What is your pee telling you?

05 April 2019, Tim Burton - 

We often don’t think much about our pee. Most of the time we flush it away without giving it a second thought. But perhaps we should be paying it more attention. Our pee can be a very good sign of our health.

Below are a few different forms your pee might take and what that could mean. It can tell us if we’re keeping well, if we’re eating the wrong foods, or if we need to see the GP.

Red pee

Unless you’ve been eating a lot of beetroot, your urine should not be a reddish colour. Make sure you check your pee before your flush, as red pee could well mean blood in your pee. If you have blood in your pee, even if it’s just once, you need to book yourself in to see your GP.

Orange pee

This could mean that you’re not drinking enough water, but it could also mean you have a liver or bile duct condition. If this colour pee persists, it’s worth getting yourself to your GP.

Foaming or fizzing pee

Another one that you should see your GP about. It could be related to excess protein in your diet, but it could also mean you’ve got a kidney problem.

Pee the colour of brown ale

This could mean you’ve got a liver problem or that you’re very dehydrated. If you up the amount of water you’re drinking and your pee stays this colour, this means you should get yourself to your GP.

Dark yellow or honey coloured

This is a good indication that you’re dehydrated. It’s your body telling you to start drinking some water right away!

Transparent yellow or the colour of pale straw

Good work! If your pee is this colour, it means you’re well hydrated and drinking the right amount of liquids.


If your pee has no colour and is completely transparent then you might be drinking a little too much and so you should probably cut down a touch.

Time to check that toilet bowl!

When you’re using the toilet in the future, make sure you check the colour of your pee. It could make a big difference.

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