If your eyes are the window to your soul, your toilet is a window to your health.
Have you noticed that most doctors recommend urine tests when you go for a health checkup?
This is because your urine can reveal a lot about what is happening inside your body. The smell, consistency and color of urine are telltale indicators of your health and well-being.
Urine consists mainly of water and a surprising list of ingredients such as urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, as well as various inorganic and organic compounds. Any type of imbalance in the body can affect the color, consistency and smell of urine.
A pale or transparent yellow urine is a sign of good health and a properly hydrated body. The pigment that gives the urine its characteristic yellow color is known as urochrome. The urine acquires the yellow color when the kidneys properly process the waste products.
The consumption of liquids dilutes the yellow pigment in the urine, so that the more you drink, the clearer the urine will look. When you drink too little water or other liquids, the body becomes dehydrated and the color becomes a more concentrated yellow.
If your urine takes other unusual colors, it may indicate a health problem. This is what several colors of urine say about your health.
Cloudy or cloudy
If your urine appears cloudy or cloudy, it can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones. In the case of a UTI, the urine will also have strong ammonia, unpleasant or even slightly sweet odor. The bacteria that cause the infection produce the unpleasant odor as a by-product.
In addition to this, if you experience symptoms such as an urge to urinate more often, but passing only small amounts of urine, pain or burning sensation when urinating and pain in your lower abdomen, get a UTI test.
When you suffer from a UTI infection, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. You may need antibiotics to clear up the infection and avoid more problems. You can also try home remedies to prevent UTIs.
In addition, an excess of certain minerals such as calcium or phosphorus can cause white and milky urine. Foaming and urine effervescence can mean that you have excess protein in your diet or a kidney problem. If the problem persists, consult a doctor immediately.