According to some researchers, the color of urine matches hydration levels in humans . Therefore, it has been proposed that urine color could be used to determine our individual hydration levels. So what color should urine be?
Recommendations for the color we should aim for seem to range from clear urine, to pale yellow, to straw-colored.
But who is right and what is actually healthy? This question could be relevant to those of us who suffer from bladder problems, especially overactive bladder (OAB).
What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?
Overactive bladder (OAB) is not a condition as such but rather a group of urinary symptoms defined by a problem with bladder storage where the bladder muscle (detrusor) contracts too often or spontaneously and involuntarily. It often includes, and is therefore closely related to, incontinence.
There is a reported incidence of OAB ranging between 12-17% in Europe alone and a suggested 1 in 6 people is suffering from symptoms in the UK. The incidence of OAB increases with age but should not be accepted as a normal part of the ageing process.