Watch Your Pees and Qs
Cleveland Clinic released this interesting infographic about what the color of your urine says about your health but wait, there’s more.
The color of your pee reveals whether you’re hydrated enough, what types of food you’re eating, if you have an infection, and if you’re on medications or vitamins.
More Facts About Urine
- On average, healthy adults urinate about every three to four hours during the day. And about one-third of adults wake up during the night to relieve themselves. Drinking a lot of water, alcohol, medications, or even a cup of coffee or caffeinated soda can increase the number of times you go.
- Delaying the urge to urinate has been associated with increased risk of UTIs.
- Adult bladders can hold up to 2½ cups of urine for two to five hours.
- Your urine is yellow because of uroblins – also known as urochomes, a pigment that turns your urine yellow. When diluted with water your urine turns to a light or almost clear (meaning you’re hydrated).
- In a lifetime, the kidneys clean more than 1 million gallons of water, enough to fill a small lake.
- Some women in ancient Rome drank turpentine (which can be poisonous) because it made their urine smell like roses. Seriously?
- If your urine is cloudy, you may have phosphate in your urine, which can lead to kidney stones. If your urine is constantly cloudy, it could mean you have an infection. If cloudiness gets worse and you experience burning or frequent urgency, go see a doctor.
Remember that although the tint (and odor) of your urine offers a few clues as to what is going on inside that body or yours, it’s no diagnosis. So if you believe that something’s amiss with your body’s elimination system, contact a health provider today.
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