Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What Healthy Really Looks Like Pt. 3

Pee - The color should be anywhere from clear to deep yellow. Yellow-orange pee means you're probably taking megadoses of riboflavin (vitamin B2). Dark Yellow means you're pretty dehydrated, drink!. Pinkish-red means there is blood tinting your urine. If you're peeing constantly, it might be a bladder infection. Pain along your side or lower back likely means a kidney stone. In rare cases, blood can signal a bladder tumor. See your doctor! Blue/green pee means you likely ate a food with that color dye in it.

Stool - Color should be any shade from tan to dark brown. Muddy green stool usually points to a diet that's rich in green vegetables or that it's speeding through your intestines. Normally, green bile mixes with bacteria and enzymes in the intestines to make stool brown. If the transmit speed is too fast, there isn't enough time for bile to combine with the bacteria, and it will come out in shades of  green. This can happen due to inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn's disease.

Red stool is likely a sign that you ate red foods like beets. Long, narrow streaks of blood along sides of a stool is usually a sign of hemorrhoids. Bright red blood can also mean there's a tear in your rectum or a polyp or tumor in your colon. Be safe and consult with your doctor. Black stool that is stick and tar-like means there is blood somewhere in your GI tract, possibly from a bleeding ulcer. Too many iron supplements, diarrhea meds containing bismuth, or even black candy can do this as well. Yellow stool that is greasy and stinky means you're not digesting fat properly. This usually happens with serious pancreatic diseases, including cancer. Make sure to get to the doc!

Source: Health Magazine

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