Today’s Health Tip ~ What Is Your Urine Telling You?

Your urine can tell you a lot about your health and your habits. . . . Changes in the smell and color of your urine are typically harmless, but sometimes they can indicate a medical problem. Normal, healthy urine is usually mildly yellow with a slight odor.

Urine can range in odor:

  • Forty percent of people can smell a change in urine after they eat asparagus, sometimes called “asparagus pee.”
  • Dehydration can produce an ammonia like odor
  • A urinary tract infection can produce sweet-smelling urine. (3)
  • Fruity-smelling urine can be a sign of type 2 diabetes.
  • Foul-smelling urine can indicate a sexually transmitted infection. (4)

Urine can also vary in color:

  • Clear urine is a sign of good hydration and potential overhydration.
  • Pale yellow urine is an indicator of good hydration.
  • Dark yellow urine is a sign to drink more fluids.
  • Amber-colored urine can indicate dehydration.
  • Orange urine can be caused by various foods or medications or be a sign of potential liver problems.
  • Pink or red urine can be caused by foods or medications or it can also be a sign of blood in the urine.
  • Blue or green urine can be caused by medications or food dyes, but it can be a sign of bacteria or the rare condition known as blue diaper syndrome, too.
  • Dark-brown urine can be a sign of liver or kidney problems.
  • White urine can occur when your body contains excess calcium or phosphate, or it may indicate a urinary tract infection.


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