Within the four walls of the bathroom, a person can put taboos aside and perform acts that they would never dare to do in public. And for good reason, many people take advantage of a good shower to urinate and bask under a warm stream of water. While this may not sound like a good habit, it is a good one. Find out why we should urinate more frequently in the shower.
In addition to hydrating the body, water plays a major role in keeping the body functioning properly. Some people urge drinking water on an empty stomach, just after waking up, to ensure that the body is functioning optimally. Knowing that the human body is composed of more than 60% water and that it evacuates water through urine, it is necessary to consume water regularly to take care of your health. In addition, it is considered that urinating in the shower is a healthy gesture that can have many benefits.
How does the body produce urine?
According to Arachk de Gorski, a specialist in urology at the University Hospital of Geneva, urine is produced by the filtering of blood by the kidneys. The kidneys receive 20% of the blood flow per minute and manage to filter nearly 180 liters of blood daily. This cleaning system is achieved through the glomeruli, small filtration factories. Thus, some of the constituents of the urine are reabsorbed and reintegrated into the bloodstream to serve the body’s organs, while the elements present in excess are eliminated naturally in the urine. From there, the body benefits from maintaining blood levels and water balance.
How does the urge to urinate arise?
Once the kidneys produce urine, it passes through the calyces, then the renal pelvis and the pyelo, before flowing down the ureters and finally being stored in the bladder. The bladder is an organ in which between 300 and 500 ml of urine can accumulate. As the bladder fills up, the bladder wall becomes tighter and the need to urinate arises. When the bladder is full, signals are sent to the nervous system to trigger the urination mechanism. The bladder contracts and the sphincters relax, allowing urine to be expelled and relieving the discomfort of the pelvic floor muscles. In reality, an urge to go to the bathroom must be satisfied or the bladder emptying process will be impaired.
What is in urine?
Urine is made up of thousands of components such as water, minerals (sodium, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, etc.) and organic waste. It also contains creatinine, which helps assess kidney function. Indeed, if the creatinine level rises, it may indicate kidney dysfunction. In addition, urine contains urea, a nitrogenous waste product that comes from the breakdown of proteins. Abnormal urea levels can indicate urinary tract infections. In addition, traces of medications and hormones can be found in the urine waste. In women taking hormonal contraceptives, urine tests may reflect the level of hormones in the urine.
Why is urine yellow?
Although the color and smell of urine can vary from person to person, the normal color of urine is considered to be light yellow. People who drink large amounts of water may have frequent urination and show diluted, clear urine. In addition, a change in the appearance or odor of the urine may be a symptom of a urinary tract infection or other pathology. The yellow color of the urine is actually due to bilirubin, a yellow pigment that comes from the breakdown of hemoglobin and other proteins. This pigment is released by the liver via the bile ducts and colors the stool and urine. This pigment passes through the digestive tract and some of it ends up in the intestinal flora, while some of it forms urobilin, which colors the urine. In fact, urine should not be foul smelling, red, foamy or purulent. Any change in the urine should prompt a visit to a health care professional for a urine test.
What are the different urinary diseases that can be found?
There are many urinary and kidney diseases that can affect the kidneys, the bladder, the prostate or the urethra. However, urologists first make sure to exclude three diagnoses: infections, urinary tract stones, and cancer. Other pathologies include kidney failure, overactive bladder which can cause frequent urination, urinary tract obstruction which can cause bladder overflow, urinary incontinence which can cause leakage, etc. To make a diagnosis, the doctor will take a urine sample for urinalysis. If necessary, he will ask for an ultrasound or a urodynamic assessment to ensure his diagnosis.
What are the advantages of urinating in the shower?
Some people have a very strong urge to urinate in the shower. While this may put some people off, here are the reasons why you should no longer hold back those urges in the shower:
1. To save the planet
Did you know that every time you flush the toilet, you waste nearly 9 liters of drinking water? For ecological reasons, it is better to pee in the shower to save water and preserve our planet. Moreover, the SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation, a Brazilian environmental organization has published a video to invite people to pee in the shower to save water.
2. For a deep cleaning
For women, urinating in the shower is a good way to eliminate bad bacteria that can enter the vagina. Indeed, some women tend to wipe themselves in the wrong way after going to the toilet, and multiply the risk of suffering from an infection. By meeting the need to urinate in the shower, you are thoroughly cleaning your genitals.
3. To alleviate skin problems
Because of the many nutrients and minerals in urine, some people encourage turning this liquid into a beauty product. Indeed, some consider that urine helps prevent pimples and alleviate skin disorders. According to an article published on the Telegraph, applying urine to a cotton ball and pressing it onto a pimple will dry it out and gradually make it disappear.
4. To relieve fungal infections
Although there are no scientific studies to prove it, urinotherapy enthusiasts like Madonna believe that urine contains active substances that can cure certain infections. On the “Late Show with David Letterman”, Madonna revealed this surprising technique she used against fungus and mycosis. For example, some believe that it is because urine contains urea, a compound included in many skin care products, that it can treat athlete’s foot. However, there is no scientific evidence that it is effective against this type of infection.