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What Does It Mean When You Have An Urgent Urge To Pee After Swimming

What Does It Mean When You Have An Urgent Urge To Pee After Swimming

All of us can relate to the embarrassing situation of having an urgent need to pee during or after swimming. But most of us were too embarrassed to even talk about it or discuss it with the doctor. Well first of all, it is completely NORMAL for this to happen and there is a legitimate medical reason behind it. If you’re worried that your bladder is problematic then read on and find out the science behind this and what you can do about it.

Your Bladder Has Done Nothing Wrong

First off, it’s not your fault. The reason why this happens has nothing to do with you. It all depends on the water’s temperature. The colder the water, the higher diuresis ( a medical term for increased urination) for you. What happens is called ‘cold immersion diuresis’.

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The Science Behind This

This is basically a step-by-step breakdown of what happens.

1. The cold water leaches the heat of the blood vessels that lie near the skin surface.
2. The blood vessels constrict, and hence there is decreased flow of blood in the body’s extremities in a bid to conserve heat.
3. This prompts a quick increase in blood pressure.
4. The body responds to this by compensating for the increased arterial blood pressure by relieving itself of liquid.
5. The quickest and easiest way for your body to do this is to pee.

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As a result, it can get uncomfortable for most people. Without practice, some may even find it impossible to urinate in the cold water. Others, when they leave the water, feel the need to urinate has increased a hundredfold as the muscles of the body are finally allowed to relax.

What Happens In A Swimming Pool

This phenomenon is not just related to cold water. Most of us have faced this in public or private swimming pools because pool water although warmer than the sea is still way cold than the normal human temperature. Plus,when you leave a warm pool to go to a cooler place like the changing area or the shower, you may feel sudden goose-pimples on your skin and an overwhelming desire to pee, for the same reason outlined above.

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What Should You Worry About

There is a major consequence to this and that’s dehydration. What happens with marathon swimmers who are crossing the English Channel for instance, is that their food consists of liquid carbohydrates. Generally, your body needs one litre of water per hour, and as a result of this ‘cold immersion diuresis’, the liquid that is processed by the kidney instead of returning to the body is stored in the bladder. Furthermore the cold suppresses the production of vasopressin hormone or ADH which in turn is supposed to suppress diuresis. The swimmer is forced to urinate more and the body requires more water to make up for the mild dehydration.

So if you have an urgent urge to pee during or after swimming, realize that what happens is a natural bodily response and that there’s nothing wrong with you. In order to ensure optimum performance, adequate hydration is a must. Try to consume beverages that have water, glucose and electrolytes in them. Share this information with your friends and placate their doubts too!

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Last Updated on January 25, 2021

What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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What should I do today? No ideas?

Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

  1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
  2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
  3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
  4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
  5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
  6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
  7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
  8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
  9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
  10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
  11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
  12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
  13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
  14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
  15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
  16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
  17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
  18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
  19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
  20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
  21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
  22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
  23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
  24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
  25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
  26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
  27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
  28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
  29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
  30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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