Hydration Status

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To best determine your hydration status, look at the color of your urine.  If you are well hydrated your urine with be a pale to light yellow color that looks like lemonade.  If you are dehydrated your urine will be a darker, yellow/brown color that looks like apple juice.  Your urine may also have a stronger smell if you are dehydrated.  Certain foods, medications and vitamins (especially B vitamins) may change the color of your urine.

It is important to keep yourself well hydrated after surgery to prevent electrolyte imbalances that can lead to nausea.

Hydration Status Urine Color Chart

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