We all know that urine is always yellow, right? Nope!
While the rainbow spectrum of urine isn’t quite as pretty as ROYGBIV, your pee can be more colorful –and informative– than you’d think. The color of your urine can be a handy indicator of health. If your urine isn’t a normal shade of yellow, it is always best to get checked out.
So what color is it?
You might be over-hydrated, which isn’t the worst thing in the world but can cause a chemical imbalance in the blood.
Pale Straw Color
This is ideal! Shows that you’re well hydrated and healthy.
Another normal color if infrequent, but you might be slightly dehydrated.
This can be a sign that you have a liver condition. Some medications can cause it. Or you may have eaten too many carrots! Best to get it checked out.
Worrisome sign. Can be a sign of severe dehydration, liver or kidney disease — call your doctor.
Have you been eating beets, rhubarb, or blueberries lately? Those foods can all cause a pinkish hue. If not, book an appointment with your doctor and have it checked as pink urine can be an indicator of something more serious.
Often means blood– you’ll want to contact your doctor if you’re seeing red in the toilet! Blood in your urine can be a sign of kidney disease, infection in the urinary tract, and even mercury poisoning. There are some meds that can turn urine red.
Eating lots of asparagus can cause green urine, but it can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection or an underlying medical condition. It’s a good idea to see your doctor.
This can be caused by certain medications, but can also be caused by familial hypercalcemia or “blue diaper syndrome.” Call your doctor.
Purple urine is very rare, but can occur in patients with long-term urinary catheters. It’s most common in elderly women, and seeing it for the first time is scary!! I’ve only seen it once myself and admit I had a WTF moment.
Dark Brown or Black
Some medications and food, like fava beans and aloe, can cause dark brown urine. Severe underlying medical conditions and things like copper poisoning or melanoma can also cause it, so it’s best to get checked immediately.
White or Milky
Can be a sign of a urinary tract infection – call your doctor.
Colors are pretty but not when it comes to your urine. When in doubt, get it checked out.
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