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Old 07-27-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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I don't have time to get into why I'm asking. lets just say someone tells you that now they change to a better diet, their pee is very foamy. Like a bubble bath. The only thing that has changed is diet.

What are the bubbles?
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:49 AM   #2
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I don't have time to get into why I'm asking. lets just say someone tells you that now they change to a better diet, their pee is very foamy. Like a bubble bath. The only thing that has changed is diet.

What are the bubbles?
They're just bubbles. Don't worry about them. Drink more water if they worry you since that will reduce the concentration of anything promoting them.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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Default What does foamy, bubbly pee mean?

not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
Just your body filtering. That's what your kidneys do, they filter toxins and concentrate them into your urine. Unless you get up to pee frequently during the night, your urine first thing will be darker.

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They're just bubbles. Don't worry about them. Drink more water if they worry you since that will reduce the concentration of anything promoting them.
But bubbles of what? More bubbles must mean more of something. Of all the well researched people I ask, this is the response I get. I feel like you're all saying "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" while I'm looking for the Wizard of Whiz.

And I doubt I could put away much more water, I drink 6 liters a day usually, sometimes more.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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Do you use any of those in tank or under rim toilet cleaners?
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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Do you use any of those in tank or under rim toilet cleaners?
Yeah, I have a feeling whatever is causing the foaming is probably a product in your water, not in your urine.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #7
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not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
Just your body filtering. That's what your kidneys do, they filter toxins and concentrate them into your urine. Unless you get up to pee frequently during the night, your urine first thing will be darker.

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They're just bubbles. Don't worry about them. Drink more water if they worry you since that will reduce the concentration of anything promoting them.
But bubbles of what? More bubbles must mean more of something. Of all the well researched people I ask, this is the response I get. I feel like you're all saying "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" while I'm looking for the Wizard of Whiz.

And I doubt I could put away much more water, I drink 6 liters a day usually, sometimes more.
If you changed your diet, you change the concentration of certain components in your urine. Some may foam, some may not. It's not like you're going to be adversely affected by something that makes your pee foam more (unless it's something like glucose, but you'd have more problems there than just pee foam). You're overthinking things. It's just pee. If it's clear, it's good usually.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:57 PM   #8
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not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
Absolutely not. The idea that pee should be clear all the time is absolutely bullsh*t and junk science. As long as you're decently hydrated (and pee color is no indication of that), you're fine. I drink a ton throughout the day and my morning pee is always darker than later.

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Old 07-27-2009, 01:05 PM   #9
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Do you use any of those in tank or under rim toilet cleaners?
(I'm not the op but) I was sitting here wondering what used to cause this when I was younger, and after your post I realized we used to always use those under the lid things that put shit in the water. And boy did it foam, the only thing that used to matter on my end of it was force/pressure and length of the piss. If you had to go really bad you could create some serious foam in there.

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not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
Absolutely not. The idea that pee should be clear all the time is absolutely bullsh*t and junk science. As long as you're decently hydrated (and pee color is no indication of that), you're fine. I drink a ton throughout the day and my morning pee is always darker than later.
It's not completely garbage. Having colorless urine is generally good because it means you're passing enough water to keep everything clean. If your urine is consistently dark or cloudy, it wouldn't hurt to drink more water. A medication I'm taking right now is a bit rough on the kidneys and urine color is really the only indication I have that I'm drinking enough water.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:39 AM   #11
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not trying to jack your thread but I have a related question, my pee in the morning it sometimes dark. Only right when I wake up during the day it's very light, almost clear. I drink lots of water(1+ gallon a day), I've had one can of soda in the last month, juice without HFCS and milk. Is it just my body filtering out junk while I sleep? Something I should be worried about?
Absolutely not. The idea that pee should be clear all the time is absolutely bullsh*t and junk science. As long as you're decently hydrated (and pee color is no indication of that), you're fine. I drink a ton throughout the day and my morning pee is always darker than later.
I wouldn't QUITE agree that paying attention to color of urine is useless. It often indicates the concentration of different solutes in the water. More dilute = lighter color. This is measured with things like spectrophotometry in chemistry and has a scientific basis. My hypothesis would be this (if you don't pee throughout the night): your kidneys continue filtering wastes from your blood and continue reserving water. I would imagine that after a night's sleep, the proportion of solute to water is going to be much higher since there will be a solute buildup, thus resulting in a more concentrated, darker urine.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:52 AM   #12
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happened with my cat when I was younger. He was experiencing kidney failure and the bubbles were protein getting dumped by his system. Not saying that's happening to you.
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happened with my cat when I was younger. He was experiencing kidney failure and the bubbles were protein getting dumped by his system. Not saying that's happening to you.
Where were these bubbles forming? As the pee hit the ground or litter? It's a bit different when it hits water.
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happened with my cat when I was younger. He was experiencing kidney failure and the bubbles were protein getting dumped by his system. Not saying that's happening to you.
Where were these bubbles forming? As the pee hit the ground or litter? It's a bit different when it hits water.
when it would hit the litter. the thing looked like one of those foam clubs retarded european teens go to
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:18 PM   #16
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It's probably proteinaceous pee or maybe some other strange lipid that's good at forming bubbles? Is said person on some protein/amino acid binge?

In marine aquaria, there's this contraption called a protein skimmer whose physics/chemistry I once understood, but now its just a faded memory. It basically looks like it agitates water by creating a column of bubbles and for some strange reason, the proteinaceous organic wastes like to become bubbles and float to the top of the column and bubble over into a cup that you empty.
In a way when you pee standing up, you agitate the water and whatever proteins/lipids are already in there and form a little bubble column that in turn forms more bubbles until you have a tiny pile of bubbles. Okay that's a bad explanation, but the general idea is there for someone more well versed in this stuff to explain.

I reserve rights to half the prize though. What do I get?
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A toilet full of protein bubbles.

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A toilet full of protein bubbles.
No no... half a toilet full of protein pee.
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