Looking at the Color of Your Urine Can Diagnose an Infection or If You're Dehydrated

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November 26, 2000 | 43,294 views

The simple visual inspection of urine may be just as accurate as standard laboratory tests in determining if there is a urinary tract infection (UTI) present, according to a new study.

Researchers obtained urine samples from 159 patients ranging in age from 4 weeks to 19 years.

They note that "The finding of clear urine on visual inspection had a negative predictive value of 97.3%. These results were similar to those obtained with standard urinalysis."

"Clear urine on visual inspection cannot completely eliminate the possibility that a child has a urinary tract infection. However, it is a reproducible test that offers the advantages of being simple, fast, and inexpensive. The finding of clear urine should be considered a reasonable and relatively effective bedside screen for the presence of a urinary tract infection," the authors conclude.

Pediatrics November, 2000; 106: e60


Another great little gem. Imagine, simple visual inspection of theurine for diagnosing a UTI. This is a major clinical pearl that is incrediblyvaluable.

Regarding the color of your urine, it really should be light yellow.If it is much darker it means you are dehydrated. Or, if you are takinga multiple vitamin or B2 (riboflavin), the color of your urine may befluorescent yellow. So looking at your urine can be very helpful.

While on the topic for those with recurrent UTIs, cranberry juiceis frequently recommended. Although the cranberry juice likely works Iwould not advise using it. The juice has far too much sugar in it.

However, the active ingredient found in cranberries called mannoseshould be used instead. In the past, mannose has been difficult to obtaindue to costs and manufacturing capabilities. The pure, high-quality formhas just recently become commercially available as a natural supplement,and now I can finally offer it to you!

ClearTract D-Mannose is not a drug.This nutritional supplement occurs naturally in peaches, apples, and berries.D-mannose is a rare saccharide found in some plant and food substances-- and we even produce it in our own bodies. Non-toxic and safe, ClearTractD-Mannose:

The mannose actually adheres to the receptors on the lining of thebladder that attach to the bacteria. This forces the bacteria to slideright off and into the toilet. It is amazingly effective, but you mustremember it is only a Band-Aid, though a far safer one than prophylacticantibiotic use or cranberry juice.

It is important to note that if D-Mannose is not working, you willwant to consider the use of an antibiotic, as the infection can spreadinto your kidneys and cause some very serious damage if left untreated.

Another pearl is for women to ONLY usewhite unscented toilet paper as many women react to the dyes and chemicalsin the other toilet papers.

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