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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Me at Chanticleer Point and Vista House. 9/18/2015

How To Grow Your Business In One Year

Some of you might really be struggling with this conception at the minute, and it’s one of the reasons why we want to talk to you. Growing your business is something that’s either going to happen really easily for you, or it’s going to be something that you find yourself pulling your hair out over… every single day. Because what do you soon learn about business and the way it works? It’s that if your business isn’t growing, then something must really be going wrong somewhere down the line. This is the common thought that so many company owners have, we just know it is. Because growth also signals profit, and profit is also the one thing that company owners are looking to brag about. So if you’re going to try and grow your business in one year, you’re going to have to try and think about ways that you can grow your business at a bit of a rapid rate, and there’s only one reason why we’re going to push for this. Because we know that if your business is growing at a super slow rate, you’re going to suffer both mentally and physically. It’s so easy to let your worries get in the way of actually running your business. Not only that, but as the months go by, you’ve still got people who are creating the same sort of business as you, trying to do what you’re doing! So, here are our top tips on how we think you can grow your business in one year!

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Start At The Bottom

If you want to grow your business, you really are going to have to start at the bottom, and work your way up to the point where you feel confident that you know everything about your business. If you know everything about your business, and you focus on the way that it works and what makes it function, you’ll gain a better understanding of what your business needs to keep moving forward. You wouldn’t believe the amount of business owners who just don’t have the first clue about what actually goes on in the day to day running of their company, especially the ones that are a little more established with their own employees. And do you want to know who are the first to complain about this, the employees who are on the front line, trying to do all they can to do their job with little guidance, only negative criticism. Even if your business isn’t like this, we just thought we would open your eyes to the issue, so that hopefully your business never becomes this! But when starting at the bottom, it also gives you a chance to go through your business with a fine comb, and think about how you can change the areas of your business that need it the most. You might be able to compare your marketing efforts to your competitors, and step up your game. You might be able to re-evaluate your prices that you charge, make a better price, and bring in more customers through that route. The possibilities are endless when you really get thinking about what your business is doing wrong at that time.

Change Your Tactics

You might definitely need to change your tactics, and a lot of that will come from going through your business, and starting with the basics like we listed above. But there are some tactics that you won’t have thought about changing before, and these are the ones that we think will make a real difference. The biggest tactic that we want you to change, is your sales tactic and how you engage with the customers that you have. So many companies get this wrong, and it really does reflect when trying to push for growth. You have to be that company that masters the art of being in someone’s face, as well as letting the customer come to them. It’s all about subtle marketing and sales techniques. One a month email marketing to bring customers in, or at least keep your company fresh in their mind. Then, when they do buy a product, you’re going to have to develop a system that recognises if they’re a returning customer from some time ago, and offer them a discount. It’s the best way to keep returning customers interested for longer. The same goes for a new customer. If you receive good quality service, a great product, and a discount at the end of it, that company instantly sticks in your mind, and it’s going to be so much easier to make money from those customers who were just so delighted with their experience.

Think Of The People Who Mean The Most

The people who mean the most to your company, are often the ones that spend their time getting ignored the most. Their views are inferior to yours, and that’s the way it goes with most companies . You wouldn’t believe the amount that have absolutely terrible reviews when it comes to their employees and how they treat them. But you have the chance to be different, and you have the chance to talk to your employees who will most likely know the way that your business runs better than you. They’re the ones doing all of the manual work, and finding all of the struggles of the working day. The struggles of the working day are the things that could easily help to grow your business. They highlight the issues your company is having, and how you can streamline the working day to get more done. Not only that, but you really need to look after them in other ways too. Many companies don’t offer privileges such as telehealth, which is a comprehensive package that you could introduce. It’s a little perk that gives your employees excellent level of healthcare paid for, which can really get expensive for your employees over the year. It just makes the role so much more attractive, and allows you to attract better employees to work with you!

Quick Growth Tactics

If you’re looking for a quick growth tactic because you really are in a struggle, and you feel like your finances are on the low side, then there are a few things that might work in your favour. The first, is to push a ton of money into the marketing side of things, especially into doing something like an event or conference. The exposure you’ll get from things like this will just be so good, and you’re showing your business in the best light that you possibly can. You’ll interact with people that you might not have been able to before, and you should be able to watch your sales sky-rocket. Other than you, you can also try all of the other marketing techniques that are available, but make sure you’re increasing your spending on them. The more you put in with a reliable and top end companies and the more you’re going to get out of it!

