The Meaning Of Urine Color

       

Eating foods that can discolor urine, such as berries, beets and rhubarb, or taking certain medications makes it more likely that you’ll have harmless changes in your urine color.

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Urine gets its yellow color from a pigment calledurochrome. That color normally varies from pale yellow to deep amber, depending on the concentration of the urine. Urine can turn a rainbow of colors, and an unusual hue isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, but it can also be a sign of aurinary tract infection.

Deep purple urine is an identifying characteristic of porphyria, a rare, inherited disorder of red blood cells.

Pigments and other compounds in certain foods and medications may change your urine color. Beets, berries and fava beans are among the foods most likely to affect urine color. Many over-the-counter and prescription medications give urine more-vivid tones, raspberry red, lemon-yellow and orange.

If your urine is very pale, it means that you’re either drinking a lot of fluid, or you’re taking a diuretic (a drug that forces the body to get rid of excess water).

Red or pink urine

Seeing red urine is typically a sign that there is blood in the urine, a little blood can produce a dramatic color change, and can be a sign of something serious, like an infection or cancer, and it warrants a visit to your doctor or urologist. If you’re seeing blood and your urine is also cloudy, there’s a good chance you’ve picked up an infection.

But despite it’s alarming appearance, red urine isn’t necessarily serious, it can also be caused by:

• Blood– Factors that can cause urinary blood (hematuria) include urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, kidney cysts, long-distance running, and kidney or bladder stones.

• Foods– Beets, blackberries and rhubarb can turn urine red or pink.

Original article by Healthywayoflife365.com.Republished with permission of the author.

 

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