Symptoms, conditions and causes

What Your Urine Color Says about Your Health

What Your Urine Color Means

Urine is filtered blood. Your kidneys work to recycle essential substances while removing waste products as urine. Here's what your urine color might indicate:

  • Clear: You're likely overhydrated. Proper hydration means balancing electrolytes with the right water intake. Drink when thirsty, especially during exercise or when sweating.

  • Normal Colors: Aim for amber, yellow, or straw-colored urine. The yellow comes from a blood pigment.

  • Red/Pink: Often means blood is present. Seek medical advice as this can indicate kidney stones, infections, menstruation, or more serious concerns.

  • Orange/Fluorescent Yellow: Usually caused by vitamins (especially B vitamins), certain medications, or food dyes. Rarely, it might signal liver or gallbladder issues.

  • Blue/Green: Could be due to dyes in food or medications, or medical conditions. Asparagus can sometimes turn urine green!

  • Dark Brown: A sign of dehydration. Very dark brown urine could rarely indicate liver problems.

Other Indicators

  • Foamy Urine: May mean high protein intake or, less commonly, kidney issues. Consider reducing protein and seeing if it improves.

  • Cloudy Urine: Usually indicates an infection, like a UTI. Excess dietary sugar can contribute to UTIs.

Last updated: Apr 03, 2024 19:08 PM