What The Color Of Your Urine Says About Your Health

The consistency, the color and the odor of your urine are a great sign to know what exactly is going on with your body, and it’s a clear visible indicator if you’re healthy or your body is battling with something.

According to UC San Diego Health, urine is at least 95% water, but in that 5% our urine consists different ingredients such as sodium, chloride, urea, and creatinine. The color of the urine is caused by urobilin, which gives the yellow-ish tone of the urine, and this ingredient is a waste product of the old red cells.

Take a look at this list of urine color, and see what they all mean.


Colorless urine indicates that your body is overly hydrated which is not a bad thing that you need to concern about, but it’s slightly not balanced. Overhydration can dilute the essential salts in your body and can create chemical balance in your blood.

Pale Color

You have well hydrated and normal urine and you have nothing to worry about. Your health is absolutely fine!

Yellow Color

If the color of your urine is yellow, it’s still a good sign that your body is balanced. You are hydrated and your abdomen is perfectly working.

Dark Yellow

If your urine appears to be dark yellow, it’s a sign that you don’t drink enough water and your body is mildly dehydrated. Lower the meal intakes a bit (make the portions a little bit smaller) so you can add more water into your diet.

Honey/Amber Color

This means that your body is dehydrated. According to Dena Rifkin MD, a staff nephrologist at UC San Diego Health, getting your urine checked for dehydration is one of the worst things you could do. She states that she wouldn’t recommend hydrating her patients more just according to the urine color, because sometimes it can be misleading. But if you know that you don’t have enough water intakes, it’s time to change that.

Red Color

If your urine is red, you might be needing to check it to the urologist because this can be a concerning sign. Blood in the urine is called hematuria, and in some cases it can be benign, but in others it can be a sign of infection, kidney disease, kidney stones or a tumor in the urinary tract. It also can be a signal for problems with the prostate. Check the doctor.

Blue Color

This is a very rare condition, the metabolic disorder familial hypercalcemia (blue diaper syndrome) can create a blue color in your urine, or if you use blue food coloring, food coloring will also show up in your urine too. The blue diaper syndrome is when there is an incomplete intestinal breakdown of tryptophan, which is a dietary nutrient. If your urine appears blue, contact a physician.

Dark Brown/Black

The potential causes of dark brown and even black urine that you should really worry about are copper poisoning or melanoma. Whatever the case may be, this is a stage when you should really consult your doctor.

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