Your pee can say a lot about your health and it’s worth to take a peek at it next time you go to the bathroom, as well as consult with your doctor should you notice anything abnormal. The following are 11 things you might not know about your pee.
11. Pee Doesn’t Heal a Jellyfish Sting
We’ve seen it in movies and heard the tales about how beneficial pee can be to a jellyfish sting. However, this myth has officially been debunked. According to Steven A. Kaplan, MD, director of the men’s health program at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, “There’s absolutely no truth to the legend that pee has any healing or antibacterial properties, so you probably shouldn’t have your friend pee on you, ever.”
10. You’re a Urine-Making Machine
You produce between two and two and a half liters of urine every day; however, that doesn’t mean you have to drink excessive amounts of water. “It doesn’t just come from what you drink, it comes from what you eat, too. Fruits and veggies high in water also contribute,” says Dr. Kaplan.
9. It’s a Natural Form of Detox
Looking to detoxify naturally? What better way to clean your system than by peeing! Peeing might be the healthiest way to detox. Urine is produced by the kidneys, which is the body’s natural filtration system and helps rid the body of toxins and other waste that would otherwise remain in your blood. “Pee gets rid of poisons in your body. It’s very natural and very important,” says Dr. Kaplan.
8. Pee Anxiety Is Real
Being “pee shy”, also known as paruresis, is a social anxiety disorder called shy bladder syndrome. It affects nearly 20 million people in the U.S. and causes fearful panic in people about using the restroom when others are present. The phobia is treatable with behavioral therapy.
7. It Can Make You FaintRelated: Maintaining Kidney Health
Have you ever woken up on the floor beside the toilet after peeing? If you have, you might have micturition syncope, a condition that causes people to faint during or immediately after urinating. Although doctors don’t know the exact cause of micturition syncope, they believe it might be due to a severe drop in blood pressure, likely related to the opening of the blood vessels that occurs during a rapid emptying of a full bladder, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition is most common among older men, and often occurs at night after a deep sleep, and may also be altered by alcohol consumption, hunger, fatigue, dehydration, or use of alpha-blockers to increase urination flow with men who have prostate problems.
6. There Is Such a Thing as Peeing Too Much
“Peeing every hour isn’t normal unless you’re drinking tons of water or consuming a diuretic like coffee or alcohol,” says Dr. Kaplan. Excessive peeing isn’t considered to be dangerous by itself, but it can be a sign of other issues, such as diabetes, overactive bladder, an infection, prostate problems, or even a heart problem.
5. Some People Can’t Pee at All
While there are those who frequently pee, there are others who aren’t able to pee at all, which happens due to a condition called acute urinary retention. The disorder is usually accompanied by pain and is considered to be severely dangerous and should be looked at immediately.
4. It’s OK If It SmellsRelated: Are your Kidneys Stoned?
Urine with an odor is common, the exception being a fish-like smell that can indicate a possible infection. Odor can develop from the foods you consume, like asparagus, curry, and chili peppers, as well as foods that contain nitrates or other preservatives. Dehydration can also produce smelly urine because it is extremely concentrated.
3. You Can Pee the Wrong Way
“Some people stress or clench their butt without knowing it, which can cause different patterns of urination and even pain,” says Dr. Kaplan. When peeing, try to relax and let it flow.
2. It Can Look Like a Rainbow
Normal urine color can range from a pale yellow (which mean you are hydrated) to a deep amber (this means you might be dehydrated). But pigments and compounds from foods and medications can also play a role in the color of the urine. Beets, berries, and certain medications can turn your urine bright red, while some over-the-counter and prescription medications can turn it highlighter yellow or even a greenish-blue color. Keep an eye out for certain colors like orange, deep red or brown, as these can indicate kidney failure, infection, blood disorders, or liver malfunction.
1. Pay Attention to Foamy UrineRelated: Urine Color What Does It Mean?
Foamy pee can happen when your stream is powerful and fast, but it can also be a sign of increased protein levels that can indicate a serious kidney problem if the foam persists over time. Be sure to consult a doctor should you continue to see foam in your pee.