Pee Tests Aren't Just for Drug Tests
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Pee Tests Aren't Just for Drug Tests

There's a method to the urine

Let's talk about something gross and slightly annoying: pee tests. When you think about them, you instantly think of drug tests. Now for those of us who have had to provide a lovely pee sample at some point because we have had a nasty UTI (urinary tract infection), or a pregnancy, or other bodily issues, we know they are inconvenient, but they are meant to help.

Urine samples are meant to detect the following:

1. UTI

2. Your health while pregnant

3. Liver or kidney problems

4. Hydration levels

5. Drug levels

And these are just a few reasons to pee in a cup.

Everyone has probably heard that if your urine is a deep yellow, then you need to drink more water.

If you have a UTI, you will probably feel the burn when you pee, and feel like you have to pee more often. Yay. (If this happens, try popping some Cystex until you can get in to see your doctor, since it can help with that pesky burning feeling.)

If you have dark, smelly urine, you might want to get that checked out because that could be a completely different problem entirely.

If you're preggers, you might have to go to the doc to get a urinalysis done. This will keep your body for levels of sugar, protein, and other stuff, which also super important because you're essentially feeding two people.

Your doctor may also suggest a urine test if you drink an excessive amount that might lead to liver problems and the drug tests part doesn't surprise you.

To wrap up, there are several reasons why people recommend urine tests, so don't freak out if your doctor asks for urine test. More than likely, he doesn't think you're on crack... but but the doc's definitely about to find out if you are.


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The Drug Test Push

Alternatives while you're waiting to pass your piss test.

If you're a college student around this time, you're miserable. Why, you ask? Because it's that time of year again: internship drug tests!

Some of you are the lucky ones, and have been blazing non-stop because your company is either the coolest, or you're at one of the top of the top and you'll be bringing in so much money that it doesn't matter how much you're rolling up per week.

If you're a fiend for the buzz like me, you're wondering what you can do to get the high without resorting to the harder drugs that stay in your system, but for a shorter time. Here are your options that are hot right now:

Whippets
A timeless classic. They don't stay in your system, and the buzz fades after no more than around 45 seconds -- but emphasis on "buzz", because your body will literally vibrate nonstop in that timespan.

Even better, you can probably buy them at your local smoke shop, or even at Walmart! They're called whipped cream chargers, because you're supposed to make home made whipped cream with them (they're nitrous oxide, but who uses them for that).

Throw on a great song, suck the nitrous oxide out of the balloon, and laugh aimlessly at nothing as you melt into the couch.

Juul
The Juul is the fastest rising "toy" in college at the moment. They're popping up everywhere, and kids can't seem to get enough. They're an electronic cigarette of sorts, but not in a way that is designed to keep you coming back.

Sure, they're tiny, and fun to keep yourself up with the cigarette-like buzz, but their harsh hit has actually driven me away from the occasional drunk cigarette, regardless of the higher nicotine levels in the Juul.

Yes, the nicotine is a downside, but it's only temporary until post-drug test, right? If that's not enough, they have a wide variety of flavors: cool mint, fruit medley, creme brulee, and my personal favorite, mango.

For your short break, these are your options, and should hopefully deter you from a drunken accident where you slip and hit the bong!

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Texas Coach Tom Herman Wants To See Your Pee

What's your color mean to the team?

Is your pee clear enough? New University of Texas Head Football coach, Tom Herman, wants to know.

Chances are you are not drinking enough water and you need to pump that water consumption up. A healthy person drinks up to 30-50 ounces of fluid per day. Staying hydrated is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body. That includes your heart, brain and muscles.

So it makes sense that Coach Herman is constantly checking the color of his player's piss. Not only does he do that, but the team has put together a chart showing where your urine should match up. Check it out. Do you piss like a champion?

If you're peeing brown, not only are you a terrible human being, but you should also possibly consult a doctor. Not even during my worst hangover was my urine that color.

Coach Herman will even call you out if you aren't hydrated enough. Pee shaming is real.


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This is best advice you'll see all day. Good on you, Tom Herman. In your first season as head coach, with your team coming off of back to back 5-7 seasons, this is necessary.

I'm no expert but I can almost guarantee that those 5-7 season were because these kids weren't hydrated enough during games. Can't win in Norman if you aren't at least hitting number three on the chart.

You want your new head coach to make an instant impact, and man is this a game changer. I wouldn't be surprised if we see hydration charts popping up in locker rooms all over the country. Colleges are gonna start hiring hydration coaches.

Just remember, Clear piss = winner. Stay hydrated, folks.

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Tips for Surviving Midterms

Midterms week is not the week to go out.

It's time for the worst part of fall: midterms. Midterms are the universally dreaded week among college students. Too many cups of coffee, not enough sleep, and excessive stress for seven days. Luckily, fall break and the holidays are imminent. Here are some tips to survive midterms week.

Study.
This is a no brainer. You should be studying for midterms for a majority of your day. Make flashcards, go over notes with friends, and listen to your Study Grind playlist on Spotify while you study.

