Pink Urine

Pink Urine - sometimes appears during Micturition due to hematuria (blood in urine) or something common and harmless like the colors of food in a person's diet.

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Pink Urine From Diet

Some dietary changes can cause a change in urine color. If you pee what appears to be pink urine, don't worry immediately. First, think about your diet in the past few days and especially the most recent 24 hours. Did you eat lots of red foods or consume unusually high amount of red or pink colored liquids? Since your body is trying to remove them, your urine may just be containing an excess amount of those red or pink foods and liquids you ingested.

Some of the common foods and liquids that you might want to consider are tomatoes, tomato sauce, beetroot and beet soup like borscht, blueberries, red licorice, red food coloring, red wine and red-colored drinks. Another possibility is a condition called Beeturia in which the urine appears red or bloody, but it is simply red because of the beets that were consumed.

Several pigments from food (Betacyanin) can make pee look reddish or dark brown, even if the cause is not blood. The condition of red urine that appears bloody, but where the redness is really not due to blood is called false hematuria. Rhubarb plants are also known to color the urine red. Iron supplements are also known to cause urine to appear red and bloody. Drugs like Pepto-Bismol or Maalox can also cause urine to become red in color. Red foods are consumed by people daily so be careful not to jump to any conclusions too soon if you see unusual urine color.

Pink Urine From Environment and Lifestyle

Athletes who perform in endurance sports often complain of having pink and bloody urine. The pink color in their urine comes from a protein called Myoglobin which happens to give off the pink color. The body uses myoglobin as energy when its other oxygen and energy stores are used up, which usually happens to endurance athletes.

Pink Urine From Bleeding

If the cause of pink urine is not diet or from environmental causes, it is possible that what is causing your urine to become pink is indeed blood. Many different causes can lead to bleeding and the discoloration of urine. The bleeding doesn't even have to occur within the urinary system. Sometimes the blood can come from an outside blow that causes internal bleeding which is removed via urine.

In many cases the blood does come from one of the organs in the urinary tract. It is difficult to determine where the blood comes from just from looking at the urine. If the pink urine is persistent and does not go away after lifestyle or dietary changes, you may consider seeking the advice of a healthcare professional.

A healthcare professional will note your medical history as well as the medical history of your family to determine any likelihood of genetic disorders. After that, your healthcare professional may suggest that you undergo urine tests to find out what exactly is causing the pink urine.

In addition to blood, there are various substances that may be present in urine which can cause urine to take a darker or a pink color. The condition of having substances in urine is called Melanuria.

Pink Urine Diagnosis

There are many different types of urine tests, some of which can be easily performed at home like the urine dipstick test. There are many more tests that can be done. Consult with your healthcare professional which might be best fitting for you and your situation.

There are a number of tests that can be done either from test kits sold over the counter at pharmacies, or by submitting your pee sample for lab testing. The lab tests are more comprehensive and can be reviewed by a doctor who can help you make a proper diagnosis.

Not everyone has the means to go to a doctor. If you want to test your urine cheaply and get results quickly, the over-the-counter home tests are a good option.

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, here are many vitamins that help maintain kidney and bladder health.

Keep in mind, vitamins are almost never the first recommendation a doctor would make. They should be taken only if you feel you can not get the right vitamins through your lifestyle and diet. Additionally, keep in mind that vitamins and supplements do not undergo rigorous testing in the United States as medicine does.

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