeasty smell. In the
past, doctors diagnosed diabetes by pouring urine into sand to
see if it was sweet enough to attract bugs. Other physicians
just dipped a finger in and took a taste. Fortunately, today’s
physicians have access to far more elegant diagnostic tools.
When You Feel the Urge to Go, GO
Urinary frequency is also important. Peeing six to eight
times per day is average. You might go more or less often than
that, depending on how much water you drink and how active
you are. Increased frequency can be caused by an overactive
bladder (involuntary contractions), caffeine, a urinary tract
infection(UTI), interstitial cystitis, benign prostate enlargement,
diabetes, or one of a handful of neurological diseases.
It is important to pee when you feel the urge. Delaying
urination can cause bladder overdistension like overstretching
a Slinky such that it can’t bounce back. You may habitually
postpone urination if you find bathroom breaks inconvenient at
work, or if you have Paruresis (also known as Shy Bladder
Syndrome, Bashful Bladder, Tinkle Terror, or Pee Anxiety), the
fear of urinating in the presence of others. Seven percent of
the public suffers from this condition.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
I don’t subscribe to the commonly quoted rule of drinking
six to eight glasses of water every day. Your body is capable
of telling you what it needs and when it needs it. Once your
body has lost one to two percent of its total water, your thirst
mechanism kicks in to let you know it’s time to drink so
thirst should be your guide. Or course, if you are outside on a hot,
dry day or exercising vigorously, you’ll require more water than
usual but even then, drinking when you feel thirsty will allow
you to remain hydrated.
As you age, your thirst mechanism tends to work less
efficiently. Therefore, older adults will want to be sure to
drink water regularly, in sufficient quantity to maintain pale
yellow urine. As long as you aren’t taking riboflavin (vitamin
B2, found in most multivitamins), which turns urine bright
fluorescent yellow, then your urine should be quite pale. If
you have kidney or bladder stones or a urinary tract infection,
increase your water intake accordingly.
You and Your Urinary System
You should now have a pretty good idea of how important it
is to familiarize yourself with what’s normal for your pee. Urine
is a window into the inner workings of your body and can function
as an early warning system for detecting health problems.
The most important factor in the overall health of your
urinary tract is drinking plenty of pure, fresh water every day.
Inadequate hydration is the number one risk factor for kidney
stones, as well as being important for preventing UTIs. To
avoid overly frequent bathroom breaks, stay hydrated but not
overhydrated. Drink whenever you're thirsty, but don't feel you
have to drinkeight glasses of water per day, every day. If you're
getting upduring the night to pee, stop drinking three to four
hours before bedtime.
Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, which can irritate
the lining of your bladder. Make sure your diet has plenty of
magnesium, and avoid sugar (including fructose and soda) and
non-fermented soy products due to their oxalate content. Finally,
don't hold it. As soon as you feel the urge to go, go! Delaying
urination is detrimental to the health of your bladder due to
Thank You By Dr. Mercola
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