What does your urine color say about you?

Urine can say a lot about you and your health. Back in the days, urine was doctor’s only pathway to understanding what is going on inside a patient’s body. It still is an important part of medical diagnosis, getting your urine tested is still part of the normal health check.

Therefore, I believe the color of your urine is not something to be ignored. Actually, the color is not the only important indicator but the odor as well.. But I will not go deep into that for fear of scaring off potential readers.

But first, let me tell you a bit of background on how I came to be interested in the topic of urine and health. During the final exams last semester I broke my health rules and fell into a cycle of late night studying – and inseparable from this is late night snacking. During those times, I ate large amounts of sweets. Then, I started to notice a change; in my urine.

It was very yellow despite the fact that I drank the same amount of water. I immediately looked to my dietary habits as the cause. I noticed a pattern of dark-colored urine that usually follows large consumptions of sweets. Although I still haven’t the precise answer to this, through my research, I found that the cause of the dark urine could be excess vitamins being expelled from the body, or if it smells sweet then it is excess glucose being expelled by the liver. Other than food reasons, the cause of dark yellow urine would be liver diseases, etc., which I really hope not…

I believe my body was trying to send me warning messages through urine.

So, here are the types of urine color and their messages on how you should be changing your bad habits!

(I liked the format of this info graphic, but the information is a bit shallow. And sometimes even comical… Isn’t this supposed to be an official health website?? So, I have added some additional information in the captions).

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Colorless/white urine is normally accompanied with cloudiness. And cloudiness is bad sign of health implications such as urinary tract infections.
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Amber or honey: Could also mean you are taking an excess of caffeine or salt. Then other more serious health issues e.g. hematuria; decreased urine production (oliguria or anuria); metabolic problem; pituitary problem (ADH, or antidiuretic hormone).
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Orange: Can be a result of “holding your bladder” for too long OR over-consumption of orange foods (carrots, squash, or food dyes). The drug Pyridium (phenazopyridine) or liver or pituitary problem (ADH, or antidiuretic hormone).

Bright colored urine like blue/green/pink: Usually associated with consumption of food dyes, foods like asparagus (green, with smelly odor), or excess vitamins.

Note: About the urine color changes due to high-pigment foods like pink/orange. I NEVER had this problem even though in the past I consumed HUGE amounts of orange-colored foods like oranges, sweet potatoes, or carrots – to the point where my palms turned orange. And I also used to be raspberries obsessed where I would eat nearly 1 kg worth of frozen raspberries or blueberries with every meal. Yet, at that time, my urine color was always straw colored as I also drank large amounts of water.

Therefore, I wonder how much of those pigmented foods must be consumed to cause visible changes in urine color?

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source: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/10/what-the-color-of-your-urine-says-about-you-infographic/

In conclusion, I believe your body is constantly communicating with you with regards to the state of your health. For example, through changes in urine, skin, hair, etc. Therefore, it is not something to be ignored. Sometimes we are too busy with our lives to notice these messages. But making small changes earlier on is always preferable than sitting in the doctor’s office receiving bad news with a darkened and guilty face.

So, let’s make small health changes and have straw-colored urine together!

– Izzy

P.S. Please share your opinions on this health matter OR correct any mistakes I may have made in the comments section!