What Does Your Urine Color Reveal About You?

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The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of your health. As a result, human urine has always been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. It can reveal what you’ve been eating, how much you’ve been drinking, and what diseases you have.

So what do the shades of the urine color mean?


1. Transparent

If your urine is completely clear, it may be a sign that you’re drinking excessive water. Contrary to popular belief, there are risks associated with drinking large amounts of water, including diluting the salts in your body.

In general, if you’re drinking so much that your urine looks like water, you probably are drinking more than you need.

2. Pale Straw/Amber/Honey

Lighter shades of yellow indicate that you are well-hydrated. But if the color darkens, it could be a sign that you need to refuel with fluids.

3. Brown Ale

If you notice shades of brown in your urine, it could simply be a sign that you are dehydrated. However, it could also be indicative of a problem in the liver.

4. Pink To Reddish

This is usually a warning sign. Some food and substances may cause a pinkish/red color. But if it occurs due to blood, then it’s a cause for alarm.

There’s a huge list of conditions both benign and malignant that can lead to the presence of blood in the urine, anything from medical kidney disease to a UTI, stones in the kidneys or bladder or the more serious cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate.

5. Blue Or Green

Diseases like porphyria (an inherited enzyme condition) can result in a person having blue or green urine.

Sometimes, people can urinate in strange colors after eating dyed foods. It depends on how well the dyes are absorbed by the gut and how easily they pass into the kidney and make their way out of the GI tract.

However, for most people, food dyes don’t majorly affect them. Likewise, certain medications may also cause changes in urine color.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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JulieLilygreenRusson 5pts

No wonder we are all paranoid. Articles like this do my head in. I think i have peed every colour there is. Nonsense

ryanedwards20808 5pts

cloudy brownish dark orange has bin for years but never had straight red blood come from outa my dick hole after wtf dude

Marydyn Baloy
Marydyn Baloy 5pts

Speaking foreign language is difficult. We need to study hard to master every details like grammar ,correct diction/ pronounciation , the past,present and future tense. i know i commtted some mistakes/error but fb user are broad minded.

Yeligeti Karuna Shankar
Yeligeti Karuna Shankar 5pts

There is a possibility d protein loss if the urine colour looks like Better check for protein in urine

Marydyn Baloy
Marydyn Baloy 5pts

BE sure u are healthy and no INFECTIOUS DISEASE..

Marydyn Baloy
Marydyn Baloy 5pts

my urine is powerful, it helps to cured my terrible head ache when i drink ..smells good so fresh , the color is clear like a water .

Eme Torres
Eme Torres 5pts

if it's yellow then healthy. i wash down the coffee etc..lol

Sherry Mattison
Sherry Mattison 5pts

The appearence of light means I'm drinking a good amt of water dark means I need to drink more

Tommy Chamberlain
Tommy Chamberlain 5pts

this is part of Tibetan, Russian, Farsi Culture medical standards as besides being a legend of health, it is the body's pharmacy that creates the remedies for the body in it's urine. . . .which Western Culture rejects.

Bernadine Siegel
Bernadine Siegel 5pts

I don't have a clue about the color -- but I do know Medicare no longer pays for the test. Welcome to Obamacare!

Ebba Glasell
Ebba Glasell 5pts

I am only drinking fluids at the moment, loads of tea & water, so it's btween transparent and yellow for me personally!

Michael Ramirez
Michael Ramirez 5pts

Usually I won't comment but I believe this is important to mindful of.

Bhavin Patel
Bhavin Patel 5pts

can you suggest some home remedies for high uric acid

Jenny Hughes
Jenny Hughes 5pts

to much water? seriously? but then way am i still feeling dehydrated?

Aminath Ali
Aminath Ali 5pts

Yellow yellow yellow yellow...!!!???

ShawndaPortreyBurton 5pts

Low iron, perhaps? I know when I had dangerously low levels of iron, no amount of water would make a difference in how hydrated I felt. If you're not sure, it's worth looking into as anemia can cause a wide range of health issues such as heart problems, kidney and liver problems.....good luck:)