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If you looked at your hand under a microscope, you would see cells, the smallest building blocks of living organisms. Cells make tissues, like your skin. Tissues make organs, like your ears. Organs make systems, like your digestive system.
And the system that takes care of getting rid of what your body doesn’t need — in a fluid form — is called the urinary system.
Your urine, or pee, comes from the amazing collaboration that happens inside your body between your brain and the organs in the urinary system. According to KidsHealth, those organs consist of the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder and the urethra.
Some of the fluid your body absorbs during digestion is sent to the kidneys to be filtered and become urine, which carries the toxins and other excesses you don’t need. The urine then goes down the ureters to the bladder. Finally, you empty it out through the urethra when you pee.
Urine contains water, ammonia, salt, urochrome (which creates it’s yellow color), byproducts of bile (from digestion), creatinine (a byproduct of muscles’ normal breakage) and urea (byproduct of protein breakdown).
Very yellow pee means your urine is highly concentrated, indicating that you're dehydrated and need more water. It can also mean that you need to use the bathroom more often.
Drinking enough water and fluids — about 8 cups a day — keeps the urinary system functioning, allowing it to effectively filter out toxins in your body.
Mishka MohamedNour is a student at West High School and an editor, reporter and designer for the West Side Story.