Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you’ve been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here’s what your urine color says about your health — and when it could signal a serious problem.
Abnormal Urine Colors
There are many causes that can make the urine have an unusual color, colors that are not normal. Sometimes due to some things the urine can become dark brown, blue, red, cloudy white or green.
Let us say that if you take certain foods, or have an infection, some inappropriate medications, an injury or some very serious medical condition will lead to this color change. But anyway, if you do so experience any of the conditions we told you or see the changes, you must consult with your doctor or a specialist.
Here are one of the most unusual colors of the urine, we think you should know about them.
Pink to reddish
See an unexplained red hue in the bowl? That could be a major problem, according to Shoskes. “In urology our most prominent [warning sign] is red, which, while it can come from food you’ve eaten and other substances you’ve ingested, if it is coming from blood it can often mean a problem.” If you notice a pink or red tint to your urine—even once—it’s worth seeing a doctor, Shoskes advised. “There’s a huge list of conditions both benign and malignant that can cause [blood in the urine], anything from medical kidney disease to a UTI, stones in the kidneys or bladder or the more serious cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate,” he said. Once a doctor analyzes a urine sample, he will quickly be able to determine if the pink or red tint is actually caused by blood or something else—and can proceed with the appropriate course of action.
Just like eating beets can turn your urine red, if you eat a lot of carrots, it can turn orange. That’s because you’ve just consumed a big dose of beta-carotene, which is excreted in your urine. There are other things that can cause it to look orange too, including medications like Pyridium, an over-the-counter drug used for treating urinary tract infections, as well as warfarin, a common blood thinner. Of course, if you’re taking one of these meds, or decided you were in the mood to act like a bunny, there’s nothing to worry about.
If that orange shade is more fluorescent or neon, however, there could be a problem. It sometimes indicates an issue with the liver, particularly if you also notice that the whites of your eyes have a yellowish tint.
Blue or green
For most people, seeing blue or green urine in the toilet bowl would be quite the shock—and urine of this color is very rare, according to Shoskes. While some little-known diseases, including porphyria—an inherited enzyme condition—can result in a person having blue or green urine, a change in urine color wouldn’t be the first sign of disease among sufferers.
Having problems with the kidneys, may cause your urine to be foamy all the time, so if you experience this condition visit your doctor right away!
Be very aware of the color changes of your urine. So if you experience some of them, it doesn’t matter if it is from some medications or eating some food too much or dehydration, visit your doctor and consult with him.
Going to the bathroom should always be a relief. If your urine has an abnormal color, appearance, or smell, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your physician. A simple urinalysis can evaluate your pee for a variety of medical issues.