Tell Me More: What Your Urine May Indicate

Tell Me More: What Your Urine May Indicate

urine testYour urine may indicate a lot about your health, which can provide clues to what is going on inside your body. According to a few experts, some of the specific health and lifestyle habits affect your urine’s odor, color, density, and frequency. Read on to learn what your pee may be trying to tell you.

Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, you may notice a strong pungent odor in your urine even before you realize that you are expecting. Once you have a baby inside, you may run to the bathroom frequently, as your kidneys have to work harder to eliminate the waste from both the fetus and you. During the latter part of pregnancy, the pressure on the bladder from the expanding uterus will send you to the bathroom more frequently.

Urinary Tract Infection

If you feel a burning sensation when you pee and you go the bathroom more than seven times day, it may be sign that you have UTI. Other symptoms may include lower back pain, fever, pinkish urine, or cloudy urine. Consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms to detect the presence of the infection in your urine sample.

Medical Condition

Blood in your urine could indicate different conditions, including kidney stones and injury. A sweet odor in the urine may indicate diabetes, as your body isn’t processing glucose properly. Heavy periods and increased urine frequency may indicate fibroids or benign uterine tumors.

A urinalysis may diagnose other serious kidney problems or even drug abuse. A healthy diet and lifestyle is the key to having clean and drug-free urine.

Dehydration

Dark yellow urine with a strong odor may indicate dehydration. When you become hydrated, your urine will have a pale straw color, or will not have strong smell. The right amount of water a day is important to fight dehydration and help you feel at your best.

Urine can disclose evidence of diseases and other health conditions. Through urinalysis, you may discover potential problems and treat them immediately. Consult your doctor for any unusual color, smell, or other concerns. It is also advisable to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to have drug-free or normal urine.

Roberto Guerra

Roberto Guerra works in a hospital in Los Angeles. He moonlights as a writer now and then.

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Weighing In: The Pros and Cons of Renting a Home

Weighing In: The Pros and Cons of Renting a Home

homes for rentEveryone comes to a certain point in their lives when they’ll have to decide whether to rent or to buy. It is a decision that requires careful thought,as it’s a financial and an emotional decision.

Renting and Owning

Renting, as opposed to owning, has been a steady trend among Americans today. It’s more affordable in terms of upfront cost, you can invest your money elsewhere,and you have more mobility should your career take you elsewhere and you have to uproot. To top it all off, renting gives you the opportunity to create a history of on-time payments to build up good credit on your part. Having good credit is a plus, as not too many people have it.

Owning a home has its own perks. These include equity build-up, tax deductions, creative control over property, maintenance choices, and ownership pride. Still, the overall cost of upkeep can be too much to bear in the long run.

Search and Rent

Whether you’re just starting out, relocating the family, a fresh grad, or simply a bachelor or bachelorette who’s perpetually on the move, the task of hunting for your next home can be a daunting one. If you’re in Florida and you’re looking for Navarre homes for rent, searching for a beach property can also be doubly hard. After all, everyone wants a piece of sun, sand, and sea.

Here are some useful tips for bargain-hunters when looking for Navarre homes for rent:

  • Contact your local association – You can seek out the neighborhood association for advice once you’ve set your eyes on a particular property.
  • Drive around – Sometimes, you can be lucky enough to spot the perfect home to rent just by taking a cruise down your fancied neighborhood. You’ll also get to see your potential locale in real life.
  • Assess the fairness of rent prices – Compare prices with other properties on the market
  • Know the power of word-of-mouth – Simply letting making those in your circle privy to your home-hunting situation can work wonders.

Deciding whether to rent or own a house comes down to your needs, preferences, and your budget. Fortunately, with the help of experts in the industry, along with sound advice from your family and friends, you can make the process easier.

Roberto Guerra

Roberto Guerra works in a hospital in Los Angeles. He moonlights as a writer now and then.

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NASA Sends Veggie Farm To Space

NASA Sends Veggie Farm To Space

Image by Rasbak  | Wikimedia

Image by Rasbak | Wikimedia

Astronauts complaining about dried out food in the space station will have a chance of playing space farmers after NASA sends them a small veggie farm.

