Did you know that most bladders hold anywhere from 50 – 500 milliliters of liquid. That is a little less then one and a half cans of soda. We get signals from receptors in the strengthening of the bladder telling our body that it needs release when it is about half way full.
Our pee is yellow because of a substance called urochrome. Urochrome is part of old hemoglobin that the kidneys have broken down into waste. The yellow color gets diluted with water that is helping to flush it out. The darker your urine the less water you have in your body. Dark urine is usually a sign of dehydration and means you need to take in more H2o.
The reason you pee more when you get older is because your body does not make as much ADH or antidiuretic hormone. This hormone works to help your body retain fluid so you don’t feel like you have to go pee. It is released more often when you are sleeping. Also, the bladder doesn’t hold as much urine as you age, making it get fuller faster.
Secret: You should be peeing 6-8 times within a 24 hour time frame. Peeing more than this could be because of high fluid intake, bladder infection, drinking a lot of caffeine, or overactive bladder. Consult your doctor if you have concerns over frequent urination. Not peeing enough could be direct result of dehydration.