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My Pee is Red!!!

Relax - Don't call 911 just yet. Think back. Have you eaten beets recently? Well, that'll do it.

When some people eat beets, it turns their pee and poop red. Only 14% of the population experience this.
Beeturia is the real name for this phenomenon, and it may be genetic. Eating beets while eating a lot of other oxalic acid containing foods such as spinach, rhubarb, or chocolate has been said to cause the red urine as well.

The majority of the time however, red pee after eating beets is a sign that your body needs a little more iron in your diet.

Fit's Tips: Other signs of an iron deficiency are heart palpitations, pale gums, and feeling tired all of the time. You can go to your doctor and get a simple test to find out for sure. Once you start adding more iron back into your diet, you'll be feeling more energetic. And when you eat beets again, you won't be scared by what you see after going to the bathroom.

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Tasha14732070 Tasha14732070 3 years
the red things are tamatoes
Tasha14732070 Tasha14732070 3 years
i have red things in my poop but when my pee was red i just had a uren infection
lsaltz lsaltz 5 years
When I pooed after eating beets it was like I poured beets in the toilet. I was scared it would turn my toilet purple.
medicgirl medicgirl 10 years
Another thing that may turn your pee red/orange/ick is a UTI medication called Pyridium (I dunno if I spelled it right).
loki0717 loki0717 10 years
And Frankenberry cereal...
Beaner Beaner 10 years
It also happend when you eat too many blueberries...
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Our bodies are so cool (and weird).
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:rotfl: so frikkin funny! LOL!!
mitzvahsha mitzvahsha 10 years
Bluejeanie, you crack me up!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
purple poo - gross. I get pink pee. The first time I made beets for my husband his poo was red and he thought he had some awful disease. I had to explain that beets sometimes do that. I had no idea there was a name associated with the phenomenon.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
ha, purple poo. one time i ate a lot (and i mean a lot) of blue cotton candy at the circus.... and u can figure out the rest. i was young and it totally freaked me out.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
LOL -- purple poo -- gross :)
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i eat tons of beets and it's never turned my pee red...just my poo purple. haha, purple poo.
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