Naturopathic Approach to Candida

Candida is one of the more common health afflictions seen throughout the US, with an estimated 40,000 cases reported each year. Candida, also known as Candidiasis, is a fungal infection caused by yeast overgrowth that usually reside in the intestines and can also spread to the skin, mouth and throat. The overgrowth of this yeast can lead to an array…

Detoxification: What it means and why COLOR matters!

We recently passed the second “detox” benchmark of the year: the first day of spring is a popular time to focus on cleansing and detoxing (right after the New Year, of course), and the arrival of spring is indeed a more appropriate time to do such a thing. With much more upward movement and energy, the body is now “waking…

Redefining your Health Narrative: Being an Active & Positive Participant in Your Health

It is not unusual for people to come and see a practitioner at Richmond Natural Medicine as their last resort. We welcome those individuals, and understand that when they walk in the door they often have a lengthy health story filled with confusion, unanswered questions, resentment, and understandably a sense of helplessness regarding their health and a feeling of disconnect…

When Eating Out: Healthiest Options To Look For

Going out for a delicious meal is such a privilege (especially here in Richmond where the food scene is unbelievably good). With incredible culinary variety, recipes, flavor and urges to try something new, it can sometimes be a challenge to stick with your dietary restrictions or stay “on the wagon” when you eat a meal out. It is important to…

How Vitamin D Affects Immune Health

We recently published a post about The Essential Roles of Vitamin D, and recent research suggests there’s even more to say about the role Vitamin D plays in our immune health. An analysis published in early February 2017 suggests that Vitamin D supplementation plays a moderate role in the prevention of colds and flu, and helps to reduce the risk…

Support & Self Care Practices for Caretakers

Mothers, fathers, children, siblings, care workers, grandparents, and even friends - so many step up to take on the care of their loved ones which can be both a loving act of self care devoted to another, and also an extremely depleting, exhausting and stressful undertaking over the long term. At Richmond Natural Medicine, we see an enormous number of…

5 Habits That Contribute To Poor Sleep

One of the most unique ways the practitioners at Richmond Natural Medicine solve health problems is by asking a lot of questions and digging more deeply into each person’s health story. When it comes to poor sleep, it’s often a chicken or the egg situation, with the patient not knowing if poor sleep is contributing to all of their other health…

Chocolate Love: 5 Nutritious Reasons to Indulge

My personal health philosophy is to eat joyfully, no matter what it is that you’re eating. When I ask people if there are any foods that they crave regularly, at least 80% of people pause for a moment, lower their heads and respond bashfully, “Chocolate!”. And then I get excited to reassure them that chocolate is, indeed, an excellent food…

Nutrition with Ayurveda & Weight Loss

Nutrition is an area with countless opportunities for improvement, and often is an area with so much available information that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused and frustrated at how to make nutrition changes specific to your own health needs. Nutrition is a highly personalized experience, and there is not one “right way” to eat or “right diet” to follow…

Essential Roles of Vitamin D

During the colder winter months, it’s not uncommon for people to present with lower levels of Vitamin D, and depending on where you live most of the year, it may be a chronic problem to lack sun exposure and therefore be producing sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D serves dozens of essential roles throughout the body, and in my…