10 things you should know about pee
- When you pee, it is getting rid of poisons in your body. Urination is a natural detox, helping the body get rid of toxins.
- You can pee the wrong way. The right way to urinate is to relax and let it out. Clenching your muscles can cause pain and affect the normal flow of urine.
- Inability to pee indicates something is very wrong. Urination should come naturally. If you can't pee, even though you know your bladder is full, see your doctor immediately.
- Peeing too much can also create health problems. It can dehydrate you and also indicate health problems such as diabetes, overactive bladder, an infection, prostate problems, or even a heart problem.
- Micturition syncope occurs when people faint during or right after urinating. It is caused by a severe drop in blood pressure triggered by blood vessels that open quickly after urinating. The condition can also be affected by alcohol, hunger, fatigue, dehydration, or use of alpha blockers.
- Can't pee in front of others - this is actually quite common and is considered a behavior problem that affects about 20 million people in the U.S. If you have this problem, talk to your doctor.
- The smell of pee can indicate if you have a health issue. Some foods, such as asparagus, can cause the urine to have a funny odor. Dehydration can affect the odor of urine, too. But a fishy odor can indicate infection is present.
- The color of urine can also indicate health issues. Dark amber means you are dehydrated, and light yellow means you are getting enough fluids. Medications and foods like beets can turn urine to red. Things to look for include a bloody urine, deep red/brown, or orange. These can indicate health problems like liver disease or kidney stones.
- Foam in the urine can either mean a serious kidney problem, or it could simply mean you pee very fast.
- How much should you pee? Doctors recommend that between two and two and a half liters of urine every day is normal and healthy.
You can contribute toward your body's healthy urination system by drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.
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