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The Color Of Your Urine Reveals A Lot More About Your Health Than You Realize

The Color Of Your Urine Reveals A Lot More About Your Health Than You Realize

The color of your urine is a great way to understand if your body is working properly. Urine color can tell a lot about the amount of water you consume, the food you eat and also your medications.

With our daily responsibilities, it becomes difficult for us to pay attention to our health. We might not get the time to have a healthy meal, drink water or even do a quick 5-minute exercise. Our days pass by so fast that we can hardly pay attention to our health or any symptoms our body displays. Checking the urine is one of the easiest ways to know if your health is intact. According to the Mayo Clinic, an unusual urine color can be an indication of a disease. 

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The urine color is highly dependant on the amount of water consumed by the body. It is always better to consume enough water and stay hydrated as fluids dilute the yellow pigments in urine. The more fluid you intake, the clearer your urine will be. However, in some cases, the urine can change colors. Each color can be an indication of a particular health problem. 

1. Dark yellow

According to Harvard Health, if your urine is dark yellow, it means that your urine consists of water and other waste products. However, it may contain less water and more waste products flushed by your kidneys. Sometimes, it may also be due to the intake of vitamins and other supplements. High dose of these can lead to a dark, bright neon yellow color. The vitamin that can contribute to this is vitamin B2, known as riboflavin, a common ingredient in most multivitamins according to Well Health. However, this color pee is harmless.

2. Brown 

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Brown can be a cause of concern. The build-up of bilirubin in the blood may be a reason for the brown color of the urine. It is usually caused due to liver conditions such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. It may also be caused due to the blockage of bile ducts by gallstones or any other obstacle.  A condition known as hemolytic anemia can also be a reason for the color change reports Harvard Health. 

Sometimes, it might occur due to a serious form of skin cancer known as melanoma that allows traces of melanin in the urine. The food that you eat such as fava beans and rhubarb can also contribute to brown urine. 

3. Pale yellow

According to Well Health, if your pee is pale yellow, you can sit back and relax. It means that you are well hydrated. It also means that your body has enough fluids to avoid the urine from being too concentrated. For even better health, your urine should be pale straw in color. However, if it is lighter than that, you are absolutely fine and might have to go to the washroom quite frequently. 

4. Amber yellow

 According to Healthline, deep amber color means that it contains a  pigment urochrome known as urobilin. The dilution and concentration of your urine depend on the appearance of this pigment. The more hydrated you are, the lighter will be the appearance of this pigment in your urine. Therefore, drinking more water is important if you notice amber color urine. Dehydration is a very serious issue and can cause various problems such as kidney stones, urinary infections, and low blood volume, reports Medical News Today

5. Transparent or clear 

Clear urine is an indication of perfect health. It means that you are consuming the recommended amount of water. However, beware of overhydration. While it is a great thing to stay hydrated, too much of anything can do some harm. Too much water can rob your body of electrolyte content. Therefore, have the recommended amount of water and also watch out if you continuously have clear urine. It is better to cut down a few glasses in that case. 

Apart from having water and juices, you can also keep your body hydrated with orange slices, grapefruit, jello, watermelon, grapes, and veggies like cucumber and carrots. Consuming soups and broths can also be a great option. 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urine-color/symptoms-causes/syc-20367333
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/red-brown-green-urine-colors-and-what-they-might-mean
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-the-color-of-your-urine-says-about-you-infographic/
https://rightasrain.uwmedicine.org/well/health/what-color-your-pee-says-about-your-health
https://www.healthline.com/health/bright-yellow-urine
https://www.healthline.com/health/urine-color-chart#colors
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153363.php
https://www.roswellpark.org/cancertalk/201808/electrolytes-what-are-they-what-happens-if-you-dont-have-enough

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.