What Your Urine Colour Says About Your Health [Infographic]

It's not something you might think about often, but your pee can tell you a lot about your body. This colour-coded infographic shows what different urine hues might say about your health.

In particular, pee colour - which ranges from completely clear to golden and even weirder colours like blue or green - can tell you if you're hydrated enough. If you don't see any colour you might be drinking too much water, while dark yellow or amber are signs to go fill your water glass.

As the accompanying blog from the Cleveland Clinic spells out, human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The colour, density and smell can all reveal much about the general state of our health.

Some health issues might also be suggested by more disturbing urine colours, but this is just one sign and, as usual, it's best to consult a doctor if you're concerned. Here's the colour guide:

[Via Cleveland Clinic]


This story has been updated since its original publication.


Comments

    Yay I'm normal \o/

    I don't get to say that too often......

    We're all grown ups here (aren't we), can't we say urine or urinate. Pee is like butt, American prudish weirdo words that seem to be taking over the world.

      "Excuse me while I go and urinate/deficate" I like it, has a certain charm. ;)

      Actually, butt is an abbreviation for buttock, which is actually the correct term for the part of the body it refers to ...

        its still colloquial though

        Still not as charming as defecate or urinate

        must be a console user thing to use "butt" over buttock

        Last edited 06/12/13 4:29 pm

          Still butthurt over that? And still incorrectly labelling me as a console user?

            butthurt over being the master race? no thanks

            and seriously...replying to a comment from 2 weeks ago wtf

            in internet time thats like years

    Meh... I take vitamin tablets every day, including Vitamin B, so mu wee wee (for U Rine) is always dark yeller... :)

      It should be super bright yellow...

      You need to drink some more water.

        This. The vitamin turns the urine a fluorescent yellow, not dark yellow.

        You're not doing it right unless it is fluro.... Didn't know that when I first started taking multis, made for an interesting morning.

        Yeah... cos pedants never get too picky about the colour of their piss...!

    Purple made me chuckle.

      I was all ready to do whatever it was that would give me purple urine.

      I am therefore dissapoint.

    Problem I have is that my pee is always clear though once i take my multi vitamin it goes green/yellowish so i keep drinking water until it's clear again

    it's a endless cycle

    Last edited 06/12/13 2:16 pm

    My urine is a black sludge with purple lumps the size of golf balls. Do you think I should see a doctor?

      If there's stuff coming out the size of golf balls I'd be more worried about the apparatus than the content...! :)

    Didn't think there was such a thing as drinking too much water.. I've had it clear a lot of times and took that as an awesome sign that I'm doing good!!

    I find it amusing when it's faint and then I get on the piss (no pun intended) and it changes colour quickly.. Well in my drunken state I find it amusing..

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