AS temperatures continue to rise in the UK, it’s no wonder people worry about their hydration levels.
Some parts of the country can hit 33C, and many of us meander around our water bottles.
Staying hydrated in the hot weather is key, as it can prevent you from developing problems like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
One way to make sure you are not dehydrated is to check the color of your urine.
You might think it should be obvious to you to be on the correct H2O scale, but an expert has warned that it isn’t and that clear urination can actually do you more harm than good.
Dr Margaret McCartney said urine isn’t always an accurate marker of hydration — or dehydration.
She said many health organizations have pushed the link of urine color and hydration through charts — similar to the one above.
“It’s absolutely bullshit. In healthy people, yellow urine is actually a sign that your kidneys are working well to retain your fluids.
“If your urine is very clear, it means you’re drinking fluids that your body doesn’t need,” she told The Telegraph.
The guru added that all bodies are different and therefore require different levels of water intake.
It also depends on your environment, for example the type of work you do.
But dr. McCartney added that our physiology means we know when to drink water and most people don’t need to measure their fluid intake.
Urine is mainly water and contains chemicals that the body wants to get rid of.
dr. John S. Young, an associate professor of Urology at the University of Portsmouth, said the color of your pee depends on how much and when fluids are consumed.
He explained that a pale straw color is best, not too light and not too dark.
If your pee is a dark color, it means you’re not drinking enough water – you’re dehydrated.
When should I see a doctor?
dr. Young said you should seek medical attention if you notice a change in your normal urine color.
He said that if these changes coincide with changes in medication, you should check the information that comes with them to make sure it’s a side effect or not.
In addition, you should also consider whether you have eaten anything new.
He added: “Otherwise, it is wise to consult a doctor just to be sure.
“Red, pink, or brown urine usually suggests something is wrong, but in most cases, it’s something that’s easy to treat.”
Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches and nausea and can have more serious health consequences for the very young and the elderly.
The effects can be physical, resulting in lethargy, or mental, causing a lack of concentration.
Your body needs water to keep your organs healthy, so drink six to eight glasses a day.
dr. Young said that certain medications can also cause your urine to be different colors.
He added that red or brown urine indicates blood in the urinary tract, due to infection, stones in the kidney or bladder, cancer, or conditions such as interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome.
If your pee is orange, said Dr. Young that this could be caused by liver disease or a problem with the bile ducts.