Pickle juice is usually just what we throw away when we’re done with our prepackaged pickles. It keeps our pickled treats moist and fresh in the jar, but we usually don’t think to drink it. (OK, well sometimes we drink it after a shot of whiskey but that’s a completely different story.) The juice has electrolytes, antioxidants and some other very surprising health benefits.
Here are six stellar reasons why you should start drinking your pickle juice.
1. Workout Rebuilder
Pickles can be used both before and after a workout. Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat told Smart Cooky that it’s a healthy workout treat because it gets nutrients straight to the body. “Pickle juice is really popular with athletes when it comes to pre or post workout meals,” Jaibharat says. “The body loses both sodium and potassium while sweating during a workout, and needs to maintain the electrolyte balance. The calcium chloride and vinegar present in pickle juice makes the sodium and potassium more readily absorbed by the body.”
2. Hangover Remedy
Pickle juice may be the answer you need after a long night of drinking. The electrolytes and sodium in it help you rehydrate, so you’ll be feeling better in no time. Another added bonus? It hides the strong smell of alcohol on your breath the morning after, so your co-workers will never know. Cheers!
3. Relieves Cramps
The same benefits that help you before and after a workout also help to prevent cramps. Pickle juice is a great option for women dealing with PMS, as it can help to prevent menstrual cramps and curbs cravings for salty foods.
4. Aids in Digestion
The vinegar in pickle juice may not be all that tasty, but it’ll help your digestive tract. Doctors believe that the juice helps to maintain a balance of good bacteria in your stomach. So you may want to add some pickle juice to your annual Thanksgiving spread.
5. Provides Antioxidants
Pickle juice is also chock full of antioxidants, which “protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.” Antioxidants are thought to prevent some cancers, arthritis and possibly Alzheimer’s.
6. Relieves Heartburn
Pesky heartburn pains could no longer be a problem thanks to pickle juice! Medical Daily says the vinegar actually helps some people ward off heartburn. This isn’t a tried and true remedy, though, because vinegar can actually cause heartburn for some people.
Did you know pickle juice now even comes in cans? Just crack one open and reap the health benefits.