Sleep.
Even though studying is the most important, sleep is a close tie. Staying up all night and popping Adderall probably isn't the smartest idea. Try as hard as you can to get in your minimum eight hours.

Try not to procrastinate.
Scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat is probably the number one source of procrastination. An easy solution? Turn off your phone when you study. Therefore, the temptation isn't there.

Take breaks.
It's important to take breaks while studying. Watch an episode or two on Netflix. Go for a run. Hang out with your friends. Eat a snack. Do something not related to academics to help you recharge.

Eat well.
Try to eat healthy during midterms week. Save the Chipotle and Five Guys for a celebratory dinner when midterms are over. This week go for a healthy salad, fruit, and veggies instead.

Exercise.
Exercise is another great resource for relaxing and feeling more productive. Hit the gym in between study sessions; it will help take your mind off your exams.

Do not go out.
Midterms week is not the week to go out. You'll find that almost everyone is putting their evening hours in at the library. You should do the same.

Your number one goal for midterms should be to pass. If you've been keeping up with your work in your classes, you should be fine. Do take the time to review and prepare as much as you can. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Five Things Every College Girl Should Have on Hand from the Drugstore

Time to be an adult.

I can spend hours in the drugstore just fawning over the assortment of products available and that I just have to have.

The problem is, when you're living on a college budget, you have to pick and choose what you actually need. To help you narrow it down, I've come up with five things every college girl should have on hand from the drugstore.

This list doesn't cover any makeup essentials, because I'm sure many of you have figured out by now what works for you, or know that the need for certain products can change with the season. *ugh*

This list consists of general items we ladies all should stock up on, because a girl can never have too many. Not only will you make your life easier, but you're bound to be a hit with friends having these products handy.

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1. Makeup removing wipes
Truly at the top of the "lifesaver" category, makeup wipes are perfect for a number of reasons. They allow us lazy girls to feel zero shame in choosing to not wash our face after a long night out, and they also expedite the rush from working out to class.

It's incredibly important to have a clean face before going to bed, because bacteria from makeup and the day = acne and potential for infections. The ease of this simple, yet genius, product makes it a no-brainer.

2. Cystex
All I can say is Usher got it seriously wrong when he said, "Let it buuurn". Dealing with a UTI is a living nightmare, and there is absolutely no reason you should have to suffer through the pain when Cystex is available.

It's the number one over-the-counter product available on the market that both reduces that searing pain and has an antibacterial to help you deal with the infection until you can get in to see your doc. I could've saved myself so many brutal nights had I only had this handy.

3. Painkillers
Painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen are a godsend in relieving your hangover headaches, period cramps, muscle aches, sinus infections, and more. Why put yourself through even more misery while writing that 10-page research paper than is necessary?

Plus, if you carry some with you everywhere like I do, you're guaranteed to become popular amongst friends and strangers alike.

4. Tampons
I don't care how regular your period is (screw you if it is), you're bound to have at least one surprise arrival, and you don't want to be unprepared when it happens. The toilet paper method works and all, but it's just not the optimal experience you know?

Even if you don't need the tampon, you're bound to have a friend or meet a stranger in a bathroom that needs one at some point (me), (always me), (me more times than I can count). Call it your good deed of the day.

5. Good tweezers
I can't stress enough the importance of having a good pair of tweezers. Not only do they help maintain brows (a v important part of the face), but they're also useful in daily situations.

Taking out splinters, removing crumbs in your keyboard, taking out earring backs, assisting with ingrowns (gross, I know), tightening screws on sunglasses, the list goes on. It's worth investing in a decent pair.

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Coming Down Off Love

Love is the most powerful drug out there.

When people are coming down off of drugs, they get irritable, cranky, and sometimes even flat-out angry. When you're up that high, coming down can be sudden and scary. But the most powerful drug there is, and ever will be, is love.

Love itself makes us feel things we've never felt before and makes us look at life in different ways. Just as we can get high off of being in love, we can also feel the pain when we start to fall out of love.

I wouldn't wish it upon anyone to fall out of love, but it's inevitable. As someone who has experienced this before, I can't explain a reason as to why it happens, it just... does. One day I'm counting down the seconds until I get to see him, and the next I'm cringing when his name appears on my phone.

When I fell out of love, nothing in particular caused it, but my symptoms resembled those of a cranky, old woman.

When you start to fall out of love, you'll know it. You become irritated at completely rational things. You'll be irritated when he calls you even if you are not busy at all. You'll be irritated when he takes long showers, even though he always has. You'll be irritated.

When you're falling out of love you'll find yourself getting angry and picking fights over absolutely nothing. You'll pick a fight over where you want to eat. You'll pick a fight over taking the dog outside. You'll pick a fight when they aren't exactly reading your mind.

When you're coming down off love, it's better to cut it off cold turkey than to let it painfully drag on. You're both wasting your time and nothing productive will come out of it. During times like these, it won't make sense as to how they made you so high in the first place.

The only way I could make sense of it to myself was to remember that everyone serves a purpose in one's life. Everyone you meet will teach you different things and bring you closer to where you're supposed to be. After all, love is the most powerful drug... and we're all addicted.