What Should My Urine Smell Like?

| Modified on Jul 09, 2023
General Feedback
Posted by Earth Clinic (USA) on 12/05/2016

You know you're onto an important health topic when another site copies the topic a day after we published the article on our home page. Hello Dr. Axe!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tgoodwin (Nyc) on 12/02/2016
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I agree, people should be aware of changes in the smell of their pee.

My urine was smelling strongly for about a week. Normally it would only have this same smell if I drank a 16 ounce can of soda and overdosed on sugar! So I cut out all sugar, caffeine, alkalized by drinking baking soda in water and drank MORE water for hydration. Nothing helped. Finally I tried ACV - 2 tablespoons in 16 ounces of water. I drank a large glass in the morning. Then I nursed a second large glass throughout the day. Took care of the strong urine smell immediately. I continue to do it every day, but just one large glass that I slowly drink. Good stuff. I'm guessing the sudden change in smell had something to do with my kidneys or pancreas.

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Posted by Rebecca (GA) on 07/08/2023

hi, was EC given credit for the info?


Effect of Curcumin on Urine
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 02/02/2010 509 posts

I also have a question for the rest of the EC family. Have any of you experienced a change in the color of your urine while using curcumin? For some reason or other, my urine changed color after using curcumin. If any of you are familiar with pyridium, a drug that ends the pain of bladder/kidney infections, the color was very similar to the color of the urine of someone who is taking pyridium!

Effect of Curcumin on Urine
Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa) on 02/03/2010

Hi Joyce From Joelton,

I hope others chime in but I'll be happy to give you my experience with turmeric. Being such a strong color, I was expecting my urine and/or stools to turn yellow, but they do not. Everything is normal in color. I Have even taken as much as 8, "00" in a day (capping my own) and still no change in color. I also hope to hear from others now I'm curious, Peace, Rena.

Effect of Curcumin on Urine
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 02/03/2010 509 posts

Thanks, Rena from Mineral Bluff.

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that turmeric in the presence of something turned ruby red, but I can't remember what that presence was and I can't find it again. If anyone read the same thing and can remember what it was, please share with us. The color my urine changed to was very close to that of pyridium - close to florescent orangeish-red.

Effect of Curcumin on Urine
Posted by Quiltartist (Gualala, California) on 07/30/2010

Three days ago I started 400mg curcumin and my urine is an orangish rosey color. I called the supplier and they'd never heard of this effect. Glad to have come across this comment. I've never had blood in my urine, but this doesn't strike me as looking like what I think that would look like. And it coincides with my having started this supplement. When you open a capsule and mix the content in water you notice the water turns golden, but there is granular material that doesn't dissolve and it is a vermillion color. I'll discontinue taking the product a few days to be sure that's what this color change is, but it has dramatically helped my costal chondritis, so I'll resume. Don't care what color my urine is as long as the cause of the change is harmless.

Effect of Curcumin on Urine
Posted by Mimi (Abu Dhabi, Uae) on 08/21/2011

It seems Bicarbonate of soda has that effect. I was applying a paste of Turmeric and castor oil on my face for acne and wiping it off with cotton pads soaked in bicarbonate of soda. Found that this turned the pads bright red!

Posted by Mary (Arkansas) on 04/26/2016
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YES! Scared the wits out of me at first, then realized I was taking extra turmeric for arthritic pain. Urine is orange - but only shortly after I ingest the pill. It later clears to yellow.