By Kristen Domonell, Daily Burn. Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you arewhat foods you've been eatingand even as a weird side effect to certain medications.
She has received funding from Hunter Medical Research Institute. She is a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia. She is affiliated with the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle and a member of professional organisations including the Dietitians Association of Australia.
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Your pee can can indicate anything from harmless dietary changes to a life-threatening illness. For most people, using the restroom is of little concern or consequence. Usually, it isn't until you notice that something looks, feels, or smells "off" that you start paying attention to your pee.
Normal urine color ranges from pale yellow to deep amber — the result of a pigment called urochrome and how diluted or concentrated the urine is. Pigments and other compounds in certain foods and medications can change your urine color. Beets, berries and fava beans are among the foods most likely to affect the color.
From pale yellow to green, the color of urine can change drastically, as can its smell — often indicating a health issue. Most changes in urine color and odor are temporary and can be attributed to certain foods, vitamins, and medicines. But sometimes smelly or discolored urine can indicate an underlying medical condition.
If you have blood in your urine. Does your urine have a pink hue? If you recently ate beets or foods with beet-based dyes, your diet could be the culprit.