Breathing-based yoga may help treat major depression

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Antidepressant medication is considered a primary treatment for major depression, but the drugs fail to fully work for more than half of Americans who use them. Now, researchers suggest a way to boost their effectiveness: breathing-based yoga.

In a pilot study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers reveal how 8 weeks of Sudarshan Kriya yoga improved symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who were not responding to antidepressants.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression is the most common mental illness in the United States. In 2014, around 15.7 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past 12 months.

Symptoms of depression may include persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt or worthlessness, fatigue, loss of interest in activities, reduced appetite, weight loss, and insomnia.

An individual is usually diagnosed with MDD if they experience at least five of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks, and such depressive episodes may commonly occur after a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one or a medical illness.

Antidepressants – such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – are often the first port of call when it comes to treatment for MDD, but patients do not always respond to the drugs. While additional medication may be offered, this can lead to unpleasant side effects that cause patients to stop treatment completely, making relapses more likely.

Now, Dr. Anup Sharma, a neuropsychiatry research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and team suggest Sudarshan Kriya yoga may be an effective, low-cost, non-drug approach to help patients who do not respond to antidepressants.

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Humus Recipe

Ingredients:
1 can compliant white beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoon sesame tahini, compliant mayo, or nut butter
1/4 teaspoon chili powder, if allowed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
sea salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste
a little olive oil

How to make it:
Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth, adding olive oil as necessary.
Serve with flatbread, rice crackers, as a sandwich spread in place of mayo, or on celery sticks.

Best Used By Blood Types:
Type A (6 beneficials)
Type A Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
Type AB (6 beneficials)
Type AB Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
Type B (3 beneficials)
Type B Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
Type O (1 beneficials)
Type O Non Secretor (2 beneficials)

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This recipe is low in common allergens.
This recipe is gluten free.
This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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Flax Crackers Recipe

These flax crackers are crispy and fun to eat, and a great way to get the benefits of flax. They go great with canned fish, cheese, guacamole, or just by themselves as a quick snack.

Ingredients:
1 cup ground flax
1 Tablespoon whole flax seeds (optional)
1 cup brown rice flour (substitute other flours as needed)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon ghee
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons water

How to make it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients, mix well with fork.
Cut in the oil and ghee with fork and mix well until resembling coarse cornmeal.
Add water and form into ball of dough. Divide in half.
Distribute brown rice flour over clean flat surface.
Roll out dough with floured rolling pin to desired thickness.
Using pizza cutter, cut into small squares.
Using spatula, place onto cookie sheet.
Bake 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees until done.
Remove to plate to cool.
Store in airtight container.
Makes 8 servings. Each serving is approximately 1 oz. at 145 calories per serving.

Best Used By Blood Types:
Type A (3 beneficials)
Type A Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
Type AB (2 beneficials)
Type AB Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
Type B (2 beneficials)
Type B Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
Type O (2 beneficials)
Type O Non Secretor (1 beneficials)

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This recipe is low in common allergens.
This recipe is gluten free.
This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

Please Note:
When using any recipe, always check it for avoids and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database has been recently greatly enhanced. Also, the food lists changed somewhat a couple of years ago, and all recipes in the database may not reflect those changes in terms of the blood types for which the recipes are recommended. Volunteer Blood Type Diet Forums Members are working to review and update all the recipes to take advantage of the all the new features and food lists. Please be patient with us until the process has been completed.

Almond Spice Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup rice flour
1-1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

How to make it:
Preheat oven to 300F
Prepare cookie sheets by greasing them or covering with parchment paper
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets
Bake for 10 minutes
Let cool
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag

Best Used By Blood Types:
Type A (2 beneficials)
Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
Type AB (1 beneficials)
Type AB Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
Type B (2 beneficials)
Type B Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
Type O (1 beneficials)
Type O Non Secretor (1 beneficials)BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:
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This recipe is low in common allergens.
This recipe is gluten free.
This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

Please Note:
When using any recipe, always check it for avoids and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database has been recently greatly enhanced. Also, the food lists changed somewhat a couple of years ago, and all recipes in the database may not reflect those changes in terms of the blood types for which the recipes are recommended. Volunteer Blood Type Diet Forums Members are working to review and update all the recipes to take advantage of the all the new features and food lists. Please be patient with us until the process has been completed.