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Reasons Why Skipping a Toilet Break at Work is Dangerous to the Kidneys

06 May 2021

Do you have your toilet break? How frequent do you go to the toilet? Is it as often as possible?

As what physicians say, you should release it once every three hours. In some cases, that’s not possible to happen. We all have different activities that affect our toilet routine. Some observe this but some skip their breaks and hold their pee.


In today’s article, we will be reminded of how important having the toilet break is. We will also talk about:


-          The dangers of holding the urine

-          How to manage time while working on standing desks in order to observe a routine and proper toilet break


So, let’s start the discussion.


Why do we need to have a regular toilet break?

In today’s work system, people need to juggle different kinds of work at the same time, multitask as often as possible, and meet deadlines at the end of the day. Most of the time, people forget to observe their toilet breaks.


For years, I have worked as an EFL (English as the Foreign Language) tutor to non-native speakers and I’ve had personal experiences of skipping my toilet breaks especially when your classes are consecutive and you need to finish it off without leaving the student on the other line. Whenever it happens, I find it very challenging and I usually get sick at the end of the week because of exhaustion and body pain so I could relate to most people who got no choice but to skip toilet breaks.


Hence it’s important to observe this routine so:


To lower the salt in the body:

When we drink enough water (8-12 glasses) often, our body expels

excess salt that creates crystals and turn into stones when it gets stuck inside which is pretty unhealthy. Thus, toilet breaks are really important.


Urinary Frequency should be observed:

Doctors suggest a minimum frequency of 4-10 times a day when urinating. This one is considered healthy but there are other factors to consider such as:



bladder size

fluid intake

the presence of medical conditions such as diabetes and UTIs

the types of fluid being consumed; coffee and alcohol increases the frequency of urination

the use of medication


The frequency and the need for urination will vary on these given circumstances. However, it should still be taken into consideration the proper frequency of urinating.


When to know if urination is getting often or less:

You may know if you are urinating often or seldom if you find these symptoms. Please be mindful that seeking a urologist if there are grave concerns when it comes to your urinary tract is highly recommendable especially with these symptoms:


back pain

blood in the urine

difficulty passing urine

leaking between toilet visits

pain when urinating

strong-smelling urine


All these things should be regularly checked especially if it affects your daily activities. There are people who ignore these symptoms and develop illnesses in the later years. There are ways to check if a visit to the doctor should be done. You may do it through urine check:


The Colors of Urine and their Meaning:

The colors of your urine vary a lot depending on your diet and lifestyle. Most heavy drinkers have a different type of urine compared to the ones who do juicing and take supplements such as Vitamin C. So here are the different colors of urine and their meaning:


Clear Urine

Hydration of the body is good because it expels the toxins that your body has however, frequent clear color of your urine indicates another sign that is not totally good because if this always happens there might be an indication that you are losing electrolytes in the body because you might be drinking too much water.


Yellowish to Amber:

The typical urine falls under the spectrum of yellow to deeper amber color. It’s caused by the urochrome- naturally in the urine; produced by breaking down hemoglobin which produces oxygen in the red blood cells. This influences the color of your urine especially when it is diluted in water,


Red or Pink:

When you eat some berries like blueberries you might really pass urine that’s red or pink in color but there are more serious conditions attributing to the color of the urine. It is sometimes accompanied by blood, a symptom called Hematuria. These conditions are:


enlarged prostate

kidney stones

tumors in the bladder and kidney



Orange-colored urine may mean that you are experiencing dehydration. If your urine has this color and in addition light-colored stool, there is a possibility that your bile is getting into your bloodstream because of the problems in the bile duct or liver.


Dark Brown:

This also indicates dehydration in most cases. Sometimes, it is caused by medication such as when the person intakes Flagyl or Aralen.


Now that we are aware of the colors that indicate the state or condition of our urinary tract, we must also know the ways to manage our toilet break. Toilet visits are important even we are busy doing a lot of office work. When we are working on our standing desk such as the Theodore standing desk, we must be aware of our routine even for ten minutes of standing then trying to get a quick toilet visit. The other ways to utilize the standing desk in order for you to observe your regular toilet break are:


-          Putting off a reminder on the desk that you must go to the toilet 4-10 times a day.

-          Making sure that you get hydrated at all times. Never forget to put a tumbler on your Theodore standing desk which is really durable you can put a large tumbler with you or a big bottle of water beside you without worrying of a table getting broken.

-          If you think you have a serious condition or under medication, putting some notes to remind you of your toilet breaks would be ideal. Theodore standing desk has a large drawer that it can store the pillbox for your supplements and medicine, a note for reminders, and even papers from your last visit to the doctor. You don’t have to spend time getting these things from the bedroom or medicine cabinet. This standing desk will help you save time in managing your toilet breaks during work hours.


Final Thoughts:


It’s a challenge for us all to manage toilet visits while we are doing a lot of things at work. However, we must be aware that it’s better to excuse yourself for a while and go to the toilet instead of acquiring illnesses caused by skipping your toilet break.