Looking Out For The Pitfalls

There are definitely some pitfalls that you need to look out for when it comes to trying to grow your business, and the top is the money one. It can be easy to get carried away with trying to invest the most into your business, but get nothing out of it! Make sure you’re always in touch with a financial advisor to guide you before you make any big investment ideas, whether it be money you’re putting into your business, or money that you’re taking out of it!

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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient!

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Many of us truly love our homes. After all, it’s the space where most of us can feel the safest and get to finally take a break from all the stress of the modern world. However, that stress can come crashing in when we have to deal with just how much of an expense our homes can be. On top of things like mortgage payments, one of the most significant expenses that many of us have to deal with when it comes to our home is our energy bills. However, that’s not something that you simply have to put up with. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do in order to make your home a little more energy efficient and save yourself some money.

Go solar

We may as well start with some of the bigger things that you can do in order to really make the most significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency levels. Installing solar panels on your home’s exterior might seem like a pretty drastic step but solar installation is actually a whole lot easier than you might think. Sure, there’s an initial investment to think about,  but the money it can save you, in the long run, can often make it more than worth it. A lot of people find themselves able to cut down on their energy costs by more than they could possibly have imagined.    

Replace your appliances

A simpler thing that you can do is to replace some of the appliances in your home with more energy efficient ones. The issue might simply be that your appliances are getting old and as they age they become less efficient. Again, this will involve an initial investment but, once again, it’s the kind of thing that will easily pay for itself over time and make that investment entirely worth it. From your boiler to your dishwasher to your washing machine, there are plenty of appliances in your home that you can replace with something more energy efficient.

Change your behavior

Of course, if you want the easiest option, not to mention one that comes with no initial financial investment on your part, the simplest thing that you can do it to change your behavior. Think about the kind of things you do around the house. Are you leaving lights on or electronics running even when you’re not using them? Do you keep your heating on all day long when you probably don’t need to? Changing your behavior in simple ways is often the kind of thing that you might not even notice after a while. It’s just a matter of getting into good habits.

The great thing about making your home more energy efficient is that you’re not only helping to save yourself some money but you’re lessening your environmental impact as well which is something that more and more of us are becoming increasingly concerned about in the modern era. Sure, there are plenty of other things that you can do, but these are just some of the simpler ideas that pretty much anyone can introduce into their homes without too much trouble.

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Cars & Your Finances: 5 Things You Need To Know

Anyone who has ever considered purchasing a car will know that doing so requires a substantial financial commitment. In fact, aside from their home, a car is arguably the most expensive purchase anyone will make – and then there are the ongoing costs for gas, maintenance, and repairs to keep in mind.

Unfortunately, understanding exactly how your car can impact your personal budget – or even if you can buy a car at all – can be challenging, as there are more than a few myths and misconceptions swirling around the process. Below, we’ve looked to cut through to the basics of buying, maintaining, and repairing a vehicle; the facts you should always keep in mind when considering how you can integrate all elements of car ownership into your finances.

#1 – Cars are compatible with most budgets

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The fact that purchasing and running a car is expensive is well-known; so well-known, indeed, that many people living on a tighter budget presume that a car is outside of their reach. However, it may not necessarily always be the case, because buying and maintaining a vehicle can be completely flexible.

While there are costs you will inevitably incur, these costs can be entirely customized to suit your budget. There’s no average amount that a car costs; every individual creates their own usage pattern and chooses a particular model that suits their needs. If you’re short on funds, you could opt for a smaller vehicle to keep gas costs down, or shop around to find the cheapest possible repair service – there are tweaks that can be made at every point.

Finally, if you do not currently have a car and are concerned about the impact on your budget, remember to factor in the fact that you won’t sustain car costs on top of your existing budget. The car will actually replace expenses in your budget; sections you usually reserve for other forms of transport, such as taxi fares or bus passes, so always ensure you remove these from your outgoings when buying a car.

#2 – Be cautious of hybrid-related cost claims

While we have tried to keep these points general and applicable to all, there is one finer detail we need to highlight when discussing cars and personal finances: beware the hybrid.

Hybrid cars have long been marketed as a cost-effective solution to standard petrol or diesel, but this claim has been thrown into doubt over recent years, as experts point out gas alone is not the only cost involved in car ownership – and that, all in, hybrid cars are not necessarily the most affordable choice. Hybrid cars are still an excellent choice for environmental reasons, but the commonly discussed cost benefits are highly contested. As a result, if you’re considering moving to a hybrid for cost concerns alone, be cautious and ensure the math checks out before you commit.

