Born in Phnom Penh, Ly Evathina whose real name is Ly Phing, graduated grade 12 in Chinese High School. Back then she was fond of singing both Chinese and Khmer song. Though she has no one in her family who are artists, she exemplified confidence and got top score in dancing and singing in her class.
“I remember when I was 14 years old; there was a concert in Parkway where my mom works. Before the concert started I goofed off and sang on-stage. The event coordinator noticed what I did and instead of reprimanding me, he asked me to sing for their production,” Evathina humored. The first production she sang for is Reaksmey Steung Sangke in 2003. After finishing the contract with Reaksmey Steung Sangke, she made another contract with U2 production then transferred to Blue Diamond. Currently she is now singing for Town production.
“As a Khmer-Chinese singer, I have a fair skin. I worry at times about my beauty so I need to drink water regularly to keep my skin nourished and moisturized. This also helps my clear my throat as well as maintain my kidney’s health. I also love to eat healthy food, vegetable and fruits,” she stated.
For Evathina’s facial care, she make it a point to put tomato on it every day to provide the necessary vitamins E and C so her face will always look tight, bright and smooth. Exercising regularly is also an important routine for Evathina. Besides practicing new songs, she never forgets to do yoga or exercise with her personal machine for at least half an hour to one hour 3 to 4 times a week. On another note, she usually checks her health every year so that she can prevent and/or get treatment for immediate health problems.
“People should always check their health regularly so that when they have health problems, they can cure it on time and spend less money on treatment, too,” “Also, for those who want to follow in our footsteps, I advise them to be creative and try and find new songs. Moreover, they should also be friendly and cooperative with their colleagues as well as being charitable in our society. She would also like to thank the Cambodians who have been supporting her. She promises that she and other artist will always be updated and give something new to their fans.
It has always been important to take care of the body and find the best ways make it stronger and healthier. Those who have been suffering major health problems and experiencing pain from body injuries have resorted to alternative medicine and/or therapy. With patient testimonials absolving them from pain because of different body injuries or problems, more and more people have advocated a long-standing traditional therapy called Osteopathy.
Technically, osteopathy is a medical practice based on the theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity, which then can be restored to harmony or equilibrium by manipulation. In layman’s words, it is a drug-free therapy that detects, treats and prevents health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Practitioners believe that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the efficient unison among the bones, ligaments, muscles, and connective tissue.
Considered to be discovered by a US Civil War surgeon in the Union Army, Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathy’s physical manipulation, stretching and massage helps body heal; relieves muscle tension, enhances the blood supply to tissues; and increases the mobility of joints. Over the years, osteopathy has been used to help treatment spanning following health conditions:
• Back pain
• Glue ear
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Postural problems
• Repetitive Strain Injury
• Sports injuries
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Soft tissue injuries
• Pregnancy discomfort
• Shoulder and arm problems
• Pelvis, hip and leg problems
• Sports and other injuries
Effectiveness on Common Body Persistent Pains
A randomized controlled clinical trial evaluated the effect of standard care aided with Osteopathy on patients with chronic tension-type headaches. Twenty-two patients were randomly assigned into 3 groups: (1) standard care plus OMT, (2) standard care plus palpatory diagnosis (placebo), or (3) standard care plus 10 minutes of relaxation (control). The group of patients treated with OMT showed significant decrease in rated headache (Hanten et, al., 1999, Tension-type headaches).
An effectiveness study that compares osteopathy to another therapy involved 58 randomized emergency department patients with less than 3 weeks of neck pain into 2 groups. One group was treated with standard medical care aided with osteopathy that resulted to significant reduction in pain intensity (Neck Pain, McReynolds and Sheridan, 2005).
Low Back Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies evaluated the literature for osteopathy used for acute low back pain where six randomized controlled studies were reviewed. The therapy significantly reduces low back pain in the acute setting. Likewise, participating patients have seen a reduction in their intake of analgesics, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxant medications (Licciardone et. al., 2005, Low back pain meta-analysis and systematic review).
Behavioral Therapeutic Advantage
Aside from common body pain, osteopathy has been valuable in promoting behavioral wellness.
Well-known osteopaths around the world have improved the psycho-emotional condition of patients exposed to depression. One approach in osteopathy that aids depression is called cranial (referring to the skull) osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy enhances the function of the cranial nerves. It also helps in restoring the motor and sensory nerves essential for proper functioning of the brain. Motor and sensory nerves are important to transfer information from brain to different body parts and vice versa. If brain sends signals properly then this automatically cures depression.
When pressure is applied to the meninges, the result relaxes any stress and depression. At times, the relief is instantly achieved because of the therapy targeting the root of the problem and not the symptom.
Remember that while osteopathy can reduce any feelings of pain and increase your ability to live the lifestyle that you wish, some people might experience tiredness after every session of it. It is encouraged that a day off is a recommended schedule for an osteopathic treatment as it could make people feel extremely tired straight after their treatment.
