Believe it or not, our very own urine can be a telltale sign of the possible events our body is currently facing. The color of our urine may change course throughout the day depending on certain factors. More often than not people are fine, but being aware of different colored urine could motivate you to either stay proactive in prevention or provide you with the knowledge to understand what your urine may be saying about you and what color urine is considered normal.
Urine’s Many Different Colors – What’s Normal?
All of us know that urine’s typical color is yellow. Do you know where its yellow color comes from? Urine receives its yellow color from chemicals known as urobilins, which are broken down from bilirubin – a bile pigment. We won’t go into details on the entire breakdown process, but the end result of the process is yellow tinted urine.
Most of our urine colors reveal one thing: whether or not our body is hydrated.
No Color – it’s possible to produce a urine color that is actually colorless. This occurs when you are drinking too much water. Water is good, but with anything there are limits. Colorless urine means your body does not currently need any water.
Light or Transparent Yellow – this is the best urine color you can see. It means that you are well hydrated.
Dark Yellow or Orange – this is the color of your body telling you it’s time to start drinking water because you are dehydrated. Orange colored urine could also point to a bile duct or liver complication and – if consistent- should be followed up with a doctor.
Red Urine – if you see the passing of red urine, then you may have a serious problem. Red urine often denotes the passing of blood through the urinary tract, which should be promptly followed up by a professional such as a urologist. However, beets, berries, and rhubarb have a tendency to pass through the urinary tract and produce a reddish, pinkish urine color.
It’s Not Just About Color
Odor can be a factor as well. Here’s a quick example: have you ever noticed a bizarre smell while urinating after consuming asparagus? Asparagus contains amino acids that are broken down into chemicals that give off the funny smell. However, not everyone is able to smell this chemical compound. If you do smell it, then do not be alarmed because it is nothing serious.
Pay attention to the odors, consistency (i.e. foamy or fizzy), and of course the color of your urine in order to be absolutely sure that you are healthy. If you are ever unsure then contact your doctor or urologist. We have our very own board-certified Beverly Hills urologist at Rexford Surgical Institute.