#3 – You can obtain financing for a new car even with bad credit

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For most people, financing is the only way to buy a car – saving the entire cost is extremely time-consuming, not to mention that it’s next to impossible if you need a car in a relatively short period of time.

Financing is, therefore, the most sensible solution for most car buyers, but obtaining that financing is often a cause of concern. It is often thought that you can only access car financing if your credit score is high and your credit record clean – but this isn’t actually the case. There are plenty of dealerships which ensure that buying a car with bad credit is more than possible, so if you need financing for a new car, you should be able to access it regardless of your credit history. The reason financing is generally more flexible with cars is because a vehicle is an asset with an intrinsic value, which means lenders are more willing to accept applications than they would be for a loan used for non-specific purposes.

#4 – There are ways and means of managing repair costs

If there is one ongoing cost concern that deters people from buying a car more than any other, it’s the fear of repair costs. In truth, it’s impossible to completely assuage this concern; repairs can be incredibly expensive, which can place a significant strain on personal finances.

However, repair costs are not just something you have to accept – they can be managed. For example, proper maintenance can help to prevent the need for repairs, or you can look into insurance plans that will cover the cost of standard repairs rather than repairs related to an accident only. Furthermore, many cars – both new and used – can be bought with guarantees intact, which covers the cost of repairs for a set period of time; you can then use this time to build a fund that can cover the cost of repairs when the guarantee has expired.

#5 – DIY repairs and maintenance can end up costing you more

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If your car develops an issue, it’s incredibly tempting to head to YouTube or Google the problem in the hopes of finding a way of fixing the problem yourself rather than consulting a professional. Similarly, you may want to consider conducting routine maintenance yourself also, again turning to the internet rather than a qualified mechanic. There are plenty of guides that will help you in this effort, too – but it’s crucial to be extremely cautious.

While a DIY maintenance job or repair can be more affordable in the moment, the simple truth is that cars are incredibly complex, and it can be next to impossible to know all is well unless you are a qualified mechanic. By working on your car yourself, there’s a real chance that you’ll still experience breakdowns or poor performance in future, so you’ll need to consult a professional anyway. As a result, you could find yourself spending twice: firstly on the materials you’ll need for your DIY effort, and then paying a professional for the same work at a later date. It’s therefore preferable to leave the auto shop work to the experts; it may be more expensive in the moment, but is the far more cost-effective choice in the long run.

In conclusion

It is undeniable that buying and owning a car can be expensive, but by keeping the above points in mind, you should be able to enjoy the delights of car ownership without any unnecessary financial strain.

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Combating Car Depreciation: 13 Things That You Can Do

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A car is a major investment. In fact, for most of us, it’s one of the biggest we make throughout our entire lives. However, unlike most other investments, vehicles don’t hold their value over time. Instead, they, unfortunately, start to depreciate from the moment you drive them off the dealership’s lot. This means that, when it comes time to sell your vehicle, you’ll lose a significant sum of money in the process. Depreciation is one of the biggest costs of car ownership, but, thankfully, it is one that you can combat. With that in mind, here are thirteen things you can do.

  1. Choose The Right Make

When it comes time to buy a car, there are lots of options for you to consider. To get the most back for your vehicle, you should opt for makes and models known for their quality and reliability. MINIs and BMWs are popular choices as of late. It will also benefit you to choose a car that has a good warranty. This will make maintenance cheaper for you, but also makes your vehicle more attractive to future owners. Steer clear of big, expensive cars, as they tend to depreciate more.

  1. Stick To Neutral Colors

Bright and unusual colors may reflect your personality and style, but like selling a house, this can also have a negative impact on the resale value. It can also make it much harder to sell your vehicle at all. For this reason, you may want to stick to neutral colors and avoid airbrushing and decals at all costs. If you can’t hold back from pimping your ride, you should at least get a light-colored paint job before you put it up for sale. The more “standard” you make it look, the better.

  1. Buy A Used Vehicle

New cars depreciate a lot faster than most used ones do. Because of this, you should go used car shopping, rather than hunting for a brand new vehicle. This allows you to avoid a huge chunk of the car’s depreciation right away, potentially saving you a lot of money. That being said, this will only work if you choose the right vehicle. The older or less cared for the car, the higher the chance there is that it will have problems, which cancels out the benefit of slower depreciation.

