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My Smelly Urine

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Since going paleo, my urine has a really bad odor. Has anybody else experienced this?

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on October 11, 2011
at 11:16 AM

Yes asparagus is definitely healthy; it just has something in it that makes urine smelly, but it isn't harmful.

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on October 07, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Could not edit so: I am not on low carb paleo, I get at least 150gr carbs a day.

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on October 07, 2011
at 08:11 AM

Yesterday I ate lots of asparagus, and noticed the urine became smelly again. I wander if there's any problem with my diet. I understand asparagus is supposed to be healthy.

A678bd65f7a3b5b41e4580514af0589a

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on October 07, 2011
at 08:07 AM

Mine was too! but it passed after about 2 weeks I started Paleo. Thought it was just me ;-)

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on April 07, 2011
at 11:16 PM

I get the overripe fruit smell, too. Tells me I'm firmly in ketosis. Yay!

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on April 07, 2011
at 06:14 PM

My urine is smelly when it's darker. I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong with it/me, since I'm getting regular urinalysis at my prental appointments. I'm with a midwife group so I do the dipstick test myself and see the result of about 10 different urine measures, which are all always normal. Paying attention to hydration helps.

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on April 07, 2011
at 05:36 PM

+1 for the title :-)

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on April 07, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Ditto this. I have a bad habit of not drinking enough water and I have noticed that my urine (since going paleo) will get concentrated and strong smelling if I don;t drink plenty of plain old water.

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on April 07, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I've found my thirst has increased exponentially, as well.

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on April 07, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I, like Proust before me, love the smell of asparagus urine. Not enough to use it as a perfume or anything (gross), but it is very earthy and pleasant.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:08 PM

Can't say I have, aside from after eating asparagus. What's a typical food day like for you? Are you very low carb (I think being in ketosis causes smelly urine)? What kind of supplements are you taking? This could also be a sign of something that needs to be checked out: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-odor/MY00378/DSECTION=causes

A678bd65f7a3b5b41e4580514af0589a

(45)

on October 07, 2011
at 08:11 AM

Yesterday I ate lots of asparagus, and noticed the urine became smelly again. I wander if there's any problem with my diet. I understand asparagus is supposed to be healthy.

A678bd65f7a3b5b41e4580514af0589a

(45)

on October 07, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Could not edit so: I am not on low carb paleo, I get at least 150gr carbs a day.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 11, 2011
at 11:16 AM

Yes asparagus is definitely healthy; it just has something in it that makes urine smelly, but it isn't harmful.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:15 PM

If you are doing a low carb version of paleo, this is probably from ketones in your urine (ketonuria). Ketones contain acetone - think nail polish remover/paint thinner. I get an overripe fruit smell that tells me I'm spilling ketones. as your metabolism adjusts from burning sugar to fat (your cells will grow mitochondria specific to fat-burning) fewer ketones will spill over into your urine. It could take 6 or more weeks to adapt fully. If the smell really bothers you, add some carbs like sweet potato/yam or even a little white rice. Or just stick it out. (double entendre?)

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on April 07, 2011
at 11:16 PM

I get the overripe fruit smell, too. Tells me I'm firmly in ketosis. Yay!

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on April 07, 2011
at 04:25 PM

For peace of mind, get some Ketostix to confirm that you're in ketosis. You can confirm the ketone level in your urine.

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39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 07, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I second the answers re: ketosis causing it and drinking more water reducing it. The longer you are in ketosis the more likely it is to subside, and drinking more water should have the same effect.

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46ee2f7d91719ecfe691a0c2a6da7034

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:51 PM

The only time I've noticed a bad smell from urine is after eating asparagus.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on April 07, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I, like Proust before me, love the smell of asparagus urine. Not enough to use it as a perfume or anything (gross), but it is very earthy and pleasant.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:17 PM

Are you drinking enough water? Infound that increasing my fat and protein and getting off carbs made me a lot thirstier and my pee a lot more concentrated so I just started drinking more.

Good luck

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 07, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I've found my thirst has increased exponentially, as well.

9722850c9a1c47b79edf7c4233040248

(1276)

on April 07, 2011
at 06:14 PM

My urine is smelly when it's darker. I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong with it/me, since I'm getting regular urinalysis at my prental appointments. I'm with a midwife group so I do the dipstick test myself and see the result of about 10 different urine measures, which are all always normal. Paying attention to hydration helps.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 07, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Ditto this. I have a bad habit of not drinking enough water and I have noticed that my urine (since going paleo) will get concentrated and strong smelling if I don;t drink plenty of plain old water.

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on April 07, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Aside from when I have asparagus or fish, the only time that I notice a strong smell is if I've been eating a lot of coconut flour (not the oil or milk- just the flour). Then it gets a scent sort of like mild asparagus pee. Too much and it affects my breath and arm pits too.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on April 07, 2011
at 12:14 PM

I've heard that ketosis causes bad breath and smelly urine sometimes. But if it persists without any obvious cause (your diet isn't low enough carb to cause ketosis) I would suggest seeing a doctor just to be safe.

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