What Is Your PEE Telling You?
By Kat Gal
“When I see a toilet, I always have to pee,” announced a little girl around age 5 to her mother in the bathroom line that I was standing in the other day.
We all giggled a bit. “That’s just a girl thing,” the mom said. Half-truth.
Even if women are known to wait in line for hours at the restroom and then spend time adjusting their makeup afterwards, both women and men pee.
I pee. You pee. We all pee – many times a day.
But What Is Your Pee Telling You?
There is no completely perfect urine, but it’s important to know what is normal for you.
Urine – that’s your pee – has been a useful diagnostic tool since the the early times of medicine. The color, smell, density and frequency of your urine can show important information about your health, hydration levels, vitamin levels and possible infections.
Check out this infographic – what is your pee telling you here.
What Is The COLOR Of Your Pee Telling You?
- No color may indicate that you have been drinking too much water or other liquids.
- Blue-green urine may happen due to medications, including laxatives, chemotherapy drugs or vitamins.
- Bright yellow or orange urine may occur when you’ve consumed a lot of vitamin C, carrots or other foods in the orange family. Some medicines may also lead to similar color change.
- Pink or red urine usually indicates that you’ve eaten foods with red-tinted colors, like beets. However, it can also be a sign of blood in your urine. Blood in the urine can be the indication of kidney problems, internal injuries and cancer.
- Dark orange or brown urine can become a concern as it may mean you have bile in your urine or have a liver problem.
- Cloudy urine can be due to the presence of phosphates that can lead to kidney stones. It may also indicate an infection.
What Is The SMELL Of Your Pee Telling You?
- A sweet smell may be a sign of diabetes or liver disease.
- A stronger smell than usual can be due to consuming too much of a certain food. This often happens in the case of eating asparagus or drinking too much coffee.
Do You Have To Go Too Often Or Too Urgently?
Most people use the bathroom for peeing about 6 – 8 times a day, depending on how much they drink.
If you are constantly feeling the urge to go, even without drinking too much or extra, you may have an:
Having to go urgently means that you feel like you have to go ‘right now’ and have difficulty holding it in or you are waking up during the night multiple times having to use the bathroom without a good reason.
For MEN, urgency and frequency of having to go usually either means a bladder problem or an enlarged prostate. Drinking less water often helps, but dehydration can have dangerous consequences too, so you have to be careful.
In WOMEN, urgency and frequency is usually a symptom of an infection, kidney stones or more serious conditions.
The Importance Of A Urine Analysis For Your Health
You can learn so much about your body and health just by looking at your urine. A simple pee analysis can oftentimes tell much more than the outward appearance of your body can.
Sugar levels in your urine can determine your level of risk for diabetes. They can indicate vitamin and mineral deficits. They can explain why you are having internal pain. In short, a urine analysis absolutely worth doing!
If you see unusual changes in your pee – foul smell, strange color or blood – a urine analysis can direct you to the reason and therefore, the solution. So, if you notice something worrisome, don’t panic, but do visit your doctor for a urinary analysis and check-up – it could be life-changing.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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