We all have to do it, but really, how often should we be peeing a day?
The color, smell, and how often you go can give you valuable clues to what’s going on inside your body. For instance, if you’re going to the bathroom several times a night, this could indicate heart trouble, diabetes, or other health problems. So just how often should you be peeing a day, and when should you be contacting a doctor?
Most people pee between six and eight times a day, according to the Cleveland reports. How often you go can be affected by the types of food and drinks you consume and the amount of liquid you expel while breathing or sweating. Children tend to pee less than adults. Medications, herbal supplements, medical conditions, and food choices can all affect how often you pee.
What Does Healthy Pee Look Like?
According to WebMD, healthy pee should be pale yellow to gold in color. This hue comes from a pigment your body makes called urochrome. The color will change depending on the volume of liquid you drink, among other factors. Very light colored or colorless urine could mean that you have been consuming a lot of fluids, which is typically a good thing. If your urine is very dark yellow, honey-colored, or even brown, it could be a sign that you are dehydrated and need to get fluids right away!
Why am I peeing so much at night?
The simplest reason is that you may be taking in too many liquids—including diuretics like caffeine and alcohol—close to bedtime. Doctors agree that drinking caffeinated beverages in the afternoon and afterward, as well as alcohol intake before bedtime, is typically discouraged because it can interfere with your sleep.
Called “nocturia,” having to go during the night is incredibly common—and according to research in The Journal of Urology, it happens more often to women than men. In fact, studies have found that up to 44 percent of women ages 20 to 40 get up to pee at least once a night, while up to 18 percent pee at least twice a night.
Some of the reasons for experiencing nocturia are:
• Prostate problems,
• Sleep apnea,
• Overactive bladder,
• Kidney or Heart failure,
• High blood calcium levels.
• Bladder prolapse
• Some neurological disorders
When should I become concerned?
If you have to pee more than eight times in a 24 hours period or if you wake up to pee more than twice a night, you are peeing too much according to HealthGrades.com. Several other distinguishing factors may mean it’s time to speak with a medical professional.
Pinkish-red color could be because you are taking certain medications or have recently eaten rhubarb or beets. It may also signal a health problem such as kidney disease, a urinary tract infection, or prostate problems.
Orange color could once again be because of certain medications or vitamins that you are taking. It may also be a sign of dehydration or a problem with your liver and bile duct.
Blue or green color could be due to a dye used in certain foods or medications. But if the color does not go away after a few trips to the bathroom, it could be a sign of some rare medical issues.
Foamy or Frothy Urine:
If your pee is foamy or frothy, you may have protein in your urine, which may point to a problem with your kidneys.
Pee will not usually have a strong odor. Sometimes, if your pee is very dark because you’re dehydrated, it will smell stronger than usual, or if you have been eating foods like asparagus.
If you notice that your pee smells “fruity” or sweet, this may be a warning sign of diabetes. According to Medicinenet.com, stronger smelling urine could indicate a urinary tract infection, certain genetic diseases, and other complications. Talking to your doctor is the best way to determine what is going on and whether it is something that you need to be concerned about.
The bottom line is, you have to know your body. If you are taking medications, drinking a lot of coffee, tea, water, or other liquids, if you are pregnant, then you will naturally have to pee more frequently. If you are not doing any of these things or your body seems off, you should contact a medical professional. – Char Brown