We know that our body is healthy when urine has a light yellow color. If urine has a darker yellow color, it indicates that we are dehydrated and we need to drink more water.
Since ancient times, urine color has proved to be a very useful tool to indicate various diseases. Therefore, any change in color, density or smell can show us that something is wrong in our body.
Every day we eliminate through urine hundreds of wastes our body doesn’t need and which come from food or drink. Furthermore, urine can warn us regarding to health problems and shows us if something is wrong. Urine may have a different color or odor, which becomes evident and very disturbing.
Here are 8 urine types that may indicate something about our health:
Light yellow urine
The urine of a healthy person has the yellow color, almost transparent. The typical color is due to a pigment called urobilinogen. This is an indication that we are adequately hydrated. If the yellow color is darker or more intense, it means that we are dehydrated.
However, if the urine is too clear and the person feels the need to urinate frequently, then the body can be “poisoned” with water or too hydrated. This happens if you drink excess water. On the other hand, if the urine is clear and we feel the need to urinate frequently, but we didn’t drink too much fluid, then it is possible to suffer from diabetes.
Cloudy urine may indicate the presence of phosphates, the result of kidney stones. If urine remains cloudy for several days, it is a sign of a urinary tract infection and you should see your doctor. Generally, cloudy urine is usually accompanied by a strong odor and we often need to go to the toilet.
For men, the urine may be cloudy or dirty because sperm remained in the urinary tract.
Bluish-green colored urine
In general, this color is given by a food you’ve eaten before, especially if it was green or blue. For example, asparagus can give this color to your urine.
On the other hand, a greenish or bluish tinge may indicate that you are in the changing vitamins or medication period. If none of these cases explain the bluish-green hue, you should seek medical advice.
Consumption of foods such as cloudberry fruits (orange berries), beets, carrots and other orange foods can make urine to adopt this nuance. Certain medicines or dehydration may be the culprits too.
Such color can occur if you eat beans, rhubarb, or you’ve taken certain medications. In the worst case, brown-colored urine indicates chronic dehydration or liver problem.
In this case, almost no color change is observed, but sometimes there is a darker shade that can alarm us. Very foamy urine can indicate that you have too much protein in the body.
In fact, there is no such thing like nice-smelling urine, but we can tell the difference between normal smelling urine and the one that has a too strong flavor. Drinking coffee or asparagus may be the culprits.
Pink or red urine
This pink or red hue may be given by certain foods that have these colors. Eating currants, rhubarb and other red foods can change the color of your urine. However, this may be due to drug addiction, due to blood presence in the urine or due to an infection. If urine doesn’t regain its normal color in 24 hours, you should see your doctor.
In the worst cases, pink or red urine color is a sign of kidney cancer, inflamed prostate or kidney stones.