Till now, all the urine facts that we did were mostly concentrated on things that can be classified as gross, funny or cultural practices. We barely spoke about anything that had a scientific bend. This article will focus on that aspect. Yes, we will talk science and hence, you get to know some intricate details about your wee or pee or piss or urine that are really worth knowing. Roll up your sleeves and pull up your socks. This article is going to be one highly informative article that you might need to refer back to at some point in life.
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1. Did you know that when a woman urinates, some urine is left in the urethra. That urine is also released but not by any bodily functions. It is the enigmatic gravity that does the job.
2. Even men have some leftover urine in urethra after peeing. Gravity plays NO role in emptying that. For men, muscles called bulbospongiosus muscles contract and expand several times to squeeze out the remaining piss.
3. Urethra in men is from where the urine and the seminal fluid flow out. But, did you know that urine and seminal fluid will never flow out of the urethra simultaneously?
4. Urination is not the scientific term of peeing. The scientific term is Micturition. However, there are some commonly used words for urination, which are – peeing, weeing, voiding, emiction and pissing.
5. Urine gets its color from a pigment present in bile. Bile pigments are also responsible for the color of our poop.
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6. You know what will happen if bile pigments are absent in piss and in poop? Piss will become crystal clear and colorless like water while poop will assume an ashy white color.
7. The color that our urine gets is because of a specific bile pigment known as urobilin. This pigment has a reddish-yellow-brown color.
8. Kidneys are awesome. Did you know that in your entire lifetime, your kidneys will be cleaning as much as a million gallons of water. That’s enough water to fill a decent-sized lake.
9. Fresh urine will either have very little smell or no smell. On the contrary, stored urine or the stale one will have a strong odor. That odor comes from breaking down of urea into the poisonous ammonia. The forces behind such breakdown are bacteria.
10. Asparagus aroma is the world’s most popular fragrance of pee. Though we say it as ‘asparagus aroma’, it is not really something you will like. It has a foul and eggy odor. This odor comes when asparagus is digested and compounds containing sulfur are released.
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11. Did you know that the asparagus aroma of pee can be detected by 50% of total population of world? Remaining 50% cannot detect the smell simply because they lack the genes required to detect that typical smell.
12. People’s urine have different smells and dogs are so blessed with their olfactory senses that they can detect cancer in people simply by sniffing their urine.
13. In the past when diabetes detecting techniques weren’t present, there were two popular methods available to the physicians:
- Pouring the urine of the patient on to sand and waiting to see if bugs were attracted (that will happen simply because diabetic patients will have sweet-smelling pee as urine will have high sugar content).
- Dipping a finger into patient’s urine and simply tasting it!
14. Medical science has some epic examples of insane believes. For instance, physicians in ancient Greece thought that insanity could be treated with donkey pee.
15. Urine color can tell a lot. For instance, if your pee has a dark yellow color, it simply means that you need to hydrate your body as you are suffering from dehydration.
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16. What about red urine? It doesn’t necessarily mean something alarming but it can actually be alarming. The red color can be caused by blood in urine (hematuria). It can mean kidney cyst, bladder or kidney stones, enlarged prostate, UTIs or Urinary Tract Infections, tumors (non-cancerous and/or cancerous) or even long-distance running. Visiting a doctor will be wise.
17. You may also have pink urine. It can be caused by food like rhubarb, blackberries, beets etc. These food can also make the urine appear red. This color can be caused even by drugs like Rifampin (used for tuberculosis treatment) or phenazopyridine (used for treating discomforts in urinary tract).
18. Your urine can be green or blue as well. This may or may not be a matter of concern. Green color may come because of pseudomonas bacteria that cause UTIs. Blue can be caused by a genetic disorder (familial benign hypercalcemia) where children have blue urine. This disease is also known as blue diaper syndrome. Both blue and green colors can be cause by certain medications such as propofol, indomethacin, amitriptyline etc. Even food dyes or dyes used for certain bladder and kidney function tests can cause blue urine.
19. Dark brown urine can be caused by aloe, rhubarb or fava beans. It can also be a result of extreme exercise leading to muscle injury. It can be kidney disorder or UTIs as well. Even medications like nitrofurantonin, metronidazole, senna or cascara containing laxatives or methocarbamol can lead to dark brown urine.
20. Finally, you may also have murky or cloudy urine. This is of some serious concern because it is usually caused by kidney stones and even Urinary Tract Infections. Visiting a doctor is highly advised.
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- Richman, Josh and Anish Sheth, M.D. What’s My Pee Telling Me? San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Book, 2009.
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