Unless we are standing in a long line at a ball game, waiting anxiously for the “fasten seat belts” sign to go off on an airplane, or peering anxiously at road signs looking for the next rest stop, we don’t often give urination much thought. Most people make trips to the bathroom to pee eight to 10 times a day. It may be the first thing you do upon arising in the morning and the last thing you do before turning in for the night. While you probably don’t spend much time staring into the toilet bowl, there are things your pee can indicate, from signs of illness to what you had for lunch. Here are eight things your pee can tell you.
8. Your Level of Hydration
Normal, healthy urine should be a pale, yellow color without odor. If you notice your pee is dark or amber-colored, you may not be drinking enough water. Stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you to sip from throughout the day. Be sure to drink before, during, and after strenuous exercise. If you don’t like drinking plain water, try adding a spritz of lemon. Sometimes thirst masquerades as hunger. Try sipping water instead of heading straight to the fridge between meals. Replacing sugary sodas with ice water keeps your body refreshed.
7. Whether You Have Eaten Unusual Vegetables
Asparagus is a vegetable that may cause your urine to have a strong odor. While the acids in asparagus seem to alter the urine odor of all of those who consume it, not everyone is able to detect this aroma. Beets, while not changing the smell of urine, can change its color to pink or light red. Fava beans and rhubarb may also temporarily darken urine. Carrots can cause your pee to turn an orange color. If your colorful pee is caused by vegetables, there is no cause for alarm.