Why have gluten intolerances, food sensitivities, food allergies, and autoimmune diseases become so much more common in modern society? What are some natural, holistic ways to address these issues that can reduce the painful symptoms and heal the gut? In this article I discuss several factors in the development of gluten intolerance and food sensitivities, and offer a suggested protocol on how to address these problems and heal the gut with good nutrition, an elimination diet, herbal medicine, and probiotics to rebalance the gut microbiome and correct a leaky gut.
As a person struggling with CF-related diabetes, I've tried lots of things to balance my blood sugar over the years. It wasn't until 2020 when I discovered the ketogenic diet that my life really changed for the better and my blood sugar came under excellent control. Diet is the primary intervention for controlling most types of diabetes, but sometimes we may need medications and/or herbal medicines to assist with glucose control.
I recently taught an in-depth class on holistic nutrition and herbal medicine for diabetes and blood sugar imbalances including CFRD, types I and II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, reactive hypoglycemia, and glucose intolerance (which you can check out here). I cover the topics of diet and herbs very comprehensively in that class, but in this article I'll mention briefly a few medicinal herbs that I have used and recommended to other diabetics to assist with blood sugar control.
Mica McDonald (they/he) is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, ecologist, and writer living in Abenaki territory (Vermont).