One of the first things you probably do in the morning and last things you probably do at night is head to the bathroom to pee. And, unless you are part camel, you probably make several trips per day in between to leave an offering at the porcelain altar. If you're vigilant, you can catch whether or not something is wrong with your health. All you have to do is take a quick peek before flushing to see what color your pee is.
It should come as no surprise that your urine says a lot about your health. After all, your doctor checks your urine at every check-up. You don't need a lab, though, to keep a watch on your pee. Just look at the color, because if it's off, it could indicate a problem.
When it comes to pee, try to remember this rule of thumb: the lighter, the better.
If your pee is so pale that it's practically clear in the toilet or the color of straw, then you should be happy. This is an indication that you're healthy and well hydrated.
If your pee is dark yellow or a golden color, it doesn't necessarily mean there is something wrong with you, but you're probably not getting enough clear fluids. You should drink more water.
If you peek in the toilet and find your pee is a deep yellow or shade of amber, you are probably dehydrated. You should definitely get some fluids into you right away. If the color persists, get to the doctor.
Pink or red pee could start indicating a problem. It most likely means blood is coloring your urine. This could mean a urinary tract infection, tumor, kidney disease, prostate disease or heavy metal poisoning. Any time your pee is on the pink or red side, get to the doctor quickly.
If your pee is orange, you could be having a liver or bile duct problem.
If you are shocked by a blue or green pee, it may be the sign of a very rare genetic disorder. Certain medications can also result in odd-colored urine.
If you find your pee is fizzy or foaming, you might have a kidney problem, or you might be eating too much protein.
Keep in mind, if you've consumed anything with dyes in it, or if you have certain toilet bowl cleaners with dyes, it could alter the color of your pee. Don't freak out if a color you didn't expect comes up.
Also, keep in mind, sometimes you could have a health problem and your pee can appear normal. Listen to your body. This pee monitoring is only might give you a heads-up if there's a problem; it shouldn't replace your annual physical or a trip to your doctor when you don't feel well.
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