8 Things You Didn’t Know About Urine

Your pee can tell you a lot about your health, and we’re not just talking about when you have to ‘go in a cup’ at the doctor’s office and reluctantly hand it off to the nurse. There are many interesting things that we can learn from our pee. So, the next time you need a good icebreaker at a party…actually,  you may not want to willingly share your pee knowledge with others. But hey, it never hurts to learn something new!

Human Pee Does Not Heal a Jellyfish Sting

The next time you are stung by a jellyfish at the beach, you will want think twice before allowing a friend to take a bathroom break on your leg. “There’s absolutely no truth to the legend that pee has any healing or antibacterial properties, so you probably shouldn’t have your friend pee on you, ever,” says Steven A. Kaplan, MD, director of Benign Urologic Diseases and The Men’s Health Program at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. So all of those hilarious scenes in movies and sitcoms have been completely fake and full of lies.

We Produce a LOT of Urine

Did you know that our bodies are capable of producing between two and two and a half liters of urine each day? But that doesn’t mean you have to drink gallons and gallons of water in order to keep up. Urine doesn’t just come from what you drink, it comes from what you eat as well. Fruits and veggies that have high water content will also contribute, according to Dr. Kaplan.

It is the Natural way to Detox

Peeing could be the healthiest detox that is on the market. Urine is made by our kidneys, which is the body’s natural filtration system, and it helps to rid the body of toxins and other waste products that would otherwise remain in your blood. “Pee gets rid of poisons in your body. It’s very natural and very important,” says Dr. Kaplan. If you want to ensure that you are getting rid of as many toxins as possible when you go to the bathroom, you should (of course) drink more water, and drink plenty of cranberry juice as well. Cranberry juice helps to push along the filtration process and it is a recommended drink by the National Kidney Foundation.

Being “Pee Shy” is an Actual Thing

You may find it hilarious that your best friend has trouble going when they are in a public restroom or at someone else’s home, but being ‘pee shy’ is a social anxiety disorder that is known as Paruresis, or Shy Bladder Syndrome. The issue affects around 20 million people in the United Sates and it means that those who have it are fearful of using the bathroom with other people nearby. The good news is that it’s likely treatable with behavioral therapy if your peeing phobia is particularly disruptive.

It Could Make You Faint

If you have ever sat down on the toilet and woken up on the floor beside of it (and you weren’t sleep deprived or drunk) then you may have a condition known as micturition syncope, a condition that causes sufferers to faint during or immediately after urinating.

Doctors are still unsure about the exact cause of this condition but they know that its due to a severe drop in blood pressure, likely caused by the opening of the blood vessels that occur during the rapid emptying of a full bladder, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Micturition syncope is most common in older men, and it usually occurs at night after a deep sleep. It may also be affected by alcohol, hunger, fatigue, dehydration or if you use alpha blockers to improve urination in men with prostate issues.

Peeing Too Much is Not a Good Thing

“Peeing every hour isn’t normal unless you’re drinking tons of water or consuming a diuretic like coffee or alcohol,” says Dr. Kaplan. While excessive peeing isn’t dangerous in and of itself, it can signal another issue that’s causing it, such as diabetes, overactive bladder, an infection, prostate problems, or even a heart problem.

And There Are Some People Who Can’t Pee At All

There is a condition known as acute urinary retention which causes a person to be unable to pee at all. even though their bladder is filled to the brim; it’s usually accompanied by pain and is so dangerous it requires immediate medical attention.

It is Possible to Pee the Wrong Way

“Some people stress or clench their butt without knowing it, which can cause different patterns of urination and even pain,” says Dr. Kaplan. The best technique is to relax and let it flow.