• What You Should Know About Your Urine Color

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  • Want to know what your urine say about your health? Check out the article we found over at Healthy Holistic Living on what you should know about your urine color.

    Everyone knows that normal, human urine is yellow in color, but many have often wondered what it means when the liquid they are expelling is a completely different color.

    Discoloration, murkiness and even blood can cause panic and alarm at the thought that there is something physically wrong with your body. If you’re curious about what you can learn just by looking at your urine, then read on.

    What is Normal Urine Supposed to Look Like?

    The normal color of urine can range from a translucent yellow to amber. It is a sterile liquid that is expelled from the body and is a product of cellular metabolism. The appearance of your urine can be affected by certain foods you eat, beverages you drink and diseases that you may be afflicted by. The yellow to amber color that normal urine has is due to a pigment called urochrome. When your urine is darker (amber), this usually is a sign you aren’t getting enough fluids. If your urine is on the darker spectrum of what it should normally look like, there’s typically no cause for alarm. All you need to do is get more fluids in your body, preferably water.

    Abnormal Urine Colors

    Sometimes your urine will take a dive completely off the light yellow to amber gold color chart. If this is the case, here are several possible urine colors you might be seeing and what they mean:

    • Green or blue urine: this is typically caused by something you ingested. Certain foods and beverages and medications have the ability to make your urine these colors, especially if they contain a blue dye. Asparagus has not only been known to make your urine appear greener, it can also affect your urine’s odor.
    • Red or pink urine: certain foods that are naturally red can cause these color changes in your urine. Laxatives and some prescription drugs can also be the cause of red urine. In some cases, blood in your urine stream can be a sign of a medical condition like an enlarged prostate, bladder stones or even kidney cancer.
    • Murky urine: this can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones. For men, semen left in the urinary tract can also cause urine to be cloudy or murky.
    • Orange urine: blackberries, beets, rhubarb and certain medications with dyes can cause this. Medical issues that can cause orange urine include jaundice and dehydration.
    • Foamy urine: this doesn’t affect the color or your urine. Instead, it accompanies urine at certain times, which may be cause for alarm. Excessive foam in your urine is typically a sign of ingesting too much protein.

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    While it is best not to panic at the first signs of abnormal urine color, you should not ignore it either. Consult a physician to ensure you aren’t suffering from something serious. If a change in urine color is accompanied by any of the above symptoms, notify your doctor immediately.

    photo credit: Cleveland Clinic

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