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Causes of Stinky Urine: Habits and Substances That Make Your Pee Smell Bad

There are many things that can cause stinky urine.  There are many different types of smelly pee as well, from urine that just has a strong odor to urine that smells like nail polish remover, rotten cabbage or even like fruit.  Don’t forget- if you don’t find your answer here, you can visit our forums on urinary tract health for more info.

FoodsFoods that Cause Stinky Urine

Some of the causes of stinky urine are harmless.  Eating certain foods can make your urine smell bad or different.  Asparagus and coffee are two well-known offenders.  Many other foods, drinks and spices cause foul smelling urine, but this smell is normal.  The urine odor caused by certain foods does not indicate a health problem and will go away within a day or two.  Click here for more information on which foods, drinks and spices cause stinky urine.


Lifestyle, Habits and Substances that Cause Smelly Pee
Other causes of stinky urine due to lifestyle, habits and certain substances include:
High Protein/Low Carb Diets, such as the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Paleolithic Diet and the ketogenic diet

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Medications and Stinky Urine

Medications and Stinky UrineCertain medications are known for causing urine to have a strong, unusual or foul odor.

Medications in the class known as sulfa drugs or sulfonamides can cause smelly urine.  Sulfa drugs are used for many different conditions, from infections to epilepsy.  However, in some people sulfa drugs can cause serious reactions, so doctors are often well prepared to suggest alternative medications.

If you believe your sulfonamide medication is causing extremely foul smelling urine, you should discuss the matter with your doctor. You may be able to switch to a different medication that doesn’t make your pee smell bad.

Antibiotics Cause Stinky Urine

Antibiotics are also known to give your urine a foul odor. They kill off bacteria in the body, and that includes beneficial bacteria.  Friendly bacteria normally keep yeast and bad bacteria from overgrowing in the body.  This balance is disturbed when you take antibiotics.  If certain bacteria or yeast overgrow, they can cause foul smelling urine as well as other problems, such as yeast infections.


Another type of medication that can cause stinky urine are those that are diuretics. Many medications are diuretics, meaning they make your body produce more urine.  These drugs have the potential to make your pee smell bad because they dehydrate you, making your urine more concentrated.  Diuretics are often used to treat high blood pressure.

Birth Control

There are some informal anecdotal complaints online that certain hormonal birth control methods (especially hormonal birth control) have caused stinky urine.  In particular, a few people have mentioned that they believe their stinky urine was caused by Yaz. While there isn’t enough evidence to say for sure whether Yaz or other birth control could make your urine smell bad, it may be worthwhile to make a mental note of this information.

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How to Get Rid of Stinky Urine Caused By High Protein/Low Carb Diets

  1. stinkyDrink plenty of water.  Your body is trying to expel the substances causing your smelly urine.  It cannot do that effectively if you are dehydrated.  Give your body the water it needs to do its job.
  2. Breathe deeply.  Your body’s main method of eliminating some of the substances that cause stinky urine is through the breath.  Acetone and ammonia in particular tend to be released when you exhale.  Increasing ventilation gives the body more opportunities to get rid of the substances causing smelly urine, sweat and breath.  Just don’t hyperventilate!
  3. Increase your carb intake.  Eating more carbohydrates will help get rid of stinky urine if it’s caused by a high-protein diet. The problem is that it will do so by bringing your body out of ketosis.
  4. Take Urifresh.  It neutralizes foul odors in urine caused by high protein, low-carb diets and many other causes.  You can buy it on

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Smoking and Stinky UrineSmoking and Smelly Urine

Have you noticed lately that your urine smells?  I’m not talking about the usual smell we associate with urine, but something worse.  If you have stinky urine and you smoke, that right there may be the cause of your problems.

There are many reasons to quit, and many ways to do it.  If you feel conscious every time you go to the bathroom because of your stinky pee, think about some of these great ways that you could quit smoking today.

Perhaps you need to think of what would be the best way for you to quit smoking.  After all, no one way will work for everyone, and there is no magic-bullet when it comes to quitting smoking.  Still, there are proven methods that have worked for millions of people.  Let’s see what they are.

Cold Turkey

This is probably the most difficult method used to quit smoking, and probably the least effective.  Still, some people are strong-willed, or perhaps hard-headed, enough to pull it off.  This method is quite simple:  take all of your cigarettes and throw them away.  Take all of your lighters and throw them away.  Never smoke again.  Can you do that?  If so, great!  If not, maybe you should think of a different approach.

Weaning Yourself Off Cigarettes

Weaning is when you try to quit smoking gradually, perhaps through fits- and-starts even, so that you one day eventually quit.  There are many ways to do this, such as limiting the number of cigarettes that you smoke each day, cutting back on the times that you smoke each day, or even smoking only half of a cigarette at a time.  Lots of people in big cities, such as New York, will stop buying packs and start buying individual cigarettes.  Careful, however, for this is illegal in some places!


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Smoking and Stinky UrineNicotine Patches

The nicotine patch is probably one of the greatest inventions for anyone wanting to quit smoking.  The patch is simple and very effective, and comes in multi-level doses, so it doesn’t matter if you smoke a few cigarettes each day or 100, there is an effective dose and level-plan for you.  The patch works by being applied directly onto your skin.  Each patch will usually last for 24 hours, and smokers have reported that it cuts their cravings down substantially.  Some people have reported strange dreams while wearing it, however.

Nicotine Gum

Similar to the patch, nicotine gum is a slow-release agent that you chew like gum.  It will give you your nicotine fix, just like the patch, without you having to actually smoke a cigarette.  This is very good if the act of smoking is what is keeping you from quitting for good.  Be careful, however, many people find themselves quitting smoking only to start chewing nicotine gum on a regular basis.

More Methods for Quitting Smoking

There are many alternative ways to quit smoking.  Many people swear by hypnosis, while still others contend that acupuncture is the right way to go.  Even deep-breathing exercises might be the right approach for you.  Yet still others turn to the pharmaceutical option when it comes to quitting smoking.  There are many drugs out there that are known to help, such as Zyban, although they need to be prescribed by a doctor.  There are many different options out there.

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