Why is My Pee Green? Answers to Questions About the Color of Your Urine

Pee… it’s what we do multiple times everyday. Most of us don’t even think about ‘taking a pee’ unless of course …something about your urine looks, feels or smells differently than normal.

While not quite as taboo a subject as its nearby cousin – poo, pee is a little easier on the eyes to examine for any troublesome variations. Factors such as color, smell, and look are all indicators of how well your body is excreting its waste through your urine. Once you understand what your pee is telling thee, you can learn a lot about your physical health.

Sometimes it’s a matter of doing something as simple as drinking more water. If the problem appears to be more chronic, other changes may require urine testing. Here’s what to look for and when to know if it’s important to seek help.

Urine Color Health

Normal urine - at its best - is a yellow tinged liquid. Think of the song “They call me mellow yellow…”

The yellow color comes from the pigment urobilinogen… 

which is the result of a breakdown of another yellow-orange pigment, bilirubin… 

which is the result of a breakdown of hemoglobin. 

Bilirubin is converted into yellowed urobilins once it enters the kidneys, which explains the yellowness. So basically if you excrete what looks like pale lemonade, you are good to go!

What urine colors are abnormal?

Dark Yellow - Not enough water 

Dark, deeper shades of yellow are not as desirable. Dark yellow urine indicates that the urine is concentrated. 

On the contrary, clear pee that ‘matches’ the toilet bowl water indicates just the opposite - excess water in the urine. It’s a positive sign that you are well hydrated. 

There’s a caveat however: If you are drinking large amounts of alcoholic beverages, within 20 minutes of your first drink the body starts to compensate by decreasing a hormone responsible for preventing urination to conserve water (known as ADH = Anti Diuretic Hormone). But when one drink follows another, the increased liquids dilute the urine enough to be colorless because the kidneys can’t keep up. That’s why we often become dehydrated after a night on the town. 

Red Colored Urine - Bleeding or Urinary Infection

If not the result of eating beets, or other red hued foods, a red color is almost always a sign of bleeding in the urinary tract. Red colored urine is most often associated with urinary tract infections of the kidneys or bladder, known as Hematuria. (The presence of bacteria from an infection causes inflammation that may also create a burning sensation while urinating).

Red colored urine could also indicate the presence of kidney damage from bruised or inflamed kidneys (sometimes occurring after extreme exercise or trauma). Reddish urine may also indicate kidney stones and cancers of the urinary tract such as the bladder and prostate.  

Orange  Colored Urine

A bright orange, almost fluorescent yellow color may be an indication of excess vitamins. Because our body flushes out any  excess vitamins, you may want to consider saving your money when   you see fluorescent colored urine. Some medications (check any medication side effects related to urine) may also be the culprit for brightly colored urinary hues.

Brown Colored Urine - See Doctor Soon!

Brown colored urine may indicate a blockage in the flow of bile. When the bile duct is blocked, bile spills into the bloodstream and then into the urine. Bile colors the urine a dark greenish/brown color. 

Brownish urine is quite serious because it may indicate liver dysfunction, gallstones or a pancreatic tumor. If your urine is brown, see your medical doctor immediately. 

Frequently dark urine and pale colored stools occur in tandem because bile is not being made or released properly. If you are experiencing pale or tan colored stools without brownish colored urine, we suggest you buy and download our 80 page  comprehensive self help guide book, Mysteries of the Bowel Solved: Tan Colored Stools  for $1.99 at www.books.digestionreliefcenter.com

Green Colored Urine - Watch it.  Could be Urinary Infection

Having a greenish hue in your urine can sometimes happen after eating asparagus, which is harmless.  However, if you are  producing green urine without eating asparagus, it is not normal.  Green urine can be a sign of a few different health concerns, such as having a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a bacterial infection that has found its way into your bloodstream known as bacteremia.  See your medical doctor if you are experiencing green urine and have not been eating asparagus.

Smelly Urine

Of course asparagus pee is legendary for fouling the normal scent of our pee. It is widely known that the pungent odor comes from release of sulfurous compounds resulting from digesting asparagus. What is not as widely known is only 50% of folks have the gene that can detect the odor. The lucky ones, eh? 

Basically if things are working normally, most fresh urine does not have a strong smell. Odorous urine may result from concentrated urine, which may smell ammonia-like due to dehydration. Urinary tract infections may emit a foul smelling odor as well as vitamins, which may alter not only the color but the odor of urine. 

Finally, a sweet berry-like smell may be an indication of diabetes. As our bodies work to regulate our blood sugar, it produces ketones giving our urine a fruity odor. Diabetic prone folks also urinate more frequently as the body works harder to expel excessive glucose though increased urination. 

Urine Appearance  

Bubbles or foamy urine may be caused by either an urgent jet stream of urine (not a problem) or it may be a sign that there is excessive protein in the urine (a problem). Healthy kidneys are able to filter all but a small amount of proteins. But if the kidneys become damaged, protein enters the urine creating a foamy or bubbly texture. 

How We Can Help

Your urine can be an early warning system that your body is out of balance. And more specifically that not all is well with your digestive system. Notice that abnormal colors, looks and smells of urine discussed in this article can be most often traced to compromised kidneys, liver, gallbladder, biliary system - all parts and accessory parts of our digestive system.

Here at the Digestion Relief Center, we offer a comprehensive 24-hour Urine Analysis that tells us volumes about the state of your health. (See our “What Dr. Patrick’s 24- Hour Urine Test Tells You” checklist). Once we receive your test results, we can begin to de-stress the organs and restore balance in your body so that you can be back on tract and in the flow again! 

What Dr. Patrick’s 24-Hour Urine Test Tells You

A 24-Hour Urinalysis will tell us if your body is out of balance well before a pathology shows up in a blood test. Here are some of the answers you can learn from our comprehensive test.

✓ Are you digesting the food you eat?

✓ Are you absorbing and using the nutrients you’ve digested?

✓ Are you getting rid of your body’s toxic wastes? including heavy metals?

✓ Do you absorb your fat-soluble vitamins such as D, E and K?

✓ Do you have an imbalance of gut bacteria?

✓ Is your body absorbing enough calcium?

✓ Are too acidic or too alkaline?

✓ Do you have yeast/candida overgrowth? 

✓ Are you absorbing your minerals?

✓ Are you getting enough Vitamin C?

✓ Are key organs such as the liver, kidney, adrenal glands and circulatory and respiratory systems being overworked?

To see if our approach is right for you, please call Dr. Patrick’s Chico California office at 530-899-8741 to schedule your consultation.

Thanks for reading! If this was helpful, feel free to pass it on.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS

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