Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Find out why it's important to watch your "leak"

Do your remember the last time you took a peek at your leak? See what I did there? Peek...leak...?!...Dudes will get it!...
So seriously now: When it's the last time you watched the color of your urine? Do you even remember? Well, you might have missed some important facts about that your pee is trying to tell you every time you go the the restroom. But, first of all, what is pee actually? Have you ever wondered or do you even know?

Find out why it's important to watch your

What is pee?

Before you take a leak, your kidneys filter your junk, so that nutrients are being redirected to your cells and toxins are carried out by water along with some other enzymes, called liquid waste, and it is stored in your bladder until you unzip.

What does your pee color have to say about you?

The color of your urine is dictated by 3 important things:

  1. Food you have eaten

  2. Medication

  3. Health problems

Light yellow color

This is the ideal urine color and means that you're healthy and well hydrated. Keep up the good work.


You might be healthy and ok, but sometimes it might mean that you are over hydrated and can suffer from water intoxication or even diabetes.

Dark yellow

Keep calm! This is a sign that you are dehydrated and that you should drink more water.


You probably have a lot of vitamin C in your body, or maybe you've been eating a bunch of carrots, which produces carotene. It could also be a side effect of a drug like Pyridium, which is used to treat urinary tract infections.

Red or Pink

Red or pink pee could be a result of eating too many beets or beetroot, blackberries or other similar colored food. On the other hand, red urine color can be caused by Hematuria or blood in the urine. Blood in urine is a serious matter and may be a symptom of a serious medical issue related to your kidney, prostate or bladder. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice blood in your urine.


Brown pee is a cause of some foods you have eaten: rhubarb, beans, aloe. It also is a cause of some medication: laxatives, muscle relaxing drugs, antibiotics. Unfortunately, it might be a sign of livers disease, such as Hepatitis.


No! You're not turning into The Hulk or into an alien. Green urine is caused by green colored food and green colored drugs.


Ok, so now it's time for special precautions. It could be a sign of familial hypercalcemia, a rare genetic disease caused by excess calcium in the blood that's usually found in children. Also, some medications have methylene blue in them, which causes a blue color.
You might also have eaten some blue colored food.


You might have porphyria, which means your body is deficient in the enzymes it needs to produce heme, an essential part of red blood cells. So if you're peeing purple, talk to your doctor.


Ok so, now it's time to creep out. Dark yellow urine is OK, it's not out of the ordinary, but if you notice urine that is much, much darker than you expect, it is hard not to worry.
In the best case, it might be the effect of some type of food that either contains natural or artificial dyes, or a food that causes a chemical reaction with your urine creating a dark brown or black urine color.
The next scenario is medication overdose. Think if you're taking any sort of medication and try to cut it off.
Now the worst case scenario is health problems and you should seek a doctor immediately.

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