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What You Can Learn About Your Health by Analyzing the Color and Smell of Your Urine

Urine Examination

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  • Urine has been an important diagnostic tool for 6,000 years, as well as having some surprising historical uses
  • You can learn a great deal about your overall health by examining your urine and noting its color, odor, and consistency, your urine can be a powerful window into your overall health
  • Urine color and odor can be altered by your diet, medications, supplements, water consumption, and physical activity
  • Your urine characteristics can also function as an early warning system for serious health problems including urinary stones, infections, kidney problems, metabolic disorders, diabetes, pituitary disorders, and even tumors
  • Frequency of urination is also important; increased urination may suggest infection, overactive bladder, diabetes, or a number of other concerns
  • Suggestions are provided on how much water to consume daily; the common “eight glasses per day” recommendation is overgeneralized, and you should instead pay attention to your body’s own individual cues

By Dr. Mercola

Urine can reveal important information about your body's waste elimination process, providing clues about your overall health status.


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