Foods That Change Urine Color And Why It Happens!
A change in your urine color is usually harmless and is sometimes caused by ingesting different foods.
This article will detail some different foods and vitamins that are known to change your urine color.
We will also let you know when you should start thinking about seeking medical help. If you’re wondering what dark urine means you can check out our article here.
Where does urine come from?
Urine is made up from extra water and waste products in your body that were filtered by your kidneys. The yellow color of your urine comes from a substance that’s created by the breakdown of hemoglobin, known as urochrome. Urine tends to be darker in the mornings because urochrome has more time to build up.
Foods that change urine color
If you notice your urine changing colors, it might be something you ate. Blackberries, rhubarb and beets are common foods that set off false alarms because they can turn your urine red. Of course, this can cause you to think you have blood in their urine, but it’s actually just from the food.
The dark colors from these types of foods are usually only stable at certain levels of stomach acidity, which means it usually fades as soon as it hits your stomach. However, the urine color-changing phenomenon known as “beeturia” can occur in about 10% to 14% of the population when eating these foods.
Another food known for causing changes in urine is asparagus. Not only can asparagus give your urine a greenish tint, it can also make your urine smell like rotting cabbage. There isn’t any scientific consensus on why asparagus does this, but you shouldn’t be surprised if this happens to you after eating a lot of it.
Some people claim it’s the sulfur containing fertilizers used on asparagus plants, while others say some people carry a particular gene that causes the body not to fully breakdown the asparagus.
Medications that cause changes in urine color
There are also a lot of vitamins that can change your urine color. B vitamins are available over the counter and are great for energy, but they can change your urine color to yellow/yellow-green. An excess of vitamin C, B vitamins and sulfasalazine can cause pink, red or orange urine.
It’s important to take note if you’ve ingested any of these things recently, it will make it easier to determine if your change in urine color is a natural side effect or something more serious.
There are also a lot of esoteric medications that can cause changes in your urine color. Amitriptyline, indomethacin, promethazine, propofol and cimetidine can cause green or blue urine.
This is pretty unusual and if it happens you should seek advice from your doctor right away, even if you know the change was brought on by your medication.
Try and remember what you’ve eaten recently if you’re noticing changes in your urine. Most of the time the cause is harmless, but there can be serious conditions that start with a change of urine color as a symptom.
Problems with your liver, bile duct or kidneys can cause changes in your urine color and protein in your urine. Rare conditions such as porphyria, myoglobinurina or familial hypercalcaemia may also be serious causes of changes in urine color.
If you notice yourself having odd urine colors for more than a few days at a time, make sure you go and see a doctor. It may be something as simple as eating too much rhubarb, but don’t take the chance in case it’s something more serious.