Urine can tell you about your health and the exact shade when you need to reach for a bottle of water this season.
The colour of your urine can tell you if you should be drinking more water, which is extra important during the heat months. Urine is usually varying shades of yellow and, the darker it is, the more likely it is that you’re becoming dehydrated.
Dehydration can be a serious health risk and is particularly dangerous for babies, children and elderly people.
The National Health Service (NHS) says people should drink at least 1.2 litres of water a day – 2.4 pints – and more when the weather is hot.
And if your urine is consistently red or orange it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition such as a urine infection, prostate problems or kidney disease.
Using a urine colour chart like the one below means you can work out if you’re drinking enough water.
The urine of someone who is properly hydrated should be a very pale yellow or clear, according to ipro sports drink company.
Whereas a darker yellow or more brownish colour could be a sign someone is getting dangerously dehydrated.
Dehydration can usually be easily avoided and treated by drinking enough water, but if left to get worse it can cause dizziness and tiredness or lead to more serious complications like heatstroke, muscle cramps or exhaustion.