What does the colour of your pee say about your health?

The process of urination starts when the bladder nerves, sensing a full bladder, signal to the brain that you need to go. This is followed by the bladder squeezing and tightening to push the pee through the urethra. At the same time, the brain gets the urinary sphincter muscles to relax to let urine through.

And voila, relief – until you see an unusual colour in your pee. Here’s what the different urine colours may mean:


As mentioned earlier, urine is coloured by urochrome and this pigment gets diluted the more water you drink. Generally, the accepted urine colour ranges from light to dark yellow, although you should aim for the lighter end of the spectrum. But don’t go overboard and shoot for clear urine either as drinking too much water can unbalance the electrolytes in your blood and lead to water intoxication.

If you notice a neon yellow in your pee, it could mean your B vitamin intake, including B2 and B12, is excessive. Orange pee, on the other hand, could be that you’ve had too many carrots or you’re on certain antibiotics or taking a painkiller for a urinary tract infection (UTI). Some laxatives and chemotherapy drugs can also create this orange effect.

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