  1. Start Shopping In January

If you plan to buy new anyway, you should start shopping at the very beginning of the year. A car’s year of purchase is one of the key factors establishing its book value. This means that, if you bought a vehicle towards the end of a year, you’d see a much smaller resale value than you would have done buying a car just a few months later. This is because your car will appear a whole year older, rather than only a handful of weeks, making it seem a lot less reliable.

  1. Hold Onto Your Manual

Your owner’s manual and service book are, of course, incredibly important, but what most people don’t realize is that losing or throwing away these documents can actually cost you money. A car without these papers, after all, is going to immediately arouse suspicion, meaning that fewer people will be willing to buy yours for a fair price. A car with both of the documents up to date, on the other hand, is a lot more attractive and should sell for its true value.

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  1. Follow The Maintenance Schedule

The best way to boost your car’s resale value is by taking proper care of it. This means following the maintenance schedule usually documented in your owner’s manual. This will tell you when your car should be serviced, as well as when to change the liquids, oils, filters, and other essentials. By following this timetable, you should be able to keep your vehicle in a good working condition, reducing the chance of costly mechanical or electrical faults any time soon.

  1. Watch How You Drive

Cars that have been driven poorly tend to reveal themselves during a test drive. The performance of a vehicle while braking, accelerating and cornering can all give potential buyers an idea of whether or not you have driven your car with care. With that in mind, you should ensure you pay attention to how you drive and make an effort to do so better, avoiding speeding or harsh braking. This will reduce the chance of your car becoming damaged while you drive.

  1. Keep The Mileage Low

Unfortunately, it’s not just how you drive, but how far you drive that plays a part in determining the value of your vehicle. In fact, mileage is one of the main factors that most buyers consider. For this reason, it’s crucial that you keep the mileage of your car as low as you can. The easiest way to do this is by not using your car for any long distance journeys. Instead, stick to city driving only, and rent a car if and when you want to take a road trip across the country.

  1. Ensure It Stays Clean

Persistently dirty cars lead to body corrosion, permanent stains, and faded carpets, all of which can negatively impact the value of your vehicle. If your car is also dirty upon viewing, it makes it less attractive to potential buyers, suggesting your lack of care could also have contributed to unseen issues. Because of this, you should make sure that you clean or have your car cleaned regularly. You should also take precautions by investing in seat covers and floor mats.

  1. Store Inside Your Garage

These days, garages are typically used as dumping grounds for old furniture, sports equipment, Christmas decorations, and other unwanted junk. However, you should give your storage space a good clear out and instead use it for what it was intended – Protecting your car. This is especially important if you live somewhere with a particularly harsh climate. After all, extreme weather, whether it be hot or cold, can physically damage your vehicle and harm the engine.

  1. Leave Unpleasant Odors Outside

We all love and expect a new car smell, even when purchasing a car that isn’t actually new. Because of this, you should avoid giving your car any unpleasant odors. Whether it is cigarette smoke, wet dog, or greasy food, any unwanted smells can really put off a potential buyer, so it’s best to keep them out of your car. It also helps to have an air freshener hidden somewhere in your vehicle for when buyers do come a have a look.

  1. Pick Your Modifications Carefully

Modifications may seem like the best way to increase the value of your vehicle, but, although they sometimes can be, they definitely aren’t always. This is especially true when purchasing a brand new car. From expensive sound systems to larger wheels, there are a number of add-ons that simply won’t carry their value when it comes time to sell your car. Typically boy racer type modifications can be particularly off-putting and should be avoided where possible.

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  1. Know When To Sell

When it’s possible, you should time the sale of your car in a way that maximizes its value. This means avoiding selling your vehicle when the manufacturer has just released a new model. You should also ensure you sell in the right season. A convertible, for example, is best sold throughout the spring and summer, when most drivers will want to take advantage of having the top down. Of course, it isn’t always possible to do so, but when you can, it is beneficial.

Depreciation is a cost no car owner can avoid, but, with these helpful tips, you can combat and minimize it.

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Is Your Business The Kind People Want To Work For?

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In business, you spend so much of your time trying to make sure that customers and other people in the public will approve of it, that it is all too easy to forget about the people inside it too. Actually, these people are possibly even more critical in many ways, and you need to make sure that you are keeping them as happy as possible at all times. One of the most important reasons that you need to do this is because you need to know that you are always going to be able to hire people to work for you. So, as it currently stands, is your business one that people will generally want to work for? And if not, do you know what you might need to do to try and make it so? Let’s look at some of the steps you could take to do just that.

