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Dandelion Seeds Foundation is a registered Charity (Charity No. 1184674) whose primary purpose is the relief of those affected by emotional and physical distress by the provision of grants, services and public education.

Lifestyle Medicine Programme

Taunton Deane Lifestyle Medicine Course

In partnership with Compass Lifestyle Medicine. Dandelion Seeds delivered its first Continuous Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) in Taunton Deane.

Partnering with our local community

In partnership with FareShare SW. Dandelion Seeds Foundation are delighted to be expanding our food distribution work in partnership with local schools in the Taunton area.

Oxford Lifestyle Medicine Pilot

In partnership with Compass Lifestyle Medicine CHIP UK Dandelion Seeds Foundation delivered its first UK (charity-funded) Continuous Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) in Oxford

Initiatives

We aim to provide access to information, advice and support to organisations and individuals about complementary and alternative therapies and care services that are known to have beneficial effects on health and wellbeing.

The Power of Positivity

Education

By running workshops, seminars and events the Charity will inform the public about health and wellness options that can be made available to help those affected.

Dandelion Seeds Foundation launches the first CHIP

Services

The Charity has a strong focus on working collaboratively with other third sector organisations and seeks to enhance and complement existing health and wellbeing services.

Grants

The Charity will offer grants to individuals in order to help them access treatments or services they could not otherwise obtain due to financial or other constraints.

Our Current Initiative

Starting autumn 2024, Dandelion Seeds is delivering its next lifestyle medicine programme for residents of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

If you are interested, please let us know by filling out the below form and we’ll be in touch nearer the time before the course starts.

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  • Do you have a happy place?
 
You know, the place you love to spend time in because it’s beautiful ☀️, or has a magical quality to it, or has special memories attached to it, or because it’s your retreat for peace 💛 and tranquility.

Your happy place can be somewhere you visit frequently or not so often. It can be a place you visit in person, keep in your mind’s eye, or even frequent your dreams.
 
My happy place is being in the woods 🌳. I love the variety of light and enclosure around me, the clear air, and the feeling of total peace.
 
A happy place matters because of the many physical and psychological benefits it provides and 
 
✅ Is associated with a feeling of safety or security.

✅ Reduces stress. In my happy place, I can listen to birdsong, sit in silence, or listen to the sound of the wind in the trees.

✅ Keeps you in the present. Looking, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching are all powerful ways to take you keep you focused on the here and now

✅ Helps you to keep things in perspective and facilitates contemplation and self-reflection.

✅ Provides an escape route (my bolthole) to divert our thinking away from stressful thoughts, events, or people.

✅ Helps to disseminate symptoms of anxiety or depression.

✅ Helps you to manage negative emotions such as anger or aggression.

✅ Provides happy memories that result in an increase in serotonin and dopamine, our feel-good chemical.
 
The physical attachment to your happy place means just visualising it can assist you.
 
And…
 
It makes you happy

#happy #joy #stressrelief #stressmanagement #stressmanagement #stressfree #dandelion #dandelionseedsfoundation #wellbeing #wellbeingjourney #wellness #taunton #somerset #charity
  • Did you know your thoughts and emotions can affect your health. 

Repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy, negatively affect the body, and can lead to health problems.

"The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another." - Dr. James Gordon (founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine)

Negative attitudes and feelings can create chronic stress, upset our bodies hormones and deplete brain chemicals required for our happiness, which can in turn lead to damage in our immune system. (Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the “end caps” of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.)

The good news is that positive attitudes—such as playfulness, gratitude, awe, love, interest, serenity, and feeling connected to others can have a direct impact on health and wellbeing and we can develop them ourselves with practice.

In the below article scientist Dr Barbara Friedrickson explains the physical and emotional benefits of positivity, including faster recovery from cardiovascular stress, better sleep, fewer colds, and a greater sense of overall happiness.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/living-positivity...

#wellbeing #wellness #wellnessjourney #postivepsychology #taunton #somerset #charity #dandelionseedsfoundation #dandelion
  • Did you know you can also follow us on Twitter @dandelionseeds4.

#twitter #dandelionseeds #foundation #dandelion
  • A new study has revealed that when a couple argues for just half an hour, the stress they experience is sufficient to negatively impact their immune system, causing wounds to take longer to heal by at least a day. This delay doubles if such hostility is a common occurrence.

The study, carried out by Columbus University, Ohio, found that this type of negative communication hits both partners emotionally, but women are more likely to suffer these adverse effects. Additionally, as one or both partners begin to withdraw from difficult conversations the ensuing emotional upset could lead to lowered immunity and chronic inflammation. 

