Messages in Your Urine (Color, Odor, Bubbles)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-06-28 03:00:20 -0500
Started 2010-06-16 09:44:45 -0500

After watching today's episode of the Rachel Ray Show, on the color of your urine and what it means, I decided to post, (repost) this information once again.

Normal urine color ranges from pale yellow to deep amber — the result of a pigment called urochrome and how diluted or concentrated the urine is.

But the color of your urine may not always be normal. B vitamins turn urine color an eye-popping green, for instance. Carrot juice can tint it orange. And porphyria, a disease that affects your skin and nervous system, earned its reputation — and its name — by turning urine the color of port wine.

Proteinuria (Excessive protein in urine) causes foaming and bubbles in water.

Most changes in urine color are harmless and temporary — the result of certain foods, dyes, supplements or prescription drugs.

Occasionally, though, unusual urine color can indicate an infection or serious illness. Talk to your doctor about changes in urine color that persist or don't seem linked to medications or food.


19 replies

PRP 2010-06-17 10:01:27 -0500 Report

I wish this was published a week back because my doctor office called and told me that I had higher levels of protein in my urine and that I have to take medications for it. I started to freak out (still am but to a lesser extent) because the nurse would not explain what was happening and the quick research on internet revealed kidney damage as the reason for protein in urine. Images of dialysis and death danced in my head. When I called the office back so that I could talk to the doctor about my condition, I got couple of more details and was assured that this was in the starting phase and it was not fatal. The medication was more to control my blood pressure which was borderline hypertension, I calmed down and researched more and was about to start a new discussion on what was the experience of the people. My test results was that I had my albumin levels of 30.1 (22 is considered normal) and the microalbumin to creatinine ratio (UACR) was still good at 8.8 (over 30 is considered onset of Proteinuria).
Now the question I want to ask is that with this situation how bad is the damage to the kidneys? Is it possible to reverse this damage or at the least contain the damage and prevent further damage? Or is it degenerative situation where you hope and pray? I have another appointment with the doc in the next 2 weeks, but would sure love some more info in the meantime.


MAYS 2010-06-17 10:17:02 -0500 Report

If the condition is minor, yes the body can repair the kidneys.
The key word is minor, the major factor would be to control your glucose level and your blood pressure, if not your body cannot repair your kidneys and the condition will get worse, the video below may interest you.

Kidney disease is very serious, I am glad to see that you are concerned.


Crashnot 2010-06-22 10:57:00 -0500 Report

Check out my favorite book, "Reversing Diabetes." He has a very short but VERY interesting portion on controlling kidney damage. His point is that once you start dialysis, you are told to stay on a VERY small portion of protein in your daily diet. However, as signs of protein begin to appear in the urine, nobody tells you to help slow the damage by lowering your protein intake.

And the intake is not that bad. It is the same as what World Health Organization recommends as a healthy intake for everyone. That is .55 grams per kilogram of body weight. If you are a 150 pounds, that would equal 1.25 ounces. Pretty minimal in our high-carb, high-protein diets of 8-ounce steaks, but that's the recommended dose!

monkeymama 2010-06-16 22:39:58 -0500 Report

Very interesting! As I have to watch mine from time to time. Along with the fact that two of my kids we have to be careful of their urine based on how strong of a smell because of their disease. I will have to look into further and talk to my Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Professor about this too. Makes for a good return to class discussion next semester for our one chapter. Thank you!

tabby9146 2010-06-16 19:12:01 -0500 Report

Just want everyone to know that Metformin can make it a neon yellow. I had taken it about two months or so, when this began, way back over a year ago. I was so concerned that after a few days, I went to the doctor and they tested a sample and said it had to be from that.

FLDawn 2010-06-16 10:17:00 -0500 Report

Hi Mays…the odor and color of veggies or vitamins etc is something I am familiar with BUT my question is something different. It is not the norm type of thing that we all know about. This is something that has come about since being diagnosed with diabetes and possibly even before I was diagnosed. If before, that means it is not my meds. My concern is that it seems to come not only from urine but from my pores and no soap or anything helps. I eat pure and have even tried cutting out additions such as garlic and Mrs Dash which I love. I am cutting them out in hopes of finding out what is going on. My meals tend to consist of things such as eggbeaters and multi-grain toast, chicken breast sauteed in olive oil and veggies and those types of things. Nothing exotic that is for sure. I know how food odor can come out of your pores and have taken that into consideration as you can see here. This is making me paranoid about being around people because a person cannot exactly hang a sign saying I know I smell but it is my diabetes. PS My bs is very much under control and if anything tends to drop rather than be high. The drop is usually my fault when I lose track of time and do not eat right or have my snack.

Thank you for answering and being my friend on here.

MAYS 2010-06-16 10:28:44 -0500 Report

Thank you for opening my eyes and arousing my curiosity with your question.
While I browse around and do some investigative research on this, you may find this link to be very interesting, (I sure did).

I will let you know what information I come across.
The pleasure of your friendship is all mine, and greatly appreciated.