WHAT DOES YOUR PEE SAY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?

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Can you remember the color of your last pee? Maybe yes, maybe not, but if you have never stopped to have a good look at the toilet to know the color of your pee before flushing, you may want to start that now because the color of your urine has a lot to tell you about your health.

A normal, healthy pee actually has a yellow color but the shade of it is pretty important. (Yellow is  from a pigment called urochrome) the darker that yellow becomes, the less hydrated your body is.

Although dehydration is a far greater concern than over-hydration, some people actually drink far more water than they need to. However, drinking so much water that your pee becomes clear can actually cause an imbalance in your electrolyte levels.

(Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood, your muscle function, and other important processes. You lose electrolytes when you sweat.)

It’s important to also  note  that urine can temporarily change colors depending on what you are eating, how hydrated you are, and any medications you are taking. Although it’s rare, some medications and foods can make your urine look green, or even blue!

Here are some of the colors you may notice with your pee and why

Tranlight-y-urinery1sparent – Yellow Pee: This is the normal urine color of a healthy, well-hydrated body. This is what it should look like.

 

 

 

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No color, Clear Pee or Pale Yellow Pee: This is a sign that you are drinking too much water.  It is good that you should always be properly hydrated, but if you drink too much water it would make your urine virtually colorless leading to over-hydration.

Also if the color is clear for a longer period of time, it could be a sign of diabetes insipidus. Those with this rare diabetes release too much water, affecting the color of urine. It also makes people more thirsty and interrupts their sleep cycles

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Dark Yellow Pee: when your pee carries this color, it’s still “normal” so you don’t need to worry much,  but you need to take more water daily because it’s a sign that you are getting close to dehydration.

 

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Neo Yellow Pee Do not worry so much if you urine is neo yellow; the change is most likely a result of too many vitamins. According to Neal Patel, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, “While the body can absorb the B and C vitamins quickly, it can’t store them. So it has to get rid of them in the urine.

 

cloudy3Cloudy Urine: This color of pee is more serious because it could be the sign of a bacterial infection such as cystitis, but in men it can be a sign of an STI or less commonly a condition such as retrograde ejaculation, where sperm enters the bladder.

 

 

cloudyGreen Colored Pee This could be caused by certain foods (such as asparagus), but it can also be a sign of a sexual infection, such as gonorrhea or it can be a sign of a UTI if caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a common Gram-negative bacterium that can cause disease in animals, including humans) The shade can also come from medications for Parkinson’s disease and antidepressants.

 

 

pink-redPink To Reddish-Colored Pee: If you’ve been noshing on red-pigmented foods like beets, rhubarb, or blueberries, then you’re probably fine. If not, you may have blood in your urine. This can be transitory, or it could be a sign of something more complicated: a urinary tract (UTI) or kidney infection; kidney stones or kidney disease; or cancer of the kidney, bladder or prostate. Of note, UTIs are far more common among women than men.

 

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Maple-Syrup-Colored Pee: Uh-oh! This is could suggest severe dehydration or liver disease, but don’t freak out yet just drink more water daily for a week and observe, if it continues then visit a doctor.

 

Foamy Or Fizzy Pee: If it only happens on occasion, then it’s just a cool hydraulic effect—you’ve got a good flow going. But if it happens every time you tinkle, it could indicate high protein in your urine, which you may need to get checked by your doctor.

Yeah, its obvious that water is a key player here, that’s right. Water keeps your organ system running like a well-oiled machine. The urinary tract is a prime beneficiary, but drinking water consistently also helps regulate your body temperature, clears your bowels, removes waste, and keeps your skin youthful. And that’s just a few of the benefits!

Note: In any case, if you’re concerned about the shade of your urine, see a urologist for further investigation.

By Victoria Gaji.

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