Urine excreted by a healthy, hydrated person is usually straw-like or a pale shade of yellow in color. However, it is possible for a person to have an abnormal color of urine. This change can, at times, be temporary. There are several factors that can cause urine discoloration:
Many people aren’t aware of this, but one’s food intake can often be the cause of urine discoloration. Consuming large amounts of asparagus, for example, can cause it to be dark yellow, dark green or even blue. Foods that will cause discoloration of urine are beets, berries and rhubarb can cause it to be a red or pink color. Fava beans and aloe, on the other hand, can cause urine to appear brown or tea-colored. Carrots and winter squash can cause it to turn orange. In fact, intake of excess carotene can even cause one’s hands and feet to appear orange.
Food and drinks that contain a dye or artificial coloring can also be the cause of abnormal urine colors. Children’s cereals often contain dye, which can cause discoloration.
2. Vitamin supplements
Vitamin supplements can also be the cause of abnormal urine color. Consuming excess vitamin B complex, for example, can cause one to excrete bright yellow or dark yellow urine. Excess vitamin C, on the other hand, can cause it to appear orange.
Several kinds of medication can also cause abnormal urine color. If one takes laxatives or excess amounts of B complex vitamins, he or she might excrete bright or dark yellow urine. Medications such as indomethacin, doxorubicin or amitriptyline can possibly cause one’s urine to turn blue or green. Taking Aldomet can even cause it to turn black.
4. Medical conditions or disease
When one’s urine appears cloudy or murky, it might indicate that the person has a bladder infection or urinary tract infection. Urine that is either clear or dark brown in color, on the other hand, may indicate a possible liver disorder such as cirrhosis or acute viral hepatitis. If one’s urine is a red or pink color, it might possibly be a sign of a urinary tract disorder such as kidney cancer, tuberculosis, enlarged prostate, cystitis or kidney stones.
These are the four major causes of urine discoloration. If, however, you notice that your urine has been an abnormal color for more than a day or two, it is advisable that you see your doctor. Always advise your doctor of your diet, as well as of any treatments or medications that you are taking.