The hue of your pee provides a spectrum of information. Many color changes are harmless, but see your Doctor if the persist.
CLEAR—You may be overhydrating. Theres too much water in your urine. Can indicate high blood sugar levels in diabetics.
PALE YELLOW, LIKE LEMONADE—This is the color youre going for. Congratulations!
DARK YELLOW—You may be dehydrated.
BRIGHT YELLOW—Taking megadose vitamin supplements? Excess B can turn your urine neon yellow.
CHARTREUSE TO GREEN—Asparagus can turn urine a tinge of green.
PINK TO RED—Beets, blueberries, rhubarb and certain laxatives can redden your pee. Red may also mean traces of blood or a symptom of chronic lead or mercury poisoning.
ORANGE TO ORANGEY BROWN—Could be jaundice, large amounts of carotene or vitamin C in your diet, the antibiotic Rifampin or the blood thinner Warfarin.
BLUE—Meds such as Cimetidine, Indomethacin and Amitriptyline, certain multivitamins or the rare Familial Hypercalcemia can turn urine blue.
DARK BROWN—What makes your urine turn brown? Kidney and liver disorders, antimalarial drugs, the antibiotic Metronidazole, Nitrofurantoin (which treats UTI's), Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant, some laxatives, and even fava beans.
DARK TO BLACK—Can be a sign of melanoma, copper poisoning or excessive L-dopa, a Parkinsons drug.
CLOUDY WHITE—Often caused by too much phosphate, triggered by a big meal or even drinking a lot of milk. Could also indicate a urinary tract infection or kidney stones.
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