With these results in mind, our solution-focused lifestyle medicine course demonstrates the science of forgiveness (including open communication) and how this enhances our wellbeing and lowers our stress levels.

https://news.osu.edu/negative-marital-communications-leave-literal-figurative-wounds/
https://news.osu.edu/stress-substantially-slows-human-bodys-ability-to-heal/
  • The 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine:

1. Nutritious and delicious food
2. Routine physical activity
3. Sound sleep
4. High quality connections
5. Stress resiliency
6. Avoidance of risky substances

#tuesdaymotivations #lifestylemedicine #Health #healthcare #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #wellbeing #wellnesswednesday
  • Science has found some surprising benefits to practicing forgiveness. Here are 8 of them:

🌟 It lowers your blood pressure
🌟 Improves your cholesterol
🌟 Reduces pain 
🌟 Reduces Anxiety 
🌟 Reduces depression
🌟 Lowers risk of a heart attack
🌟 Improves your sleep
🌟 Reduces stress

Not convinced? Read more about it here 

https://bit.ly/31Y5C3L

#dandelionseedsfoundation #forgiveness #wellbeing #love #lifestylemedicine #dandelionseeds #forgiveness #compassion #wellbeing #kindness #health #wellness #charity #lifestyle
  • Are you looking to become healthier, overcome health problems and feel energetic?

A plant-based diet is the only one shown to reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancers.
 
Join the FREE 21 Day Plant-Based Health Challenge to receive recipes, nutrition advice and motivational tips from nutrition experts.

YOU CAN:
 
⭐️ learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet
⭐️ find answers to the common questions regarding a plant-based diet
⭐️ discover delicious, fast and easy recipes with a 21-day menu suggestion
⭐️ receive motivational tips and techniques
⭐️ find out how to continue your plant-based eating on your own

Over 21 days you will receive daily emails from Plant-based health professionals UK @plantbasedhealthprofessionals that help you create healthier habits while busting nutritional myths and answering some of your burning questions about a plant-based diet

Sign up if you are interested to give it a go :

PBHP.UK/21-day-challenge
  • Numerous studies have clearly shown that a healthy whole foods plant-based diet enhances your immune function. There are thousands of substances in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and soy products that are protective against infections. If you would like to know more, click the link below:

https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/incredible-vegan-immune-system
  • To celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re looking at stress and resilience. 

How we manage stress can lead to improved health and productivity or it can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction and more.
 
In the study below, it was discovered that stress suppresses your immune function, so the more stressed you feel, the more likely you are to get sick.
 
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108293250903
 
And in a more recent report, it was confirmed that feeling happy and peaceful enhances your immune system.
 
https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Emotional_Style_and_Susceptibility_to_the_Common.25.aspx
 
We will be exploring tips in our next post on ways to manage stress.

#relaxation #stressawarenessmonth #stressrelief #stressmanagement #healthyeating #health #wellnessjourney #welbeing #lifestylemedicine #dandelion
Do you have a happy place?
 
You know, the place you love to spend time in because it’s beautiful ☀️, or has a magical quality to it, or has special memories attached to it, or because it’s your retreat for peace 💛 and tranquility.

Your happy place can be somewhere you visit frequently or not so often. It can be a place you visit in person, keep in your mind’s eye, or even frequent your dreams.
 
My happy place is being in the woods 🌳. I love the variety of light and enclosure around me, the clear air, and the feeling of total peace.
 
A happy place matters because of the many physical and psychological benefits it provides and 
 
✅ Is associated with a feeling of safety or security.

✅ Reduces stress. In my happy place, I can listen to birdsong, sit in silence, or listen to the sound of the wind in the trees.

✅ Keeps you in the present. Looking, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching are all powerful ways to take you keep you focused on the here and now

✅ Helps you to keep things in perspective and facilitates contemplation and self-reflection.

✅ Provides an escape route (my bolthole) to divert our thinking away from stressful thoughts, events, or people.

✅ Helps to disseminate symptoms of anxiety or depression.

✅ Helps you to manage negative emotions such as anger or aggression.

✅ Provides happy memories that result in an increase in serotonin and dopamine, our feel-good chemical.
 
The physical attachment to your happy place means just visualising it can assist you.
 
