Today, I’ll be talking about urine. Specifically, the relationship between urine color and hydration. There will be sharing of personal information. If you’re likely to be offended (or having apple juice for lunch) come back tomorrow!
Yesterday, I reviewed GNC’s Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak (you can order yours by clicking on the link in the right sidebar). Near the end of the post, I mentioned that the vitamins made my pee yellower than normal and I responded by increasing my water intake.
Turns out I wasn’t dehydrated at all (I’ll get back to this point later), but some of the comments I received suggested that not everybody knows that a great way to gauge whether you’re drinking enough water is to look at the color of your urine.
Urine is produced by your kidneys. It is the end product of liquid digestion and is composed primarily of water (95%), urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other dissolved ions, inorganic and organic compounds.
It can range in color from pale (‘straw colored’) yellow to dark amber. In general, the paler the color, the better hydrated the body it came from! (Note, some changes in urine color can be attributed to diet, medication and illness. If you suspect reasons other than dehydration for dark colored urine, please see your doctor.)
If your urine looks like this,
chances are you need to be drinking more water. How much? Opinions vary, but I feel best (and have the palest pee) when I’m drinking upwards of 75 ounces each day. Sound like a lot? Up your intake slowly and look in the toilet to see if you’re drinking enough!
The urine of a well-hydrated person will look like this,
or even this,
if you’re taking a high quality multivitamin, like GNC’s ultra mega active vitapak, containing lots of vitamins from the B-complex. (Thanks Wikipedia for the reassurance!).
What color is your pee?
How many glasses or ounces of water do you drink each day?