Since ancient times, the color of urine has been used as a tool for the diagnosis of different diseases. Through it we can know useful information about our level of hydration or about the proper functioning of our organs.
In addition, it can become an alarm signal to see a doctor as soon as possible and detect other more serious pathologies in time. But what does each color mean? Some years ago a team of researchers from a Cleveland hospital made it clear, through a simple infographic, what each urine tone means.
No color, transparent
If your urine is completely colorless/ has no color. You are drinking too much water and maybe you should stop drinking so much liquid.
When your urine is yellow or pale, it means that you are a healthy person and that you are properly hydrated.
This tone is a warning that we don’t drink enough fluids and therefore our kidneys should try harder to filter urine. It can also occur after sports or excessive sweating.
Honey or amber color
A darker shade than in the previous case is one of the first symptoms of dehydration. With drinking the necessary fluids should disappear, but if the color persists and other signs of dehydration appear it is best to consult with your doctor.
This color can occur due to lack of hydration or an excess of vitamin C, carotenoids or other food dyes. On the other hand, if the tone persists it may be an indication of a disease of the liver or bile duct.
Syrup or brown color
Brown tones may indicate severe dehydration or liver disease, so you should drink more water and if the color persists go to the doctor for a review. Some types of laxatives, such as Sen’s, can cause brown spots in the urine.
Pink to red color
If after eating beets or by plowing your urine, it turns pink, it is normal. If this is not the case and continues to have that tone, it means that there is blood in the urination. This can occur due to easily treatable disorders such as some kidney or other more serious diseases.
Blue or green
You may not believe it because it is a rare color, but some medications and diets rich in calcium or vitamin B12 can make urine of these colors. However, certain urinary infections or a rare genetic disease (Hypercalcemia) can lead to these tones.