When was the last time you took a leak and checked your urine color?
We take a leak each and every day, and almost none of us checks the color of his/hers urine.
It is understandable, who would want to watch himself pee. I know I don’t, at least not always.
However, you might want to check the color of your urine, at least once per week, as the color can tell you a lot about your overall health.
The color of the urine is not some new tool that medicine uses to define your health.
In fact, the color of the urine has been a factor that has been used for diagnostics since the beginning of medicine.
It is not just the color, but density and smell that also indicate how healthy you are.
The color changes depending on changes in your body and the color palette starts from no color, and can go to some strange colors and light nuances.
Here is the breakdown of urine’s color and what it means for your health.
Pale straw color
This is the normal color, and if you see it, it means you are in a good place.
Pale straw color indicates that you are healthy, well hydrated and there is no reason for concern.
When your urine has no color, and it is transparent, it is a sign of too much water in your body.
This happens mostly when you are trying to lose weight, and you are having one of those days “drink water all day”.
By doing so, you are consuming more water than your body needs, and some of it stays in your body.
Reduce your intake of water for the next few days until your urine color changes back to normal.
Another color that shows you are in a perfectly good health. The pale straw color might be the normal color of your body, but transparent yellow is also a nice indicator.
When your body lacks fluids, your urine color turns dark yellow.
Your health is in good condition, but your body needs more fluids. Increase your water intake by two to three glasses and you will be fine.
Another color that shows a lack of water and fluids. Orange can also be a sign of liver condition, food poison or bile duct condition. In any way, you cannot ignore it.
Brown ale color (syrup)
As many studies have shown, a brown ale color of your urine is a sign of liver problems.
It might be just a sign of dehydration, and a few glasses of water in the next two to three days might change the color back to normal.
However, if there are no changes in the color, it might be a sign for something more serious, a liver disease that requires the attention of a doctor.
Honey or amber color
While orange and dark yellow colors are minor signs of dehydration, if your urine color is closer to honey and amber color, your body is exhausted.
You have a dire need for liquids and water. If you ignore the problem, your body will dehydrate and the color of your urine will turn darker.
It is advisable that you get at least one glass of water immediately.
Pink or reddish color
Now we are getting to the strange colors section.
Your urine might turn pink to reddish if you have consumed blueberries or beets recently.
However, if that is not the case, pink or reddish color is a sign of blood in the urine.
In most cases, it is not a serious issue, but in some cases, it is a sign of a kidney disease, urinary tract infection, prostate problem, tumors or mercury poisoning.
In any case, it is better to be safe than sorry, so visit your doctor and consult with him.
Blue or green
It is a rare case, but green and blue colors of your urine are signs of bacterial infection in the urinary tract.
Another cause for a blue and green color of the urine is a genetic disease. If it lasts for more than one day, visit your doctor, as the color might turn to blue or green due to a food dye.
Foaming or fizzy urine
This is something that bodybuilders sometimes experience, as they consume too much protein.
Foaming or fizzy urine is a clear sign of excess protein in the diet, or sometimes, even a kidney problem. If it is persistent, it is best to schedule a visit to the doctor.