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RealSimple.com: What's Your Body Trying to Tell You?

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Dark Urine

Most Likely Causes:
When you don't drink enough water, the pigments in waste that the kidneys excrete are more concentrated, so your urine becomes a deep yellow. Dark urine can also mean you have a urinary-tract infection, which could be sending a small amount of blood into your urine and making it darker.

Less Likely Cause:
A bladder or kidney infection can also cause darker urine, as can renal stones and other kidney problems.

What to do:
-Drink more water. Try this easy rule: Figure your height in inches; that number is the minimum amount in ounces you should be drinking per day. So if you're five-six, that's 66 inches, or 66 ounces.
-See your doctor if the color of your urine doesn't fade, you have a fever or pain with urination, or you urinate with an unusual frequency or urgency.

(Jen Corace)
RealSimple




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