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Know When It's Time To Change Your Job
A break to the toilet may be more revealing than you think. "The appearance and smell of your urine-as well as the frequency with which you have to go-can provide many clues to what else is going on in your body," says Dr. Michael Farber, director of the Executive Health Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Normal urine color ranges from pale yellow to deep amber which also depends on the amount of water you drink. The fluids that you take, dilute the yellow pigments in the urine, which means the more you drink, the clearer your urine will look. If you drink less, the color of your urine becomes more concentrated. Urine that is pale in color: When your urine is as colorless as water, this means that you have been drinking a lot of water. In spite of going to the bathroom several times a day, your bladder is filling up with fluids faster. There is nothing to be worried about having a light colored output. Urine that is too dark: If your urine has a brownish color, this could be a sign that you're dehydrated and that the kidney is producing more concentrated urine. "The urine gives good indications of the body's level of hydration," Farber says, "so if a patient complains of dizziness or light-headedness, you would want to check the urine to rule out dehydration as a cause of the problem." Note that the ideal shade to strive for is the color of straw. You should also get it checked when your urine doesn't lighten up even after you drink a few glasses of water as this could actually be blood. Of course it won't be blood red in the toilet but it could indicate a sign of bleeding higher up in the kidney which could be an infection, kidney disease or even cancer. Funny Smelling: If you smell an odd odor when you make a trip to the bathroom, you don't have to worry as this could be due to certain types of food such as asparagus which is known to produce a sulfur containing amino acid. Those very smelly substances are released when the food breaks down in one's digestive system, is filtered through the kidney and then makes its way into the urine where it creates an unpleasant scent. The smell will disappear once the food has been fully digested and flushed from your system completely, . Sweet smelling: "A sugary smell might indicate the presence of blood sugar that's being excreted in the urine," says Farber. Even a high concentration of blood sugar in the urine is one sign of diabetes. If one is pregnant, changes in the kidney filtration system can also result in the presence of sugar in the urine. It's important to get further tests done to determine if diabetes is a concern. Bright yellow: Urine that is neon colored may seem alarming, but this could be due to your daily multivitamin pill. "The B vitamins and carotene in particular give the urine a deeper, more golden color," says Dr. Deborah J. Lightner, associate professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Don't be alarmed, it is just that the urine color can be affected as the vitamins filter through one's system even as they are being utilized and absorbed. A spot of blood: Seeing spots of red in the bathroom can mean many things. For that reason, you should always have your doctor check your urine if you see blood, warns Lightner. "In an otherwise healthy young woman, the chances are overwhelmingly in favor of it being a sign of a urinary tract infection, but blood in the urine is also one of the seven deadly signs of bladder cancer in both women and in men." Blood in the urine can also be caused by trauma or microscopic tears, kidney stones or it could be a side effect of taking blood thinning medication or daily aspirin therapy. Seek medical attention if you notice any signs that worry you!