According to studies, this condition occurs in 14 percent of the population, Healthline reports with reference to The Lancet.
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The main symptom of bitumen is a discoloration of urine or stool – they may appear red or pink after dishes from beets or juices that contain extracts or pigments of this vegetable.
The degree of discoloration varies depending on which beet you have consumed. For example, raw beets can cause urine to be dark red or dark pink, and cooked beets can cause light pink or light red.
The color change is due to the food coloring of betanin contained in beets. When it enters the body, it eventually ends up in the kidneys, thereby causing a discoloration of the urine.
Red urine after beets can be a symptom of anemia or a deficiency of gastric juice
What diseases can pink or red urine testify to after drinking beets?
Despite the fact that bitumen is not a serious phenomenon and usually disappears on its own, sometimes it indicates health problems.
If your urine turns red or pink every time you eat beets, you should consult your doctor.
Sometimes a discoloration of urine after beets can be a sign of iron deficiency in the blood (anemia).
Interesting fact: bitumen is observed in 66-80% of people with iron deficiency anemia.
Also, red or pink urine after beets can indicate a low acidity of the stomach. After all, it is she who helps the body absorb minerals, nutrients and vitamins. Accordingly, problems with acidity in the stomach make it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients, cause problems with metabolism (which allows beets to color your urine).
To determine your exact state of health, the doctor should prescribe the following tests:
An extensive blood test, because it will indicate the presence of red blood cells, namely anemia. Urinalysis to check kidney function for traces of blood or bacteria. Stool analysis to exclude the possibility of blood in the stool. A test to determine the acidity of the stomach.
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