6 Reasons You Should Never Dump Old Pickle Juice
Written by: Kat Gal
There are two kinds of people: the people who drink pickle juice and the people who secretly want to drink pickle juice, but dump it down the drain instead. Which kind are you?
No matter which crowd you belong to, I have good news for you. You never ever have to waste your pickle juice again or feel guilty about not dumping it.
Pickle juice is abundant in electrolytes, antioxidants and nutrients. Yup, it’s good for you!
The 6 Magical Benefits Of Pickle Juice
#1. Pickle Juice Is Better Than Sports Drinks
Pickle juice can restore your electrolytes quickly because of its sodium levels. It is used by professional athletes and even in emergency rooms to help those with cardiac difficulties. Your body can really benefit from pickle juice especially after a workout, hike or if you are dehydrated. Pickle juice can also relieve cramps and restore balance within 85 seconds.
#2. Pickle Juice Can Prevent And Treat Muscle Cramps
One of the reasons many athletes drink pickle juice is because it can prevent and help with muscle cramps. Why? The calcium chloride and vinegar content of the pickle juice is the key here. They help create potassium and sodium in a readily available and absorbable format for your body.
#3. Pickle Juice Can Relieve Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
If you are dealing with RLS, pickle juice worth a try. There is no scientific evidence to officially prove it works, but according to anecdotal evidence, just a few ounces before bed can help.
#4. Pickle Juice Soothes Upset Stomach
Pickle juice may be the last thing you want when you are in pain, but get over your initial hesitation. Many people swear by pickle juice and say is magically relieves symptoms of an upset stomach or heartburn.
#5. Pickle Juice Can Prevent Hangovers And Cover Alcohol Odor
Let me start by saying that ideally you really shouldn’t be drinking so much alcohol to get a hangover. But, I know, you are only human and fun events like weddings and celebrations happen and therefore, hangovers happen too. Drinking pickle juice can help mask alcohol breath and also help balance your electrolytes, which helps prevent hangovers or boost the recovery process.
#6. Pickle Juice Is Full of Antioxidants And Nutrients
Pickle juice is abundant in electrolytes, vitamin C and calcium. All these nutrients are more readily absorbed by your body because of the acidic content of the pickle juice. Pickle juice is also low in calories, which means it can help in managing your weight and boosting your health. As a bonus: it’s delicious too!
How To Drink Pickle Juice
Okay, okay, so pickle juice is good for you. But should you drink it out of the jar? There is absolutely NO shame in that, but there are many other creative ways to add pickle juice to your diet without chugging a jar a day.
- Add a few ounces to your post workout recovery smoothies or shakes.
- When you eat pickles, what are you eating them with? With your salads, steamed veggies, as a side with a rice dish or something else? You can add some pickle juice instead or along with the same things. Drizzle it on your salads or other dishes.
- Add it to your marinades or use it as a marinade on its own.
- Use it as a salad dressing. You don’t even need to mix it with oil or vinegar, it is a ready-for-you dressing on its own.
Is Pickle Juice Good For Everyone?
For the most part, pickle juice is safe for most people without real side effects. However, some pre-existing conditions could be aggravated by pickle juice, particularly because of all the sodium in it.
- If you have gout or a family history of it, you want to avoid pickle juice because it can cause uric acid build-up.
- If you are on a low-sodium diet for any reason, pickle juice is not for you either.
- If you are taking any medication, talk to your pharmacist to make sure pickle juice is a good mix with your meds and if you have to avoid it at certain times of the day to allow your medication to be absorbed.
As with any dietary changes and health conditions, the best is to talk to your doctor. Working with an integrative, holistic or naturopathic doctor is often the best since they support the idea of healing through nutrition and lifestyle while also integrating the knowledge pulled from modern medicine.
Introducing pickle juice gradually to your diet is also a great idea, so that you have the chance to pay attention to your body’s signals and wisdom. Outside of these few conditions though, pickle juice is a safe way to get a healthy boost of electrolytes and antioxidants into your body.
So tell me, I am dying to know, are you the kind of person who drinks pickle juice out of the jar or have you been dumping it out until now? Have you experienced any benefits from drinking pickle juice? Do you have any creative ways of using pickles or pickle juice? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you and connect over a jar of delicious pickle juice.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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