What the color of your pee says about your health


Posted at Jan 26 2016 11:14 AM | Updated as of Oct 20 2016 06:15 PM

MANILA - Sometimes it's yellow, sometimes it's a darker shade and sometimes it's almost transparent — but what does the color of your pee says about your health?

A lot, according to Frances Monette Bragais, MD, a urologist at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

Bragais said one of the first things the color of urine tells a person is his or her hydration.

For example, when a person wakes up in the morning and pees dark yellow urine, it means he or she is a little dehydrated and has to drink water.

But Bragais said that there are other factors to consider too. Like for example, a person taking medication might excrete brownish orange urine because of the medicine or vitamins.

She added that a person who's been drinking beer for quite a while may expect brownish orange pee.

A person, with pinkish red urine, meanwhile, needs to see a doctor at once, because this color means there's blood.

According to Bragais, cancer might also be the cause of a pinkish red urine.

Meanwhile, Bragais also said a person's urine should only emit foul odor ("mapanghi" in Filipino) when it's been left unflushed in the toilet bowl, as bacteria begins to build up.

If it does smell, it means there could be an infection in a person's urinary tract and he or she should go see a urologist. -- Salamat Dok, ABS-CBN