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Why My Urine Smells Like Coffee?

Decoding the cause.


Our community does not allow us to talk openly about urine and stool; however, any abnormality in them can prove to be a sign of grave danger. The article mainly targets to those frightened people who decline to carry on a conversation on health issues with their friends or family.

Today we will figure out why at times the urine smells like coffee. Urine tells a lot about a person's health and mostly to the person's dietary habits. We will start our discussion with the change in color of the urine which is then followed by a smell of coffee.

Decoding The Color of Urine

Usually, our color of urine varies from pale yellow to deep amber depending on our water and food intake. If you find any change in the color of your urine, the first thought that comes to mind is the level of hydration.

  • Change in urine color often attributed to the amount of water you are drinking. Drinking too little or too much water can have possible threatening issues to your kidneys.
  • The bile juice secreted in our body breaks down certain pigments to produce urochrome resulting in yellow colored urine that is excreted by the kidneys.
  • Certain foods like beets, fava beans, and berries have natural properties which change the color of urine.

Some medical conditions can contribute to the changed color of urine. These are the simplest conditions associated with the change in color of urine. We will now move towards the more lousy case where the urine starts along with the changed color.

Why Your Urine Smells Like Coffee?

Kidneys are the second most important organ of the body after heart. They remove the water and toxic substances from the body thus balancing the blood composition, blood pressure, and electrolytes. Urine is normally odorless. The simplest cause of your urine smelling like coffee could be the fact that you are drinking too much coffee than usual.

  • Coffee contains more than thousands of chemical components attributing to its flavor and color.
  • The smell of coffee comes from polyphenols, an antioxidant. With too much cups of coffee in a day, a person gets vulnerable to a high concentration of polyphenols that result in a coffee smelling urine.
  • An excess amount of coffee leads to dehydration. Concentrated urine formed by dehydration has more waste components than water. The smell will be stronger and appear darker than normal urine.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Caffeine

It can be challenging to leave the habit of drinking too much coffee as the latter is addictive and you will experience some withdrawal symptoms like the following.

  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression
  • A headache
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty in concentration

Other Unfavorable Causes:

However, there can be other causes associated with coffee smelling urine. They include :

  • Digested or metabolized material from food
  • Toxins or allergens entering the body through breathing
  • Drugs or medications
  • Foods like garlic, leafy greens, asparagus, salmon
  • Tea and alcohol
  • Spicy food with a chili and peppers component
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney stone

Other conditions include a bladder infection and certain inflammation in the body. Chronic kidney disease contributes to a dark and intense smelling urine.

Checking those Abnormal Odor

Some underlying medical condition might alter the sense of smell where the person might mistake the smell of urine to be like coffee. They are :

  • Nasal congestion
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Liver diseases that lead to a filthy-smelling urine
  • Type 2 diabetes resulting in somewhat sweet smelling urine
  • Intake of maple syrup makes your urine smell like burnt caramel
  • Bladder fistula often causes your urine smell like gas or feces.

Pregnancy and Urine Odor

During pregnancy, there is a heightened urge to urinate. As urine production increases, the muscle tissues lining the urethra and bladder lose their strength and become little more relaxed than usual. As a result, there is some possibility of urine leakage while sneezing, laughing, and coughing. The drops are smelly, and the condition happens to more than 30 percent of women during 6-24 weeks of their pregnancy.

To maintain a healthy body, one needs to drink enough water. Ammonia is a by-product of protein metabolism. Less of water intake causes dehydration, and the foul-smelling ammonia gets accumulated in the body. A higher concentration of ammonia is removed from the body resulting in foul-smelling urine. Always make sure to stay hydrated to avoid the concentration of ammonia, maintain healthy glowing skin, and shiny, lustrous hair.

Treatment Options For Urine Smelling Like Coffee

We cannot end the discussion without giving you the remedy to get rid of foul smelling urine. Here we go.

  • Get a balanced concentration of water: Drinking sufficient water will have a high concentration of water in your body resulting in lower concentration of waste products and eventually lesser odor in urine. Unless you are down with chronic kidney disease, an adult must have a water intake of around 2litres a day.
  • Control your daily intake of caffeine: You have to restrict yourself from anything that contains more caffeine like coffee and soda water. Caffeine product is damaging psychologically. It is addictive, and the body craves for more once you start consuming it regularly. There could be withdrawal symptoms if you stop having coffee all of a sudden. Keep a check on your habits and lead a healthy life.
  • Replace coffee with tea: Soft drink, energy drinks, chocolate, and certain drugs contain a high amount of caffeine. Make sure to keep them at bay and get odorless, normal colored urine.
  • Pay attention to your urine: For any abnormality visit a laboratory and get your urine tested.

Do not ignore coffee-smelling urine. We have compiled all the reasons that can cause foul smelling urine ranging from simplest to the more sinister causes that can prove lethal for your kidneys. Visit a doctor immediately after you notice some kind of abnormality in smell or color of your urine and get yourself treated the right way.

All the best for good health and high spirit!

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