How Diet Affects Emotional Health

Maintaining a healthy gut is key to maintaining one's emotional health and what we eat is extremely important to maintaining a healthy gut environment. It is often obvious how foods affect our physical health, like when we eat that chili dog and, lo and behold, heartburn happens pretty immediately afterwards.  Or if we eat a food that we are intolerant or allergic…

Favorite Fall and Holiday Recipes

These recipes are great for sharing or eating as leftovers! This time of year is my favorite to break out the crock pot and giant soup pots and make some warming, nourishing meals to share with the family. I like the below recipes because they make large batches and are mainly vegetable based, providing lots of extra nutrients within a…

Herbs for Seasonal Depression

Just as we have a circadian rhythm (approximately 24 hour internal body clock) that keeps us on track each day and night, we also have a circannual rhythm that keeps us in tune with the yearly seasons. This time of year we have some drastic environmental changes, like shorter days, much colder temperatures and often less sleep.  It’s important to…

10 Tools for Making a Positive Change In Your Health

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare, and know that any day is the perfect day to make a positive change. There are literally hundreds of things you could do, and thousands of resources out there telling how to overhaul your diet and or lifestyle. Many folks feel like the “all in” approach is the only way they can make…

Nutritional Therapies for Cancer

“Prevention through diet and lifestyle has a crucial role to play in stemming the tidal wave of cancer that we are facing” —World Cancer Report, 2014 Cancer, as a collective entity, is the single leading cause of death in the world today, with some 8.2 million deaths per year resulting from cancer related dis-eases (according to the Union for International Cancer…

Herbal allies for sleepless nights

We all know there are ten or twenty great herbs for sleep, but how do you pick the right one? Which one of these herbal allies is right for your personal sleep issues, whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep or calming your dreams? I have a great love and fascination for sleeping and the physiology of circadian rhythms. Sleep is…

Staying Nourished During Outdoor Activities

With longer days and warmer weather, more and more people are spending the day outdoors, and it’s important to be mindful that the summer season requires a considerable amount of awareness in terms of replenishing our body. Mid summer is the most physically active time for many, and there’s hardly a more exciting time for outdoor activities. What the body…

Transitioning to a GLUTEN FREE diet

No matter what the ingredient, taking anything out of your diet that was otherwise a staple can be challenging, and gluten is no exception. Whether due to a recent allergy, celiac diagnosis, general digestive issues or simply being more conscious of your overall health, there is a huge influx of people within the past 15 years who have chosen to…

Sustained Energy : Herbs to Support Your Cortisol Rhythm

At Richmond Natural Medicine, we are always looking at how your circadian rhythm is functioning on a daily basis and what lifestyle and environmental factors are influencing that rhythm over time. Everyone has likely noticed how their energy comes and goes throughout the day. Some days you may have loads of energy with some to spare, while others may leave…

Dealing with High Cholesterol using Nutrition & Herbs

We always need to strive for a healthy balance of everything in the body, and cholesterol is no exception. Cholesterol production is one of the most basic and essential functions of the body, and we all need a good supply of cholesterol to keep us in a healthy balance. Although we may instinctively think all cholesterol is a bad thing,…