And…
 
It makes you happy

#happy #joy #stressrelief #stressmanagement #stressmanagement #stressfree #dandelion #dandelionseedsfoundation #wellbeing #wellbeingjourney #wellness #taunton #somerset #charity
Do you have a happy place? You know, the place you love to spend time in because it’s beautiful ☀️, or has a magical quality to it, or has special memories attached to it, or because it’s your retreat for peace 💛 and tranquility. Your happy place can be somewhere you visit frequently or not so often. It can be a place you visit in person, keep in your mind’s eye, or even frequent your dreams. My happy place is being in the woods 🌳. I love the variety of light and enclosure around me, the clear air, and the feeling of total peace. A happy place matters because of the many physical and psychological benefits it provides and ✅ Is associated with a feeling of safety or security. ✅ Reduces stress. In my happy place, I can listen to birdsong, sit in silence, or listen to the sound of the wind in the trees. ✅ Keeps you in the present. Looking, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching are all powerful ways to take you keep you focused on the here and now ✅ Helps you to keep things in perspective and facilitates contemplation and self-reflection. ✅ Provides an escape route (my bolthole) to divert our thinking away from stressful thoughts, events, or people. ✅ Helps to disseminate symptoms of anxiety or depression. ✅ Helps you to manage negative emotions such as anger or aggression. ✅ Provides happy memories that result in an increase in serotonin and dopamine, our feel-good chemical. The physical attachment to your happy place means just visualising it can assist you. And… It makes you happy #happy #joy #stressrelief #stressmanagement #stressmanagement #stressfree #dandelion #dandelionseedsfoundation #wellbeing #wellbeingjourney #wellness #taunton #somerset #charity
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Did you know your thoughts and emotions can affect your health. 

Repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy, negatively affect the body, and can lead to health problems.

"The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another." - Dr. James Gordon (founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine)

Negative attitudes and feelings can create chronic stress, upset our bodies hormones and deplete brain chemicals required for our happiness, which can in turn lead to damage in our immune system. (Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the “end caps” of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.)

The good news is that positive attitudes—such as playfulness, gratitude, awe, love, interest, serenity, and feeling connected to others can have a direct impact on health and wellbeing and we can develop them ourselves with practice.

In the below article scientist Dr Barbara Friedrickson explains the physical and emotional benefits of positivity, including faster recovery from cardiovascular stress, better sleep, fewer colds, and a greater sense of overall happiness.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/living-positivity...

#wellbeing #wellness #wellnessjourney #postivepsychology #taunton #somerset #charity #dandelionseedsfoundation #dandelion
Did you know your thoughts and emotions can affect your health. Repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy, negatively affect the body, and can lead to health problems. "The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another." – Dr. James Gordon (founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine) Negative attitudes and feelings can create chronic stress, upset our bodies hormones and deplete brain chemicals required for our happiness, which can in turn lead to damage in our immune system. (Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the “end caps” of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.) The good news is that positive attitudes—such as playfulness, gratitude, awe, love, interest, serenity, and feeling connected to others can have a direct impact on health and wellbeing and we can develop them ourselves with practice. In the below article scientist Dr Barbara Friedrickson explains the physical and emotional benefits of positivity, including faster recovery from cardiovascular stress, better sleep, fewer colds, and a greater sense of overall happiness. https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/living-positivity… #wellbeing #wellness #wellnessjourney #postivepsychology #taunton #somerset #charity #dandelionseedsfoundation #dandelion
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Did you know you can also follow us on Twitter @dandelionseeds4.

#twitter #dandelionseeds #foundation #dandelion
Did you know you can also follow us on Twitter @dandelionseeds4. #twitter #dandelionseeds #foundation #dandelion
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A new study has revealed that when a couple argues for just half an hour, the stress they experience is sufficient to negatively impact their immune system, causing wounds to take longer to heal by at least a day. This delay doubles if such hostility is a common occurrence.

The study, carried out by Columbus University, Ohio, found that this type of negative communication hits both partners emotionally, but women are more likely to suffer these adverse effects. Additionally, as one or both partners begin to withdraw from difficult conversations the ensuing emotional upset could lead to lowered immunity and chronic inflammation. 

With these results in mind, our solution-focused lifestyle medicine course demonstrates the science of forgiveness (including open communication) and how this enhances our wellbeing and lowers our stress levels.

https://news.osu.edu/negative-marital-communications-leave-literal-figurative-wounds/
https://news.osu.edu/stress-substantially-slows-human-bodys-ability-to-heal/
A new study has revealed that when a couple argues for just half an hour, the stress they experience is sufficient to negatively impact their immune system, causing wounds to take longer to heal by at least a day. This delay doubles if such hostility is a common occurrence. The study, carried out by Columbus University, Ohio, found that this type of negative communication hits both partners emotionally, but women are more likely to suffer these adverse effects. Additionally, as one or both partners begin to withdraw from difficult conversations the ensuing emotional upset could lead to lowered immunity and chronic inflammation. With these results in mind, our solution-focused lifestyle medicine course demonstrates the science of forgiveness (including open communication) and how this enhances our wellbeing and lowers our stress levels. https://news.osu.edu/negative-marital-communications-leave-literal-figurative-wounds/ https://news.osu.edu/stress-substantially-slows-human-bodys-ability-to-heal/
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The 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine:

1. Nutritious and delicious food
2. Routine physical activity
3. Sound sleep
4. High quality connections
5. Stress resiliency
6. Avoidance of risky substances

