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Treatments for Strong Smelling Urine Odor



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Strong-smelling urine is frequently the result of a dietary cause.  The urine the body produces is composed of components from the food and liquids it receives.  When there is an excess of strong smelling agents or a lack of neutral components, the result is often foul smelling urine odor.  The key to treating urine odor usually boils down to making dietary adjustments.


Avoid pungent foods:

Certain types of food are frequently responsible for producing a foul odor in urine.  Asparagus is the most notorious food for this.  Large quantities of garlic, fish, onion, alcohol, and eggs among other foods with strong natural smells can similarly cause strong smelling urine.  According to the Mayo Clinic, high levels of vitamin B6 can also yield urine odor.  Avoid asparagus and moderate intake of other pungent foods to get rid of strong-smelling urine.


Eat plenty of fruit:

In the same way that some foods can yield strong-smelling urine odor, there are foods that have the ability to reduce the pungency of bodily fluids.  What goes into the body makes up what leaves it, so when pungent foods outweigh the sweet or neutral ones, bodily fluids can take on their smell.  Eat at least two servings of fruit each day to help ward off strong-smelling urine.


Drink plenty of water:

The concentration of urine can have a major effect on its smell and appearance.  Urine is mostly water, but it also contains a variety of salts, minerals, and other waste substances.  When the body is not sufficiently hydrated, the ratio of waste solutes to water increases and the result is dark foul-smelling urine.  Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to regulate the urinary tract and get rid of strong-smelling urine odor.


If applicable, get treatment for a urinary tract infection (UTI):

Bacteria from urinary tract infections can cause strong-smelling urine odor.  Urinary tract infection is the main non-dietary cause of strong smelling urine.  Other symptoms of a UTI can include burning during urination, cloudy urine, and abdominal discomfort.  If you experience any of these other symptoms, talk to your doctor.  To treat a urinary tract infection, antibiotics are prescribed.  Take the full course as prescribed by your doctor.


The causes of foul-smelling urine are frequently associated with diet or dehydration.  When the body receives strong or pungent foods like asparagus, fish, and onions, urine can pick up some of that odor.  Dehydration also affects urine, causing an increased composition of waste solids in urine.  The ideal way to prevent foul-smelling urine is to maintain a balanced diet while drinking at least eight cups of water per day.

 

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