When it comes to urine color, there is a wide range of what is considered “normal.” Typically, urine can appear pale yellow to deep amber. The yellowish color is caused by a chemical called urochrome or urobilin, and the concentration determines the exact color. Urine color can also be influenced by medications and dye in foods. Any significant or lasting changes in urine color should be discussed with a doctor as it is possible they are caused by serious conditions.

1. Clear or Transparent

Although many people may believe clear urine is a sign of good health, it could mean that you are over-hydrated. Too much water in your system means you do not have enough salts or electrolytes to keep your blood chemically balanced. Water has many benefits. It clears your bowels and urinary tract and keeps your skin looking refreshed and youthful. However, some people drink more water than they need. Over-hydration is not as harmful as dehydration, but it does raise some health concerns. It can lead to hyponatremia, a state of blood intoxication from a significant loss of sodium, which can cause nausea and vomiting, fatigue, headaches, confusion, seizures, muscle weakness or cramps, or coma. The ideal amount of water per day is half your body weight in ounces (if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces).

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