Your urine can say a lot about you and your health. In particular, if you eat a healthy diet, suffer from illnesses or eat too much sugar.
1) You have a urinary tract infection
One of the first signs of a UTI is a strong smell of ammonia, which resembles the smell of sulfur. The bacteria that cause the infection produce this unusual odor. It can also give a cloudy or bloody appearance to your urine. If you think you have a UTI, tell your doctor right away. Antibiotics will be very effective in overcoming this problem and may prevent a recurrence in the future.
2) Your urine may indicate that you are eating a healthy diet
If you’re among the 50% of the population who have a rather fragrant urine when you eat asparagus, then you know that what you eat can change the appearance of your urine. These green stems are not the only plants that can change the color or smell of your urine. Strong coffee will give it a vanilla scent, rhubarb and blueberries will give it a purple or pink color. Beets, on the other hand, may frighten you by tinting your urine with a dark red that looks like blood can be mistaken for it.
3) Your training was way too intense
Extremely popular extreme training and endurance racing have led to the return of a rather rare disease, rhabdomyolysis. This disease is characterized by very dark urine, which is reminiscent of cola. Rhabdomyolysis occurs when muscles are damaged beyond their repair and regeneration skills, very often as a result of very strenuous exercise. This can happen especially if you are not warmed up enough, or if you return to exercise after a long break.
If your urine suddenly changes color and becomes very dark (like black tea) and you have severe, sudden muscle pain, call your doctor right away. This condition can be fatal if it is not treated immediately.
4) Your urine may indicate that you are overdosing on sugar
Sweet treats of course have an effect on your waistline. A large amount of sugar in your body can also increase the frequency of urination. If you notice that you go to the bathroom more often or if you notice other signs that you are consuming too much sugar, you may need to have your blood sugar checked, according to Muhammad Shamin Khan, a doctor-urologist. Not only can the frequency of urination be a problem, but high urine sugar or a fruity odor can also be a warning sign of diabetes.
5) You have liver or pancreatic disease
If you notice orange-colored urine from time to time, there is no problem on the horizon (you probably ate a food with a lot of food coloring). However, if your urine is chronically amber to orange in color, it may be a sign of liver disease. This strange color is caused by a high level of bilirubin, the result of inflammation of the liver or abnormal cells of this organ. It could also indicate a blockage of the bile ducts and possibly jaundice. Your urine is usually not the only symptom; jaundice can give the skin and whites of the eyes a yellow or orange tint.
6) You have an iron deficiency
Nothing is more alarming than looking in the toilet tank and seeing red. Bright red urine requires an immediate call to your doctor. This could mean kidney infection, kidney stone or even cancer. On the other hand, if your urine turns slightly red, you may have only a slight iron deficiency or another health problem. A study published in the Journal of Current Surgery also found that red urine may indicate that your body is having trouble metabolizing iron. Consult your doctor, and if you need to eat more iron, treat yourself to a good steak for dinner!
7) You have prostate problems
If you constantly need to go to the bathroom, this could be one of the first signs of an enlarged prostate. In men, the prostate gland surrounds the urethra. With growth and age, the gland can put pressure on the small tube. This can make urination very uncomfortable. Even if your gut tells you to drink less water (to urinate less often and to feel this unpleasant feeling less often), dehydration will only make the problem worse. Instead, stay well hydrated and make an appointment with a urologist right away.
8) You have a sexually transmitted infection
Gonorrhea and chlamydia are currently reaching epidemic levels around the world, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the reasons for this rapid transmission is due to the absence of visible early symptoms for certain sexually transmitted infections. However, your urine can provide you with clues.
Cloudy or thick-looking urine can be a sign of several infections, according to the CDC, especially for these two “invisible” STIs: chlamydia and gonorrhea. Other possible causes of cloudy-looking urine include a vaginal or urinary tract infection. Regardless of the type of infection, cloudy-looking urine is something you should talk to your doctor about right away.
9) Your kidneys beg you to help them
The kidneys produce urine. It is therefore not surprising that they communicate their needs to us by the color of our urination. Blood in the urine is an important sign that something is wrong. Another subtle sign of kidney distress is heavy foaming urine. Most often, foaming urine means that you urinate with a lot of pressure. However, constantly foaming urine can be a sign of too much protein. The presence of this foam can be a symptom of kidney dysfunction. This phenomenon is called proteinuria and should definitely be checked by your doctor right away.