There are two types of people in this world–those who love pickles and those who hate pickles. Personally, we love the salty snack, especially when a spear is graciously placed on the side of a sandwich at our favorite deli. We don’t know about you, but in our book, there is literally nothing more satisfying than indulging in a half-sour dill to settle the stomach. So delicious!
Having said that, just because we love eating pickles doesn’t mean that we love the idea of drinking pickle juice. The “drink” is often associated with pregnancy cravings because–let’s be honest–the taste is pretty extreme! That vinegary sensation just isn’t something that we often crave…
But, bitterness aside, it’s important to realize that pickle brine is actually super healthy for you! Here are 7 amazing things that happen to your body when you indulge in pickle juice…
1. It relieves muscle cramps
According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 1/3 cup of pickle juice does a much better job of relieving cramps than 1/3 cup of water does. These results are especially prevalent in men. A great post-workout drink for athletes and exercise newbies alike!
2. It promotes good gut health
The high concentration of vinegar in the brine helps regulate the digestive processes in your tummy. This also goes for practically all fermented, all-natural foods!
3. It soothes period cramps
Similar to how pickle juice relieves muscle cramps caused by exercise, the brine will also keep PMS-related muscle cramps at bay. This is because the substance has electrolyte-restoring powers that work to stave off painful cramps as soon as it is introduced into the body.
4. It helps control blood sugar
While not a replacement treatment for those who have been diagnosed with high blood sugar, pickle juice has been proven to regulate blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes sufferers. Incredible!
5. It boosts the immune system
Believe it or not, pickle juice contains significant amounts of the vitamins C and E, two important antioxidants that show love to the immune system.
6. It can help you lose weight
Often, post-workout recovery aids are chock-full of added sugars, fat, and calories. Luckily, pickle juice is a no-fat, low-calorie drink that also promotes quick recovery. Definitely, a better choice when compared to the electrolyte-enhancement drinks in the gas station cooler!
7. It contains cholesterol-lowering properties
Last, but not least, the tangy, green drink has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels. Again, it’s not a substitution for any medications, but the brine can take away a salt craving without adding harmful cholesterol to the system. Sounds like a good exchange for us!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on all things pickle juice! Are you a fan of the “drink?” If so, do you use it for medicinal purposes? Do you know of any other ways pickle juice is good for your health?