7 Urine Colors That Reveal your health
It is known that normal, human urine has a yellow color, but many people often notice a change in the color, which varies from dark to bright. Bloody, murky or discolored urine can alarm and cause panic that there is something physically wrong with your body. If you want to find more, continue reading this article.
Urine’s normal color ranges from amber to a translucent yellow. It is a product of cellular metabolism and is a sterile liquid that is expelled from the body. Certain beverages, diseases and foods can affect the appearance of the urine. Urochrome, a pigment, is the cause of the amber to yellow color of the normal urine. The urine gets a darker color (amber) when you don’t get enough fluids. Usually, there’s no cause for alarm if your urine is on the darker spectrum. Drinking more fluids, preferably water, will solve this.
Light yellow to clear colored urine is typical for people who are properly hydrated. However, if you are over hydrated or have water intoxication, you can also have clear urine. Be careful if you have increased urination, especially clear colored urine, because if it is not a result of great water intake, then it can be a sign of diabetes.
After drinking too much alcohol, your urine will become clear, because alcohol is a diuretic and it increases the rate you have to pee. Also, alcohol forces an increase in urination and your body is forced to extract water from other organs, along with other important electrolytes in your body. This is why you feel sick and have a headache after drinking alcohol excessively.
• If your urine is green or blue that is usually caused by a food, a drink or a medication. For example, asparagus can affect the odor of the urine and make it appear greener.
• Red or pink urine can be caused by certain foods that are naturally red, or by some prescription drugs and laxatives. But if it is blood that is causing this change in color, then that can be a sign of a medical condition like bladder stones, kidney cancer or enlarged prostate.
• Murky urine can be a sign of kidney stones or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Also, if men notice murky urine, it might be semen left in the urinary tract that causes the urine to be cloudy.
• Orange urine is usually caused by certain medications with dyes, rhubarb, blackberries and beets. Also it can be caused by dehydration and jaundice.
• Foamy urine, if excessive, can be a sign of ingesting too much protein.
Usually a drastic change in urine color is caused by something you ate or drunk. Pay attention when and how often the changes occur. If you rule out medication or food as causes for the change in your urine color, contact your physician as soon as possible. Also consider these possible symptoms that may be related to a major health issue:
• Urinating only small amounts at a time;
• Leaking or dribbling urine uncontrollably;
• Urinating more frequently than usual;
• Painful urination;
• Producing more urine than usual;
• Trouble urinating or infrequent urination;
• Frequently urinating at night.
Consult a physician in order to be sure that you are not suffering from any serious disease.