Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t I rely on thirst for my hydration needs?

Absolutely. Thirst is a good indication of hydration and should not be undervalued. Thirst is an indication of mild dehydration. However, there have been contradictory studies released on the reliability of thirst as an indicator for hydration as it relates to performance. This has caused athletes to both over and under hydrate - leading to reduced performance and poor recovery for these athletes. Ureaqa allows athletes access to quantified hydration information which empowers them to make informed decisions regardless of training and climate conditions.

When is the best time to collect a urine sample? How often should I collect?

It depends. The best time to use Ureaqa is based on your goals. Are you looking to optimize performance? Try testing 3-4 hours before competing to ensure you're fully hydrated. Are you more concerned about recovery? Test after training to make sure your body has what it needs to recover faster. In both cases, testing early in the day can be a great addition, as it allows you to rehydrate slowly throughout your day. Other use cases are:

  • Immediately before training - for insight into how intense to train
  • Before and after training - to help build your personal hydration plan
  • During a long training session - to achieve optimal hydration throughout
Note: All samples should be collected midstream for best results. Waiting approximately three seconds after urination has begun for collection is considered best practice.

Does Ureaqa help me balance my electrolytes?

Short answer: no. Ureaqa does not directly measure electrolytes in urine as this is an expensive procedure. Each athlete needs to intake a specific ratio of water to salts based on their sweat rate. Ureaqa provides the recommended water intake.

However, we understand the value of this information to athletes, and want to make this process easier through future research and development.

Generally speaking, if you are exercising for less than 90 minutes, you won't need to worry about replenishing electrolytes, as this will happen naturally through your diet.

For longer periods of exercise, you can replenish your electrolytes using a sports drink with 0.5-1.0 g of electrolytes per Litre of fluid. Exact amounts will depend on your personal sweat rate, sweat sodium concentration, performance goals, and the exact length of exercise.

I want my urine data to remain private, how will it be handled?

Ureaqa was created to give users autonomy over their urine data, so the data we collect is used to personalize your experience by developing a more accurate user profile. Your test results and any personal information are stored anonymously on our private database. Ureaqa does maintain rights to use test result data, so long as there is no discernable connection between the user and the information. Any data used will remain anonymous, and will only be used for development of our algorithm or to improve your experience by providing additional insights based on your hydration data. In all cases, your data will remain anonymous and disconnected from any personal information collected.

For more information, you can read our privacy policy.

Can Ureaqa be used for medical purposes?

No. Ureaqa is designed specifically for athletes and to optimize athletic performance. We do not claim that using Ureaqa provides any health benefits beyond this. It is not to be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Always see a medical professional and follow their advice if you have concerns about your health.

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Additional Resources

Ureaqa is committed to staying up to date with ongoing scientific research to ensure our products are valuable to athletes. Throughout product development, we have been reviewing notable studies, and speaking with researchers and authors. A few examples are shown below. As always, contact us at any time for questions or to continue the conversation together.

G. H. Evans, L. J. James, S. M. Shirreffs, and R. M. Maughan, “Optimizing the restoration and maintenance of fluid balance after exercise-induced dehydration,” Journal of Applied Physiology, pp. 945–951, Jan. 2017.

C. N. Bardis, S. A. Kavouras, G. Arnaoutis, D. B. Panagiotakos, and L. S. Sidossis, “Mild Dehydration and Cycling Performance During 5-Kilometer Hill Climbing,” Journal of Athletic Training, pp. 741–747, Dec. 2013.

D. J. Casa, L. E. Armstrong, S. K. Hillman, S. J. Montain, R. V. Reiff, B. S. E. Rich, W. O. Roberts, and J. A. Stone, “National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Fluid Replacement for Athletes,” Journal of Athletic Training, pp. 212–224, Jun. 2000.

L. E. Armstrong, J. A. Herrera Soto, F. T. Hacker, Jr., D. J. Casa, S. A. Kavouras, and C. M. Maresh, “Urinary Indices During Dehydration, Exercise, and Rehydration,” International Journal of Sports Nutrition, pp. 345–355, May 1998.


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