Urine analysis

Urine analysis

During your lifetime, your kidneys will work very hard to filter over one million gallons of water. Urine is about 95 percent water and 5 percent uric acid, the stuff that your body does not need, including minerals, enzymes and salts that are dangerous if they accumulate in your body.

Urine can fluctuate in colour and odour depending on what you are eating and drinking, how active you are, the time of day, or what supplements you are taking. However, urine colour and odour can also be an indication of something more serious.

Urine should be pale yellow or clear, not glow-in-the-dark yellow or dark yellow. It should not be cloudy or have a knock-you-over odour, unless you have been eating asparagus! Anything other from clear and odourless could be a sign of trouble.

Urine is made up of excess water and waste that your kidneys have filtered. Urochrome, a pigment found in blood, gives urine its natural, light-yellow tone. Depending upon how hydrated you are, you urine colour can fluctuate from clear to darker yellow, or even tinted orange.

Here is a quick urine primer to fill you in on what you should look for and what your urine may be telling you.

Super clear or transparent

Yes, there is such a thing as urine that is too clear. If your urine is super clear, it may mean you are drinking too many fluids. Be careful not to over-hydrate. The best choice is to drink when you are thirsty! Another common rule of thumb is to aim for half of your body weight in ounces each day. This means, if your weight is 120 pounds, you should be drinking 60 ounces of water per day.

More serious conditions, such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis, can also cause your urine to turn very clear. However, you will also have other symptoms, such as skin yellowing, nausea or vomiting with these conditions. Pale straw colouring to a transparent yellow hue means you are healthy and receiving a proper amount of hydration.

Dark yellow

While urine that is dark yellow in colour is still considered within a normal range for healthy individuals, however, it also likely indicates you may not be as hydrated as you should be.

Honey or amber coloured

These darker, orange hues are usually a sound indicator that you are becoming dehydrated. It is best to increase your water intake and then check to see if the colour returns to a normal yellow range. When combined with pale-coloured stools, orange urine may be an indication of liver problems.

Neon yellow

Glowing yellow urine may be the result of excess vitamins that are not being absorbed by your body, which places an extra loading on your body. It is best to eat from a healthy source of whole foods and stick to whole food supplements that your body can absorb.

Light to dark orange

This is a somewhat ambiguous colour because it could mean something or nothing. This tint can be caused from food dyes, dehydration, or actual health problems with your bile duct or liver. It is always best to check with a doctor.

Green or blue

This is most likely going to be caused from artificial colouring in something that you ate. However, it could be from a bacterial infection in the urinary tract or the sign of a rare genetic disorder. Consult with a doctor to rule out health problems.

Brown or cola-coloured

This colour is a possible sign of serious dehydration, or even possible liver disease. Immediately increase your water intake and check to see if the colour lightens. If this darkened colouration persists, you should follow up with your doctor.

Light pink to darker red

This is hard to interpret. Many foods can cause urine discolouration, such as beetroot and blueberries. Medications can also contain dyes and compounds that can change the colour of your urine. However, it might indicate the presence of blood in the urine, yet many times blood in the urine is not visible to the naked eye. There are a number of possible causes that would lead to blood in the urine, such as kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and prostate issues. It is always best to consult with your doctor to be sure.

Other considerations

In addition to colour, pay careful attention to other urine abnormalities including the following:

Cloudy urine

If you are having lower back pain, lower abdomen pain, or urinary urgency combined with cloudy urine, see a doctor. Cloudy urine may also be the result of kidney stones, generally accompanied by great pain.

Fizzy or foamy urine

Besides the colour, it’s important to take notice if your urine appears to be fizzy or foamy. If this only happens on rare occasions then it is likely just a benign cause. If it is occurring regularly, it may be indicating possible high levels of protein in the urine. When in doubt, it is best to get it checked out.

Odour

Normal urine should not have a strong odour, but there are also many substances that can alter the way your urine smells. Urine is the reflection of what is going on inside of your body and contains many metabolic by-products and compounds. Some dogs are even able to “smell cancer” in human beings.

If your urine has a very pungent aroma, like ammonia, it could be an indication of a urinary tract infection, urinary stones, or a sign of dehydration. Because dehydration causes urine to become concentrated, it will have a stronger than usual odour. Some sexually transmitted diseases, and certain metabolic conditions can also increase the ammonia smell.

Other reasons for a change in urine odour include the following:

Medications and supplements. Some may change the colour of urine.

Diet. Certain foods, such as asparagus, cause urine to smell foul.

Diabetes can cause urine to smell fruity or yeasty.

The most important thing to remember when checking your urine colour is that it can change to a myriad of colours because of a number of factors. Just knowing what normal urine should look and smell like provides a useful measuring tool. Noticing the colour changes in your urine can be an early indicator of potential health problems. See a doctor if your urine changes colour and the colour persists or is accompanied by other symptoms.

Paying attention to the colour (and smell) of your urine may be a warning sign to catch early health problems. It is certainly worth a quick sneak peek in the toilet bowl to make sure that everything is okay.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/features/the-truth-about-urine

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/50-shades-of-yellow-what-color-should-your-pee-be.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urine-color/basics/definition/con-20032831

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Dhatu ksyaya

Dhatu ksyaya

The depletion of bodily tissues in Ayurveda is termed dhatu kshaya.

Whenever a tissue is depleted, there is soon a corresponding increase of Vata dosha in the body. All emptiness, all spaces in the body are soon filled up with Vata dosha. Examples include:

– soon after blood loss because of an injury causing hemorrhage, there is Vata dosha increase;

– soon after childbirth, there is Vata increase in the lower part of the body;

– when there is menstrual flow, the pain that some women suffer is a vata symptom. Vata increases when menstrual blood, known as arthava, flows out of the body.

