Dark urine is most commonly due to dehydration, which is a great visual reminder to set daily water goals.
Dark urine may also be an indicator that excess, unusual, or potentially dangerous waste products are building up and circulating in your body, despite drinking plenty of water each day. For example, dark brown urine may indicate liver disease due to the presence of bile in the urine. If you are well-hydrated and see dark urine over a period of several days, you may want to inform your healthcare provider about your observation. If you are eating food rich in color, such as beets, this may also cause your urine to be darker in color, so use your best judgement when making note of urine color.
If you are healthy & well-hydrated, ideally, your urine should be a pale yellow in color, so this should be your color goal each time you urinate. The best way to hit your color goal is to set a daily water goal. To ensure you hit your water goal each day, start each morning off with a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed. (I especially like to drink our Aqua Bella Alkaline Water first thing in the morning for extra energy and to help neutralize the natural mouth acid build-up that happens while we sleep, which is the major culprit for ‘morning breath‘.) The more you drink, the more you’ll urinate, which helps your body flush waste build-up, which helps you hit your color goal! Cheers!