Possible Reasons of Abnormal Urine Color

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					Urine excreted by a healthy, hydrated person is usually straw-like or a pale shade of
yellow in color. However, it is possible for a person to have an abnormal color of
urine. This change can, at times, be temporary.
  There are several factors that can cause discoloration from occurring:
  1. Foods:
  Many people aren’t aware of this, but one’s food intake can often be the cause of
urine discoloration. Consuming large amounts of asparagus, for example, can cause it
to be dark yellow, dark green or even blue. Foods such as beets, berries and rhubarb
can cause it to be a red or pink color. Fava beans and aloe, on the other hand, can
cause urine to appear brown or tea-colored. Carrots and winter squash can cause it to
turn orange. In fact, intake of excess carotene can even cause one’s hands and feet to
appear orange.
  Food and drinks that contain dye or artificial coloring can also be the cause of
abnormal urine colors. Children’s cereals often contain dye, which can cause
  2. Vitamin supplements:
  Vitamin supplements can also be the cause of abnormal urine color. Consuming
excess vitamin B complex, for example, can cause one to excrete bright yellow or
dark yellow urine. Excess vitamin C, on the other hand, can cause it to appear orange.
  3. Medications:
  Several kinds of medication can also cause abnormal urine color. If one takes
laxatives or excess amounts of B complex vitamins, he or she might excrete bright or
dark yellow urine. Medications such as indomethacin, doxorubicin or amitriptyline
can possibly cause one’s urine to turn blue or green. Taking aldomet can even cause it
to turn black.
  4. Medical conditions or disease:
  When one’s urine appears cloudy or murky, it might indicate that the person has a
bladder infection or urinary tract infection. Urine that is either clear or dark brown in
color, on the other hand, may indicate a possible liver disorder such as cirrhosis or
acute viral hepatitis. If one’s urine is a red or pink color, it might possibly be a sign of
a urinary tract disorder such as kidney cancer, tuberculosis, enlarged prostate, cystitis
or kidney stones.
  These are the four major causes of urine discoloration. If, however, you notice that
your urine has been an abnormal color for more than a day or two, it is advisable that
you see your doctor. Always advise your doctor of your diet, as well as of any
treatments or medications that you are taking.
  This Article is written by Lena Butler, the author of Test Country Articles a longer
version of this article is located at Possible Reasons of Abnormal Urine Color, and
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