Why do people eat?
One of human’s basic instincts demonstrates the relationship between the human body and its environment. Stewardship implies that people live as guardians of their own surrounding and in order for them to serve this duty, sustenance is a must. Foods have almost entirely shifted from its real purpose over the years. With newly improved food manufacturing and vast sense of commercialism, we have gradually forgotten that foods real function is to feed our body to fulfill what our body needs. People eat food not only because of hunger. At times, people eat because of habit, mood or sometimes as a reward to themselves.
As such, people have slowly drifted from the food’s main function and mostly limit how much they eat for the sake of ‘body figure’ or ‘peer acceptance’. What matters now is to back, and eventually learn how to give our body what it needs to be healthy while of course enjoying the taste of our food.
Oriental Diet: Food is a Supplement
In the traditional oriental standpoint, food is regarded as medicine or a supplement that serves as nourishment in harmonizing our body, spirit and mind. While all foods have been described to contain energy and properties that help maintain balance in our bodies, leading us to a healthier life, there are some foods that create an imbalance which results to our bodies acquiring or being prone to sickness. Most of the time, we eat for ill-chosen reasons that we ultimately neglect our health.
Both oriental and western foods have something in common; they are based on the science of energy. While Ancient Chinese philosophers based everything on energy naming two opposing energies as Yin and Yang, modern times have labeled energy as Kinetic and Potential energies. Though in comparison, the western qualify foods by describing then according to their chemical composition (calories, fat, protein, vitamin, etc.). The oriental diet however perceives them based on their quality such as flavor, action and temperature. That is why most oriental dietary followers have always appreciated their foods’ quality through the use of their senses (warm, cold, flavorful, active or inactive, etc.).
In western culture, eating healthy meant being mindful to the food’s content, which includes caloric intake, nutritional properties or fat content. But from looking at the food’s energy, all foods are deemed healthy yet a person’s body and the properties of food to be eaten must be taken into account first in order to create a balanced, healthy life. It is believed that each person’s body is unique and that s/he must create a diet that is fitting to her/him.
Oriental Dietary Habits
Considering what you consume and when you eat it is among one of the foundations of oriental diet.
Most of us are fond of cold drink/s (soft drinks, beer or a glass of water) while having a meal. However, it is said that better food digestion is achieved when we limit our fluid intake while having a meal. For better stomach digestion, it is also advisable to take small sips of water while eating, and try to drink mostly between rather than during meals. Hot teas before a meal support enzymatic activity and helps enhance our digestive abilities (Cathy Margolin, L.Ac. Dipl. OM, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Huffington Post).
While globally fish has been a basic food, not every nation has practiced placing fish as an essential part of their diet. Fish, most especially fatty ones, have higher omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are crucial for your body and brain to function optimally, and are strongly linked to reduced risk of many diseases (C. H. S. Ruxton, et. al., 2004, The health benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: a review of the evidence). Oriental diet has always placed an importance of fish in their dietary wellness and culture.
C. Food Temperature vis-à-vis Weather
It has been a common practice in Asia, mostly in the eastern region, that certain types of foods should be eaten based on the weather condition. Consuming a bowl of hot soup in a stormy weather is a must for our bodies. Meanwhile, a melon drink or an energy shake made of mixed fruits with cucumber is perfect during the summer. The energetic temperature within the food simply acts as tool in healing and/or nourishing our bodies during specific seasons.
When it’s the cold season, our bodies tend to be more inactive and focus more on our goal of staying warm. Root vegetables help insulate our bodies from the cold. This is also similar to some fruits that when eaten during the hot season, allows easy digestion and provides a cooling effect to our bodies. Healthy eating and good digestion create healthy bowel movements and a healthy gut is a clean gut. Although often not talked about in the S.A.D. Standard American Diet, a minimum of one bowel movement a day is an absolute necessity. So much of our immune system is dependent on our gut health and this is one reason proper digestion is key to optimizing our health and wellness. This is our body’s natural detox method and the last on this list of Asian diet tips.
D. Eat with your senses
Having a personal connection with the food we eat, believe it or not, is important. Enjoying our meal using our senses creates an effervescent feeling that initially makes us happy and eventually nourishes us. Look at your food and enjoy how it’s presented, smell it and try to identify the ingredients used, eat it at a slow pace. It is said that being mindful of what we eat makes us absorb more the nutrients from the food.
In Chinese medicine, movement equates to health while inactivity equates to diseases.
Compared to the older generations, we are spending increasing amounts of time in environments that not only limit physical activity but require prolonged sitting—at work, at home, and in our cars and communities (Hill JO, Wyatt HR, et. al., 2003, Obesity and the environment: where do we go from here?). Imbalance in wellness have shown that less active people all have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, having more feeling of anxiety and depression; as well as having heavier body weight. The importance of exercise is seriously recommended and should coincide with oriental diet.