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.