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What the Yuck: My pee is bright green!
December 23rd, 2011
09:07 AM ET

What the Yuck: My pee is bright green!

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: My pee is suddenly bright green, even though I drink tons of water. What’s going on?

Normally, the color of your urine should be between almost clear and dark yellow.

Neon-green pee may look alarming, but it’s usually just a sign that you’re getting too much of certain vitamins - B vitamins, in particular - and that your body is flushing out the excess.

That said, if you notice it regularly, talk to your doc about whether you should cut back on your B intake.

Copyright Health Magazine 2011


soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Garrett

    Never had this problem. I'm probably lacking in a whole bunch, even for how fit and healthy I eat.

    December 23, 2011 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ferrara

    Green could also just be from eating asparagus.

    December 23, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. VEGIES

    usually CRANBERRY JUICE & DRIED cranberries eaten regularly help to flush out the kidneys

    December 24, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nadel Espinel

    Dont worry about light green colour urine, it is common specialy if you are taking Healthy Options supplements like vitamins of herbal tablets. Me also the same thing beacuse I am taking a vitamins C daliy the colour of my pee is really yellowish with vitamins smell.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jezreel Ricafort

      I agree with that, because everyday i am taking an optiberry food supplements and my pee is look like light green. The colour of the tables that im taking is green colour.
      http://www.healthyoptionsphilippines.blogspot.com/

      December 25, 2011 at 11:12 | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba

    I ate a sack of licorice one night and my poop was bright green.

    December 27, 2011 at 21:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mee HeeHee

      That's because you're greedy. Hee hee.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      I agree... I ate a bunch, well a lot of black jellybeans one year and everything came out bright green. I thought it was hysterical.

      January 3, 2012 at 23:11 | Report abuse |
  6. LaLu

    One day my young daughter came in from school and went straight to the bathroom. She came out very scared, said her urine was green. I had put a green toilet freshner in the tank.

    December 29, 2011 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Uh oh

    Eating a hefty bowl of Fruity Pebbles will give you technicolor poopies.

    December 30, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Auld

    When did it become acceptable to use words like pee or poop? When I was a kid, I would have been sent to my room for using either vulgarity.

    I am asking seriously........I don't like it.

    January 1, 2012 at 03:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • h

      No, you cannot be serious.

      January 2, 2012 at 19:45 | Report abuse |
    • dave

      I'm with you- tiny words for tiny minds!

      January 29, 2012 at 19:47 | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      I was brought up that way too. it was and/or sounded UGLY to say such raw words. we were scolded for saying "pregnant" we had to say "With child' even though the correct Medical term is pregnant... and in this case "urine or feces" would be more appropriate back in the day.. welcome to the new world. people just talk now. that's all. Glad I'm not alone. Its uncomfortable for me too sometimes.

      February 18, 2015 at 04:27 | Report abuse |
  9. Just Bright, not green!

    Maybe it's an indication not to take vitamins?

    A study shows that people that take vitamins on regular basis die about 5 years earlier than people that don't take vitamins at all.

    January 5, 2012 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Philip

      Really? 1 study? Thats as meaningful as 'No studies done'

      December 15, 2016 at 02:54 | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    Red Bull makes your urine green™

    January 10, 2012 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Celaena

      I drink lots of V energy drink...would that do it?

      September 18, 2016 at 06:23 | Report abuse |
  11. Monster

    drinking to many monster energy drinks will do that also

    July 20, 2012 at 01:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bella

    Mine's been a light green /yellow for a while, and I don't know why.
    It's been that color before, but I think it has something to do with the vitamins I'm taking.
    When ever I'm lazy of tired and stuff, it comes out that colour. But when I'm active and sleep well, it gets yellow again.
    I didn't tell my parents yet, because it's not that big of a deal, but I am happy to know that this is quite normal.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bozo the Clone

    Explanation for the "peeing of the green"? It's Saint Patrick's Day!

    March 17, 2013 at 18:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ClingenKristaL

    Perhaps it's just angry?
    Get it?
    ... because the hulk turns green... when he is angry...
    In all seriousness, energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster (especially Monster) may turn your urine green if you drink to much of it.

    November 20, 2014 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. yesenia

    What does it mean when my pre turns green and is it normal??

    January 12, 2015 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. dizzybritches

    Mine has been pale yellowish-green all my life, but maybe it's my vision. I'm healthy, according to my doctor. But it only looks that way in the commode, not in a specimen cup. Maybe it's the lighting.

    January 22, 2016 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Samantha Jalomo

    So helpful I accidentally took two vitimins that were totally strong and this shade of neon green was dramatic. So glad I found this page because it reminded me to always remember to remember when I take anything!

    July 1, 2016 at 03:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Billy Fisher

    Green urine most commonly is a byproduct of a species of bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacterium lives in the bowel, but can be transferred to the urinary tract when toilet tissue is applied with a forward motion rather than with a backward motion. Some people who have liver cancer can also have green urine, as can some people who drink huge amounts of green tea. Green urine is sometimes noted after toxic exposure to the pesticide paraquat.

    The anesthetic profofol can cause green urine, as can certain medications for Parkinson’s disease.

    Source: http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/abnormal-urine-color-what-it-tells-and-doesnt-tell-about-your-health

    February 14, 2017 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. steve

    Hello my pee is gone bright green all of a sudden...could it be because my dinning table is light green and i eat everytime on it??? someone please help

    May 2, 2017 at 12:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tony

      Are you peeing on your dining table?

      November 22, 2019 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
  20. Cristian baker

    Ok this isn't like a comment it's more of a concern I've been having a shortness of breath for 2 weeks and 6 days my heart beats weak sometimes and I have weird pains in my chest and it's really hard to breath sometimes idk what to do and I'm kinda scared I just need help I need answers

    May 19, 2017 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • You need a doctor!

      Visit the emergency in such situations!

      June 24, 2017 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
  21. mackey

    I am not discrediting any of the comments in this blog, However, if you are really concerned why not do a little research? I have and came up with this... a green tinted urine can be an indication of possible urinary tract infection or a possible bacterial infection in the blood. My opinion is if you are concerned to definately consult your doctor, I myself have Follicular Lymphoma which is a cancer within the lymphocytes,,, white blood cells. I will be seeing my Oncologist soon and will question it. So, I would suggest to confer with a doctor.

    April 4, 2018 at 19:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Mary Baird

    i have COPD and am anemic and do take vitamins and have blood test taken every week and my urin has been a light green lately should I be concerned. My blood pressure is also high I am 89 years old

    October 18, 2018 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer Regnier

      I’ve recently resumed my vitamin regime and noticed a bright yellowish green tinge to my urine. Perhaps the amount of vitamins is too much.

      December 4, 2018 at 03:23 | Report abuse |
  23. Tired

    I literally took one effervescent tablet with several different kinds of vitamin B and C tonight as i've bought them due to most likely lacking as I always have little energy but like 2 hours after I peed and my pee was neon green. Tf

    January 7, 2019 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
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