Pee is not something an ordinary person thinks about. At least not very often. You get up in the morning, go to the bathroom, and you’re set for the day. Well, what I have to tell you today are 15 fascinating facts about pee, and what its color or other variables can say about you, and your health. Everything we do during the day has an effect on how our body works. Learning the below facts about pee should definitely help you get a better grasp on your health.
1. The Daily Average
People are creatures of habit – most of them pee seven times per day. This is just the average for the whole population – I know a few people that like to drink a bit more often than necessary, and they go to the bathroom far more often than seven times per day.
2. Having a Healthy Flow
Interestingly, how long you should pee is a similar number to the average amount of times per day a person pees – a good, healthy flow should last for seven seconds. This obviously depends on your fluid intake, and in the morning, everyone pees for a longer period.
3. Bladder Capacity
The average bladder can hold between 300 and 500 milliliters of urine. This is about the size of an average coke bottle, or seven to eleven shot glasses if you are more into alcohol. The size of the bladder depends on a person’s sex, height, and weight.
4. You Can’t Live Without Peeing – Literally
You’ve read a lot about detoxing. Most of the stuff online about detox is actually fake or at the very least, unnecessary. Unless we’re talking about peeing – which is the body’s natural way to get rid of all the toxins and waste that we create every day.
5. Urine Comes Out of the Urethra
You already know that urine accumulates in the bladder. Well, after a sufficient quantity accumulates, excess urine is secreted out of the body via a tube called the “Urethra.” Women’s urethra is 1.2 to 1.6 inches long, while men’s are about 8 inches long.
6. It is Different for Men and Women
If you’re a woman, you might not know that you don’t pee from the vagina – pee is secreted from a separated tube, called the “Urethra.” Guys have only one tube, so if you are a guy, know that everything you do down there comes from the Urethra.
7. Age is Bad News
The older you get, the worse your flow will get. If you’re in your 20s, you probably won’t notice a difference. But once you go past your 30th birthday, keep an eye on the quality of your “flow” – it could be telling a lot about your health.
8. The Flipside of Getting Older
On the flipside, the older you get, the more often you will need to go. If you have ever slept at an old person’s house – like for example your grandmother or another relative – you might notice they go to the bathroom a lot – especially at night.
9. Pee is Not Always Sterile
Contrary to popular belief, not all pee is safe. By safe I mean not containing bacteria or viruses. Researchers have found out that there are cases in which an ill person pees infected pee, which could be very dangerous even if you just touch it.
10. The Color Says a Lot
The color of your pee, as you might have noticed, says a lot of about what you did the day before. A clear pee is not good, as it may indicate that you are over hydrated. Overhydration is not good enough – on the long run it can lead to electrolyte imbalances.
11. Cloudy Pee is Dangerous
I have never had a cloudy pee, so I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this – but some say that a cloudy or foamy fee is a sign of system infection. If that is the case, you should talk to your doctor on one of your regular appointments.
12. Foul-Smelling Pee
Just as you would have suspected, urine that is accompanied by a foul smell can mean bad things. In many cases, it can be a sign of infection or that something is wrong with your kidneys – your kidneys could be accidentally spilling glucose or protein into your pee.
13. Don’t Go in the Pool
This is an addendum. People think that it is okay to pee while in a pool, but it’s not – it’s completely uncool to pee in the pool. The reason is that the water filtration in many of these places is slow flowing, which means many people can end up swimming in your pee for hours.
14. Alcohol and Peeing
You see this guy? This is a photo that was found on Google Street View. He has literally peed in his pants. Alcohol can do this to you – if you get very drunk, you lose control over your bladder which means you could “spill out” at any moment.
15. Beer-to-Pee Chart
Last but not least, here is a nifty beer-to-pee chart for you. You see, alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body, so the more you drink, the more water you will lose. If your pee gets excessively dark, that means you have lost a lot of water.