Green Urine

Green urine is relatively rare, but it does happen. There are a number of reasons why you may one day find yourself urinating green or greenish urine. Some urinary tract infections and problems with bile production can cause green urine, as well as a number of different foods.

Green Urine Causes

Before you panic, make sure the color you are seeing is really green. Different lighting can cause various shades of the common whitish or yellow color to appear that are not really there. Additionally, some chemical treatments of toilet water can create unusual mixtures and shades of color. If you are sure about the color you are seeing, there are a number of reasons why the color may be green. You will probably be relieved to know that out of all the "weird" colors of urine there can be, green is one of the most harmless. Additionally, the urine color change may be simply from various food dies which are used in processed foods like candy or other green foods.

Believe it or not, too many vitamins can cause urine to have a slightly green color. If the body takes in more vitamins than it can process or needs, it simply treats the excess nutrients as waste and tries to remove them. Since the urinary tract is one of the most effective ways the body has to filter and remove waste, many of these extra nutrients are removed by the body via urination. A brighter green color of pee is an indication of an excess of B vitamins. The condition of having green pee is not only particular to over the counter health vitamins you may take. Greenish pee is also possible if you get these vitamins naturally from your food. The body simply tries to remove anything if there is too much of it.

Ironically enough, if you maintain a healthy diet, it can cause your urine to appear green and cause the kind of a scare that seeing strange colors in pee can understandably cause. Even something as healthy as asparagus can give urine a greenish tinge as well as a characteristically strange urine odor. In fact, asparagus is known to make pee smell bad and cause pee to turn a greenish color. Do if you see that kind of a color during micturition, do not panic and think back to your most recent diet.

Within a half-hour of eating asparagus, some people experience having very pungent urine when they go to the bathroom to urinate. The smell is sometimes described as rotting cabbage, ammonia or rotten eggs. Even though the smell is quite bad, it does not have any lasting negative effects and is not known to cause any long-term urinary system problems.

In general, having green urine may be the scariest of possible urine colors, but it is pretty harmless. Having orange urine is much worse as it may indicate dehydration. Dehydration may seem relatively harmless, but it can cause death in some cases, and over the long-term can mean that many of the organs are not getting enough nutrients to function properly. Far worse urine colors are red urine which can mean that there is presence of blood in the urine. The condition of having visible blood in urine is called Gross Hematuria.

More serious causes of change in pee color can be urinary tract infections. There are many different bacteria that may cause many different urinary tract infections (UTIs). Another condition that causes green urine is Familial Hypercalcemia which is a rare inherited disorder.

Other Possible Urine Colors

Other urine colors that may be of concern are amber urine or brown urine. If you experience other urine colors other than green and you want to learn why, you may want to perform some urine tests.

The normal urine color is yellow urine. If you experience white urine, it may just mean that the pee did not have enough time to sit in the bladder to acquire the yellow tint. It could also mean that you are over-hydrated, which isn't bad.

Diagnosing Root Cause of Color Change

If your diet changes and the strange symptoms remain when you pee, you may want to seek a diagnosis from either a healthcare professional or an over-the-counter urine test. An over-the-counter urine test is the simplest approach because you can test your pee in the privacy of your own home, and get immediate results. Here is a take home urine test that will test your protein levels which are signs of possible metabolic issues, blood glucose levels, and more.

If you have the means, you should consult with a healthcare professional to correctly interpret the results of the tests. The healthcare professional such a urologist or your physician can determine the root cause of the green pee you are experiencing, or possibly send you for other tests in order to get a more clear picture of your condition.

Prevention is Best Medicine

You can not completely stop all health problems that may happen to you over the course of your life, but you can work to prevent many problems from developing. The most important thing you can do is maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. If you feel that you can not keep the healthiest diet and a most regular exercise regimen, one option is to take vitamins to help give your body and your organs some help in staying healthy. For urinary tract in particular, since the kidneys and the bladder and some of the most important urinary tract organs, there are many vitamins that help maintain kidney and bladder health.

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