Dr. Tasneem BhatiaDr. Tasneem Bhatita from Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine answers a reader’s question about glycemic index.

Q: What is glycemic index, and does it really affect my overall health? 

The glycemic index (GI) measures the impact of carbohydrate-containing food on blood sugar levels and has been used to pair foods together that will keep insulin stable. Insulin regularity is the key to reducing inflammation, which is in turn the root of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, along with many other autoimmune diseases. Lower your inflammation by eating goods that have a low glycemic index and keep your blood sugar stable!

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View More: http://brianamoore.pass.us/davios-cucina-foodThis easy spinach salad with mushrooms, red peppers and goat cheese makes a delicious starter for any meal. This recipe also includes instructions for a homemade salad dressing so you can avoid the hidden sugars and added ingredients in a bottled dressing. For a stand-alone meal, try adding shrimp or chicken, or for a vegan version, skip the goat cheese. And if you’re just too busy to cook tonight, head to Davio’s Atlanta in Phipps Plaza and order this delicious dish off their menu.

Ingredients

8 ounces baby spinach

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of garlic, chopped

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 large portobello mushroom, sliced

2 ounces roasted red peppers, sliced

3 ounces goat cheese

Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a saucepan, over low heat, add the olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar until warm. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

Add the mushrooms and the sliced peppers to the spinach and toss. Divide the spinach mixture between the four plates or bowls, and evenly divide the goat cheese and dressing over each. Serve immediately.

- Courtesy of Davio’s Atlanta, davios.com/atl

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BSA - Breast Cancer RibbonBreast cancer awareness steals the show in October, but another key fundraising event happens next month: Susan G. Komen’s annual Race for the Cure. On the morning of May 9, come ready to run, walk or simply be inspired by the post-race festivities and survivor ceremony. This is Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s 25th annual run, and 75 percent of proceeds raised will stay in Atlanta to educate and screen local women.

Details: Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, komenatlanta.org

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BSA - Margarett EllisonDr. Margarett C. Ellison from North Fulton Women’s Oncology answers a reader’s question about ovarian cancer.

Q: I got my annual Pap test, and all was normal. Do I still need to worry about ovarian cancer? 

Pap tests only screen for cervical cancer. There are currently no screening tests for ovarian cancer, and unfortunately only about 20 percent of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. The best way to find ovarian cancer is to see your gynecologist annually for a pelvic exam and to see your provider if you experience the following symptoms for two weeks or more: abdominal swelling or bloating, pelvic pressure, abdominal pain, feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or urinary frequency.

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BSA - Spring into Festival SeasonAs sure as spring comes every year, it also heralds the arrival of Atlanta’s festival season. Scope out the details of this month’s free events below, and get into the swing of spring!

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival | April 10-12

The organizers keep this almost 80-year-old event fresh with new features such as the Atlanta Dogwood 5K on Saturday morning, the Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP event, and this year’s new Disc Dogs event, where competing dogs catch some air as they catch flying discs. There’s even a Novice Toss & Fetch category in case you and your dog want to try the world of canine competition.

Details: Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, dogwood.org 

Spring Festival on Ponce | April 11-12 BSA - Disc Dogs

For the fourth year, this festival fills Olmsted Linear Park with 125 artists bringing art in all forms. Artists will show a huge variety of jewelry made from pearls, vintage fabric and elegant seashell fragments. Keep perusing to find handmade leather bags, uniquely carved clocks and more, all while enjoying good and live music.

Details: 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, festivalonponce.com

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza | April 18-19

This third annual event has a similar variety of arts and crafts available, offering everything from ceramic platters and carved wooden bowls to mosaic windows and copper jewelry. In between browsing, enjoy live music and food trucks from Genki Noodles & Sushi, On Tapa The World, King of Pops and more.

Details: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs, GA, sandyspringsartsapalooza.com

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Kulkin, MD, Jay_cred Jamie AnnarinoDr. Jay Kulkin from WIFH answers a reader’s question about underarm sweating and odor.

