Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Dr. Michael Garko is a medical researcher and credentialed nutritionist with a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

He joins us this morning to talk about the importance of checking your urine, and what exactly it’s trying to tell us.

Your pee is like a health status update, alerting you to potential issues like kidney disease, bladder cancer, or diabetes. If your pee isn’t its normal pale to clear yellow or starts smelling funky, that could be your body’s way of saying, “Hey, check this out” From the ‘drank-too-much-water’ clear pee to the ‘need-more-H2O’ dark pee, or even weird colors and smells, paying attention can help you catch health problems before they get real.

Ever stopped to ponder what your pee could be spilling about your health? Here’s the lowdown on this daily routine that could be your body’s unsung hero, cluing you in on potential health hazards.

Your body has its own quirky ways of hinting at things going south, and keeping tabs on your pee is definitely on that list. It’s not just for those awkward health classes anymore, it’s real life – checking out your urine color, smell, and even consistency can be like sneak peeks into your overall health status. It’s kind of like your body’s SOS signal for kidney disease, bladder cancer, diabetes, and more, so don’t ignore it.

Understanding the P Signals

Here’s the 411 on what different pee scenarios could mean:

Pee of Champions: Healthy pee usually shows up as pale to clear yellow, thanks to a pigment called urochrome. It’s typically clear and won’t make you scrunch your nose up. Diet, hydration, and meds can play around with these norms though.

The Waterfall: If your pee is clear or colorless, you might be hitting the water bottle a little too hard. Water is life, but too much can mess up your electrolyte balance.

The Dehydrated Desert: Dark amber or brown pee can mean you’re not hydrating enough. When your body’s running low on fluids, your pee gets darker and stinkier. If chugging more H2O doesn’t lighten things up, it’s doc o’clock. Also, liver disorders could darken your pee color.

Red Alert: Red or pink pee isn’t always a post-beet salad situation. If you haven’t eaten any red-hued food, it could signal kidney disease, a kidney stone, a urinary tract infection, prostate problems, or, on rare occasions, cancer.

The Orange Warning: Orange pee could mean you need more water or you have liver issues.

Radioactive Pee: If your pee is bright or neon-yellow, you’re probably overdosing on vitamin B.

The Bubbly Stream: Frothy pee can be a sign of high protein levels, a possible heads-up for kidney disease.

The Muddy Waters: Cloudy or murky pee can be a sign of a urinary tract infection, uncontrolled diabetes, bacterial infection, or kidney stones.

The Stink Bomb: Certain foods and meds can make your pee smell weird. However, if it smells awful and you’ve been experiencing other symptoms like pain during peeing or frequent bathroom visits, it might be a urinary tract infection. These are usually easy to fix with antibiotics or herbal treatments.

In short, your pee is one of your body’s many ways of communicating with you. It’s not just about keeping tabs on how you feel, but also looking out for the subtle signals your body throws at you. So next time you’re in the loo, take a second to check in with your body’s unique way of keeping you in the know.

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  • NJ Congressman Josh Gottheimer – “We Have To Keep AM Radio In Cars”

    AM radio has recently come under attack from some electric car manufacturers who are looking to remove it from their automobiles.

    United States Congressman Josh Gottheimer serves the 5th District here in New Jersey which is comprised of parts of Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex Counties.

    Congressman Gottheimer recently announced new action to protect AM radio in electric vehicles and ensure potential buyers know which cars and trucks have AM radio and those that don’t. AM radio is a vital public safety and emergency management tool that has served as the sole lifeline during times of crisis like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and other major storms and floods.

    Car manufacturers, like Elon Musk’s Tesla, have said they will cut AM radio from their new production vehicles — threatening the 47 million Americans who listen to AM radio, who represent around 20% of the radio-listening public, and putting public safety and national emergency management at risk.


    Congressman Gottheimer is leading the bipartisan, bicameral law, AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act.

    This bill will require auto manufacturers to keep AM radio in vehicles, without charging customers extra for it.

    Congressman Gottheimer announced that the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act is one of the most widely supported bills in this Congress, with 200 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and 40 in the Senate.

    It also has the support of dozens of organizations from across the country, including the National Association of Broadcasters, AARP, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and many more.

    The United Nations has also gotten involved.

    Last week, UNESCO took a strong position on the continuing need to protect both AM and FM radio in cars.

    For more information on Congressman Gottheimer’s efforts to keep AM radio in cars, go to

  • Rock N Ruff

    Hi Animal Lovers,

    We finish our “Trifecta Of Cuteness” third video with our friends from Gingerbread House Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Gingerbread Dogs Dot Org   

    This great group reached out to Rock N’ Ruff a while back to gain some attention to the beautiful, small dogs, many seniors, and many Pekinese in their care. I have known many people who have adopted from Gingerbread House and they have a wonderful reputation for rescue, caring, and vetting the dogs they take in, Lynn their founder brought a carriage full of pups to her visit and we decided to break them into groups! So cute and so. much fun.

    This week we highlight “Bodie and Spaulding”….. Both of these pups require a bit of patience and lots of love.


    Bodie is small, a purebred Pekinese, super gorgeous, and best in a child-free home (as he was purchased and brought into a home with small children and did not have a great experience) He is chill, learning to trust and doing GREAT in his foster home. He is decompressing and learning to be a dog.


    Spaulding Spaulding has a similar history, is pure Pekinese, and needs an adult-only home. He is energetic and fun…..a bigger guy (not fat, it’s the type of Pekinese he is!) he knows basic commands, is housebroken, and would make a great companion in an adult home.

    More From Gingerbread House Rescue

    Fill out an application to adopt a great pup from Gingerbread House Animal Rescue, click here

    And don’t forget to check out all of our pups that need homes (Franklin is one of my faves ) Franklin

    And check out all of our dogs on the Rock N’ Ruff page WDHA’s Rock N’ Ruff

    And all pet-related news on the TC Rock N’ Ruff Roundtable page  TC’s Rock N’ Ruff Roundtable

    Including the search for local missing Boston Terrier “Meep” and how you can help – Find Meep

    As always, “Opt To Adopt”

  • Coach Sheets' Ride In

    Jeremy Sheetinger is the head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College where he led the Grizz Gang to the 2021 NAIA National Championship.

    These quick hits may, on the surface, be geared toward his fellow baseball coaches, but his motivational message can easily be applied to the classroom, workplace, and your personal relationships.

    This week, Coach Sheets talks about the importance of not just talking, but walking as well.

  • Local Look

    Looking for something fun to do in the area? Chris Swendeman has you covered with this week’s Local Look.

    There are always so many fun events happening in our local communities.  Check out what’s in store for this week in New Jersey.

    • Do you have a green thumb? Then you need to head to the 35th annual New Jersey Home and Garden Show at the New Jersey Convention Center from 10 AM to 5 PM.  There will be over a hundred remodelers, contractors and landscapers, all from locally owned businesses. Tickets are just $10. Kids under 15 are free.
    • And you could head to South Jersey today for the Nerd Fest in Swedesboro. There will be vendors, artists, writers, costume groups and crafters, all showing their love of comics, movies and all things nerdy. That’s today from 10 AM to 4 PM. Visit for further info.
    • And if you love chili, stop by the 12th annual Chili Cookoff Highland St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Proving Ground from 3 to 7 PM. There will be a professional and amateur competition going on, and tickets for the tasting are $40, which includes samplings, two beer tickets and performances by bagpipe bands. All proceeds benefit the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


    And that’s your Local Look for this week on The Jersey Magazine.  If you’d like your event to be featured on The Local Look, you can email us at [email protected].  See you next week on 105.5 WDHA.

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