Are you staying cool to beat this summer heat? Did you know you can gauge your hydration status?
Here are some fun facts about urine (yes, we’re going there)! Did you know that urine color varies based on your body’s hydration levels? The color of “typical” urine falls on the spectrum of light yellow to a deeper amber color. The pigment (called urochrome) that’s naturally in your urine becomes more diluted the better your hydration status. While clear urine indicates that you’re drinking enough or more than the recommended amount of water, urine becomes a darker, more concentrated yellow or even a light brown when hydration status is subpar.
Side Note – different pigments in foods (think red beets) or medications or supplements (such as antibiotics or b-complex vitamins) can be carried through the digestive tract and change the color of urine. Has this happened to you?
If your urine appears a slight or darker amber color, it could be a sign you’re not well hydrated. Consistent, cloudy urine might need more evaluation by a practitioner.
What’s your water goal? Take your weight in pounds, divide the number in half, and that is your minimum in ounces throughout the day. You may need more depending on activity, food intake, and medications.
Want more water? Here’s a way to start; Grab your favorite 2-3 cup (16-24 ounce) bottle, divide your waking day into thirds, and aim to finish a bottle during each of those thirds. Download this Ginger Lemon Juice recipe to add to your water intake!