What does the color of your urine say about you?

Ask yourself this question: how often do you check the color of your urine? It is frequently more noticed by the average person how regularly we go to the bathroom or if it hurts when we urinate, however we seldom stop to check or give much thought to the color of our urine. The color of the contents swirling away in the toilet bowl can tell us a lot about our current state of health. In a way is one of those certain details that our body leaves for us to notice. There are approximately 9 different colors that mean something different.

50 Shades of Yellow

·         The universally known color of urine is pale yellow. In essence, this means that we have a healthy system. It means that you are a normal, healthy and with a good hydration. Ideally, if you are at a pale straw color, you are fine. But, it I also normal that if the color is more leaning towards a more transparent yellow shade. Nothing to be alarmed of. 


·         If your urine is transparent, no color whatsoever, it means that you are drinking a lot of water. It is nothing wrong with that, but to keep your digestive and urine system in good shape you might want to cut back a bit on those water bottles. 


·         In the other side of the spectrum, darker shades of yellow in your urine mean that you are not properly hydrated. A dark yellow color means that your body is not getting enough water. Nothing serious yet, but just to be on the safe side, go have a glass of H20.


·         If the color of your urine is leaning towards a more amber or honey-like color, then it means that you are dehydrated and that you need to drink some water. You are at the healthy limit. In case that your urine is no longer yellow and looking a bit “brownish”, similar to syrup, you might be severely dehydrated and are in need of water urgently. However, it could also mean that you have a liver disease. Ideally if you drink enough water it should take care of it, however if it persists, you might need to go to the doctor’s office.


What if it’s not yellow?


There are some cases when the color of our urine might come out at different colors. Orange, for example is a normal color that could mean several things. It can indicate that you are not drinking enough water, and with a proper hydration you might take care of the issue, but it also could mean that you ate something with food dye. However if this color persists it might be an indication of a liver or bile duct condition, in that case it is recommended that you consult with your doctor.

Blue or Green Urine is nothing to be alarmed of in case that it occurs. It can be a food dye or something that you ate. It should not be something that happens often, in case it does a visit to the doctor’s office might be in order.

Finally, red or pink urine can cause for a person to really be concerned about their health. It can be that you ate some blueberries, beets or rhubarb recently. However if this is something that happens repeatedly, you will need to contact your doctor, as it could be indication of something that needs checking.


Other factors to check for


Foaming of even fizzing urine often indicates excess protein in your diet, however excessive foaming is not a normal indication. If it happens all the time, contact your doctor.


The odor that comes with urine shouldn’t be al that strong, but if your urine has a strong smell, like ammonia, or a particularly strong odor it could mean that there is an infection present. Diabetics might have a sweet smell in their urine due to the excess of sugar in their system.


The average human being takes around six to eight bathroom breaks during a normal day. It depends of the amount of fluids that person drinks normally. Going constantly is not normal and it might be an indication of a considerable issue that must be checked with a doctor. You should be able to control the urine that comes but, but if you loose that ability, then you might have incontinence


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