The process of urination is one of those things you probably don’t think about often until something goes wrong. It’s sad really because your pee can tell you a lot about your overall health.
What Color Should Your Pee Be?
There’s a horrible joke about a bellhop who holds his hand out for a tip and the customer says, “Don’t eat yellow snow. There’s your tip.” Awful, I know.
However, it brings up a good point. Most of us assume urine should be dark yellow. After all, that’s what all the medical shows display. Is that really what color your pee should be?
The true sign of a healthy and well-hydrated bladder means pee that has a pale hint of yellow but is mostly transparent in the toilet. Urine that’s completely clear means you’re actually getting too much water and you need to cut back a little.
If your pee is darker yellow tones, you’re not getting enough water and you need to increase your consumption immediately. Urine that’s a cheerful orange color might be due to food, supplements, or prescriptions you’ve taken recently. For instance, carrots can tint your pee orange and I take a turmeric extract that makes mine that color every day. I’m careful to drink plenty of water so urine output remains a transparent orange.If your pee is darker yellow tones, you’re not getting enough water! #HydrateClick To Tweet
Urine that’s dark orange, brown, or reddish could be cause for concern. The most common answer is chronic dehydration but you could also have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or could have excess bile (liver) or blood (kidneys) in the flow. You need to take this seriously and talk to your doctor just to be on the safe side. Blue or green shades is most likely something you’ve eaten or a vitamin supplement but if it continues and you’re unsure, make an appointment.
Additionally, if you have excess proteins, urine could seem “foamy.” An occasional occurrence is usually not cause for alarm but if you notice it regularly, have it checked in case it’s a sign of a problem with your kidneys.
What Should Healthy Urine Smell Like?
Terrible, it smells terrible. As important as understanding what color your pee should be is noticing odd smells after going to the bathroom. Like all evacuation processes with the human body, there’s nothing exciting, glamorous, or pretty about urination.
Even healthy urine has a pungent scent but you should know your body well enough to make note of changes. If you eat asparagus, your pee is going to smell weird temporarily. If you notice an unusual scent doesn’t go away…don’t ignore it! A strong ammonia scent, an almost “sweet” underlying smell, or a hint of something like mildew means you need to take steps.
Increased ammonia in urine is a sign of high bacteria content and you’re at greater risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) – which should never be ignored. Take a look at my tips below for natural methods of keeping your kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract healthy. Sweetness in the urine indicates sugar spillage. This is a common sign of diabetes and you must talk to your doctor immediately for blood work. Musty or mildew-type scents can be caused by metabolic disorder that means your body is processing toxins the way it should.
Discolored output, strange smells, pain during urination, never feeling as if you’re quite done peeing, cramps in your low back, or fever may be signs of a urinary, bladder, or kidney infection.
6 Simple Tips for a Healthy Urinary System
- If you need to go to the bathroom, find one and take care of business!
- Make sure you release everything in your bladder.
- Drink plenty of water (infused with unsweetened fruit is a good helper).
- Always use the restroom after intercourse and clean your skin well.
- Avoid excess sugar and refined foods.
- Wipe from front to back (“clean” to “dirty”) to avoid exposing your urinary system to fecal matter.
If you experience at least one UTI per year. Try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible. At the first mild signs of a bladder infection or UTI, drink two glasses of water followed by one cup of unsweetened cranberry juice. Repeat this process several times.
It may or may not work for you but often there’s relief by the end of the first day and there’s no sign of it by day three. If you’re in pain after the first day or if your urine looks drastically unhealthy, you shouldn’t take time to treat it at home. Immediately see your doctor!
Most people drink too little water but you also have to guard against drinking too much. Excess water intake causes your body to flush nutrients you need as well as the toxins, bacteria, fungus, and excess fluids floating around inside you.
Now that you know what color your pee should be, how it should smell, and how to care for this underappreciated toxin removal function…time for a bathroom break!