Color of Urine Helps To Determine Health Issues, Experts Suggest

Feb 16, 2016 04:20 AM EST | By Shilpa Chakravorty


Although it might seem disgusting, yet the color of urine suggests possible health issues of an individual according to a recent study.

The urine color can change according to the type of food consumed, the hydration level of the body, and even with the medications consumed on a daily basis, according to Daily Burn.

In a balanced diet, it is important to consume eight glasses of water daily. Hence, when the urine color is clear, it suggests that the individual is probably overhydrated, according to Jane Miller, MD, associate professor of urology at the University of Washington.

Miller says, the pale yellow color of the pee is a good sign, as it means that the individual is perfectly hydrated.

The bright yellow color pee that is luminous like a neon light might alarm some. However, it is just the color riboflavin being excreted out of the body. The excess amount that is stored in the body through the intake of foods rich in riboflavin or as a supplement will be shed off from the body through urine.

The brownish yellow color of the urine means it is concentrated and just an indication that the individual may be dehydrated.  However, according to Dr. Miller, "Just because your pee is concentrated doesn't mean you are dehydrated. Your kidneys are very good at concentrating the urine to keep you hydrated".

The brown color of the urine indicates the presence of a muscle protein called myoglobin. This condition is called rhabdomyolysis or rhabdo. This may need medical attention.

The bluish green or orange color of the pee may freak out people. Nevertheless, hang on! It is just the effects of medications. The medicines like Uribel and Phenazopyridine will cause such side effects. It will vanish once one stops the medication.

Pink or Red color of the urine may be mostly due to consumption of beets. But in a more alarming way, it might be due to the blood released with the urine. The presence of blood may be due to varied reason starting from UTI to cancer. So it is wise to visit a physician. 

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