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Often, smelly urine is the result of something you ate or mild dehydration. In some instances, though, this unpleasant symptom can indicate a significant health condition. While there is no need to panic if your pee smells a bit strange, urination can tell more about your health than you might think.

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1. Something You Ate

Smelly urine can be caused by something that you ate. Often, this type of smell is described as "asparagus pee," because this stalk vegetable is one of the best known "smelly pee" foods. Asparagus is not the only culprit, however; onions, brussels sprouts, garlic, salmon, curry, spices, and even some types of coffee can have a similar effect. Diets high in salt can cause more concentrated urine, which also leads to smellier pee.

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