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Why does my pee change from light to dark?

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If it has no color at all, you may have been drinking a lot of water or taking a drug called a diuretic, which helps your body get rid of fluid. Very dark honey- or brown-colored urine could be a sign that you’re dehydrated and need to get more fluids right away. It may also be a warning sign of liver problems, so see your doctor if it doesn’t get better after a day or so.

From: The Truth About Urine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Biology, Miller-Levine, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Aycock, R., January 2012. Southern Medical Journal,

Cleveland Clinic, “What the Color of Your Urine Says About You.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Changes in Urine.”

Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, “Proteinuria.”

New York Times, Asparagus, Revisited, June 2014.

Cleveland Clinic, “Frequent Urination.”

Urology Care Foundation, “Overactive Bladder.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Biology, Miller-Levine, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Aycock, R., January 2012. Southern Medical Journal,

Cleveland Clinic, “What the Color of Your Urine Says About You.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Changes in Urine.”

Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, “Proteinuria.”

New York Times, Asparagus, Revisited, June 2014.

Cleveland Clinic, “Frequent Urination.”

Urology Care Foundation, “Overactive Bladder.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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