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What your urine color says about your health

What your urine color says about your health? Does the color of your urine mean anything?

What your urine colour says about your health and what you should do:

1. Clear
2. Light yellow
3. Dark yellow
4. Light pink/bright red
5. Dark brown
6. Green/blue
7. Orange
8. Purple
9. Cloudy or murky

What your urine color says about your health
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Your urine colour often depends on 5 things:

• how much water you drink
• the medications you’re taking
• what you eat
• disease conditions &
• exercise

You should be concerned if the colour of your pee is significantly abnormal.

1. Clear urine (clear as sweat)

It means you might have:
• Taken excess fluids (over-hydration).

So you need to drink a little less. Although hydration is good, drinking excess water when you’re already well-hydrated can make you lose electrolytes from your body.

2. Light yellow/amber urine

It means you might have:
• Drunk enough water and your body is well-hydrated.

This is the NORMAL COLOUR of the pee of most healthy individuals!

Continue drinking water at the current amount. No need to increase or decrease.

3. Dark yellow urine

It means you might have:
• Taken excess B vitamins
• Been dehydrated e.g. when more than 8 hours have passed since your last drink of water.

Drink some water, limit dehydrating foods/drinks e.g. soda, & check the medications you’re talking.

4. Light pink/bright red urine

It means you might have:
• Eaten reddish foods e.g. blueberries
• Taken pills e.g Rifampicin
• Blood in your pee (haematuria) due to
– prostate problems
– kidney stones
– bladder or kidney cancer, etc

See your doctor for possible evaluation

5. Dark brown or cola-coloured urine

It means you might have:
• Severe dehydration
• Done excess exercise
• Taken drugs like phenytoin, Flagyl, chloroquine, etc
• Eaten fava beans, aloe, or rhubarb
• Liver or kidney problems

Drink lots of water and see your doctor.

6. Green/blue urine

It means you might have:
• Taken dyes
• Taken drugs like phenols
• Blue diaper syndrome (familial benign hypercalcemia) a disorder in which children have blue urine
• Infection with a germ called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

See a doctor for possible checks.

7. Orange urine

It means you might have:
• Dehydration
• Taken multivitamins
• Eaten yellowish foods e.g. carrots
• Urinary infection (UTI)

N/B: If you have light-colored poo also, it may indicate a problem with your liver or bile

Drink water and see your doctor for checks

8. Purple urine: might be due to a medical condition called Porphyria.

9. Cloudy or murky urine: might be due to urinary tract infections.

In both cases, see your doctor for a proper medical check-up.

First Doctor

This post was last modified on January 25, 2022 5:02 pm

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