What can urine tell?
Urine can tell a lot about the health of the body, if only you pay attention to its color and consistency.
Urine consists of toxins, waste and excess fluid filtered by the kidneys. Moreover, for hundreds of years this liquid has been studied and used as the key to understanding what is happening in the body.
And all because practically all substances that enter the body are ultimately excreted by the urine.
|| Colorless and transparent (ultrapure)
You drink too much fluid and you are probably overhydrating. It's time to reduce the amount of fluid you drink.
| Straw colors
| Dark yellow
Need to drink some liquid. You are dehydrated.
| Bright yellow
Possible overdose of water-soluble vitamins.
This color is possible after taking certain medications or when dehydration.
| Muddy or whitish
It may be a manifestation of the norm, and, if you hurt, the first symptom of urinary tract infection or kidney stones. Consult a doctor.
| Dark brown but transparent
Most likely, this is a sign of liver disease (especially in combination with symptoms such as pale light stools and icteric complexion). Consult a doctor.
| Pink or reddish
This color can produce blood present in the urine. But this may mean nothing (you just ate a lot of beets, blueberries or rhubarb on the eve) or be a symptom of kidney stones or even cancer. In any case, consult a doctor.
| Coca cola color
Such a color can produce blood released from a tumor or from kidney stones, as well as a frozen blood clot in the kidneys.
| Blue or green
Some drugs and food coloring can stain urine in that color. Another cause may be urinary tract infections. Consult a doctor.
| Dark purple
Such an eerie color can be a sign of kidney failure (unless, of course, you ate anything purple). Consult a doctor immediately.
When urgently need a doctor
- if the color change lasts longer than a couple of days;
- if the uncharacteristic color of the urine remains unchanged;
- if you see blood in the urine.
Questions your doctor will ask
- When it started?
- What color is urine? (this article may come in handy)
- Was the same color maintained throughout the day?
- Have you started taking any new medicines?
- What other symptoms do you have?
Although the unusual color of urine can be the first alarm bell, it does not always mean that you have a serious illness. There are many reasons for changing urine color, and most often the “culprit” is something harmless — food or drugs. Do not panic if you saw all the colors of the rainbow in the urine. Consult a physician before passing out.