Many people associate licorice with the flavor of candy, but it has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It grows in the Mediterranean, Europe, and Asia and comes from the herb Glycyrrhiza glabra, which means "sweet root." In fact, an extract of licorice root can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. This might explain why people were inspired to turn it into candy. In Chinese medicine, licorice is one of the most used herbs and is often used as a "guide drug" to enhance the effects of other herbs and remedies.
Leaky gut is not an official condition that doctors diagnosed. However, some people use this term to describe the gut's loss of permeability. The intestines play a role in blocking and protecting nutrients, pathogens and other substances from moving through the gut walls and to the bloodstream. When there is a leaky gut, the intestines no longer have control of what stays and what leaves the gut. Toxins and parasites can then enter the bloodstream in much larger concentrations than usual. This may create other serious problems in other organs or systems.
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