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What colour is your wee?

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Did you know that you can tell a lot about the health of your body by the colour of your wee? When was the last time you checked yours out? Is it bright yellow? Or purple?

Sometimes the food we eat can change the colour of our urine – like eating lots of beetroot, which can turn things pinkish when it comes to our pee – but other times, changes in the colour of urine can indicate disease.

Here are a few colour tips from a recent article on the topic:

Yellow
A honey hue may indicate you have high levels of urobolin in your pee, meaning you’re on the way to dehydration. A bright, darkish yellow means you’re already dehydrated and need to drink some water asap! Clear pee means you’ve either been drinking a lot of water or you’ve been drinking caffeine and alcohol. If your pee is a transparent yellow (as noted above), you’re good.

Brown
This may mean you’ve been eating a lot of rhubarb, fava beans or aloe, or it could be a side effect of a laxative, muscle relaxer or antibiotic.

Purple
You might have porphyria, which means your body is deficient in the enzymesit needs to produce heme, an essential part of red blood cells, according to AsapScience. So if you’re peeing purple, talk to your doctor.

Blue
This could be a sign of familial hypercalcemia, a rare genetic disease caused by excess calcium in the blood that’s usually found in children. Additionally, some medications have methylene blue in them, which causes a blue hue.

Green
It’s weird, sure, but AsapScience says green pee probably isn’t a huge deal. It could be a result of vitamin intake, a new medication or green food dye.

Red or pink
It’s probably time to have a chat with your doctor. While red or pink pee could be a result of eating too many beets or blackberries, it could also be a sign of an enlarged prostate or bladder cancer.

Orange
You probably have a lot of vitamin C in your body, or maybe you’ve been eating a bunch of carrots, which produces carotene. It could also be a side effect of a drug like Pyridium, which is used to treat urinary tract infections.

 

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