Naturopaths and certain doctors will actually prescribe licorice for heartburn as an alternate remedy. Some people like the flavor, others hate it. But the fact is that whether you like it or hate it – chewing on it can actually be very beneficial if you have heartburn! While most other natural remedies either soothe the esophagus, or they neutralize the stomach acid; stopping it from refluxing into your esophagus, licorice actually works in multiple ways to make you feel better and cure heartburn. Let’s take a look at how.
What does Licorice do to cure heartburn?
Licorice contains many beneficial properties – for instance, it is great for skin issues like dermatitis. It is also very good as a cure for canker sores in the mouth. But what we are concerned with is its effect on gastrointestinal health. And here’s how that is affected by Licorice:
- Licorice works to soothe the lining of the stomach and esophagus so that the discomfort of heartburn is lessened.
- Most cures of heartburn help to neutralize the stomach acids. In the long run, this affects your digestion. But with licorice what happens is that the acid remains intact, but the mucosal tissues that line the stomach are encouraged to protect themselves from acid damage. It also encourages circulation so that the cells of the gastrointestinal system become healthier. This lessens the bad effects of Acid reflux and heartburn.
- Heartburn can actually be caused by stomach ulcers. Alternately, the excess acid worsens the situation. But licorice helps to cure these ulcers as well.
The bottom line is that licorice will affect your gastrointestinal health in multiple ways. Now, let’s look at…
How To Use Licorice:
Licorice may have a lot of health benefits – but at the same time, it contains a substance that is actually quite harmful for health. And this substance is glycyrrhizin and it causes:
- High blood pressure
- Water retention
- Kidney problems
Therefore, when having licorice medicinally, you should have it in only a special form and this is deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL.
As for how to have DGL, we’ll tell it to you through a video:
So you see, as long as you have it in the right form and dosage, licorice for heartburn can be your go-to remedy. Why not get some DGL and give it a shot to prevent and cure heartburn!