Bring on the Heat!

Fee/Rate Increase

Due to both PPO and HMO low reimbursement rate to Acupuncturists and Insurance company's refusal to pay for most modalities that Mend considers standard care, starting June 26th Mend will charge a $60 Modality Fee per visit. If you have a CoPay, your CoPay will go towards fulfilling the Modality Fee. Some insurances are exempt from this Modality Fee so be sure to let us know if your insurance plan has changed. 

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Welcome to Mend!

We are so happy to welcome Brian Ramisch to Mend! Brian is a Certified Massage Therapist, Health Educator, and Reiki Master Healer. His technique, Shiatsu Alchemy, combines elements of Shiatsu/Acupressure,  CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki, PNF Stretching, and Joint Mobilization. He understands that every client's specific needs are different, therefore each of his sessions are customized to best address these unique qualities.

Visit his website at: https://www.shiatsu- alchemy.com

Bring on the Heat!, Mend Family Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

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Foods To Help You Stay Cool!

Summer is synonymous with cold beers, days by the pool, and frozen desserts. It’s all about beating the heat.

Surprisingly enough, though, foods that seem like chill choices may actually have the opposite effect. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are “warming foods” and “cooling foods”—and the definitions have nothing to do with their temperature.

“It is said that cooling foods help to clear heat and toxins from the body, whereas the warming foods increase circulation and raise ‘qi,’ or vital energy,” explains Kerry Bajaj, a certified health coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. Reach for the following eight foods this summer for some sweet, healthy relief.

1. Cucumber – Being “cool as a cucumber” might actually have some weight to it. Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, and staying adequately hydrated during the hotter months is crucial. Snack on cucumber slices and hummus, or if you’re truly desperate for some heat relief, “a green juice with lots of cucumber and lemon is a great way to stay hydrated and cool,” says Bajaj. Either way, you’ll reap the benefits.

2. Watermelon – No day at the beach is complete without some fresh slices of watermelon, and you’re actually doing your body a favor by keeping the tradition alive. “It’s so helpful to eat seasonally, says Bajaj. “In the summer, cooling foods like watermelon can act like internal A/C, while in the winter, warming foods like meat, spices, and root vegetables can act like an internal space heater.”

3. Peaches – Originally cultivated in China, peaches are another cool, seasonal pick. Not only are they delicious this time of year, but they also contain vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin—and at 35-50 calories a pop, they make the perfect diet-friendly dessert.

4. Apples – Pair apples with peanut butter for the perfect snack that will cool you down and fill you up. Apples contain about 4g fiber for around 95 calories. They also contain a type of soluble fiber called pectin, which has been found to stop hunger in its tracks and aid in weight loss.

5. Pineapple – Along with banana, spinach, kale and cucumber, pineapple makes for a kick-ass green smoothie booster. In fact, all of these ingredients are considered to be cooling, so blend away. Pineapple is also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which is credited for reducing inflammation in the body.

6. Leafy Greens – Is there anything that leafy greens can’t do for your body? Spinach, kale, collard greens, and romaine take the nutritional cake (so to speak) for healing and helping your body. Since greens have a high water content, they’re easy to digest. This means your body doesn’t have to work as hard, which saves you energy and keeps you cool.

7. Lemon – Citrus has a cooling effect on the body and promotes detoxification. Everyone knows how important it is to drink a ton of water every day, but plain ol’ H2O can be boring. Time and time again experts recommend adding lemon to your water not only for its skin and immune-boosting benefits, but because it actually encourages you to drink more water overall.

8. Zucchini – Zucchini is actually a type of summer squash that can range in color from yellow to a dark green. In addition to containing vitamin C and important phytonutrients, zucchini is a great source of manganese. The mineral can help protect your body from free radicals (particularly of concern during the summer months when you’re more susepatble to sun damage) and also promotes collagen production and healthy bone tissue growth.
 

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Beauty Tips to Stay Looking Cool!

During the winter all you yearn for is the warm summer days. But then the August heat hits and your makeup slides, your hair goes north, and your skin becomes a sticky oil slick. So here are a few tips to stay cool this Summer. 

Your internal body temperature rises when outdoor temperatures go up. To maintain a normal, comfortable temperature, your body needs to release heat through its pores. So, a little sweat is good. Excessive sweating, however, can cause dehydration, which snowballs into irritability and sluggishness. (In extreme circumstances, it can even make a person delusional.) That’s why it’s important to keep your body temperature down BEFORE you go outside. 

Tip: Place moisturizer or body oil in the refrigerator so after you’re dry, you can smooth on the refreshingly cool products.

Tip: Take a cool shower, rinse with cold water, and then blow dry your hair with the cold setting of the dryer – or, just let your hair air-dry! If you simply must blow dry on the hot setting, do it after dark. Washing and drying your hair at night when it is cooler outside will be much more comfortable.

Tip: To keep your skin dry and free of oil is to put as little on it as possible. Refresh your skin with a toner (or glycolic pads) or spray it with some rosewater while you're out and about during the day. If you live in a drier climate (or have dry skin), moisturizer may be needed even during the Summer. Avoid emollients, such as lanolin, which obstruct the pores. Heavy moisturizers act like a sweater on your face, so look for a noncomedogenic moisturizer (one that won’t clog pores) that contains a humectant, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe or glycerin, which will attract moisture from the air to the skin. And use it only where necessary. You can add a light powder to control shine or use blotting papers.

Tip: Don't forget your feet! Wear strappy or open-toe sandals that allow your feet to breathe. Also run deodorant along the bottoms of your feet to prevent stickiness and blisters.

Tip: Protect your skin with sunscreen! Definitely go for the zinc oxide block kind of sunscreens that have minimal chemicals. 

Tip: Eat more often—but eat less. Spicy foods, protein-laden meals, and creamy ingredients can raise your body temperature and send you into a metabolic overdrive. So it’s best to steer clear of heavy meals and go for fruits and vegetables, which are saturated with water and help keep your body hydrated and comfortable. Avoid salt, alcohol, and caffeine. All of these dehydrate the body. Caffeine also constricts blood vessels, which hinders the body’s ability to cool itself.


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