Are you drinking enough water? Use this urine colour chart to check how hydrated you are. It is important to drink plenty of water every day to stay healthy.Download this guide as a PDF
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Am I drinking enough water?
Use this urine colour chart to check how hydrated you are. It is important to drink plenty of water every day to stay healthy.
1 to 2: Hydrated
Pale, odourless and plentiful urine usually means that you are well hydrated.
Keep drinking at the same rate.
3 to 4: Mildly dehydrated
Slightly darker yellow urine usually means that you need to drink more water.
Drink a glass of water now.
5 to 6: Dehydrated
Medium-dark yellow urine usually means that you are dehydrated.
Drink 2-3 glasses of water now.
7 to 8: Very Dehydrated
Darker, strong-smelling urine in small amounts can be a sign of dehydration.
Drink a large bottle of water immediately.
What can change the colour of my urine?
Certain foods, medications and vitamin supplements may change your urine colour even if you are hydrated.
The colours on this chart should only be used as a guide and should not replace the advice of a health professional. Speak to your doctor if you are worried about the colour of your urine, the amount of water you drink or dehydration.
Read more here about why drinking plenty of water every day is essential for good health. Find out how much water you need to stay hydrated, and what can happen if you don't drink enough.
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Last reviewed: January 2024