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Foods, Drinks and Spices that Make Your Pee Smell Bad

Certain foods and drinks can cause your urine to smell bad. Fortunately, in most cases the smell is harmless and goes away within a day or two.  

 

Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.)

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, can sometimes cause urine to have an unusual or foul odor.

Chilies and Other Spicy Foods

 

Eating foods that are naturally spicy, such as chili peppers, can make you have foul smelling urine, especially if you eat them in large quantities.

Garlic

Garlic is another food that can cause your pee to smell bad, especially when eaten in large quantities or when eaten raw. It contains sulfuric substances that smell unpleasant to the human nose.

 

 

 

 

Read on to learn more about the common foods, drinks and spices that can cause smelly pee.

 

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Foods, Drinks and Spices that Cause Smelly Urine

Certain foods and drinks can cause your urine to smell bad. Fortunately, in most cases the smell is harmless and goes away within a day or two.  

 

Spices Such as Cumin, Coriander & Saffron

Heavily spiced foods in general can cause stinky urine. Cumin, coriander and saffron in particular can give your urine a foul odor.


Fortunately, the bad smell will go away on its own in about a day.

Read on to learn more about the common foods, drinks and spices that can cause smelly pee.

Asparagus

 

The most notorious food that causes foul smelling urine is asparagus.  While it is great for your health, it can leave you with an unusual odor in your urine for a day or two. The odor is often described as being like sulfur or rotten cabbage. 

 

The odor in urine caused by eating asparagus is completely normal and will go away naturally in about one day.

 

Next time you get an asparagus craving, try these tricks to lessen the strong smell in your urine:

 

Select large stalks of asparagus.  They contain less of the sulfuric compounds that make your pee stink than the thinner stalks do.

 

Add fresh lemon juice to your asparagus right before eating it.  Some say the acidity of the lemon juice balances out the substances in asparagus that cause foul-smelling urine.

Related:

 

Causes of Smelly Urine Related to Ketones

 

Yeast Infections and Stinky Urine

 

Smoking and Smelly Urine

 

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Not Drinking Enough Water Causes Stinky Urine

When you do not drink enough water, your urine becomes more and more concentrated. That makes its smell stronger- usually, that is a smell of ammonia, which is very unpleasant.

On top of that, not drinking enough water makes you urinate less often. Infrequent urination can make other causes of stinky urine worse, such as a build-up of waste products or overgrowth of bacteria.

Not Drinking Enough Water Causes Stinky Urine

The amount of water you should drink depends on your size, health, activity level and environment. Try starting with 8 to 12 (8 ounce) glasses per day. Keep in mind that certain other drinks you might be consuming could be making you lose water, such as coffee, tea or soda.

Exercise, sweating, harsh weather conditions and illness all affect your body’s water requirements. Take these factors into account when deciding how much water to drink each day.

If you would like a boost to get rid of foul smelling urine, try Urifresh, which binds the substances that cause stinky urine.

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