It seems that almost only a few gives any thoughts on the consistency and color of their urine. In recent studies, the color, smell, and consistency of your urine can say a lot about your state of health. Urine is composed of 95% water and other compounds such as creatinine, potassium, urea, dissolved ions and other organic and inorganic compounds. The yellow color of urine is due to the presence of urobilin, a waste product that was produced due to the breakdown of old red blood cells.
Listed below are the different urine colors and what they say about your current health.
A urine that is colorless indicates over-hydration. This can cause the effectiveness of electrolytes in your body that may cause chemical imbalance.
Light yellow urine color is the normal color. This shows that you are well hydrated.
One sign of bladder infection is a cloudy urine. This color comes from extra tissues, mucus, and proteins that broke down and merge in the body.
If your urine color is medium yellow, this indicates dehydration. It is recommended that you increase your water intake immediately.
A dark yellow urine color means that you are severely dehydrated. You need to start drinking something immediately (water would be the best option or you can also go for some tea)! Sometimes, the color can also be affected by excess intake of vitamin B supplements.
Urine with orange tint means that there’s excess bilirubin in your body. This is a by-product of red blood cells that breaks down. Orange urine color can also indicate gallstones obstructing your bile duct. It can also signify liver disease, or appear as a result of intake of urinary tract infection medicines.
If you consume beetroot, the color of your urine may turn pink but it could also mean that there may be some blood in your urine, which is not a good sign. In any case that you notice your urine turn pink, visit your urologist to make sure if there is nothing wrong.
Slightly Darker Pink
A dark pink color of urine is a sign of major health issue. This shows that there is more than a drop of blood in your urine that may be caused by a bladder infection, or worse, cancer. This can also be caused by bladder or kidney stones. If you see your urine in this color, do not waste time and go visit a urologist immediately.
Very Dark Pink
This is another urine color that you should not ignore. This color indicates that there is too much blood in your urine. This means that the bleeding has been left untreated for a while. In most cases, a very dark pink colored urine turns out to be caused by cancer. You have to consult with your doctor right away.
Although uncommon, brown colored urine may be caused by anti-malarial chloroquine or the antibiotic metronidazole. However, this urine color may also indicate kidney and liver disorders as well as too much exercise. When you work out, the muscles in your body uses myoglobin for energy, so if you exercise too often, it can leak into your bloodstream and get to your urine. Do not ignore if you happen to have urine of this color. Go to your doctor and take a myoglobin test because too much myoglobin can lead to kidney failure.
Blue or Green Urine
This color is caused by eating too many foods that are full of synthetic dyes. Green or blue urine is usually not a health concern but always make sure to drink a lot of water in order to dissolve the color.
Look at the chart below to see what your urine color tells about your health: