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Over the Rainbow: What Color is Normal for Urine?

What your urine color could be telling you about your health

Most of us use the bathroom each day without much thought. After pressing the flusher, you move on with your day. However, the color and consistency of your urine can say a lot about your health – and indicate when something may be seriously wrong.

 

In a 2017 health blog on WebMD, Sheldon Marks, MD, created a guide to urine color (hint: they pretty much span the rainbow), what each color means and when you should seek help.

 

Most often our urine is a shade of yellow. Light yellow or clear is considered normal, with a darker yellow indicating you’re dehydrated and need to drink more liquids. This is particularly important to monitor as the warm summer months approach and your body works harder to stay hydrated. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day and limit caffeinated beverages and alcohol as they can dehydrate you further.

 

If your urine is not a clear or yellowish color, it might be trying to tell you something. Any red present in urine should signal it’s time to call the doctor. Same with shades or brown or black. Click to read more about what your urine may be trying to tell you. If you think there is a problem, consult with your doctor right away.

 

To make an appointment with a physician at Monarch Primary Care, give us a call (513) 246-2070.

Most of us use the bathroom each day without much thought. After pressing the flusher, you move on with your day. However, the color and consistency of your urine can say a lot about your health – and indicate when something may be seriously wrong.

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