Am I drinking enough fluids or not?
I was visiting the Edinburgh Wanderers club last autumn and had to go (…) Edinburgh Wanderers provide the facilities for the Academy program of the S.R.U. Down at the toilets there were Urine Color charts so Academy players could check if they were de-hydrated or not.
The card is an easy tool but more importantly: the players can check their individual hydration levels themselves. I think this is an important aspect of the chart: stay in control!
I set-up a Urine Color Chart for you to download from the Free Download Page and print out (you might want to laminate it….).
More background information I took from the Mayoclinic.com website in the table below.
|Urine color||Possible medical and dietary causes|
Liver disorders, such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis;
|Bright or neon yellow||Vitamin supplements|
|Dark yellow or gold||Dehydration;
Foods or supplements containing B complex vitamins;
|Pink or red||Blood in the urine, such as due to kidney or bladder infection or cancer;
Certain foods, such as beets and berries, and food dyes;
|Orange||Side effect of certain medications, such as rifampin, doxorubicin (Adriamycin, Rubex), phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and warfarin (Coumadin);
Certain foods and food dyes:
|Blue or green||Side effect of certain medications, such as amitriptyline and indomethacin (Indocin);
Certain foods, such as asparagus, and food dyes;
|Dark brown or tea colored||Liver disorders, especially if accompanied by pale stools and jaundice;
Side effect of certain medications;
Blood in the urine;
Certain foods and food dyes;
|Cloudy or murky||Urinary tract infections;