Veg-01

The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched its second trip to the International Space Station. The capsule carried a small plant chamber to let astronauts grow their own lettuce. The experiment, officially named Veg-01, nicknamed Veggie, is an early test to see how plants will grow in zero gravity. If the tests go well and the food proves to be safe, scientists hope to expand the menu.

Space Capsule

When the chamber is in use, it measures up to 1.5 meters in length, making it the largest capsule of its kind. NASA, however, designed the capsule to be collapsible for transport. A version of the capsule has been tested on Earth, wherein lettuce and radishes have grown successfully. The future applications of the capsule technology are endless and a step closer to space colonization.

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Roberto Guerra works in a hospital in Los Angeles. He moonlights as a writer now and then.

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Brief Yet Beneficial: The Many Advantages of Temporary Employment

Brief Yet Beneficial: The Many Advantages of Temporary Employment

office deskTemping agencies in Brisbane provide short-term employees with temporary positions for businesses that need them. From the employers’ point of view, temping agencies do tasks similar to a human resources department. The main advantage is that they may do them more efficiently and have access to a wider applicant pool. Workers see temping agencies as something that will put in effort to place them in a job, even in a difficult job market.

Working with a Temp Agency

Check out different agencies before you decide which one to work with. Ask if they have a placement fee and if they provide any training or benefits. Don’t work with an agency that charges a placement fee because many others collect this from the employer. Expect an interview or two just as you would for any other job. Once you settle on a temping agency to work with, sign a contract with them. Read the fine print and ask questions about anything you don’t fully understand.

Gain Exposure

Temping gives you the chance to experience different company cultures. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you like office work? Do you enjoy working with the public? These experiences will help you discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job.

Make Contacts

As a temp worker, you’ll be represented by an agency with many contacts. Furthermore, the agency has the inside track on who’s hiring and what they’re looking for. When you work with a temping agency, you come with a seal of approval that makes you ahead of other applicants.

Temp to Perm

Temping doesn’t mean you can’t be hired as a permanent employee. When your employer sees your potential, they can offer you a permanent job. It’s your choice if you want to accept the offer or not.

A temporary employment can make you learn different skills and work with different people while keeping you free from long-term commitments. It’s a good opportunity for those who want to explore and are still finding their niche.

Venanzio Mazzi

Venazio Mazzi is the digital head of a marketing agency in New York. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant manager at a copywriting agency in San Francisco.

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It’s a Fishy Business: Creating an Aquarium for Your Home

It’s a Fishy Business: Creating an Aquarium for Your Home

AquariumA fish for a pet can be a refreshing change from taking care of high-maintenance dogs and cats. All you have to do is supply them with edible products from aquaponic kits, and they can live well enough. Add to that is a charming aquarium and a filter that will allow them to breathe just the right amount of oxygen.

There are various designs of aquariums you can choose for your pets. You can go for simple or elaborate designs, depending on the needs of the fish and the look you want to achieve. To get the right aquarium, take note of the following concerns:

Overall Aquarium Design

Size is the primary consideration when creating or buying an aquarium. It must have enough space for the fishes and ornaments. The aquaponic kit should also fit the top and bottom parts to work properly. Once you’ve worked out the right dimensions, you can now look over various fish tank shapes and the decorative pieces for it.

Freshwater or Saltwater

A relatively easier setup option, freshwater tanks are more popular with beginners than saltwater aquariums. One reason for this is you have to put live rocks or corals in the tank and replenish the water often for your saltwater fish. With a freshwater tank, you’ll just have to monitor the amount of toxic materials in the water.

Aquarium Equipment

Once you’ve decided on the type of water, you’ll now need to prepare the equipment to maintain your fish tank. Saltwater aquariums generally need more equipment, such as protein skimmer, hydrometer, and sump among a few. You’ll also need to get test kits for alkalinity, calcium, and other minerals to successfully recreate the type of water your fish needs. This applies to both fresh and salt water environments.

Find out what other tools you’ll need for your particular aquarium. Consulting a more experienced hobbyist will help you create an aquarium you’ll be proud of.

Roberto Guerra

Roberto Guerra works in a hospital in Los Angeles. He moonlights as a writer now and then.

