Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and Church ministry.
Consult Your Health Care Professional First
Any time you notice changes in your body it is always best to check with your personal care physician first. This way any serious or life-threatening illnesses can be ruled out. If you have noticed a strong strange odor when you pee, but infection and other issues have turned up negative, it could be the vitamin and mineral supplements you are taking. If your physician has asked if you have bleeding, pain when you urinate, or pelvic discomfort and the answer is no, cutting back on supplementation might possibly be the answer. Urinary tract and bladder infections almost always come with the symptoms mentioned above, along with malaise or feeling out of sorts. You also want to rule out sexually transmitted diseases or Yeast infections which can cause urine to smell. If your doctor has given you the green light but your urine still stinks then read on because this information might help you.
Process of elimination
I had a urinary tract infection in 2010 and at that time I experienced extreme pain when I had to pee. It also felt like there was a brillo pad between my legs, and I had cramps in my pelvic area. I also noticed that although my urine remained clear, it was cloudy. All of this went away and I thought drinking water and cranberry juice had helped me as in years past, but I was wrong. Two days later I was driving and suddenly felt weak and faint. I made it home and felt some better but by that night I had no appetite and my blood pressure was dropping. I had cold chills and a fever and thought I was catching the flu. I went to the ER and they said I had a nasty UTI. I had been fooled by the change in symptoms and share this to alert others. I had never had smelly urine with a UTI so when my pee began to have an odor about a year ago I was alarmed. I did not feel faint or have flu symptoms, and there was no pain. My urine was still clear so I was perplexed. Having ruled out a UTI and other health issues the next step was to consider that it might be food-related.
I was not eating asparagus or any other foods that my doctor said could cause foul-smelling urine so this had me wondering what was wrong. After I would pee, the entire bathroom would smell like wet cardboard and it would linger. On other occasions, I noticed the smell was similar to what I noticed when I crushed my husband's prescription meds. It was a chemical type odor. I began researching and found that vitamins B and D can possibly cause a change in urine and cause it to smell. I have taken supplements since elementary school with no problem. I acknowledged to myself that I was no longer 10 and at 60 my body had changed. I was also taking additional supplementation which included a multivitamin-mineral tablet, that included extra nutrients for hair skin, and nails, a B complex vitamin pill, flaxseed, and a biotin supplement. I stopped the supplements and in about 6 days the smell was gone. Please note that prescription meds can cause an odor to urine so check your meds. I had been on the same medication for blood pressure and cholesterol for several years without an issue. I do consider that the combination of prescription medications and supplements may have interacted badly with each other. I'm not certain, so I will gradually begin taking my vitamin/mineral supplements again, but only one at a time to see what happens.
A good rule of thumb is to keep in mind that everyone ages differently. I know people who say they can no longer eat foods they enjoy because they now give them gas, indigestion, acid reflux, or cause them to have frequent trips to the bathroom. Each of us is different and there is no way to know in advance what will affect you or how. I know people who say coffee or milk products run right through them, but this has not been my experience. Again please check with your medical professional to rule out serious problems, then begin eliminating issues such as food, prescription meds, or supplements. The one rule of thumb to keep in mind is to always drink -plenty of water and keep your urine clear,
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 13, 2020:
Thank you for reading. I wonder why Asparagus is such an issue?
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2020:
It is incredible how quickly consuming asparagus can affect the odor of urine. You are right in recommending enough water consumption daily, and checking with your doctor or health professional about prescriptions and over the counter drugs.