What does your pee say about your health? More than you’d think. “Most of the variation in urine color has to do with a person’s hydration level and the subsequent concentration of urine,” says Phillip Pierorazio, M.D., Assistant Professor of Urology and Oncology, and Director of the Division of Testis Cancer at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.
“Normal urine can vary in color from colorless or very pale yellow to deep yellows, oranges and reds. And, the appearance of urine can give some helpful insights into your health and well-being beyond how much water you're drinking.”
Whether or not you care to admit, you notice the color and smell of your urine on a day-to-day (if not hourly) basis. So, here are some of the normal and abnormal characteristics you should look out for the next time you hit the loo—they could indicate whether you’re overhydrated or showing signs of infection, overexertion, even cancer.