What Color Is Your Pee & What Does It Mean?

Your pee can tell you how hydrated you are, and hydration is a key part of overall health that’s easy to monitor and control. How often you pee, the smell, and even the clarity are all clues about your overall health.

Water is key to every function in your body, from processes like metabolism and organ function to joint lubrication and cell structure. Dehydration can reduce strength and stamina, and studies show that even slight dehydration can make you foggy-brained.

How do you know if you’re drinking enough?

Your pee is one of the most obvious indicators of how well you’re treating your body. The points below can help you to see whether the color in the toilet indicates you’re drinking the right amount of water.  (Keep in mind this is just a guide — if you have health concerns, make sure to see your doctor.)

What color is your pee?

You probably don’t pay too much attention when going to the toilet – but it pays to take a second and make sure the color of what’s in the bowl is the right shade. Here’s what a few common shades mean:

  • Clear: You’re overhydrated. You need to cut back on your water intake.
  • Chardonnay: This is a healthy color. You’re getting enough water.
  • Apple juice: Spot on! You’re hydrating the right amount.
  • Yellow highlighter: You might have this after taking vitamin B.
  • Apple cider vinegar: You’re verging on dehydration. Have a glass of water.
  • Dark tea: You’re dehydrated. Stop what you’re doing. Drink a glass of water, and drink more water throughout the rest of the day.

How often do you pee?

How many times a day should you be peeing? For most people, going 4 to 10 times a day is a sign that you’re drinking enough water. If you’re peeing fewer than 4 times per day, you may be dehydrated, so check the urine color chart above. If you regularly pee more often than 10 times a day, pay attention to the color in the bowl. If it’s crystal clear, you may be drinking too much water. If you’re not drinking more than the recommended amount, see your doctor for a possible health problem.

Is your pee smelly or cloudy in color?

You might be shocked to notice that your pee smells differently than usual or isn’t 100% clear.

  • If you notice that your pee is slightly cloudy, this could be caused by an infection or other health condition.
  • If you’ve recently eaten fish or asparagus or enjoyed a cup of coffee, you may smell it in your pee several hours later.
  • If your pee smells a bit like ammonia, that’s a sign that your body is dehydrated, so drink a glass of water right away.
  • If you notice any other funky smells, it could be due to medication, vitamins, or a health issue.

Keep in mind that these are guidelines, however, we do recommend seeing your doctor if you have any concerns.

Do you make sure to drink enough water during the day? Comment below and let us know.


11 thoughts on “What Color Is Your Pee & What Does It Mean?

  1. Virolen says:

    This is an excellent article many of us many don’t really worry about the basics when it comes to our health just reading this makes men more aware and if we share our concerns on a common plan done like manbox or allows us to grow for the better.

  2. moyafarid21 says:

    Thanks for this informative read, As a man we sometimes are too embarrassed to ask a Doctor or do an actual analysis of our urine ,Thanks ManBox for helping us look after our Health . will definitely keep the information I read here in mind !!!

  3. Nduduzo says:

    YES!!!!!!!!! I am glad this kind of information is finally out in the open. For so long, people did not want talk about such topics, they seemed so taboo. I used to turn a blind eye on drinking water regularly, my pee would be so dark and felt pain around my lower back, until drinking water became one of my daily routines .. ( ongoing daily routine )… I make sure I drink at least 2L of water each day… It keeps me hydrated, vitalized and energized.

    Thank you so much Manbox for such info. Maybe next time we should tackle Oral hygiene/ health.

  4. Sam says:

    Wow, sometimes we take drinking water for granted. Now since you established the importance of drinking water, I shall have adequate amount of it daily to avoid being dehydrated and having an unusual pee colour. #TeamAppleJuicePee

  5. bongzmswane says:

    I drink 2 litres of water daily. Not only does water keep you healthy, but helps with your skin hydration as well. This article is accurate and informative. I have learnt that about 60 percent of society drink water only because it’s a must, but think they just need to drink few glasses to sustain their body. The truth is in that 60 percent, about 40 percent consume alcohol and they get dehydrated and continue to drink less water thinking they are healthy. Before I sleep I drink plenty of water to keep my hydration during the night and when I wake up I drink water to keep up . My pee usually looks like Apple juice on a daily basis, unless Alcohol intake is involved. Otherwise water is essential.

  6. lucky.sekome says:

    I taught myself to drink 1.5L of water per day… because I like seeing my color of pee turning from apple juice to Chardonnay…. if that doesn’t happen then I know that I’ve cheated my daily intake

  7. www.tidimalo.freeliance180 says:

    Water is life but I find it hard to drink 2L of water per day. My urine differs during the week and weekend.. Normally on weekends are yellowish with bad smell because I consume more alcohol and during the week I do take in more water which becomes colourless with no smell. This article helped me to understand it more better.

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