Any depletion of tissues, including weight loss, causes vacant spaces which denote an abnormal increase in the combination of space (akasha) and wind/air (vayu) elements, the two elements which form Vata in the body. This leads to the vitiation of Vata. Thus any tissue depletion leads to the pathological increase of dhushya (the dosha disturb the body’s tissue). When more tissues are depleted, the more the wind (vayu) is aggravated and the more significant the damage. This leads to the manifestation of many diseases.

The pathological depletion of tissues also denotes deteriorating immunity. The essence of all the tissues is experiences as the immunity factor, ojas. Tissues form the building blocks of the body and their integrity denotes a balanced immunity.

Bone tissue (known as asthi), is associated with Vata dosha. Bone tissue and Vata are inversely proportion to each other, which is why when Vata increases, there is a corresponding degeneration of bone tissue, which leads to sandhivata, or osteo arthritis.

Kapha dosha is directly proportionally related to the following tissues:

nutrient fluid, rasa

muscle, mamsa

fat, meda

bone marrow, majja

reproductive fluid, shukra

urine, mutra

Faeces, puresha, and

essence and immunity of all the tissues, ojas.

Here, when these tissues decrease, there is a decrease in Kapha dosha, decrease of heaviness in the body. The decrease of heaviness in the body indicates increase of lightness, which is a vata quality. This leads to an increase in Vata dosha.

 

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Ayurvedic news

Ayurvedic news

Shanti Gowans © March 2017

 

World headlines and the airwaves are dominated by conflicts over values, gender, race, colour, class and the planet, showing no signs of abating. And yet we constantly bear witness to the truth that the earth is too small a planet and we are too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the continued goal for peace.

Ayurveda and Yoga offer an alternative way of living that is built on strong spiritual foundations of nonviolence, living together harmoniously, forgiving and being reconciled with others and seeking common ground.

We know that the stress and turmoil in the world will continue for a tad longer, because people have free will to choose, and some just choose that. Some people think they can just ‘imagine’ what they want to happen in their minds, and it will magically appear. However, there is more to it than that. To break through the roadblocks that are standing in our way, we need to make sure that our mindset, emotions, physical body and spirit are all in resonance with each other, and all working together toward the same, common goal. While on the other hand, the absence of self-control, no self-discipline, just letting the mind wander, holding many ignorant mindsets and mental strongholds that have been built up over years and years can keep a person in bondage. A wilderness mentality with negative attitudes simply because every circumstance is not perfect decides failure even before a person can really get started. To live a victorious life, we need to take a positive look at the possibilities for the future.

In the midst of all difficulties in your life see the positive and the good. Know that you are not walking through difficulties alone – the divine presence surrounds you. Have confidence in this Presence. Think and speak about the future in an optimistic way, not festering on what you have seen or experienced in the past. Trust and move forward by faith, not sight. Align your energies with those in the Universe. It is not necessary to think that you are nothing or everything. Know that you are something and can achieve anything. Have a great day.

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Agni, ama and ojas

Agni, ama and ojas

Agni, Ama and Ojas in Perfect Health

The most cutting-edge medical experts now agree that the most powerful medicine of the future is simple and available to everyone: the foods you eat each day, which have the power to renew your body, revitalize your health, and even reverse the ageing process. Your body tomorrow equals what you put in today.

Every single cell in your body renews itself within a 2-year span. This means that your entire body is literally brand-new every two years or less, and when you change your nutrition, you help build a brand new healthier, stronger, and younger body.

The disconcerting news is that many people restrict themselves to eating only piles of green vegetables or solely raw foods in order to build a stronger, healthier, younger new body and still do not get all of the nutrients they need. There are far simpler solutions to start protecting yourself and transforming your entire body in just days, and multivitamins are not the answer!

Real, raw, and organic foods and super-foods can provide the fuel the human body needs to help rebuild a healthier version of itself. You prevent nearly every health problem or condition you face through foods and super-foods. However, there are dozens of so-called “super-foods” in the marketplace and unfortunately, many have no track record of verifiable success, no real-life case studies of real people who have experienced real results in improving real conditions.

If you desire perfect health, it is crucial to optimise your digestive fire, known as agni, and to do that, you need to eliminate the toxcity, ama, stored in the body and focus on producing your essential life energy, which is known as Ojas, a Sanskrit term meaning ‘vigour’.

 

Ama can be threatening because it can cause the body to give way to several diseases.

Signs of Ama in the body include:

– You find it difficult to get out of bed

– Your skin looks tired and sallow

– Your breath is bad and your tongue is coated

– Your body feels heavy

– Your appetite is dull

– Your digesiton is sensitive

– Your elimination is sluggish

– You experience fatigue, spaciness

– Pain is generalised

– You have difficulty realising your intentions

– You feel depressed

– You have increased susceptibility to infections

Ojas is the pure and subtle substance that is extracted from food that has been completely digested. Ojas circulates throughout the bodily tissues and heart, sustaining the physical self, bringing clarity to the mind and balancing the emotions.

Signs of strong ojas in your system include:

– You feel rested upon awakening

– Your skin has a healthy glow

– You have clean breath and pink tongue

– Your body feels light, regardless of its weight

– You enjoy a strong appetite

– You feel centred throughout the day

– Your digestion is strong without bloating

– Your body feels strong and pain free

– You feel energised and enthusiastic

– Your mind is clear

– You rarely get sick

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Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

 

March  2017   Shanti Gowans

 

Different sciences analyse the material world from various perspectives and angles, and present a collection of successful data in a methodological manner. In Indian science, a philosophical approach is taken and can be seen very clearly. This philosophical background is common for the arts, sciences and technology.

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