Make It Safe & Secure

Your employees need to know that they are safe and secure when they work for you, and this is probably what takes precedent above all else in fact. Of course, there are many things you will be able to do to make sure that you are keeping your business safe and secure, and so long as you are doing those, you will find your employees are happy with that. This is as simple as getting a security team in house, making sure you carry out cctv installation whenever necessary, and generally taking whatever steps you can to keep out intruders. But it’s also about preventing the likelihood of fire and other disasters, which in turn means training your staff themselves to be able to deal with that. It’s pretty involved, but it’s necessary to ensure that your staff are happy working for you.

Pay Them Well & Fairly

Pay is obviously a hugely important thing for all workers, and you have a duty to make sure that you are paying your people as well as you can afford to. You need to of course pay them at least a minimum wage, but you should aim to pay them more than that if you can and to give them a pay raise at least once a year. You will also need to make sure that you are paying them fairly, which means equally for the same job, same experience level and no matter who they are. As well as being a moral and legal responsibility, it is also essential in keeping them happy. By paying well, you will encourage others to want to work for you in the future, so it is in your own best interests too.

Be A Responsible Business

Generally, people also want to know that the business they are working for is a socially responsible one. That means that you have schemes in place to be as environmentally friendly as possible, that you are socially aware, and that you are acting in a manner which is fair and good for society. If people feel that you are doing that, they will be considerably happier to work for you, and you will find that you have potential employees coming to your door in droves.

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Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Originally published on HVMN by Justin Liau, Michael Brandt and Nate Martins

HVMN lives on the bleeding edge of science. We try to stay up to date on the best methods to enhance human performance, including how to measure personal biomarkers. It’s a core principle at HVMN, an ethos to help anyone be the best version of themselves.

It’s also something we practice. CEO and Co-founder, Geoffrey Woo, measures his blood BHB levels using a blood reader device after drinking HVMN Ketone. These ketone levels are an excellent biomarker for tracking the effectiveness of fasting, ketogenic dieting, and exogenous ketones.

But there’s more than one way to test ketosis.

Why should you care about how high your ketone levels are?

HVMN takes a systems engineering approach to human performance: optimize inputs to achieve desired performance outputs.

Understanding blood ketone levels adds transparency and data fundamental to biohacking. It offers insight into where you might feel best, or help optimize diet to achieve personal goals. Many people monitor blood ketone levels while on the keto diet or taking exogenous ketones to verify that they’re actually in ketosis.



Setting a baseline while on the keto diet is helpful, especially if you’re using the keto diet for weight loss and other health benefits like controlling metabolic syndrome. For those on the low-carb, high-fat keto diet trying to lose weight, moderate ketone levels could be an indicator measurement of your dietary needs to reach those weight loss goals.

When on the keto diet, fat stores are broken down and fatty acid concentrations increase in the bloodstream. Those fatty acids are turned into ketones in the liver. When ketone levels exceed 0.5mM, that’s considered to be a state of “ketosis.” Nutritional ketosis is defined as blood ketone levels ranging from 0.5 – 3.0mM by pioneering ketone scientists Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney in “The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living.”1

There are three methods to measure ketone levels; with this data, you’ll have the power to optimize your biohacking protocol.

Blood Testing

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Pros

  • Most accurate way to measure ketosis in mmol/L (mM)
  • Measures BHB, the predominant ketone in the body, rather than acetoacetate or acetone

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (i.e., Precision Xtra or Keto Mojo) and test strips, which can be expensive relative to other techniques
  • You have to take a finger prick blood sample which can be bothersome and invasive at first until you get used to it

When testing blood using a BHB/glucose meter, you’re getting the most accurate measurement available. The meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are inserted. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

A blood BHB/glucose meter provides the most accurate measurement available. These meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are used. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

Using a blood ketone meter device is simple. You’ll need the device itself, compatible test strip, a lancet device (to pick the finger), lancets (needs to prick the finger) and an alcohol swab for sanitation.

To take a reading, follow these steps:

  • Remove the cap from the lancing device and insert the lancet into the device
  • Rotate the tip of the cap of the lancing device and set it to the desired depth of puncture
  • Arm the lancing device by sliding the control button until you hear a click
  • Insert a strip into the reader
  • Swab the tip of your left index finger with a sterile wipe
  • Place the lancing device firmly on your left index fingertip
  • Press the button on the lancing device to puncture your fingertip
  • Gently squeeze your fingertip to extract a large drop of blood
  • Hold the reader and touch the bottom of the strip to the blood sample
  • Hold the reader in place and allow the strip to absorb the blood sample

Wait a few seconds for the reader to analyze the sample

All things considered, using a blood meter might seem like the obvious choice to measure ketone levels. But the finger prick and cost may lead you to explore other avenues for testing. Here are a couple more options.

