If you’ve never looked at the color of your urine, you should start. You may not realize this, but the consistency and color of urine can speak volumes about your health.
There are actually certain medical conditions that you can diagnose just by looking at your urine. In fact, your urine color can even determine if your dehydrated.
What Your Urine Color Really Means
Here’s what the color of your urine says about your health.
Pink to Red
If your urine is pink to red, and you might have eaten beets or blackberries lately. According to Prevention, those foods can turn your urine pink or red. However, if you haven’t, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
The Cleveland Clinic says you could be facing serious medical issue such as kidney disease, a urinary tract infection, or prostate problems. Your doctor will need to run tests to find out why your urine has turned this color.
Cloudy to Green
If your urine is green, it could be due to something you’ve eaten. However, according to Prevention, if your urine is cloudy you could have either a kidney infection, or kidney stones.
If your urine is more cloudy, you need to contact your doctor. Your infection could be out of control.
Clear to Pale Straw
If your urine is clear, or the color of pale straw, Cleveland Clinic says that you’re healthy. Clear to pale urine means you’re properly hydrated, and your kidneys are working the way they should.
You want to strive to keep your urine as pale as it will go. The more water you drink, the clearer your urine will be.
As soon as your urine starts turning darker shades, you should take notice of the color change. Your kidneys are trying to tell you something about your health. You’ll need to pay attention.
Amber to Light Orange
If your urine is any shade of amber or light orange, you’re on the verge of dehydration. It’s time to grab a big glass of water. The closer your urine is to light orange, the more dehydrated you are.
You should also pay attention to the smell. If your urine starts to smell like ammonia, you’re severely dehydrated, according to WebMD. Time to drink more water. To avoid that, keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day.
Your urine can tell you a lot about your health. Don’t avoid looking at it. Keep an eye on it. As soon as your urine leaves the healthy pale straw color, schedule an appointment with your doctor.