To read a urine color chart, it's important to understand the significance of each color that can range from transparent to amber in most cases. However, urine color can also be slightly red, pink, blue, green and orange. Doctors can use a urine color chart to detect if there is a health problem, as noted by Cleveland Clinic.
Urine color can be transparent or range from pale or straw-like yellow to amber. Transparent color can indicate that a patient is drinking an excess of fluids, while amber colored urine can be a sign of dehydration that necessitates drinking more fluids. Very clear or transparent colored urine can also occur if a patient is taking diuretics, notes WebMD. According to a urine color chart, pale to dark yellow urine is considered normal, as noted by Cleveland Clinic.
Urine that is different from normal shades of yellow may be due to either eating certain foods or taking medications. In most cases, blue, red and green urine can be caused by medications or food dye. Eating a lot of carrots also can cause urine to be orange in color. Red or pink urine may be due to eating rhubarb or beets.
In other cases, urine colors, such as blue, green, pink, red and brown, can be associated with certain health problems. Blue or green urine can indicate a bacterial urinary tract infection or genetic disease. Brown urine can be a sign of liver disease or extreme dehydration. Blood in urine may cause red or pink colored urine. It can also be a sign of an infection or cancer, as noted by WebMD.