Ever notice that your pee changes? From color to odor, it changes on a daily basis, even if the change is slight and hardly noticeable. But sometimes you look down and something catches your eye.
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was recently benched due to an unnamed injury. It has recently been disclosed that he had blood clots in his urine caused by a bladder infection.
There are many health signs that can be found by looking at your urine. It is important to know what to look out for in case you find a peculiar irregularity. Here is some information on what to look for and what these things mean for your body.
- Red: Did you know that consuming beets can make your urine and poop red? There is even a Portlandia clip about it (watch here). But, if you haven’t been eating beets and you see red discoloration, then you need to consult with your doctor. Blood in urine can mean the following things:
- Injury: Sometimes when you have an internal injury, such as a cut in your kidney, it can lead to blood in your urine.
- Intense Exercise: Sometimes if you are exercising too vigorously it can lead to blood in your urine. This is more common for long distance runners, and most doctors believe it is caused because of damage to the bladder.
- Infection: When you get an infection, your body’s way of fighting off the germs can sometimes cause bleeding. This is why during bladder infections the color may sometimes be gold with a reddish hue.
- Kidney stones: the internal friction caused by kidney stones often leads to internal bleeding which shows up in your urine.
- Cancer: m\any types of cancer cause harm to your tissues, which is the main cause of blood in your urine. Also, tumors use up a large amount of blood, which often can cause leaking of blood vessels.
- Transparent Urine: you may have heard that clear pee shows you are hydrated and consuming a lot of water, but did you know this is not always good? Clear pee shows you may be over hydrated, which could actually cause a chemical imbalance in your blood. A light yellow pee is ideal.
- Dark yellow Urine: possibly a sign of slight dehydration, but still considered normal.
- Amber/honey Urine: could be a sign of dehydration.
- Light orange: also could be a sign of dehydration, but also could mean that you are excreting excess vitamin B. This color may also be caused by bile duct or liver problems.
- Orange Urine: this color is often caused by certain medications such as rifampin or phenazopyridine.
- Dark orange/brown Urine: these colors are definitely warning signs. They could be caused by jaundice, severe dehydration, rhabdomyolysis or Gilbert’s syndrome.
- Dark brown/black Urine: sometimes caused by food and medication, but often could be signs of worse things. This can be a sign of melanoma or even copper or phenol poisoning.
- Green Urine: if you have been consuming a lot of asparagus, then green urine is no cause for concern. Sometimes it is just caused by medications or food dye. However, sometimes green urine can be signs of a bacterial infection.
- Blue Urine: this one is definitely rare. It could be food dye or medication, but is it also caused by a rare inherited metabolic disorder known as familial hypercalcemia which is caused by incomplete intestinal breakdown of tryptophan, which is a dietary nutrient.
- White Urine: This can be cause by a urinary tract infection (UTI), or too much protein, calcium, or phosphate.
Texture of Urine
- Foamy: This could be caused by rapid urination, dehydration, kidney problems, too much protein, UTI, semen in urine, and fistula formation.
Cloudy: this could be a big indicator of an infection or even kidney stones.
- Sweet: What if your urine smells sweet? Sweet or fruity smelling urine is a major sign of diabetes. Also, the Maple Syrup Urine Disease is known to make urine smell incredibly sweet.
- Sour: foods such as asparagus don’t only turn your pee green, but are also known to make it smell horrible. (Ask your partner, it may affect the taste of your semen.)
- Pungent: Many things cause this smell, such as dehydration, high protein foods, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Burning and the constant need to pee are also signs of infection, so in those instances make sure to check with a doctor.
Your pee says a lot about your health and diet, so make sure you are paying close attention and reading the signs. Trust me, you don’t want to get benched this season.