Licorice root might be one of the most overlooked natural remedies to digestive health there is. This could be down to its synonymous association with sweets and those lovely little liquorice allsorts we grew up with. Licorice root is the common name for Glycyrrhiza glabra –a herb that has a remarkable list of properly documented uses, it is known as An adaptogen herb and can be found growing in Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. It has been said to be useful for several conditions from asthma, athlete’s foot, hair thinning, chronic exhaustion, coughs, and dandruff, to viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver troubles, menopause, psoriasis, sore throat, arthritis and digestive issues.
Licorice is considered a “peacemaker” in traditional Chinese medicine, and due to its antacid nature, is said to have positive effects on the digestive/hormonal systems.
Regulate cortisol and aid adrenal fatigue.
Constant stress (see previous blog post) causes excessive cortisol release and sends the adrenal glands into overdrive. licorice has been found in some small studies to to help the body regulate cortisol more efficiently, giving your adrenals the well earned break they need after excessive stress they can be put under.
Vitamin B for metabolism
Licorice is also bursting in B vitamins to supercharge your metabolism, and contain heavy-hitter nutrients like calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium, and beta-carotene.
Wellness today reports that Licorice gets to work by coating your digestive tract with mucous, so that your stomach lining isn’t damaged by irritants like stomach acid. It also revs up the activity of your intestinal cells and circulation in your gut, all of which makes for a happier belly. It may even combat stomach bloating, water retention, and constipation, due to its mild laxative and diuretic effect. Do take note however, that Licorice root and whole licorice root extract contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that may cause side effects such as muscle weakness, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat in people with related conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
DGL, or deglycyrrhizinated licorice is a herbal supplement that is more digestion friendly with no side affects. DGL has all of its nourishing qualities minus glycyrrhizin and comes in the form of chewable tablets, capsules, powders, and tea form.
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