If you give close attention to the smell and color of your urine, you will notice some difference. And the difference could be an indicator that you have a health problem that needs the doctor’s attention.

Even if you don’t put your nose directly to your pee, just be keen to note any difference in smell. In case your urine has some strange smell, these could be the reasons:

1. Food

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Some foods give your body odor, others give you bad breath and others make your pee smell. In most cases, foods that give you bad breath are also likely to make your urine smell. Garlic, asparagus, cabbage and cauliflower are just some of the foods that can give your urine a strange smell.

2. Dehydration

When your body is dehydrated, your urine becomes darker and smellier since there is no enough fluids in the body to dilute it. So if you sense a strong ammonia smell, then it’s time to hydrate your body.

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3. Medication

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If you are under medication such as antibiotics, they may be the cause. Sulfa drugs which treat arthritis and diabetes and supplements such as Vitamin B affect the smell of your urine. Drinking lots of water though helps reduce the Sulphur compounds thus reducing the smell.

4. UTIs

Urinary tract infections are common especially among women. UTIs change the smell as well as the color of your urine due to bacteria. If you have noted such changes along with other symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating, see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

5. Liver

The liver helps in getting rid of toxins out of your body. If it’s overwhelmed by loads of toxins, the same might reflect through the smell of your urine.

6. STDs

Annoying STIs such as chlamydia and trichomoniasis also cause foul smelling urine. If you suspect that you have either of them go for screening asap.

 7. Yeast infections

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Too much heat, scented products on your lady parts and hormones that affect the pH of the vagina could lead to yeast infections. The infections come with itchiness, thick discharge and smelly urine.