What Can The Color Of Urine Say About Your Health?

You probably never give it much of a thought when you pee, but the color of your urine can say a great deal about your health. We're here to help translate!

First, the basics. Urine is 95% water, but that other 5% can vary a great deal. 

Our urine also contains creatinine, urea, potassium, organic and inorganic matter, and while the color is usually a shade of yellow (from urobilin), other waste products can also influence the color.

Let's go through each of the most common colors for urine.

1. Clear

Clear urine may actually mean you are overhydrated, or may be the result of a chemical imbalance.

2. Light yellow

Light yellow urine is healthiest, reflects adequate hydration, but also shows that you're expelling waste products.

3. Cloudy

Cloudy urine may be a symptom of a bladder infection; the cloudiness results from excess mucus or protein secretion.

4. Medium yellow to dark yellow

The darker the yellow, the more dehydrated your body, meaning you need to drink more water. Darker yellows may also be the result of a water-soluble vitamin overload (for instance, too much vitamin B or too much vitamin C).

5. Orange

Orange urine can be the result of too much bilirubin, gallstone issues, or liver disease. Consider consulting your doctor.

6. Pink

Pink urine could be the result of red in your diet (such as too many beets), but can also be the result of blood in your urine. Consider consulting a urologist.

7. Darker pink to reddish

Darker pink shades mean more blood in the urine, or the result of a cancer or bladder infection. See a doctor as soon as possible.

8. Brown

A few meds may make urine brown, but this can also be the result of kidney or liver disease, or reflective of (at least partial) kidney failure, which, among other things, can be brought on by overexercise. Again, seek immediate medical attention.

9. Other colors?

Other colors such as green or blue can result from artificial dyes in the diet or from meds. Most often flushing your system out with lots of water will do the trick.

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