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Possible Reasons of Abnormal Urine Color

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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 that will cause discoloration of urine are 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 discoloration.

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 contributor of Test Country Articles.

Foods That Will Cause Discoloration of Urine

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

A person’s normal urine color is either clear or a pale shade of yellow. However, many people often experience a change in urine color. Examples of these colors are brown, red, pink, blue, green and orange.

What do these different colors of urine mean?

While a change in color can possibly indicate a health problem or a person’s level of hydration, the discoloration can also be caused by one’s food intake. Here are common urine colors and the foods that cause urine discoloration:

Bright Yellow

Foods rich in B vitamins and carotene often cause one’s urine to turn bright yellow. Whole grains are an example of food rich in B vitamins. At times, vitamin supplements can also cause discoloration.

Dark Yellow

Eating excess amounts of asparagus can cause urine to be a dark yellow color. Other times, asparagus can also cause it to turn blue or dark green. B complex vitamins can also cause discoloration into a dark yellow or gold hue.

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Fava beans, aloe and rhubarb are some examples of food that turn urine brown or tea-colored. Foods containing brown food dyes can also cause discoloration.


Common foods that turn urine into an orange color are carrots, winter squash and senna. Drinks that contain dyes can also cause urination to turn orange. The orange color can also be caused by other foods that contain B complex vitamins, carotene or vitamin C. Large amounts of carotene can also cause the discoloration in your palms and the soles of your feet.

Red or pink

Several foods can cause a person’s urine to turn red or pink in color. Examples of these foods are beets, rhubarb, boysenberries and blackberries. Artificial cereals, drinks and other foods containing red-colored dyes can also be the cause of discoloration in urine.

Blue or dark green

Blue or dark green urine can be caused by the excess consumption of foods such as asparagus, which also produces a distinct smell. Foods and drinks that contain artificial colors can also cause discoloration.

Urine discoloration is quite common and can be caused by a number of different foods.

If, however, you notice a discoloration in your urine and have not eaten any of the above-mentioned foods, it is best that you see a physician as soon as possible. A physician will be able to determine whether foods, chemicals, drugs or medical conditions cause the discoloration.

This Article is written by Lena Butler the contributor of Test Country Articles.

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