How to read urine drug test colors

Understand urine tests

The fact that urine is excreted is very important for various functions of the body. On the one hand, the body's water balance is regulated in this way. On the other hand, substances are excreted with the urine that arise during the metabolism and are no longer needed by the body. This also includes toxic substances that have been ingested through food or drugs. By examining the urine, indications of diseases of the kidney and urinary system can be discovered, but also of metabolic diseases such as diabetes or diseases of the liver.

The color, smell and the amount of urine excreted can help to determine whether something is wrong. Very little and very dark urine can show, for example, that you have not consumed enough fluids - or that the kidneys are no longer working properly. Cloudy or flaky urine can indicate a urinary tract infection. If the urine is reddish, there may be blood in it. In order to find out more, an examination with a test strip or in the laboratory is then necessary.

There are five standard urine tests that can be used to examine different components of the urine. Two of them can be done at home, the other three can only be done in a laboratory.