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When Color Matters

By New You Editorial
Posted On Mar 18, 2014

New You Health Tip: Educate yourself about what urine color may mean to your health.

The average person needs six to seven 8-ounce glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration. This condition—often evident in urine color—may cause dizziness, weakness, palpitations, and dry mouth.

Light Urine: Pale yellow urine color indicates that you are properly hydrated and clear urine color can indicate that your body is slightly overhydrated. This range of urine color is normal overall.

Dark Urine: First keep in mind that certain medications, vitamins or root vegetables can alter urine color. Dark orange urine may indicate something as benign as dehydration or something more severe such as liver disease. Pinks, reds, or rust-colored urine may indicate urinary tract problem.

Now What? If your urine  falls into the abnormal range, boost your water intake and observe it over the next couple of days. If nothing changes, visit a doctor for a health screening.