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Urine color generally ranges from a pale-yellow color to deep amber. This coloring is primarily caused by the pigment urochrome, also known as urobilin.
Whether your urine is diluted by water or in a more concentrated form determines the appearance of the pigment. The more water you drink, and the more hydrated you become, the lighter the pigment in your urine.
The pigments and chemical compounds in the foods you eat and the medications you take also alter the color of your urine. These changes are fairly standard and typically don’t last for long.
Certain changes in color may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.SUBSCRIBE
What Causes Bright-Yellow Urine and Other Changes in Color?Medically reviewed by Judith Marcin, M.D. — Written by Jerisha Parker Gordon — Updated on October 6, 2018