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A 17-year-old female asked:

When i don't drink a lot of water my urine starts to have a strong urine smell and is dark. but when i drink water it doesn't smell and it's light what could this mean ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Good observation. You are diluting things in your urine that make it smell like urine and makes it lighter in color. The best recommendation is to drink when you are thirsty. Go to Wikipedia for more details on how the kidney works.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
When you do not drink enough water, kidney conserves water by concentrating urine. Concentrated urine has color and smell. Drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. exercise 30 minutes/day, , have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health!
Last updated Sep 24, 2021

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