From time to time, staying on top of your health and wellness might require a few awkward Google searches. What’s more, that curiosity can even lead you down some interesting rabbit holes.
Doing an online search is one thing, but talking about these issues is another thing altogether. When it comes to the colour of your pee, for example, bringing it up with someone else can be especially tricky, even if you’re both on the same diet. For example, those on the keto diet will likely be interested in taking a ketone urine test to see if they’re on the right track, but you can also get an idea of how you’re doing from your pee colour.
Luckily, no wellness topic is off limits here. We like to do whatever we can do to help you unlock the secrets of your body. So let’s talk!
You wouldn’t be the first person to be intrigued by the colour of your pee. After all, urine isn’t always the same colour, and these changes happen for a reason. This can be related to something you’ve eaten, a nutritional imbalance, or even point to an underlying medical condition. Here, we’ll dig into the data and help you understand exactly what nature is trying to say when it calls.
What Colour Should Your Urine Be?
Generally speaking, healthy pee is anywhere from light yellow to a golden colour. Your wee naturally carries a yellow pigment, so the more hydrated your body is, the lighter the colour is likely to be. But this can change, and your wee can be a different colour at different times of the day - particularly first thing in the morning - as your body flushes out toxins from the day before which have built up overnight.
Pee is the colour it is because it contains urochrome, a waste product that is created when haemoglobin gets broken down in the body. In case you can’t remember this from biology lessons - and we don’t blame you if you don’t - haemoglobin’s main purpose is to carry oxygen around in the body. As time passes, it gets broken down and replaced with new red blood cells. The newly produced urochrome from this process is then filtered from the blood by the kidneys, which gives pee its standard yellow colour.
What Does Dark Urine Mean?
Darker urine is usually a reaction to your body being dehydrated. As a rule, the darker yellow the pee is, the more dehydrated you are likely to be. If you’ve just finished a strenuous workout, had a few glasses of wine the night before, or you’ve just woken up from a longer sleep than usual, your body will be craving water. Big time.
As we hinted at earlier, your pee will also be darker if you are following the keto diet. As it enters a metabolic state of ketosis, your body will be burning fat for energy in champion fashion. During this process, fat converts to ketones in the liver too. Monitoring your ketone levels with our at-home wee strips can give you peace of mind that the darker pee is more likely to be related to your diet. If it stays darker for a long period of time, there might be a problem with your liver, which will mean a visit to the doctor sooner rather than later.
What Does Clear Urine Mean?
Clear pee is fairly common and is usually caused by drinking more than your recommended amount of water in a day. Overhydration isn’t as widely discussed as dehydration, but it’s just as important as it can dilute electrolytes and cause an imbalance in your body.
When this happens, check in with yourself about how much water you’ve been drinking and pull back on your consumption slightly. Knowing your actual hydration level can be helpful when you’re trying to strike a healthy balance again, especially if you’re working out regularly. Hydration is just one of the parameters that our wee strips can give you an accurate measurement for, in just 60 seconds. Our app will not only process your urine test strip, but analyse it to offer you expert advice that will help you take action right afterwards.
What Does It Mean If My Pee Is a Weird Colour?
If your pee changes to a completely arbitrary colour, it could be an indicator of more specific problems in the body. But before jumping to conclusions, keep in mind that you could have eaten something which contained artificial food colouring, or more naturally occurring pigments. It could also be a side effect from a new medication you might be taking.
Below are a few of the more common strange pee colours you might encounter, as well as their potential causes:
Pink or red pee may be related to eating fruits with deep pink or magenta pigments (like beets, rhubarb or blueberries). If it persists, it could point to blood in the urine, kidney stones or an enlarged prostate.
Dark brown pee can raise an alarm, but is usually just a sign that your body is dehydrated. It can also be a common side effect to taking medications. Ask your doctor about this if you’ve recently been put on a new prescription.
Blue or green pee can seem very frightening, but usually food colouring is to blame. Dyes used in kidney or bladder-related medical tests could also be the culprit. Worst case scenario, you might be looking at a bacterial infection.
Persistently cloudy pee might not be a colour per se, but is worth being aware of as it could indicate a urinary tract infection. Same goes for if your pee gets (and stays) overly foamy.
Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines. Because your body has its own unique set of parameters, it’s always a good idea to consult with a doctor if a strange pee colour persists. A burning sensation is nearly always a sign that there is a bigger problem to take care of. Listen to your body, and schedule that appointment right away.
Getting To Know The Inner Workings Of Your Body
If you tend to prioritise good health and wellbeing, you’re likely already in the process of getting to know your body better. Learning more about the intricacies related to how it functions — including what your pee colour says about what’s going on inside it — can take the idea to an entirely new level.
Our subscription-based home urine tests can help you get there. The first of their kind in the UK, Elosia’s pee strips offer regular hydration, urine pH, vitaminC and electrolyte level readings in your body and give you results in under a minute.
Spotting an imbalance will not only empower you to take the steps you need to address the problem, but will also mean you don’t have to have your doctor on speed dial whenever your pee changes colour.
Knowing what your body wants is a huge help on your journey to holistic health. So let’s skip the awkward Google searches, and start talking more freely about pee.
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