When it comes to urine color, there is a wide range of what is considered normal, ranging from pale yellow to deep amber. The yellowish color is caused by a chemical called urochrome or urobilin; the more of this chemical in the output, the deeper yellow it will be. Urine color can also be influenced by medications and food dyes. Significant color changes that last beyond a single urination, or any lasting changes to other properties of the urine, should be discussed with a doctor.
Although many people believe clear urine is a sign of good health, it could actually signify overhydration. Drinking too much water throws off the balance of salts and electrolytes that keep our blood chemically balanced.Â Water has many benefits. It clears the bowels and urinary tract and keeps skin looking refreshed and youthful. However, some people drink more water than they need. Overhydration is not as harmful as dehydration, at least in the short-term, 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, and coma. The average daily amount of water is half your body weight in ounces (if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces). However, the amount you need will vary with how active you are, the diet you eat, the temperature where you live and work, health conditions, and medications.
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