Urine is made up of excess water and waste products that have been filtered by your kidneys from your body. Its natural light yellow color is due to excretion of a pigment found in your blood called urochrome. So, depending on the amount of fluids you drink, your urine can range in color from almost clear (hydrated) to dark orange or yellow (uber-dehydrated).
Keep in mind, a lot of the time, changes in the color of your pee are temporary and caused by artificial food colorings (which aren't good for you and you shouldn't be eating them anyway) or certain prescription medications. However, sometimes an abnormal urine color -- or even blood in your urine -- may indicate a serious health risk that should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
Here's a quick lowdown for you. Gross, we know, but important information that you should know.
When your urine is clear, like too clear, it can indicate:
When your urine is bright or neon yellow, it can indicate:
When your urine is dark yellow or gold, it usually indicates one thing:
When your urine is pink or red, it is usually indicative of:
When your urine is orange, it usually indicates:
If your urine is ever blue or green, it can indicate:
When your urine is dark brown or tea colored, it can indicate:
When your urine is cloudy or murky, it can indicate:
Ladies, also keep in mind your need to pee should not be urgent. Nor, in your 20s and 30s, should it leak out of you when you laugh or wake you up in the middle of the night (unless you're pregnant or you drank a big glass of water right before bed).
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