What your urine is telling you

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You may not think to inspect your urine after using the toilet, but it could be the key to learning about any health problems you may have.

Pale yellow is arguably the most common colour of urine, with 96 per cent made up of water and the small remainder waste products. The shade stems from a yellow pigment called urochrome, a by-product of the breakdown of the green bile that aids digestion.

While urochrome doesn't actually have a purpose, Marc Laniado, a urologist at Windsor Urology, Berkshire, explains that it is useful in looking at how diluted urine is.

'You should be able to read a newspaper or an iPad through it'

"Ideally, if the urine were in a clear bottle, you should be able to read a newspaper or an iPad through it. If your urine is a darker colour, it's a sign you might need to drink more," he explained to Mail Online.

If you have bright yellow urine, this could be an indication of lots of vitamins. People who take supplements will see the colour of their urine change, as the tablets contain more vitamins than the body is able to absorb in one go, whereas sticking to fruit and vegetables as natural sources of vitamins will keep things stable.