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4 Things That Make Investing in Cyprus a Sound Business Move

4 Things That Make Investing in Cyprus a Sound Business Move

Mall of Cyprus

Photo by Greekislands2 via License: CC BY-SA 3.0

When it comes to business investment value, Cyprus is hot on the heels of other larger countries. The Mediterranean nation boasts a robust tourism industry, favorable tax schemes, and a high-income economy, as recognized by the World Bank, among other things.

With these positive points, it comes as no surprise that many investors would like to put up their business where it can fully flourish. Still, there are other things you need to know if you are seriously considering applying for a Cyprus citizenship by investment program.

Take a look at the following:

Highly-Skilled Population

One of the things that makes Cyprus attractive to foreign investors is its sound business and financial structure. This is made possible with a highly-skilled workforce that specializes in the financial aspects. You can easily find service providers of accounting, legal, and banking-related activities when you start your international business there. In fact, Cyprus has a very high Human Development Index, proving the quality of their education and expertise.

Prime Business Location

Cyprus is right in the middle of the Mediterranean region, and connects Europe with African and Middle Eastern nations. This makes the country a stronghold when it comes to economic linkages and socio-cultural values.

Modern Living Standards

Along with ideal international business settings, Cyprus offers modern living standards for its citizens. The Knight Frank Report ranks the country as 5th among major European cities in terms of quality of life. With the right balance of urban and rural areas, it makes sense that Cyprus is a top choice for businessmen.

Effective Tax Regime

As a member state of the European Union (EU), Cyprus provides a taxation structure that fully complies with the EU laws and regulations. Made simplified and transparent, the country’s tax system allows investors and foreign businessmen to make the most of their operations there. Besides, most international transactions are exempted from value-added tax (VAT).

These are some of the things that make investing in Cyprus all worth it. Whether through the citizenship by investment program or simply doing business in the country, Cyprus opens many gateways for your business and investment to flourish.

Venanzio Mazzi

Venazio Mazzi is the digital head of a marketing agency in New York. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant manager at a copywriting agency in San Francisco.

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Tracing the Roots of Accounting: One of the World’s Earliest Financial Processes

Tracing the Roots of Accounting: One of the World’s Earliest Financial Processes

hiring reliable business accountantsAccounting tools have been in existence for as long as civilisation has been actively involved in trade and other means of record keeping. The history of accounting can be traced back to ancient civilisations. But the introduction of double-entry bookkeeping in the 14th century is considered the birth of the modern accounting period.

The Men Behind the Birth of Accounting

Evidence of the earliest forms of accounting were found through a research of ancient Mesopotamia. It is believed to be closely related to the development of other finance-related concepts, such as writing, money, and counting. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, the Roman government already had access to a detailed list of financial information.

The innovative Italians of the Renaissance period are highly acknowledged as the fathers of modern accounting. They may as well be the earliest business accountants in history. Benedetto Cotrugli is known for inventing the “Double Entry,” while Frater Luca Bartolomes Pacioli is credited for the Pacioli’s System of memorandum, journal, and ledger.

Pacioli and Double-Entry Bookkeeping

Pacioli wrote a number of books on accounting, the most popular ones being Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita in 1494. This publication contains a27-page treatise that discusses bookkeeping. He also authored Particularis de Computis et Scripturis (Details of Calculation and Recording) on the subjects of recordkeeping and double-entry accounting. This material became the primary reference text and teaching tool used for future business accountants for the next several hundred years. Summa was also one of the first books published on the historical Gutenberg press. The included treatise, on the other hand, was the first known published work about double-entry bookkeeping, which further developed during medieval Europe.

Although Pacioli did not invent double-entry bookkeeping, he is still recognised as the first person to widely disseminate this knowledge. In fact, the accounting principles published in his Summa remain largely unchanged even up to the present.

Sources:

http://www.femia-accountants.com.au/Business-Accountants-Perth
http://ensign.ftlcomm.com/historyacc/researchpaperfin.htm
http://www.library.unisa.edu.au/about/exhibitions/historyacc.aspx

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Venazio Mazzi is the digital head of a marketing agency in New York. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant manager at a copywriting agency in San Francisco.

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