You must’ve gotten a lot of advice on the amount of water to be drank everyday. Some say a person should drink at least 4 litres of water every single day. Or some say it should be spaced over the entire day. Some say drink only when you are thirsty as it may overload your kidney’s filtration system. So on and so forth.
Every individual’s detoxification and flushing mechanism is different and so are their body water requirements and activity levels. So the best judge of how much you should be hydrated everyday is you, yourself and nobody else.
So in this article I’ll share with you the best indicator of your water’s body requirement and that is your urine and to be specific, the colour of your urine.
The urine colour is an indirect but a very important indicator of your body’s overall well-being. Body’s water requirements, hydration level and onset of certain diseases can be known to certain extent just by looking at the urine colour. Since early days of medicine not just the colour, but density and smell of urine has been used as a diagnostic tool.
Given below are the approximate colour of the urine and what it represents.
Normal Urine Colour ranges from honey colour to pale yellow (straw colour).
You are probably drinking a lot of water. You should decrease your water intake.
Pale Yellow or Straw Coloured
Your hydration levels are normal.
Again, you are well hydrated.
Dehydrated : You Need More Water
You need to have a glass of water soon.
Deep Amber or Honey Coloured
There is shortage of water in your body. Drink more regularly.
Other Abnormal Conditions:
Tea Coloured :
Indicative of Presence of Bilirubin in Urine [might indicate jaundice]. So, please consult your physician for a proper diagnosis.
Indicative of a serious condition called Rhabdomyolysis in which there is breakdown of muscle structure due to direct or indirect muscle injury. But it will be accompanied with other symptoms such as weakness and muscle aches.
Reddish Brown :
Indicative of blood in urine or Haematuria. Here, the urine will have traces of blood, which could be distinguishable from the urine. Consult your physician for diagnosis.
Recent multivitamin intake or riboflavin(vitamin B2) intake usually gives a bright yellow colour to the urine.
Beetroots or dye in food usually bring about this change in urine.
Black coloured urine is indicative of a genetic disorder called Alkaptonuria. Here, the urine turns black or brownish black when exposed to air.
You can understand a lot of things from the colour of your urine. But it is recommended to do routine urinalysis whenever you get your routine body checkups done by your physician. Blood in the urine, or Haematuria, can be a sign of a serious condition. Also, diagnosis of diagnosis of diabetes and its types or stages can be done based on the levels of sugar and ketone bodies.