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  • First, long-term, high-quantity use of it can cause some hypertension in some individuals, so if you already have hypertension, you may want to skip this one.  In some, it can tend to concentrate sodium blood levels, while reducing potassium blood levels, creating an imbalance that may result in high blood pressure (this is reversed in these individuals once the licorice is no longer consumed)
  • Due to the same imbalances with sodium and potassium, it can also cause some arrhythmias or heart palpitations in some individuals.   Again, if this is already an issue, or you experience after eating the licorice, go for another fuel and discontinue use.
  • Pregnant cyclists (yes, we are among you:)), should NOT consume natural licorice or licorice extract.  It is associated with miscarriages and early labor.
  • Most licorice candies do contain wheat flour.  Not necessarily an issue for all, but if you’re trying to avoid gluten, licorice candy is surprisingly not glut en-free.

licoricefuel (3)Oh, how I wish nutrition, and herbs specifically, were black and white and easy to recommend without caveats.  But, that’s simply not reality, and as individuals with individually complex bodies, it’s important to make choices based on your own specific needs and conditions, given this data available.  So there you have it.  Of note, none of my clients who have used it as fuel have had any reported negative experiences, but we used it as one of many fuels to keep to my recommendations above.

Natural licorice, along with other fuels in order to not overdo it, can certainly be a wonderful fuel on a long ride this week.  Let us know what you think of it.   Or, if you’re already a licorice-fueler, what your experiences have been.

Fuel Your Ride. Nourish Your Body.

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