It may be strange to take a look at the business you do in the washroom, but it’s a habit that can prove to be very useful. Just like your stool can reveal a lot about your digestive system, your pee also give insight on how your kidneys are doing.
Keeping track of the color and consistency of your urine helps you stay hydrated throughout the day and can be an early warning sign that something in your body just isn’t right. Here is a guide of pee color variations to look out for (1,2)!
What Your Pee Color Means
From pink to orange and green, doctors have seen it all!
Drinking enough water is important to help your kidneys filter toxins. However, too much water can lead to your body expelling too much sodium, causing hyponatremia.
Symptoms of overhydration include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in mental state (confusion or disorientation)
Symptoms of hyponatremia include:
- Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
2. Light Yellow
Light yellow is the ideal color for urine and is a sure sign that you’re well hydrated. If your urine is this color, keep up your good habits.
3. Medium Yellow
Medium yellow is normal after a long workout or first thing in the morning. However, it’s a sign that you need to drink up to avoid serious dehydration.
Bubbles in urine that disappear within seconds are not usually significant. However, if the bubbles stay then it is a sign of protein leaking through the kidney filtering mechanism and ending up in your urine.
This can be either due to kidney disease, an infection or eating too much protein. (3)