Have you noticed that your urine (pee) comes out in different shades of yellow? The color of pee depends on two main factors:
What Urine Color is Normal?
Most people start the day with dark yellow pee, because they don’t drink anything after bedtime. Later in the day, the urine color gets lighter in color after drinking water, sipping soup, or eating juicy fruits.
Light to medium yellow is the goal! This usually means that you are getting the right amount of fluids in your body.
Why is Urine Yellow?
Your kidneys make a type of waste called urobilin. Urobilin is yellow, and your body gets rid of it through your urine.
- If you have a lot of water in your urine, it will dilute the urobilin. This will make the urine a lighter color.
- If you don’t have much water in your urine, the urobilin color will be stronger. This will make the urine dark yellow, or sometimes even a color like honey.
Different Colors of Pee and What They Mean
Clear Urine Might Be a Sign of Too Much Hydration
If you drink more water than your body needs, the kidneys know to get rid of the extra water. This makes the urine look clear. In rare situations, if the kidneys can’t filter out extra water, the water stays inside the body and causes the cells and tissues to swell up.
Dark Urine Might Be a Sign of Dehydration
If you don’t get enough water from drinks or food, you could get dehydrated. Dehydration means that your body doesn’t have enough water to work properly. If you don’t have enough water, you might have small amounts of dark smelly pee. People who are extremely dehydrated might not be able to make pee.
REMEMBER: Drink water when you’re thirsty, especially if you’ve been sweating! Snacking on juicy fruit can help, too.
Pink or Red Urine Might Be a Sign of Blood…or Something You Ate!
This color could be a warning sign of a problem in your kidneys or bladder. But often times, pink urine can be a totally normal if you ate certain foods. For example, if you ate a lot of beets, blueberries, and rhubarb, these healthy foods can make your urine look rosy.