Pickles are a perfect healthy snack when you need something sour and salty. I am one of those who would sit in front of the TV and eat a whole jar of pickles. And then of course I would pour the pickle juice down the drain. But recently I came across some interesting information that pickle juice can improve your overall health too.
Pickle juice is an incredible source of electrolytes, important nutrients and antioxidants. So, next time you’re done with your pickles, don’t throw the juice away. Drink it or add it to any dish that you can. Soon you’ll notice improvement in your overall health and you’ll prevent many health problems.
Read further to find out 8 amazing reasons why you shouldn’t throw away pickle juice.
Health Benefits of Consuming Pickle Juice
- 1. It Can Be A Perfect Substitute For Any Sports Drink
Pickle juice contains sodium and therefore is good in restoring electrolytes in the body. Professional athletes and football players are aware of this fact and therefore they use it before and after training. Pickle juice has also found its use in the emergency room to help patients in difficult cardiac.
- Prevents and Treats Muscle Cramps
Pickle juice contains calcium chloride and vinegar which help sodium and potassium absorb in the body more easily. Athletes, football players or other sporty people drink pickle juice before and after the physical activity to prevent or to treat muscle cramps.
- Relives RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome)
If you suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) drinking pickle juice before going to bed will help you solve the problem. Although this claim needs to undergo some more research, many people claimed that pickle juice was the solution to their problem. However, it won’t do any harm to you so it’s worth a try.
- Sooths Upset Stomach
Although this may sound as an unlikely thing to do when you are experiencing heartburn or upset stomach, a lot of people claim that only pickle juice gave them instant relief in this conditions. You can also try to calm down the upset stomach with a combination of honey and vinegar.
- Cures Hangover and Removes Alcohol Odor
You drank too many drinks the previous night and now you can’t hold your head up because of the awful headache. Don’t worry, there is a solution. Drink some pickle juice and you’ll feel instant refreshment and get rid of the hangover immediately. This is due to the ability of pickle juice to restore the balance of electrolytes in your body. Pickle juice can also help you mask alcohol odor on your breath.
- Delivers Nutrients and Antioxidants
On the one hand pickle juice is packed with vitamin C, calcium and electrolytes while on the other is low in calories. Due to this properties pickle juice is an excellent health booster and weight watcher. Furthermore, the acidic acid found in pickle juice will help nutrients and antioxidants to be more readily absorbed in the body.
How to Include Pickle Juice in Your Everyday Diet?
Although is a challenge, drinking pickle juice directly from the jar is totally acceptable for some people but for others that can provoke the sour face. Therefore, there are many other ways you can include pickle juice into your everyday diet without torturing yourself.
- Add a few ounces of pickle juice into some water and drink the mixture as your workout recovery drink. You can do the same to any recovery shake or smoothie too.
- Wherever you would add some pickles, you can add pickle juice too. Add it to egg salad, tuna salad or any other dish that makes sense.
- Improve the benefits of a simple glass of yoghurt by adding a few tablespoons of pickle juice in it. This way the yoghurt will mask the taste of the pickle juice.
- Add some pickle juice in the marinade, or use it as marinade for fish, meat or poultry.
- Get the advantage of the sour and salty taste of the pickle juice and use it as salad dressing.
Side Effects of Dinking Pickle Juice
There aren’t any serious side effects of drinking pickle juice, but if you suffer from an illness or certain condition you should consult your doctor by all means before you include pickle juice in your diet on a regular basis.
- Don’t consume pickle juice if you are on a low sodium diet for any condition.
- Don’t consume pickle juice if you suffer from gout or you have a family history of gout, because it can cause a build-up of uric acid.
- The acidity of the pickle juice may have some negative effect on some medication that you are taking. So you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist before including pickle juice in your everyday diet.
Two More Ways to Use Pickle Juice
- Calms Down Itchy Skin
Use some pickle juice to soothe irritated skin (like itchy skin from bugs or other insects’ bites). Soak a cotton ball or a clean cloth in some pickle juice and apply it on the irritated skin.
Note: Don’t apply pickle juice on an open wound.
- Refresh Your Shade-Loving Plants
Shade –loving plants like Hydrangea, Foam Flower, Jerusalem Sage and more like a slightly acidic soil. So, if you notice that your plants have yellowing leaves, that’s a sign that the pH of the soil is too alkaline. Combine two tablespoons of pickle juice and 2 ½ cups of water and pour it in a spray bottle. Apply this mixture directly on the soil, avoiding the plant itself.
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