If you are someone who enjoys the salty and flavorful crunch of pickles, then we have some great news for you. Not only are these little green guys great as a side for you lunch, but their juice is also an amazing home remedy for many mild health aliments!
Pickle juice, which is a great source of antioxidants and nutrients alike, has been linked to help the following…
- Even out blood sugar levels
- Help soothe sunburn
- Lessen heartburn pain
- Alleviate a hangover
- Cure cramps
- Kill harmful bacteria in the stomach
- Prevent dehydration
- Replenish your body’s nutrients after sweating
- Relieve restless leg syndrome
Even though consuming this yummy green juice can help with all of these common health problems, gym goers are the most likely to take a swig of pickle juice and swear by its benefits, for the juice is known to help speed up recovery, while also giving you even more energy than normal “energy drinks.”
So what makes pickle juice so helpful? Scientists believe the brine, or salt solution, which preserves the veggies is the component that helps athletes work harder and recover faster. Though the brine is mostly made up of salt and water, it also has alum, (potassium) dill, (herb) vinegar, and various other ingredients for added flavor.
So now that we know what makes pickle juice so helpful, let us figure out how it actually work? Well, along with all the nutrients pickle juice contains, it also carries loads of potassium and electrolytes which are key in keeping your body up and working hard.
The body uses the mineral potassium to keep its organ systems running smoothly. The mineral works best when paired with sodium – like with super salty pickles. The sodium, or electrolytes, regulate nerve and muscle function, hydration, blood pH and help rebuild tissue. Not consuming enough electrolytes can cause weakness, muscle spasms and twitching. That is why athletes need to be especially proactive about consuming enough electrolytes in order to perform at their best.
Many athletes drink pickle juice before and after a work to help with cramps, since high sodium drinks are believed to stop the muscles from contracting after being strained. High sodium drinks have also been linked to improved athletic performance and better temperature regulation of the body. Now, we are not saying you must use pickle juice as a replacement for water or Gatorade after a hard workout, but it is definitely a good option for a post-workout burnout cure.
So do not be afraid to give pickle juice a try and see if you notice any of its benefits! If you, or a friend, uses pickle juice to improve your workout or for any other health benefit, let us know.