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5 Ways Your Urine Is Telling You That Something Is Wrong With Your Body

Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning, your urine should be pale yellow and clear. Anything else, take note.

Cloudy Urine Means…

You are probably not drinking a sufficient amount of water. Once you become dehydrated your urine gets concentrated and can look cloudy instead of clear. If you drink lots of coffee or carbonated soft drinks, the caffeine can make the same sort of cloudiness occur. So try substituting that afternoon soft drink with water, and maybe drink half caffeinated and half caffeine free coffee in the A.M.

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Cloudy urine could also indicate kidney stones. No one ever forgets the nightmare of having kidney stones, and as the stones move and break up, they can cause your urine to appear cloudy.

Urinary tract bacteria infections will usually make urine appear cloudy. Diabetes, a sexually transmitted infection, or kidney disease will also have this effect.

Too Frequent Urination

If you find yourself spending more time in the bathroom than usual, it could indicate some of the following:

  • Enlarged prostate in men
  • A urinary tract infection or UTI
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems

Foul Smelling Urine

When you notice a foul smell coming from the toilet, it could be something as simple as having asparagus for dinner. About half the population has this common reaction to eating this particular veggie.

Sometimes, a nasty smell can be from a urinary tract infection or a sexually transmitted infection. Pregnancy can often change the smell of urine, but most changes in smell are likely due to new medications, foods, or supplements like Vitamin B6. These common causes are almost always temporary, and are not a reason to panic.

To be on the safe side, if an unusual smell does not go away in a day or two, see Steven Gange, M.D., F.A.C.S. to get a proper diagnosis, followed by a course of treatment.

Dark Colored Urine

If you urine looks dark brown, this could be a sign of something serious, so see your professional as soon as possible. Most often, dark urine is associated with liver disease or blood in the urine.

Foamy Urine

Foam in the urine is usually not harmful,  but it could mean your diet consists of too much protein. Foamy urine could also indicate a kidney problem. If it happens frequently, see your doctor.

Most changes in urine smell and color are temporary, but sometimes they can indicate an underlying medical condition. An exam and urinalysis will help clear up any questions right away.

Call Dr. Steven Gange if changes in urine do not go away in a day or so, and especially if accompanied by fever, vomiting, or back pain.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (801) 993-1800 or request an appointment online today!


I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.