Everyone knows that urine, once analyzed, can give us important information about our state of health, however, few imagine that even a quick glance at color can reveal a lot about our lifestyle and the degree of well-being of the organism. It is no coincidence, in fact, that color is also among the first parameters of the exams.
Many parts of our body provide us with the key to interpreting what happens inside it. Nails, hair, spots where pimples appear, and more are spies of health. In this article the dr. Dario Sanninoinstead shows us what the different colors of urine can reveal about our state of well-being.
The smell, texture and color of urine can be evaluated to understand not only what we ate and our degree of hydration but also, in some cases, make us suspect the presence of certain diseases.
Urine it is made up mostly of water (at least 95%), but the rest is a surprising complexity of ingredients they include urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, as well as various inorganic and organic compounds. The most common color of urine is yellow, caused by the presence of urobilin, a biochemical waste product generated by the breakdown of old red blood cells.
The urine may have, depending on the case, a different color which generally ranges from transparent yellow to intense yellow but, in some cases, also tinged with red. In any case, keep in mind that there may be some external factors that can affect the color of your urine. These are different types of drugs including laxatives and chemotherapy drugs. If you are undergoing medical treatment and you see a change in the color of your urine, it is better to ask the specialist if changes in this sense are normal.
Let’s now discover the different possible colors of urine.
- Clear and transparent urine
When the urine is clear and transparent it simply means that you are drinking too much water. Just reduce consumption to see the liquid return to a more yellow color. Excessive hydration, while not as dangerous as dehydration, can still create a problematic chemical imbalance in the blood.
- Straw yellow
When the urine is pale yellow this indicates a good degree of hydration of the organism and more generally good health.
- Light yellow
Even the lighter yellow than the straw yellow it is a sign of good health.
- Dark yellow
In most cases a dark yellow colored urine signals the need to drink more water.
- Amber or honey
Urine that tends to be honey yellow or amber is too focused. It is therefore necessary drink a lot of water.
- Yellow tending to brown
When urine takes on a brownish or even brownish color it could indicate severe dehydration or the presence of some liver disease. If, despite drinking at least 1 and a half or 2 liters of water a day, the color does not change, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
- Pink or Red
If you have consumed foods such as beets and blueberries do not worry it is only the residual color of these foods. Otherwise it is better to go to the bottom, it could be urinary infections or prostate problems but also to be a warning of more serious pathologies such as kidney disease or cancer.
Even urine is orange in color must be analyzed, it could be simply a lack of water but also signal the presence of hepatobiliary disease. Better always check with your doctor.
- Green or blue
Eating asparagus can, in some people, produce urine that tends to green (everyone sees the smell transformed). Also some medications and food dyes produce greenish urine but this can also be a sign of a bacterial infection. The same goes for urine that tends to blue: often a consequence of the use of certain drugs or dyes and only in rare cases of metabolic disorders. For safety, always contact your doctor.
- Foamy urine
If, beyond the color, your urine is frothy this it could indicate eating too much protein in your diet or a kidney problem. If it appears frequently, check with your doctor.
The dr. Sannino reminds us that the color of urine can only give a first generic indication after they will undoubtedly be the necessary analyzes and tests to assess the presence of any problems. Always contact your doctor in case you notice suspicious urine that smells very strongly, feel burning or appear blood.