The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of your health, as a result, human urine has always been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. It can reveal what you’ve been eating, how much you’ve been drinking, and what diseases you have.
What do the shades of color mean?
1. Transparent: If your urine is completely clear, it may be a sign that you’re drinking excessive water. Contrary to popular belief, there is a risks with drinking large amounts of water [including] diluting the salts in the body. But in general, if you’re drinking so much that your urine looks like water, you probably are drinking more than you need.
2. Pale straw/Amber/Honey: Lighter shades of yellow indicate that you are well-hydrated, but as the color darkens, it could be a sign that you need to refuel with fluids.
3. Brown ale: If you’re noticing shades of brown in your urine, it could simply be a sign that you are dehydrated. However, it could also be indicative of a problem in the liver.
4. Pink to reddish: This is usually a warning sign. Some food and substances may cause a pinkish/red color but if it occurs due to blood, then it’s a cause for alarm. There’s a huge list of conditions both benign and malignant that can cause blood in the urine, anything from medical kidney disease to a UTI, stones in the kidneys or bladder or the more serious cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate.