What the Color of Urine Says About Your Health

11 January, 2020
Generally, your urine color varies between yellow and transparent depending on your hydration. However, it can also indicate different deficiencies or illnesses.

The color of your urine can be very useful if you want to analyze your health.

Actually, we can now figure out the state of our health practically with its color. This is thanks to work carried out by a group of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

This method uses an infographic that helps to clearly visualize what color your urine is. These colors will show you if you may be suffering from any impairment to your health.

In the range of colors they give us, we see everything from transparent tones, to translucent yellow, clear, and even darker colors.

Also, you should keep in mind that the colors can come in pinks, reds, oranges, greens, and even purples. The meaning changes depending on their shade. Some food can even change the color of our urine, too.

Learn to identify the color of your urine

What the color of urine ays about your health

Clear or transparent

If you see this color, perhaps it’s due to the fact that you are drinking too much water. If we drink too much water it can actually intoxicate us, as this study from BMJ Case Reports shows us. This is why we must always drink an adequate amount, which is usually around 2 liters.

Note: remember that water needs may vary for each person. So, you should consider your condition, weight, health status and habits to determine how much is needed. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor.


There are different tones that can indicate very different things:

  • Pale yellow: This means that you are normal and are perfectly hydrated. This is good news because this is the best color to have.
  • Dark yellow: Your body is less-hydrated than the previous color, and you’ll need to drink more water.
  • Amber or honey: Your body isn’t getting the water it needs. You need to drink more water.
  • Syrup or dark beer: If you have this color urine, it means that you could have a liver disease or a severe case of dehydration. You should see your doctor.

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The color of urine may say a lot about our health

Red urine

If you’ve eaten beets or blueberries recently, it’s normal for your urine to have red tones. If you haven’t eaten these foods, you may have blood in your urine.

It could also be serious problems like renal diseases, tumors, infections, etc, and so, to rule out these illnesses, the best thing to do is to see your doctor.

Orange urine

Orange urine can be due to various causes that we should take a look at:

  • You aren’t properly hydrated.
  • This is a symptom that you aren’t eating properly.
  • This could also be symptomatic of a liver disease.
Your hydration is reflected in the color of urine

Blue or green urine

According to an issue of Annals of Laboratory Medicine blue or green blood can be caused by a blue dye such as methylene blue, that has slight antiseptic properties and is present in several medications. It’s often not a problem and isn’t harmful.

Green or blue urine can be due to a rare genetic condition (hypercalcemia). So, if you haven’t been taking medication with this dye it’s advisable to see your doctor.

Effervescent or foamy urine

If this happens occasionally, there isn’t a problem. If it persists, it could also mean you have too much protein in your diet, as this study from the Chonnam Medical Journal shows.

As in the above cases, the best thing to do is to talk to a specialist.

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Cases in which you should see your doctor immediately

If you have some of the following cases, you should talk to your doctor as quickly as possible:

  • Abnormal urine color that doesn’t have an explanation and doesn’t disappear.
  • Blood in your urine. Even if it’s only once, this is enough reason to talk to a specialist.
  • Dark brown, or cloudy pink, red, or brown urine that isn’t due to medication.
  • Urine that is also very thick or “bubbly”. This could mean you have a problem with your kidneys.
  • At the same time, if you notice strong smells for a long time, it’s also wise to see a specialist sooner than later.

In summary

Knowing how to recognize abnormalities in the urine is a determining factor in detecting a health problem. Therefore, you must be aware of any changes and, above all, consult your doctor when relevant alterations are observed.

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