check for high protein levels, an indication of inflamed kidneys and possibly multiple myeloma (a form of bone marrow cancer); sugar and keotone, signs of uncontrolled diabetes; and even red or white blood cells, which means there is blood in your urine and sign of a possible urinary tract infection or kidney disease.
Yellow is often the color associated with urine, but it isn’t the only shade. Certain medications and your diet can affect the color, but using the colors below will help you decode the message your body is trying to send and whether you need to seek a doctor’s care.
You are very well hydrated, maybe even TOO hydrated! There’s nothing wrong with being on your water game this much (you must be taking the Gallon Water Challenge, huh?), but you don’t have to be. It’s okay to cut back a little.
Pale Straw Color/Transparent Yellow
This is a normal, healthy color for your urine and shows you’re getting enough water. Good job!
Normal, but you need to start drinking more water SOON.
Amber Or Honey
Your body isn’t getting enough water. Increase your intake immediately.
Brown Ale Or Syrup
This could be a sign of severe dehydration and possibly liver disease. Increase your water intake and see your doctor if this color persists.
Pink To Reddish
Don’t be alarmed just yet! Maybe you’ve eaten beets or blueberries recently, in which case, this tint is normal. However, this color could be a sign of blood in the urine, prostate issues, or Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Monitor your diet and check with your doctor if the color doesn’t clear up or is accompanied by pain.
Foaming Or Fizzing
Excess protein in your diet could cause this and it’s harmless if you notice it occasionally. If this has become your new normal, see your doctor, as this could be a sign of a kidney problem.
Reviewed by: Dr. Melvin Gaskins
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