Urine odour refers to the fluid's scent during urination. Urine odours can vary according to their causes. Most often than not, urine odour is temporary and only persist when individuals are on a certain medication, have eaten certain foods or are not getting enough fluids into their diet. Other times, urine odour can result from a medical problem or infections that need to be diagnosed by a medical specialist.
Drink six ounces to eight ounces of fluids each day. Persistent dehydration prevents the body from releasing toxins and bacteria through the urine. This toxin build-up can produce foul urine odours when an individual urinates. Drinking water can dilute and neutralise the urine's acidity. Fruit juices, like apple, pear, cranberry, and other noncitric or carbonated beverages can also neutralise urine odour.
Reduce eating certain acidic and astringent foods like asparagus or celery. The caffeine in coffee and carbonated beverages also can contribute to urine odour.
Vitamin B6, which is an antioxidant that inhibits free radicals damage and is essential for preventing cardiovascular diseases, can cause stomach cramping and strong urine odour. If taking B6 supplements, consume these supplements with a meal to help absorb its nutrients efficiently as the food will dilute some of the vitamin's properties which can create the strong odours.
Take vitamin C tablets. Vitamin C is an effective urine odour neutraliser. Don't substitute vitamin C tablets with citrus fruit drinks high in vitamin C. Citrus fruits and juices may cause urine irritation in the bladder, which can produce strong urine odour.
Treat underlying illnesses that can create foul urine odour. Prostate and kidney infections, certain sexually transmitted diseases, diabetic ketoacidosis and metabolic disorders can affect the smell of urine from the bacteria that these diseases produce in the urinary tract. Medications that are used to treat these illnesses can cause urine odour as well. Treat these ailments as directed by a physician with medication or medical procedures that will fight the illness and its symptoms.