Ganesh Gaitonde from Sacred Games knew a lot about crime, money, and religion but he knew very little about his own body. Otherwise, he would have run to the doctor as soon as the colour of his pee turned red. It is true, your pee can tell you a lot about your health. Variations in the colour, smell and texture can often be associated with the change in hydration and metabolism of the body. It also indicate the evolving medical conditions of your body.
What is The Ideal Pee Colour and Smell?
“Your pee colour depends upon your fluid intake. A well-hydrated body yields colourless and odourless pee. It becomes pale yellow if the fluid intake of the body is low and takes the darker shades of yellow as the body becomes less hydrated”, suggests Dr Jagdeep Balyan, an Urologist at Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute, New Delhi.
Medicines also tend to affect the colour of our pee. There are a few medicines that change the colour of our pee to pinkish red. The colour may also change to lighter hues of red due to bleeding in the urinary tract. As Dr Balyan Says,” Changing pee colour may indicate a problem in the kidney. Diseases like urethral cancer and kidney cancer also change the colour of your urine. So, if you closely monitor the colour and odour of your urine, you may come to know about a health condition that otherwise would have taken longer to diagnose.”
Pee usually doesn’t smell a lot. However, it reeks a pungent ammonia smell when the body is dehydrated. Some foods like asparagus can also make your pee smell of a smelly sulfur compound, so can vitamin supplements and certain medications. If the urine smells fruity or sugary, then it may indicate diabetes or rising sugar levels.
How To Ensure That Your Pee Stays A Healthy Colour?
Good hydration is the easiest way to ensure that your pee stays a healthy colour. If you’re taking medicines, make sure you do that under the supervision of a physician. “Our kidneys come in contact with the wastes in our body before the rest of the urinary tract. So, a lot of what goes on in the body can be adjudicated by the monitoring them,” Dr. Balyan says. He further adds, “A lot of people take painkillers and tranquilisers for long durations without the prescription of a doctor. This can adversely affect your kidney, which inevitably changes the colour of your pee.”
So, the next time you hit the loo don’t look into the empty wall ahead; rather look down, it may save you a visit to the doctor later.