Nitrates in Urine

Nitrates are not typically supposed to be in urine. So when urine contains nitrates, it may be a cause for some concern. If nitrates in urine are present and chronic, the cause is usually diagnosed by various urine tests (urinalysis)

What Are Nitrates

Nitrates are molecules and chemical compounds. As a chemical compound, it is one nitrogen and 3 oxygen atoms together. The reason they are important when measured in urine is that they have a negative acidic charge of -1. An imbalance of positive or negative acid in urine is an indicator of a possible metabolic issue. The balance of acid directly effects the urine ph balance.

Do Not Confuse Nitrates Which Are Medications

In medicine, nitrates are not just the chemical compounds. There are also medications called Nitrates which are used to treat heart conditions such as angina, and have been in use for over a century. Nitrates are a group of medicines and there are many different medicines under that single umbrella of meds. Just be aware of the distinction of the medicine nitrate vs. the chemical compound. In this article, we are discussing the presence of the chemical compound nitrate in urine. The measure of nitrates in pee is a way to tell a person's acidic level and possible metabolic issues.

Causes of Nitrates in Urine

In many cases, this is a result of certain diets or lifestyles. Many vegetables that were grown with nitrate fertilizers can contain this chemical and when the body can not metabolize it, the nitrates are removed with other waste by the body through urination. So ironically, eating too many supposedly healthy vegetables can cause nitrates in urine to appear.

If the cause isn't getting the chemical from food, one of the more common medical and urinary tract problems that cause nitrates appearing in urine is bladder cancer.

Another cause of nitrates to appear in urine is bacteria. Some bacteria cause a urinary tract infection (UTI) that induces a chemical reaction in the body to make an enzyme that changes urinary nitrates to nitrites. See more on urine nitrites.

Seeking Diagnosis

If you experience warning symptoms in your urine such as if it turns an unusual color, or looks cloudy, try to monitor the symptoms. Often, the symptoms go away on their own after a few days. If the condition persists or worsens, you should seek a diagnosis of the cause in order to know what options you have for treatment and cure.

There are a number of urine tests available for purchase over the counter at local pharmacies. They can detect many different chemicals that can be present in urine. If you can, it is a good idea to also consult with a highly qualified healthcare professional because they can interpret test findings, and decide whether more tests are necessary, or whether there is a treatment that may help you.

Prevention is Always Best Approach

Whatever your diagnosis may be, it is always important to understand that many problems tend to occur due to poor health, improper diet, lack of exercise, or a generally unhealthy lifestyle. That is not to say that lifestyle is the only cause of health problems, but a healthy lifestyle tends to hold of the onset of various diseases and problems in the body. In fact, you can actually control your body's acidity level with diet. For example, meats and dairy tend to make the body more acidic which creates an environment where bacteria can multiply more easily. If you want to decrease the acidity of your body, you can eat more plant-based foods such as veggies or fruits. The quality of the foods we consume is often a very underestimated factor in our health.

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