What Color Is Your Pee?
If everything is normal and healthy, #urine should be a pale yellow to gold. That hue comes from a pigment your body makes called #urochrome.
The shade, light or dark, also changes. If it has no color at all, that may be because you’ve been drinking a lot of #water or taking a drug called a #diuretic, which helps your body get rid of fluid. Very dark honey- or brown-colored urine could be a sign that you’re #dehydrated and need to get more fluids right away. It may also be a warning sign of #liverproblems, so see your doctor if it doesn’t get better after a day or so.
Other unusual colors that may show up: Pink or red: Some foods like carrots, blackberries, beets, and rhubarb can turn your pee a pinkish-red color. This can also be a side effect of medications like the antibiotic #rifampin or a drug for urinary tract infections (UTIs) called #phenazopyridine.
Always check with your doctor if your pee is pink or red. You might have #bloodinyoururine. Orange: When your #pee is the color of a citrus-flavored soft drink, it’s probably because of meds like high-dose vitamin B2, the UTI drug phenazopyridine, or the antibiotic #isoniazid. Depending on the color, it could also be a sign that you’re dehydrated or that there’s a problem with your #liver or #bileduct. You should ask your doctor about it. Blue or green: These hues are probably due to dyes in your food or meds you’ve taken. A few rare medical conditions can also turn pee green or blue, so let your doctor know if the color doesn’t go away after a short time.Foamy: No matter what color it is, you should check in with your doctor if it consistently looks foamy and frothy. It may be a sign you have protein in your urine, which may mean you have issues with your kidneys.
How Does It Smell?
Some foods -- especially #asparagus, which has a smelly sulfur compound -- can change the odor. So can vitamin B-6 supplements. When you’re dehydrated and your pee gets very concentrated, it can smell strongly of ammonia. If you catch a whiff of something really strong before you flush, it might also be a sign of a #UTI, #diabetes, a #bladderinfection, or #metabolicdiseases.