Urine Testing

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Widely available in pharmacies
  • Non-invasive

Cons

  • Less accurate than blood
  • Over time the body adapts to excrete fewer ketones in the urine

Urine testing was designed to measure acetoacetate–one of three ketone bodies. But it doesn’t account for BHB, so urine testing may not be the most accurate measure of ketosis.

Since urine is a waste product, what’s displayed on the ketone urine strips is what the body is excreting. By nature, that may not be the best indication of how well the body is utilizing ketones as fuel. As you become more keto-adapted, you’ll excrete fewer ketone bodies through urine. Hydration status can also affect these ketone readings, and leads to inconsistent results–as relative hydration level can dilute the concentration of ketones in urine.

It comes down to this: urine ketone strips are a cheap and easy way to get an understanding of early ketone levels, but for long-term use, they’re not the most accurate option.

Breath Testing

Pros

  • After purchasing the device, it’s free each time you test

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (e.g. Ketonix)
  • Less accurate than blood meter

Breath ketone meters are relatively new to the market for testing ketone levels. They specifically measure the amount of acetone excreted in breath, providing readings that relate well to blood ketone levels at low concentrations.

But the research is limited. There haven’t been enough studies done to confirm the accuracy of breath acetone meters at higher levels, such as the level achieved after drinking HVMN Ketone. Acetone is the simplest and smallest of the three ketone bodies.

Choosing the Right Ketone Meter for You

In general, we recommend testing ketone levels if you’re trying to achieve nutritional ketosis or using exogenous ketones like HVMN Ketone.

Fat burning mode via the ketogenic diet is tough to maintain–so it’s helpful to monitor ketone levels to make sure your efforts are worthwhile. While ketone readings don’t paint the whole picture of ketosis, they’re a large piece of the puzzle. You’ll have more transparency into what’s happening inside the body, developing an understanding of how fast and the level of ketosis you’re able to achieve.

Over time, some people develop intuition around what diet or routines lead to a given ketone level, but it’s helpful to establish a periodic basis for using an accurate ketone measurement device to get reliable objective data.

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A Natural Caregiver: Finding A Fulfilling Future

It can take a lot to feel fulfilled in life, and you might find it a challenge to know what steps to take in order to get to your happy place. However, it’s worth starting with how you spend your time the most, so that you can put your focus towards bettering that time, and improving your life. Most people spend the majority of their week in a working environment. And, if their job or career doesn’t fulfill them, it can lead to long term unhappiness, and even a range of health issues. Therefore, it’s crucial to your mental and physical health, to ensure that you’re as happy as possible in your workplace (most of the time; there will always be challenging days).

If you’re a natural caregiver, or nurturer, there are an array of options for you regarding your career and future choices. If you love providing care to others, just think how satisfying a job would be, if you were paid to do so during your working week. Surely it’s worth thinking about the different areas that you could utilize your natural skills and develop a career that you love? The following are some areas to consider if you want to head into a long term career, where providing care to the public, is top of the priority list.

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Infant Care

I you love nothing more than being surrounded by the youngest people on the planet, and they bring you joy; it’s worth looking into a career where babies and toddlers are those you look after the most. Perhaps you’re already a nurse, but want to specialize in caring for infants; research into neonatal dnp programs and ways to gain the qualifications needed, to make your dream a reality. If a hospital environment isn’t for you; you could consider becoming a nanny so that looking after a little one’s welfare is what you get paid for. There’s always work with social services too; finding foster and adoptive parents for babies and toddlers in need will be a rewarding way to earn your income.

Kids And Teens

Obviously, the nurturing process has only just begun with infants; kids and teenagers need just as much, if not, more, care as they grow-up. Look into how to get into teaching young minds so that you can guide them through their most influential years. There are so many teaching and teaching assistant opportunities out there. It’s about finding your subject, skills, and niche, and figuring out the sort of environment in which you’d be most happy. You can even go overseas to teach, so that could be another element of life you’re fulfilling.

Those Who Are Vulnerable

There are all sorts of vulnerable people; from children through to adults. And, they all need very specific and different kinds of care. Whether you look into counselling, medicine, or various therapies; your skills can provide those in need with healing, recovery, and recuperation. Again, social work, and care in the community, is a great way to meet and help a variety of people. And don’t forget about charities; there are always openings to help with a great cause.

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