What does the color of your urine say about your health?

The process of urinating begins when the nerves in the bladder, sensing a full bladder, signal the brain to urinate. This is followed by the bladder clenching and clenching to push urine through the urethra. At the same time, the brain gets the urinary sphincter muscles to relax to allow urine to pass through.

And that’s it, relief – until you see an unusual color in your urine. Here’s what different urine colors can mean:


As mentioned above, urine is colored by urochrome and this pigment becomes diluted the more water you drink. Generally, the accepted urine color ranges from light yellow to dark yellow, although you should aim for the lighter end of the spectrum. But don’t go overboard and look for clear urine either, as drinking too much water can imbalance the electrolytes in the blood and lead to water poisoning.

If you notice a neon yellow color in your urine, it could mean that your intake of B vitamins, including B2 and B12, is excessive. Orange urine, on the other hand, could be because you’ve eaten too many carrots or are taking certain antibiotics or a pain reliever for a urinary tract infection (UTI). Some laxatives and chemotherapy drugs can also create this orange effect.

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