For weeks on end now I have been craving licorice. Black licorice. I don't really like the stuff all that much. But I can't stop eating it by the pound. I will literally eat a pound of licorice in two days. I may not eat much of anything else; this is all I want.
I chalked it up there with the ice thing. I chew about 12 trays worth of ice cubes a day. It is apparently related to my anemia. I figured the black licorice thing was also related to some deficiency or another. Well, I've been swelling up like crazy. Not just my leg, either. My face and hands have been swollen. My weight fluctuates by 5-7 lbs which is alot for me. I feel bloated. My sister finally said, "STOP EATING ALL THE LICORICE". So I started doing some research, albeit with a bag of licorice at my side.
There is apparently an active ingredient in licorice that mimics a natural hormone. It can cause high blood pressure, water retention and heart failure when you get too much of it. It is also proven to HEAL PEPTIC ULCERS. How bizarre is that? Here I have a huge ulcer and I actually crave something that is known to heal ulcers. Of course, I am apparently poisoning myself in the process. No more licorice for me. Well, after I finish this bag.
It will be nice not to be swollen up like this anymore.