Q: Even though I use antiperspirant, I sweat a lot under my arms. Is there anything safe I can do to help? 

Yes, a non-invasive FDA-approved procedure called miraDry can use microwave technology to eliminate underarm sweating and odor. This procedure permanently destroys underarm sweat glands, and the glands do not regenerate. You will not have additional sweating in other areas, and any soreness or swelling typically clears within a week.

 

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BSA - April Best Bulletin Mizuno RunningAs you plan to lace up for your spring and summer runs, it might be time for a new pair of running shoes. Consider buying a pair from Atlanta based Mizuno Running that will help you and your community. This month, for every pair of Mizuno running shoes sold, $10 will be donated to Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that uses running to support and encourage homeless people working toward independence.

Details: Find a full list of retail partner stores online at mizunorunning.com

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BSA - April Give-back INTIMACY Free the GirlsThe right bra can make any woman feel confident and comfortable. But did you know they can also lead to a job? Local lingerie shop INTIMACY is collecting gently used bras for an organization called Free the Girls, which helps survivors of sex trafficking across the globe go into business for themselves. The women in the program sell the bras, providing them with income, a safe work environment with female clients and a flexible schedule that encourages their ongoing education. Last year, INTIMACY’s stores collected an impressive 10,000 bras in the month of October alone, so they have now expanded the bra drive to a year-round initiative. Bring your donations to INTIMACY in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA.

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The best fitness advice around town 

BSA -  Tammy StokesQ? There are so many choices when it comes to working out. What are the best exercises for my time and money? 

A: This simple truth will always guide you toward the best exercises: the more movement an exercise requires, the more results it will deliver. The more muscles you use performing it, the more authentically it will shape and train your body. Amazing results comes from full body exercises, and they create muscular balance too. Love the way you look and feel about your body with these time-tested exercises: squats, deadlifts, lunges, pushups, planks, burpees and mountain climbers.

Tammy Stokes, West Coast Workout and Tammy Stokes Lifestyle

BSA - Tension Fit TrainerQ: What product can help me get a good workout away from the gym? 

A: Try the Tension Fit Tranier (TFT). It is a new portable fintess device that provides a full body strength and cardio workout. TFT challenges the muscles at its weakest (eccentric) and strongest (concentric) points, resulting in progressive strength and enduracne training. You only need 20 minutes to get an effective workout with TFT and gain lean muscle.

Lisa Tanker Potts, Boutique Body Fitness

Delaine RossQ: Which is more important, strength training or cardio?

A: Ideally, you should pick a training that combines the two, but if you’re a cardio junkie, please don’t neglect your strength training. Building lean muscle increases your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories just from living your life. Getting stronger will also make your cardio training easier. A stronger runner will be faster than one who only runs and doesn’t strength train. And ladies, don’t worry. Full body strength training will not make you bulky!

Delaine Ross, Condition Kettlebell Gym

BSA - Joey DillonQ: What are some simple things people can do in their everyday routine to see faster health and fitness results? 

A: Diet is key. That includes cutting out a lot of junk food or anything high in sugar. For physical activity, use a fitness tracker like Fitbit or Nike+ FuelBand. These track your sleeping patterns, steps and distances you’ve walked, calories burned and more, and they help you see your fitness goals becoming a reality.

Joey Dillon, Status Athletic Club

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BSA - April Best AdviceDarrah Brustein from Network Over 40 is here to share her best advice to reduce social stress.

What are the most common social stressors people experience? 

Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone. Another stressor is when people’s lives take divergent paths. As some old friends have kids or move away, there is stress around how to manage those relationships and/or make new ones.

How can people reduce social stress? 

While it may sound oversimplified, the first thing you need to do to reduce social stress is to accept yourself. Be happy with who you are, and be happy alone. Once you can do that, you don’t feel nervous to be yourself.

How can people put their social stress into perspective? 

Remind yourself that other people want to make new friends too. And if you don’t click with someone, that’s OK.

How do you deal with social stress? 

I love to meet new people and learn their stories, so I look at interactions as an opportunity to do that.

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