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ELIXIR by Royel

Today’s world is anything but normal. While some of the recent unexpected events are unneeded and unwanted, there is one uprising that is long overdue. The passionate calls around the world for social justice and racial equity are important and are creating real change. For Mitchell Royel, CEO of ELIXIR by Royel, that calls for a game-changing cover.

ELIXIR by Royel is a noncommercial, handmade digital magazine that features themed open letters and recycled photos from young tastemakers. While each issue of ELIXIR includes a diverse cast of contributors, Mitchell Royel has become known for featuring “preppy” Caucasian boys on his cover, such as Thomas Kuc from Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers, professional Hawaiian surfer Koa Smith and Devon Werkheiser who starred in Nickelodeon’s Neds Declassified School Survival Guide.

That’s what makes the August 2020 issue of ELIXIR, the High Society Issue, so groundbreaking. For the first time ever, a model of African descent will be featured on the cover of ELIXIR by Royel. Nyakim Gatwech is the perfect model to represent the issue, which will focus on the themes of social justice, combating racism in society, and the pros and cons of privilege.

Nyakim Gatwech’s story is unique and powerful. Her parents lived in Maiwut, South Sudan, before they fled the South Sudanese civil war to Gambela, Ethiopia where Gatwech was born. From there, they migrated to Kenya where they lived in refugee camps until they finally migrated to the U.S. when she was 14 years old.

Since then, Nyakim Gatwech has built a large following of over 900,000 fans on Instagram. They are inspired by her self-love and honest depiction of her self-esteem challenges and triumphs. Sadly, she has received comments from people trying to convince her to bleach her skin to lighten it. But thankfully, Gatwech has learned to embrace her beauty and pigmentation with love and support from her fans. Gatwech has even been nicknamed the “Queen of the Dark,” in reference to her beautiful dark skin.

It is this powerful story that makes Nyakim Gatwech such a great choice for the next issue of ELIXIR by Royel. Mitchell Royel’s decision to feature Gatwech reflects the positive direction in which he is steering ELIXIR. With the state of today’s society, he believes it’s up to each of us to confront the issues of racism, privilege and social justice head-on.

Mitchell Royel is known for being outspoken about issues pertaining to social justice and recently received the “Advancement to Cultural Diversity Award” from thecrushfashion.com. He’s been eager to bring his support of diversity and inclusion to ELIXIR by Royel and hopes readers will respond well to this change. Readers are likely accustomed to seeing handsome, white men on the cover ever since Royel launched ELIXIR in 2014. Royel hopes they will be just as excited to see the beautiful and fearless Nyakim Gatwech on this historic cover and join in the fight for social justice.

For those interested in viewing Nyakim Gatwech’s cover and reading stories on social justice, the High Society Issue of ELIXIR by Royel will be available to browse for free in August 2020 at elixirbyroyel.com.

Photography & Makeup Credits:

Lola O, @lola_o

Kauwuane Burton, @kauwuane

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Acupuncture work

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at a Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points on the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, and antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points in the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair, and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

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