#tuesdaymotivations #lifestylemedicine #Health #healthcare #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #wellbeing #wellnesswednesday
The 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine: 1. Nutritious and delicious food 2. Routine physical activity 3. Sound sleep 4. High quality connections 5. Stress resiliency 6. Avoidance of risky substances #tuesdaymotivations #lifestylemedicine #Health #healthcare #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #wellbeing #wellnesswednesday
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Science has found some surprising benefits to practicing forgiveness. Here are 8 of them:

🌟 It lowers your blood pressure
🌟 Improves your cholesterol
🌟 Reduces pain 
🌟 Reduces Anxiety 
🌟 Reduces depression
🌟 Lowers risk of a heart attack
🌟 Improves your sleep
🌟 Reduces stress

Not convinced? Read more about it here 

https://bit.ly/31Y5C3L

#dandelionseedsfoundation #forgiveness #wellbeing #love #lifestylemedicine #dandelionseeds #forgiveness #compassion #wellbeing #kindness #health #wellness #charity #lifestyle
Science has found some surprising benefits to practicing forgiveness. Here are 8 of them: 🌟 It lowers your blood pressure 🌟 Improves your cholesterol 🌟 Reduces pain 🌟 Reduces Anxiety 🌟 Reduces depression 🌟 Lowers risk of a heart attack 🌟 Improves your sleep 🌟 Reduces stress Not convinced? Read more about it here https://bit.ly/31Y5C3L #dandelionseedsfoundation #forgiveness #wellbeing #love #lifestylemedicine #dandelionseeds #forgiveness #compassion #wellbeing #kindness #health #wellness #charity #lifestyle
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Are you looking to become healthier, overcome health problems and feel energetic?

A plant-based diet is the only one shown to reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancers.
 
Join the FREE 21 Day Plant-Based Health Challenge to receive recipes, nutrition advice and motivational tips from nutrition experts.

YOU CAN:
 
⭐️ learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet
⭐️ find answers to the common questions regarding a plant-based diet
⭐️ discover delicious, fast and easy recipes with a 21-day menu suggestion
⭐️ receive motivational tips and techniques
⭐️ find out how to continue your plant-based eating on your own

Over 21 days you will receive daily emails from Plant-based health professionals UK @plantbasedhealthprofessionals that help you create healthier habits while busting nutritional myths and answering some of your burning questions about a plant-based diet

Sign up if you are interested to give it a go :

PBHP.UK/21-day-challenge
Are you looking to become healthier, overcome health problems and feel energetic? A plant-based diet is the only one shown to reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancers. Join the FREE 21 Day Plant-Based Health Challenge to receive recipes, nutrition advice and motivational tips from nutrition experts. YOU CAN: ⭐️ learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet ⭐️ find answers to the common questions regarding a plant-based diet ⭐️ discover delicious, fast and easy recipes with a 21-day menu suggestion ⭐️ receive motivational tips and techniques ⭐️ find out how to continue your plant-based eating on your own Over 21 days you will receive daily emails from Plant-based health professionals UK @plantbasedhealthprofessionals that help you create healthier habits while busting nutritional myths and answering some of your burning questions about a plant-based diet Sign up if you are interested to give it a go : PBHP.UK/21-day-challenge
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Numerous studies have clearly shown that a healthy whole foods plant-based diet enhances your immune function. There are thousands of substances in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and soy products that are protective against infections. If you would like to know more, click the link below:

https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/incredible-vegan-immune-system
Numerous studies have clearly shown that a healthy whole foods plant-based diet enhances your immune function. There are thousands of substances in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and soy products that are protective against infections. If you would like to know more, click the link below: https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/incredible-vegan-immune-system
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To celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re looking at stress and resilience. 

How we manage stress can lead to improved health and productivity or it can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction and more.
 
In the study below, it was discovered that stress suppresses your immune function, so the more stressed you feel, the more likely you are to get sick.
 
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108293250903
 
And in a more recent report, it was confirmed that feeling happy and peaceful enhances your immune system.
 
https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Emotional_Style_and_Susceptibility_to_the_Common.25.aspx
 
We will be exploring tips in our next post on ways to manage stress.

#relaxation #stressawarenessmonth #stressrelief #stressmanagement #healthyeating #health #wellnessjourney #welbeing #lifestylemedicine #dandelion
To celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re looking at stress and resilience. How we manage stress can lead to improved health and productivity or it can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction and more. In the study below, it was discovered that stress suppresses your immune function, so the more stressed you feel, the more likely you are to get sick. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108293250903 And in a more recent report, it was confirmed that feeling happy and peaceful enhances your immune system. https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Emotional_Style_and_Susceptibility_to_the_Common.25.aspx We will be exploring tips in our next post on ways to manage stress. #relaxation #stressawarenessmonth #stressrelief #stressmanagement #healthyeating #health #wellnessjourney #welbeing #lifestylemedicine #dandelion
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