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    Pee less when you drink water?

    Okay this topic might seem weird to some. Lately I've been noticing that I pee alot less. And the only change i've made is that I drink less pop and more water.

    Does anyone noticed that they urinate more or less when they drink different things? I think this is happening to me because the body doesn't really do much with pop besides collect the sugar and get fat, but it can actually use water so I think what is happening is that my body is hydrating itself, and keeping most of the liquid.

    Does this make any sense?

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    Well, fizzy drinks dehydrate your body (ie. they make you pee more). So if you stop drinking them, you are likely to pee less than you were used to.
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    I pee less when I sweat a lot. And then because I am sweating a lot, I drink a lot of water. I think this is a bit of a different correlation, though.

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    I am not really sure that there is a correlation between them, but I suppose anything is possible. I have noticed that when I drink more water I tend to make more frequent trips to the bathroom if you will, but in terms of like being hungry or something I do not need eat as much as I might have when I am drinking a carbonated drink. I think that the water fills you up faster and leaves you feeling like you are more full where as the sugar in the carbonated drinks kind of get you craving something else. Although with me I think the more water I drink, the more trips to the bathroom I make, but maybe there is something on there. Perhaps I just drink more water then I did with other drinks. You should look it up and see if you find anything on the subject because I would be curious about an answer to that one as well even if it is a bit of a random question. You never know what you will find out.

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    In short. Coke and other fizzy drinks make me pee. Have a cup of tea and be wee free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralvalley
    but in terms of like being hungry or something I do not need eat as much as I might have when I am drinking a carbonated drink.
    That's what I used to do at my old job. My hours where such that I worked from after breakfast to before dinner, working through lunch. So when I would get hungry around lunch time, I would just grab a soda to tide me over until dinner.

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    I always have the feeling I pee more when I drink water instead of coke and coffee

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    I have actually noticed this recently as well (as I have been drinking more water). There was one day where I was outside almost all day. In in that time I drank almost 2-3 liters of water. Not once did I have to go to the washroom. This is because my body was using the water to hydrate myself and perspire. There has been several occasions where in the same situation I relied on drinking maybe like a litre of pop, and I had to urinate almost right away during a similar day out.

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    It should be noted that I think that "to be wee free" is one of the best phrases ever coined in the English language.

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    Alrighty guys, a thread where my knowledge can definatively answer people's questions.

    Firstly, coke and other caffeinated products (including tea) will make you urinate more often. This is because caffeine is a diuretic.

    What is a diuretic? this is any chemical that gives your kidney the message to produce more urine. It thus removes fluid from the body (thus diuretic tablets are commonly called fluid tablets).

    Next thing - the sugars soft drinks will absolutely make you urinate more. Sugar attracts water to itself. BUT sugar does not appear in your urine unless you have very uncontrolled diabetes. What it does do is draw more water into your body from the bowel, and also draws more water into the blood while the sugar is circulating. This means your kidneys work a little harder to redress the balance.

    On the subject of sweating enough that you don't need to urinate, you need to be careful. you would find that when you finish exerting, you would need to pee as normal, which is OK. If you overexerted and sweated so much that you dehydrated yourself, then you could cause yourself serious damage. The kidneys are very sophisticated organs that monitor your body via the blood - they monitor your pressure, the electrolytes in the blood, and the hydration of the blood (which directly reflects the hydration of the body, as you don't "store" water anywhere else). If you got so dehydrated that you did not form any urine, you would find the kidneys would fail (called ACUTE kidney failure, which can be reversed), leading to lack of blood supply to some areas of the kidney etc - not good.

    The reality is, if you are exerting yourself, the body slows urine reduction for two reasons. Firstly, it takes into account the increased fluid loss and reduces urine production to maintain a steady amount of fluid loss.

    Secondly, while exerting yourself, your body implements the "fight or flight" status, which increases physical respnse time, while slowing down on maintenance systems (ie digestion and urine formation). The last thing you want in a fight or flight situation is to need to stop to take a leak!

    anyway, hope that has been helpful.

    PS for the record, alcohol is really bad for making you urinate - it is very hydrating, and it is a toxin your body want to remove.
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