Drinking pickle juice might sound strange, but it is turning out to be a craze amongst fitness aficionados. Folks, who knew pickle could actually be good for us, all we knew was sort of considered a health food! The stuff has electrolytes. Antioxidants and great health benefits. To think Cleopatra claimed her diet with pickles helped maintain her flawless beauty, besides Julius Caesar had fed it to his troops to boost their health and strength. Well, for us post a hard workout or summer meal it does make good sense to indulge in pickle juice for all the health benefits it has to offer. So here’s why you need to drink the stuff.
The juice one usually discards is actually good for your health fix. It keeps our pickled treats moist and fresh in a pickle jar which we avoid drinking. Pickle juice is basically salt and some minerals and can be used as a rehydrating fluid. The juice primarily is a brine solution, however it is remarkably a great source of electrolytes, antioxidants and nutrients. Also it is highly vitamin and nutrient-rich if it’s made from fermented pickle. So learn to love the juice and get your friends on board while you are at it. Here’s why pickle juice is a rage and a must consider pickle back shots in our daily diet.
1. Workout Drink
Pickle juice is a hit with athletes or fitness freaks as a pre or post workout rebuilder. The body loses sodium and potassium while sweating during a workout, in order to maintain the electrolyte balance hence the calcium chloride and vinegar in pickle juice makes the sodium and potassium easily absorbed by the body. It can deliver nutrients to the body faster than any other source hence it is turning out to be people’s favourite pick-me-up.
2. Relieves Muscle Cramps
People swear by it because it helps prevent or aids in muscle cramps. Just as a post-workout cure, it helps in hydrating the body and easing cramping. It is ideal for women dealing with PMS, curbs craving for salty food or menstrual cramps.
3. Digestion Buddy
We are aware that fermented food is good for digestion, we are considering the vinegar in pickle juice which is good for the digestive system which encourages the growth and healthy balance of good bacteria and flora in our gut. The vinegar may not be tasty but does work for our digestive tract.
4. Hangover Remedy
After a long night of drinking, the nausea, a heavy head, thirst, throbbing headache, over sensitivity to light and noise basically the dreaded hangover. Well, drinking pickle juice is the perfect answer because it helps mask the strong smell of alcohol breath and balances the electrolytes besides replenishes the reduced sodium levels in the body. If you have it with water it hydrates and gets you back to normal faster. Cheers to that!
5. Powerhouse Of Antioxidants
We are aware that antioxidants are needed to protect the body from damage caused by the free radicals. Antioxidants prevent cancers, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and boosts immunity. This is not all alongside the antioxidants, it also has electrolytes and Vitamin C, E.
6. Heartburn Relief
Say goodbye to heartburns with pickle juice, the vinegar in pickle juice does the trick for many.
7. Weight Loss
The juice helps you shed weight, primarily because of the vinegar in it. You can replace sports drinks, with pickle juice.
Nutritionist Neha Dhawan says, ‘When you go buy pickles, remember there is more to that jar than simply the pickle itself. Have pickle juice in moderation. You can have your own by pickling cucumbers in vinegar, garlic and salt. Pickle juice is acidic because of vinegar therefore one must steer clear of drinking it on empty stomach prior to a workout, lest it causes stomach troubles. An easy way to add pickle juice to your everyday food is to mix pickle juice into water for an after workout drink or health shake/drink. You can throw in some pickle juice into any dip or even marinade of fish or meat besides make it as a salad dressing. You may also add a few teaspoons of pickle juice to your yoghurt. Also you may want to skip the pickle juice if you are on a sodium free diet or have gout issues. Avoid drinking too much of the juice as it may lead to water retention, bloating, temporary spike in your blood pressure or hypertension.’