What the Color of Your Urine Says About Your Health

· May 13, 2017
It's time to look down and pay attention to that urine! Generally, your urine color varies between yellow and transparent depending on your hydration. However, it can also indicate different deficiencies.

The color of your urine can be very useful. If you want to analyze your health, it’s actually one of best signs.

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 also tell you about 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.

Let’s take a look at some of the colors and what they mean!

Clear or transparent

If you see this color, perhaps it’s due to the fact that you are drinking too much water. You may even need to reduce the amount you drink. However, try to drink a little less and things are looking good!


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 normal, but you 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. Drink more water. If the color stays the same, see your doctor.

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 have blood in your urine.

This could be nothing. It could also be serious problems like renal diseases, tumors, infections, etc, In any case, 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.

Blue or green urine

If you have this color urine, you need to see your doctor, although this is only a preventative measure.

Green or blue urine can be due to a rare genetic condition (hypercalcemia). It could also be due to eating certain kinds of foods and a side effect of certain medications.

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 or a renal disease.

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

Purple urine

According to the specialists at the Cleveland Clinic, such a color doesn’t exist.

However, there are studies that this can happen after catheterizing patients. Generally, this is the case for women with renal problems.

However, it’s extremely rare to have purple-tinted urine.

White urine

If your urine has certain white particles, this means that you have a bacterial infection.

A man’s urine can also have a whitish color after having sex. This happens mostly in older men.

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:

  • If you see an abnormal urine color that doesn’t have an explanation and doesn’t disappear.
  • If you see you have blood in your urine. Even if it’s only once, this is enough reason to talk to a specialist.
  • If you have dark brown, or cloudy pink, red, or brown urine that isn’t due to medication.
  • If you see that your urine 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.