From Romans using urine for teeth whitening to British and Dutch drinking Flapdragons (urine) to toast someone’s health to voodoo practice involving urine to give kidney disease to a victim – we learned 20 jaw dropping urine facts in our previous article. We weren’t quite done with pee facts then. So, here is another instalment of facts about urine that you will find equally surprising as facts in our last article. So, get ready!
Surprising Urine Facts: 1-5
1. 5% of your urine is actually made of solid material while the remaining 95% is water. Here is the breakup of urine components:
- 95% water
- 0.05% ammonia
- 0.18% sulphate
- 0.12% phosphate
- 0.6% chloride
- 0.01% magnesium
- 0.015% calcium
- 0.6% potassium
- 0.1% sodium
- 0.1% creatinine
- 0.3% uric acid
- 2% urea
2. On an average you will pee out 1 liter to 1.5 liters of urine a day.
3. If you are producing very small amounts of urine (abnormally small), you have a condition which goes by the name Oliguria.
4. Do you know the average number of times you urinate in a day? That’s 7 (SEVEN). Some may urinate a little more or a little less depending on what they eat and drink.
5. If you are an adult then know that the amount of urine your bladder can hold is enough to fill up to 11 shot glasses. That’s anywhere between 300 milliliters to 500 milliliters of urine.
Surprising Urine Facts: 6-10
6. Ever wondered how long your pee stream lasts when you pee? That’s 7 seconds on an average. It can be a little more. However, if your pee stream is as short as just 2 seconds despite feeling an urgency to take a leak, visit a doctor. You have a serious problem.
7. Guys, give up the notion that girls pee from their vagina. That’s totally wrong. There is a distinct opening called urethra right above the vagina from where girls pee.
8. If your pee is smelling sweet, you have diabetes. Get yourself diagnosed.
9. Talking of smell, how can you make your pee smell like roses? Drink turpentine (DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME BECAUSE TURPENTINE IS POISONOUS)! Well, in Ancient Rome, some women used to practice this for the exact same purpose as mentioned in this fact – smell like roses!
10. Charaka and Sushruta – heard of these names? They were physicians from ancient India who managed to differentiate between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes way back in c. 400 BCE – 500 BCE. The word Madhumeha used in Hindi actually means ‘Honey urine’. The term came from those two physicians.