Stephanie Bristow

Stephanie Bristow

I'm a Naturopathic Doctor in Calgary at the Healthy By Nature clinic. I use an integrated, natural approach to treating patients that involves the use of supplements and botanicals. I also write for the Naturopath Calgary blog, here on the site. You can read more about me here.

Strengthening your Immune System this Fall with Naturopathy

person feeling sick this fall season

The immune system becomes extra important at this time of year. As the seasons change and we move from summer to fall and winter we have more exposure and more vulnerability to viruses. As we come in from the outdoors and congregate together in close contact, we see lots of children getting sick and sharing with parents and caregivers who bring it to work and presto! Cold and flu season is upon us! Most of us will get a couple colds throughout the year, but what about those of us…

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Healthy Men, Healthy Babies: Understanding Male Infertility

male infertility

When a couple is struggling with infertility, it is common for the woman to be put under the microscope while the man rarely has more than a sperm analysis done. The woman is often excessively treated before her partner has even been thoroughly assessed. Like most health concerns, it is important to get a complete picture and not just a single test performed. Male infertility is the same as any other health concern and deserves just as much consideration. If you and/or your partner wonder if this might be an…

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Exercise with Purpose: Listen to Your Body and Optimize Your Health

runner, getting exercise

We all know how important exercise is to our health. When used appropriately, it has numerous benefits and can even reverse disease. There isn’t a single condition that does not benefit from exercise to some degree. But, it’s all dependent on how, when, and how “hard” you exercise that determines this benefit. We all have different needs when it comes to the type, frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise. One size does not fit all! Beyond that, I challenge you to evaluate if your exercise routines are serving your long-term…

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How Angry are your Periods?

period pains

Where there is physical pain, there is inflammation: these two things go hand in hand. Menstruation is no different: when there is pain with menses, there is inflammation. But inflammation isn’t just located where you experience pain; there is actually an effect all throughout the body. It is important to start thinking of inflammation as systemic rather than isolated to one part. Our bodies are not separated in segments, all of the parts work and flow together as a whole. In order for immune messages to be delivered and resources…

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Gastro-Esophageal Reflux in Babies

baby bottle

Gastro-esophageal reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach moves backwards, up into the esophagus and can cause quite a bit of discomfort as contents carries stomach acid along with it. Babies with reflux have mild symptoms such as posseting and regurgitation, to more severe symptoms like projectile vomiting. It is common for babies to do this occasionally. Their small stomach is easily distended during feeds and their lower esophageal sphincter (the circular, constricting muscle between the stomach and esophagus) is still maturing. This maturation is typically done by about…

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Struggling with IBS? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may be the Cause!

IBS caused by SIBO

If you’ve been struggling with your digestive system, perhaps diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you’ve been reading up on food sensitivities and leaky gut, then this article is for you! Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common culprit behind IBS. Yes, there is a reason you have poor digestion! It’s not all in your head, and no: you do not need an antidepressant for it. What are the symptoms of SIBO? Abdominal bloating, discomfort or pain after meals Excessive burping and/or excessive flatulence Nausea, heartburn and/or regurgitation…

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Feeling a little blue? What to do about Seasonal Affective Disorder and the “Winter Blues”

how SAD affects us

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and “Winter Blues” are different, but exist on the same spectrum. As you can guess by the name the winter blues is a milder form of SAD. SAD is actually clinical depression with a seasonal pattern. The winter blues are more common, with rates of about 15% of the population that experience it. I would argue that it’s even more prevalent, but a frequent tendency is to look for and assign blame to ourselves or our life circumstances when we’re feeling down, and so it is…

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Why am I so Tired? Could it be my Thyroid?

Thyroid health

I want to start this article off by saying that if you wondered if your thyroid was a problem, have already had it tested and you’ve been told “you’re fine,” keep reading! This article is for everybody with thyroid dysfunction, but especially for those of you who are tired and no one has been able to tell you why. It’s time to figure out if thyroid dysfunction is a piece of your puzzle once and for all. Hypothyroidism is a reason for fatigue, but realistically fatigue has many different contributing…

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