What Your Urine Color Says About Your Health
Sometimes we do not have to look very far to determine whether there is something wrong with our health. Our body is giving us signals for whenever there is something not quite right. One of our body’s ways to warn us is through urine color.
This is no new discovery. As a matter of fact, ancient cultures relied on those signs to diagnose any form of sickness. Nowadays, we no longer trust ourselves and rather ignore those signals.
Since this is something that each one of us can monitor on our own, I want to list indicators for health related problems based on urine color.
Urine color: Light Yellow
The yellow color comes as part of the elimination process of toxins in the body. A darker tone in the urination can indicate a sign of dehydration.
Other signs of dehydration aside from darkening of the urine include:
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth
Urine color: Yellow/Orange
Orange urine can mean that you have consumed high amounts of vitamin C. Some food such as beets, carrots or any natural food in orange can lead to this color.
Medications such as blood thinner warfarin or antibiotic rifampin, as well as some laxatives may dye your urine orange.
If the orange coloration goes more into a dark orange brown color, then you should see a doctor. This can mean that there is a liver or gastrointestinal problem.
Urine color: Clear
Urine without any colors probably means you’ve been drinking a lot of water or other fluids. The lighter the color, the more hydrated you are. On average you should drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water. Drinking more than this on a daily basis leads to over hydration and shows clear urine.
Urine color: Brown
Brown urine can show that you ate beans or rhubarb. Medications, such as some antibiotics, laxatives, muscle relaxants or antimalarial drugs can be a reason for the brown coloration.
However, it can also indicate some serious health issues. It can suggest a liver problem, like hepatitis. Another reason could be dry blood from the kidneys, bladder or urinary tract.
If your urine is brown you definitely need to see a doctor.
Urine color: Pink, Red or Bloody
Foods, such as blueberries, beetroot, blackcurrants or rhubarb can turn urine pink. Laxatives or antipsychotics can cause the discoloration.
Red urine can also have a very concerning reason. It could come from an infection from the kidney travelling down through the bladder or urethra. Kidney stones can also cause blood in the urine.
The most common reason is a cystitis- or urinary tract infection.
In general, if you see your urine is red, let a doctor tell you what the reason is.
Urine color: Blue-Green
A blue or green tone in your urine can have harmless explanations. Usually people panic when they see this coloration in their urine. Certain medications as well as some vitamins can cause the discoloration. If you are sure you are not taking any medications or supplements make sure to see a doctor.
Also medical procedures like X-rays scans with intravenous dyes can cause the change of color into greenish-blue.
Urine consistence: Cloudy
Cloudy urine can mean that there is phosphate in your urine. Whilst this occurance is usually not to worry, over a certain amount of time it can however indicate kidney stones. Id the cloudiness in your urine intensifies and you experience burning when urinating, make sure to see a doctor. Urgency of urinating in combination can signal a urinary tract infection. An immediate treatment is recommended. If left untreated, urinary tract infections can lead to chronic kidney infections.
Urine usually does not really smell like anything. The smell of urine really much depends on some foods that we eat. Asparagus, for example, is known to leave a strong smell in the toilette. Coffee can change the smell of your urine as well.
If you smell some unusual foul smell, it is advised to visit a doctor. Really smelly urine can be a sign of an infection. In fact about 99 out of a 100 reported cases are diagnosed for being an infection.