Your urine can tell you a lot about your health and your habits. Urine is produced when blood passes through the kidneys, which filter out excess waste and water. This waste travels through tubes known as ureters and is stored in the bladder until you urinate.
Urine is roughly 95 percent water, and the rest is composed of thousands of compounds — both inorganic and organic — exiting the body.
Clear urine indicates that you’re drinking more than the daily recommended amount of water.
While being hydrated is a good thing, drinking too much water can rob your body of electrolytes. Urine that occasionally looks clear is no reason to panic, but urine that’s always clear could indicate that you need to cut back on how much water you’re drinking.
Clear urine can also indicate liver problems like cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. If you are not consuming large amounts of water and have ongoing clear urine, you should see your doctor.
It looks pinkish or reddish
It could be a sign of the red-purple-colored veggies or fruits (beets and blackberries) you ate. If not, then it could be a sign of the presence of blood in your pee. Consult your doctor immediately.
It looks pinkish or reddish
It could be a sign of the red-purple-colored veggies or fruits (beets and blackberries) you ate. If not, then it could be a sign of the presence of blood in your pee. Consult your doctor immediately
If your urine has suddenly turned bright yellow, the most likely cause is vitamin supplements. In fruit and veg in their natural state, vitamins such as B and C are found in relatively small amounts compared with vitamin tablets, which can contain more than the body can digest in one dose.
Nutrients such as vitamin C, and vitamin B complex - also known as riboflavin - are water-soluble and are quickly absorbed in large amounts before they reach the intestines; they then pass quickly into the bloodstream, where they are rapidly filtered out by the kidneys in as little as half an hour.
Finally, if you notice air pockets in your urine, almost like passing gas via your urethra, that’s trouble, Moore says. “It means some other organ—usually the colon—is communicating with your bladder.” Diverticulitis and other health issues could explain the air in your pee. Regardless, you need to let your doctor know about it, Moore says.
Everyone’s urine has a unique odor, and when you notice a change in that smell, it can be quite alarming. The goods news is that a stronger smell isn’t always a cause for concern. However, in some cases, it can be a sign of an underlying medical problem. This is why learning about common causes of smelly urine can help you determine the root cause.
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