Let’s be real. When we are in the toilet doing a number one, it is more often than not a routine motion of pee, flush and out the door you go. However, our urine may actually hold more tell tale signs of what’s going on inside our body and the state of our health than you think.
An Education on Urination
First off, let’s start with the basics of what urine is. It is essentially our body’s liquid waste made out of water, salt and chemicals called urea and uric acid. It comes from the kidneys where blood filters through, removing waste, minerals, and other chemical byproducts in the process. Whatever that is not needed for the body gets flushed out in the form of .. you know it, urine. This liquid waste passes through your urinary tract, into the urethra and expelled out of the bladder.
Different Hues, Different Cues
The color of your urine comes from a pigment called urochrome. Before we begin, it is important to note that the color changes depending on the situation – be it your diet, if you are keeping hydrated, or perhaps if you are on medication at that point; there are lots of varying reasons so use this as a guiding reference and if you are still unsure, it is always safer to check with your doctor.
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