Licorice, for many people it’s simply a candy with a long history. That candy, in years gone by, has been sweetened by one of the most apoptogenic herbs in history. So, what’s so sweet about Licorice?
Licorice stimulates the adrenal gland to function properly to regulate cortisol. When cortisol, a stress hormone, is chronically stimulated, and goes unregulated, health conditions ranging from cardiovascular to weight gain, fatigue to anxiety can go left unchecked and cause significant dysfunction. When cortisol is too high or too low at the wrong points in the day, people (typically women) will find themselves in a “wired and tired” loop.
Licorice root has been used to help support proper cortisol levels, especially in the morning. When the circadian rhythm (the patterns of wake and sleep) is well supported, health and wellness can follow suit. A sense of calm, sound sleep, and the ability to handle and manage stress go a long way in restoring health and vitality. By supporting cortisol levels, licorice does double duty and also supports energy!
During menopause, hormones go through a natural change. Sometimes that change isn’t as smooth as it ought to be due to interference that may have begun years before menopause. When those hormones flux into a more androgenic (higher testosterone) range, symptoms like facial hair, hot flashes, fatigue, increased body fat, and others can rear their heads, making menopause a miserable experience it wasn’t intended to be. Licorice has been shown in studies to help support women through this change and to be extremely beneficial!
The benefits of Licorice are different for each individual based on the needs of their system, however, some benefits include:
- Reduces heartburn & acid reflux
- Relieves nausea and indigestion
- Effective against functional dyspepsia
- Beneficial for leaky gut
- Regulates cortisol
- Aids with adrenal fatigue
- Boosts immunity
- Soothes cough/sore throat
- General pain reliever
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Remember, those hormones are a delicate balance! For more information and to find out how your body is producing, converting, and using cortisol and other hormones, contact a Wellness Way clinic.