Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

circa 1956: A woman picking a pickle from a jar. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

I know what you’re thinking – pickle juice?! Yes, pickle juice! It’s an acquired taste, but drinking pickle juice can be beneficial to your health! And yes it can even cure a hangover, Drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate you. Electrolytes can help reduce some of those effects. “Drinking pickle juice as a hangover cure can help if it’s the electrolyte you choose.” So if you are going to turn up, open a jar of pickles, make sure  you save the juice!

The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year. Pickles have been around since ancient times.

Here’s a fun fact:

When the Philadelphia Eagles thrashed the Dallas Cowboys in sweltering heat in September 2000, many of the players attributed their win to one thing: guzzling down immense quantities of ice-cold pickle juice. Well… A win is a win!

But seriously, Pickle juice has many positive and healthy components.  Camille Skoda, RDN, LD, IFNCP spoke to Health essentials and says “Your gut contains many bacteria species that are beneficial for metabolism, overall health, digestion and fighting sicknesses. They’re also linked to less anxiety, depression and better mood.”

according to webmd.com not all the health benefits of pickle juice has been tested in a scientific setting. However the research that has been conducted has produced promising results. I wish I had this information when I played college football at U.C Davis because my freshman year was the year of cramps!

Now if you don’t particularly like the taste of pickle juice there’s many ways to disguise the strong taste.  You can use it as a salt substitute, a marinade, add it to sauces and dips, or a salad dressing. by mixing pickle juice with those things you can mask the strong taste. You may think this is crazy but look below and see why this is actually a good thing for your health.

 

  • 1. Pickle juice contains probiotics

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    Probiotics can help keep your good gut bacteria in balance. People eat probiotics for these benefits, especially to aid digestion.
    Electrolytes help maintain the fluid balance in your body and keep all systems firing.

  • 2. Pickle juice can help you recover after exercise

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    If you are just starting your work out plan like me, those muscles will love you for drinking pickle juice.
    “Pickle juice contains electrolytes in the form of a lot of sodium and some potassium and magnesium. That’s why you can use it as a natural electrolyte. It can help to rehydrate after exercise.

  • 3. It’s a fat-free recovery aid

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    If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably not too psyched about consuming high-calorie sports drinks.

    It’s still a good plan to replace lost electrolytes after exercising hard, for a long time, or in hot weather. Pickle juice to the rescue! Pickle juice contains no fat, but it can have some calories. It can have anywhere from zero to 100 calories per 1-cup serving.

  • 2. It helps control blood sugar levels

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    A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research showed the effects of consuming a small serving of vinegar before a meal. The vinegar helped regulate blood sugar levels after the meal in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight and obese.

  • 5. It sweetens your breath

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    Even if it makes your lips pucker when you drink it, a little bit of pickle juice might make for sweeter breath.

    Bacteria in your mouth can cause bad breath. Both dill and vinegar have antibacterial properties. This potent combination may help freshen your breath after you drink pickle juice.

    That smells like a great idea!

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