Is your urine a healthy color? Play with our interactive color wheel to see if you need to drink more water or call a doctor!
What lies in your toilet bowl can actually tell you a lot about your health. If you are curious about what your urine can tell you, we’ve got you covered. The Cleveland Clinic put together a great infographic about the color of urine and we took notice. We wanted to share similar information with our patients. See what the color of your urine could be telling you.
Why is Urine Important?
Urine is a by-product of the body’s disposal process. Excess water and various toxins filtered by the kidneys eventually show up in the urine. A natural pigment calledurochrome gives urine its yellow tint. The exact hue can vary depending on the concentration of the urine. Doctors have used urinalysis for centuries to gain insight into the health and function of various body systems. Changes in the color of your urine can indicate everything from slight dehydration to serious diseases such as cancer or diabetes.
What Color Is Your Urine?
No Color/Clear Urine: You’re drinking a lot of water and may need to decrease your intake.
Pale Yellow: This is normal. You’re healthy and hydrated.
Dark Yellow: Normal. But you should drink water soon.
Honey Color: Your are not getting enough water. Drink some now!
Brown Ale Color: This could be severe dehydration or liver disease. Drink water and see your doctor if this continues.
Pink or Light Red: If you’ve eaten beets, blueberries or rhubarb, this can change the color of your urine. If you haven’t eaten any of those then you may have blood in your urine. This could be a sign of kidney disease, tumors, UTIs or prostate problems We recommend contacting your doctor.
Orange: You may not be drinking enough water. This could also be a liver or bile duct condition, or even food dye. We recommend calling your doctor.
Blue/Green: This color is very rare. There is actually a genetic disease that can turn your urine this color. This could also be food dye or some medication you are taking. If you’re worried or it persists, call your doctor.
Call Urology Experts About Your Urine Color
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