Peeing a lot doesn’t have to mean anything dangerous; you may just be drinking a lot of water. But when is a lot just too much? The normal pee range varies, with your diet and lifestyle playing a role. But generally it is only considered to be a problem if your frequent urination is interfering with your life — waking you up in the middle of the night or impeding your social or professional life.
If you have the urge to understand your urges, here are a few things that might cause you to pee often.
It seems strange that not being able to poop would make you have to pee, but it’s real. Your rectum and your bladder are neighbors, so they “share many of the same nerves,” the Mayo Clinic explains. “Hard, compacted stool in your rectum causes these nerves to be overactive and increase urinary frequency.”
If you’re stressed out, that could be a reason you are peeing all the time. According to Calm Clinic, there are two types of anxiety-induced peeing: “There is instant urination that genuinely occurs during moments of complete terror, and there is frequent urination, which is the sensation of needing to urinate often without necessarily drinking excess water/liquid.”
One explanation could be that when your muscles tense from anxiety, it puts pressure on your bladder, the Calm Clinic says. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your body is creating more urine though, so you may find that you feel the urge to go to the bathroom frequently but don’t release a lot of pee.
This disease, in which your body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in your blood, can also cause frequent urination. The Mayo Clinic explains this happens because the sugar buildup in your blood pulls fluid from your tissues and makes you thirsty. “As a result, you may drink — and urinate — more than usual.”
Several types of infections along the urinary tract could make you pee, from the kidney down to the urethra. When you have a UTI, the urine might burn as it comes out. It may also be cloudy or have blood in it, and it may smell foul.
Sometimes minerals in your bladder can harden in clumps, causing bladder stones. And when those bladder stones irritated that organ, you may experience frequent urination as a side effect.
The Mayo Clinic also lists other urine-related symptoms, like trouble peeing or a blocked flow; a burning sensation; and urine that is cloudy, dark or contains blood.
Spicy or acidic food
Some people’s bladders can become irritated when they eat acidic foods like tomato sauce and citrus fruits, or when they eat spicy things, the Huffington Post reported. Bladder irritation varies from person to person, and there are many foods that can cause it. The U.S. National Library of Medicine also lists alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and chocolate.
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