Urine and Health?

Posted by M ws On Friday, March 30, 2012 0 comments
Last year, Sally Wadyka wrote this article "What Your Urine is Telling You About Your Health" for MSN Health & Fitness AT THIS LINK. Thanks to Angela for sending me this article.

What Your Urine is Telling You About Your Health By Sally Wadyka for MSN Health & Fitness

A trip 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.

Looking pale

If your urine is as colorless as water, well, that’s probably because
you’ve been drinking a lot of water. And besides the inconvenience
Of going to the bathroom many times a day because your bladder is
Filling up with fluid faster, there’s really nothing medically worrisome
About having a light colored output.

Too dark

If your urine has a brownish, iced tea-colored tinge,
That could be a sign that you are dehydrated and the kidney is
Producing more concentrated (as opposed to diluted) urine.
“The urine gives good indications of the body’s level of hydration,
” Farber says, “so if a patient complains of dizziness or lightheadedness,
You would want to check the urine to rule out dehydration as a cause
Of the problem.” The ideal shade to strive for is the color of straw.
Another reason to get yourself checked out if you see dark urine—especially
If it doesn’t lighten up after you drink a few glasses of water—is that the
Cause could actually be blood. It won’t be as obvious as a bright red drop
In the toilet, but it could be a sign of bleeding higher up in the kidney
Which could indicate an infection, kidney disease or even cancer.

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