5. Your urine is almost orange
One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re dehydrated: Take a peek at your pee before you flush. If you’re properly hydrated, your urine will be clear or very light yellow. But when you’re dehydrated, your kidneys try to keep every last drop of water in your body and thus decrease the amount of pee that you produce. And the less water that your body has to flush out, the less water there is in your urine, and the more concentrated (read: darker) it becomes.
If your urine is…
Light and strawlike
You’re well-hydrated, which means you’re obviously getting your daily ounces in. Feel free to celebrate with a drink.
You’re taking a turn for the drier. Take a break from what you’re doing and guzzle some water. Your boss/IM buddy/video game will understand.
Yup, you’re dehydrated. Also, ugh, your pee is starting to smell bad. Don’t let it mellow—time to hit the (water) bottle.
Any other color
Go see a doctor—now! Red, purple, or even black urine (it happens) likely indicates a serious medical condition that may require immediate treatment.Back to top