Next time you pee, give the goods a looksee before you flush. The color of your urine can provide some interesting information about your health and dietary habits. Basically, no color is the best color.
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Purple urine bag syndromeor PUBS is a medical syndrome where purple discoloration of urine occurs in people with urinary catheters and co-existent urinary tract infection. Bacteria in the urine produce the enzyme indoxyl phosphatase. This converts indoxyl sulfate in the urine into the red and blue colored compounds indirubin and indigo.
Accessibility Contact Privacy Terms. Calculators Charts Tables. Urine is medically defined as a liquid by-product of the body secreted by the kidneys through a process called urination or micturition and excreted through the urethra.
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From red to blue to violet, all the colors of the rainbow appear regularly in urine tests conducted at hospital labs. The prismatic pee collection seen in this stunning photo took only a week to assemble for medical laboratory scientists at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Heather West, the laboratory scientist who snapped the picture at the hospital, said she and her colleagues collected the urine colors to highlight their fascinating behind-the-scenes work.
She offered up a cup of what looked like diluted molasses to the good doctor for judgement. And yes, I did say taste. Before stethoscopes, blood tests and x-rays, a pot of pee was a crucial diagnostic tool.
Normal urine color ranges from pale yellow to deep amber — the result of a pigment called urochrome and how diluted or concentrated the urine is. Pigments and other compounds in certain foods and medications can change your urine color. Beets, berries and fava beans are among the foods most likely to affect the color.