Have you ever noticed a change in your urine color and wondered why that happens? Typically, if your urine ranges in color from clear to light yellow, that means your body has had plenty of water. The darker your urine color, the more dehydrated you are. It’s not uncommon for urine color to change daily; but, it is important to know when there is an issue that needs attention. Discover the many reasons why your urine may change color and what you should do about it:
Working & Living in a Hot Environment
Hot temperatures take a toll on the body. It requires the body to process more fluids to keep body temperatures at a reasonable and safe level. Therefore, if you’re not drinking enough water, your urine may look dark yellow or even brown.
Food & Medication
Certain food and medication can turn your urine color very strange colors, from green to pink and even blue. If you’re on a new medication or tried a new food, don’t be alarmed if the color of your urine reflects it. Seek a professional’s opinion if the color of your urine doesn’t go back to normal after a set amount of time.
Urinary Tract Infections & Kidney Stones
If you have blood in your urine, this could be a sign of a urinary tract infection or kidney stones. It’s important not to ignore this sign, as this is the body’s way of reporting a problem. The sooner you seek help from a professional, the sooner your body can start on its recovery process.
Exercising While Dehydrated
Did you know that athletes need to stay hydrated for a full week before a competition or game? The body doesn’t respond well to exercising while dehydrated or only having water during a workout. So, make sure you drink plenty of water on the days leading up to an intense workout or run. Drink water afterward as well to avoid cramping.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our urinary specialists, don’t hesitate to call us at 478-745-6576.