Experiencing Smelly urine? Know these 9 Reasons!
The smell of your urine, like the color of your urine, can tell you a lot about how your body is doing.
Dehydration, certain foods, coffee, various infections (such as yeast infections), kidney stones, diabetes, and vitamins can all result in foul smelly urine or fishy. Find out more about the causes and the reasons for smelly urine.
Ayurveda Perspective On Smelly Urine: How to Treat Smelly Urine Naturally with Ayurveda?
The smelly urine is caused by bacteria in the bladder fermenting it or eating certain foods like asparagus. The bladder's fermentation can occur due to an infection, chronic health conditions, inflammation, or excessive bladder retention.
Ayurveda says that "smelly urine" can be made worse by one or more doshas imbalances.
Therefore, Ayurveda suggests avoiding foods and lifestyle practices that aggravate one of the doshas. To find out which foods and habits should be cut out,
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The most common cause of foul smelling urine is dehydration.
This is because urine contains both water and waste products. Your urine may smell because it contains less water than waste products when dehydrated.
To determine whether you are dehydrated, the color of your urine can be examined. You probably need to drink more water if it has an amber, honey, or even dark orange color.
However, if the color is a pale straw or transparent yellow, you are adequately hydrated, suggesting that your urine may be smelly for another reason.
Also Read: Tips and Tricks to avoid Dehydration
Consuming Certain Foods
Asparagus is well-known for “asparagus smelly pee”. However, it may be normal if eating this vegetable doesn't make your urine smell better. People digest food differently; some can eat asparagus without changing their urine.
It's probably because their body has no enzyme to break it down completely. However, some individuals possess the enzyme, and when they digest asparagus, "their bodies make something called a sulfur metabolite, which can make the urine smell of sulfur or ammonia." thus, you feel your pee smelling like ammonia.
Other foods like Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, curry, salmon, and alcohol can produce similar effects. When you eat foods you know, change the smell of your urine, and drink a lot of water because it will make the urine smell less noticeable.
Coffee is another food that can make your urine smell different.
Urine can smell coffee metabolites, or the byproducts produced when coffee is broken down in your body. Again, not everyone experiences this. If you've never experienced unpleasant urination after drinking coffee before, this probably isn't the problem.
Additionally, coffee is a diuretic, requiring frequent urination. Diuretics can dehydrate you, so in addition to the coffee metabolites' odor, your urine may smell because it is more concentrated than usual. Before having your coffee, you could try drinking more water to keep yourself hydrated.
Many people notice a change in the smell of their urine after taking vitamins, just as some people notice a change in the smell after eating certain foods. However, if you conclude that a vitamin makes your urine smell, there is nothing to worry about. Vitamins typically exceed your body's requirements, so you'll frequently urinate some of them.
What Diseases or Infections can cause your urine to smell?
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Bacteria enter the urinary system through the urethra and multiply in the bladder, resulting in a urinary tract infection (UTI). Your feces may smell bad due to these bacteria.
However, you will probably experience additional symptoms if you have a UTI. You might have to pee more often, have a burning sensation, or even have blood-coloured or cloudy urine.
Yeast is a microorganism that lives naturally in the vagina and other body parts.
However, yeast can cause an infection if it grows out of control. Because the urethra is so close to the opening of the vagina, you might be able to smell the nearby yeast infection in your urine. However, a yeast infection typically has additional symptoms, just like a UTI. Itching, redness, vaginal and vulva swelling, and a thick, white discharge are all possible symptoms.
Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Urethritis, also known as inflammation of the urethra, can be brought on by some STIs. The smell of the urine can be altered by bacteria, pus, or bleeding, all of which can contribute to inflammation or irritation. Urethritis is typically caused by gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia.
However, even if an STI does not result in urethritis, vaginal irritation may still result in an odor in the urine.
Stones in the Kidney can also affect your urine. They form when salt and other minerals in urine stick together to form hard deposits that look like stones. These deposits can be as small as grains of sand or as big as full-blown pieces of gravel. Kidney stones can collect bacteria, resulting in an infection or even bleeding, which can change how the urine smells.
Back, side, or groin pain is kidney stone symptoms; vomiting or nausea; frequent peeing; urine with blood in it; pain when you urinate; and a fever Stones in the kidneys are never simply unpleasant odors in the urine. There will be additional symptoms.
Some kidney stones dissolve in the urine without requiring treatment. However, if you experience severe pain, vomiting, bleeding, signs of infection, or a fever greater than 100.4 degrees, you should see a doctor immediately.
People with diabetes who haven't been diagnosed pass sugar through their urine and results into pee smelling sweet. This is because their bodies cannot process sugar in the same way that most people can.
As a result, they have too much glucose in their blood, which the body tries to get rid of through urine. Your urine will smell sweet and fruity from the additional sugar. Because the sugar irritates the bladder, people with diabetes who aren't under control are more likely to need to pee more frequently or with greater urgency.
From the foods you eat to potential infections, there are many reasons why your urine smells. Contact a healthcare professional if you notice that your urine smells but are unsure why. They can assist you in determining the cause and, if necessary, obtaining the necessary treatment.
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Author of the Blog: Dr Sayali
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd