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Urine Color and Dehydration

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urine color chart

If you do not replenish your water quickly, your urine will begin to get darker and move from bright to dark yellow, a sign you are entering a stage of severe dehydration which can be detrimental to your health. As water loss continues to exceed water intake, the kidneys begin to conserve water which makes the urine much more concentrated with waste products and subsequently darker in shade until it reaches a deep brown color. This is a very dangerous stage and you may need to seek medical help immediately.

Symptoms of moderate dehydration

  • Extreme Thirst
  • Dry appearance inside the mouth and the eyes don’t tear
  • Decreased urination in 24 hours (3 or fewer urinations)
  • Lightheadedness that is relieved by lying down

Symptoms of severe dehydration

  • Severe anxiety, confusion, or not being able to stay awake
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Cold, clammy skin or hot, dry skin
  • Little or no urination
  • Lost of consciousness

Water hydration is essential for every aspect of your health, therefore it is important to sip water throughout the day in order to feel good and function properly. Also note that when taking vitamin supplements it may alter the color of urine and you may need to use a different tool to check your hydration.

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