URINE And YOUR HEALTHUrine can indeed provide clue that you may be developing or actually have certain health conditions.
Look at the color of your urine:
- If your urine is brown or dark, it could be a sign of liver disease, antibiotic usage, kidney failure, or use of muscle relaxants. If you regularly eat Fava beans or rhubarb urine could also be dark-colored.
- If your urine is pink or red, it could be a by-product of eating beets. Urine can also be red-tinged if you are menstruating heavily, but otherwise blood should not be found in your urine.
- Green urine can occur due to food coloring, or because you take medications such as Indocin. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can also cause urine to appear greenish. Try drinking water to see if the color disappears.
- if it smells like ammonia, you may be dehydrated.
- if it has a foul odor, it could be a sign of a bladder or kidney infection.
- if it has a sweet smell, it could be a sign of diabetes.
Take note of changes in volume and frequency. Urinating more frequently but putting out the same volume may indicate a UTI or in men, an enlarged prostate. An increasing need to urinate larger volumes more frequently may indicate that you have diabetes.
Below is a Urine color chat:-
This Urine Color chat is a simple tool you can use to assess if you are drinking Enough fluids.
If your urine matches the colors numbered 1,2 or 3 you are Hydrated.
If your Urine Matches the colors numbered 4 through 8 your are Dehydrated and u need to drink more fluids.
Note:- If you are taking Vitamin supplements or multivitamins supplements, some of the the vitamins in the supplements can change the color of your urine for a few hours, making it bright yellow.
If you experience any of these changes in your urine, see your doctor.