10 Facts about Urine
10 Facts about Urine
It is a fact of life that we all must urinate every day. However many of us doesn’t really question or wonder what makes us urinate or why it looks and smells a certain way. I have put together a list of what I think are the most fun and most interesting facts about urine that I am sure we all can enjoy!
- A person urinates about 40 to 60 ounces per day. If you drink alcohol and caffeine this will have a diuretic effect on the body and will produce more urine than what is considered normal.
- How does a person know when to urinate? Well the feeling that most of us get when you have go to the bathroom is from the nerves within the bladder sending a signal. This signal is sent when the bladder is full.
- The typical urine smell is from the acid within in the urine. Those that are diabetic typically have a fruity smell due to the amount of glucose in their system.
- About 30% of people pee in the pool. Yup, that’s right. You may want to think about this statistic the next time you want to go relax in the public pool. Approximately 45% of people pee in the shower and 44% of people pee in the ocean.
- Urine is odorless until after it is excreted from your body. Amonia is what you smell once the urine is excreted. When you eat Asparagus your pee will have an even stronger smell which you will experience about 15-30 minutes after you have ingested it.
- Urine is created by your kidneys. It filters out what is unwanted in your body such as water, chemicals and waste. The kidneys use filtration systems called nephrons.
- Urine is defined as a sterile liquid product of the body that is produced by the kidneys through a process called urination. “Urine” is the scientific name for this liquid substance that people produce daily . However for those of us that don’t refer to it by its scientific name, other names associated with it are:
- Number One
- Pregnant women urinate more frequently than most people. This is due to the fact that they have increased weight on their bladder. People who are experiencing anxiety also urinate more than others.
- Urine is typically a pale yellow color which is produced by urochrome, urobilin and uroerythrin. However there are certain foods that can change the color of your urine, these foods include:
- Vitamin B2: Makes urine a bright yellow
- Rhubarb: Makes urine a brownish pink
- Beets: Makes urine red
- Urine consists of water, potassium chloride, phosphates, amino acids, urea, sodium chloride, organic and inorganic compounds, urobilin, hormones and enzymes. As soon as urine leaves the body it is exposed to bacteria. However, if you have to drink your own urine for some reason, as long as you are healthy it shouldn’t be a problem. Enjoy!