Did you know that a glass of pickle juice can boost your recovery after a workout? People often forget about this part of the pickles and pour it down the drain. Well, you need to stop doing that because the benefits of drinking pickle juice are incredible. We advise you to drink homemade pickle juice instead of store-bought.
Here are the 5 benefits of drinking pickle juice:
1. Boosts your gut health
There are probiotics in pickle juice that encourage the growth of the good gut bacteria. That means that pickle juice boosts your digestive health. Some studies have even shown that pickle juice can treat heartburn.
2. Fights cramps
Drinking 1.5 oz of pickle juice for every 100 lbs of body weight can accelerate recovery by 45%. Pickles contain protons that can activate the spinal column and treat the nerves that cause leg cramps. Pickle juice can also treat jerks and twitches associated with restless leg syndrome.
3. Can help you lose weight
Pickle juice is the best high-calorie energy drink. The key is to use homemade pickle juice and you’ll notice the weight coming off.
4. Fights dehydration
Pickle juice contains potassium and sodium and can fight dehydration. Sodium and potassium are electrolytes that the body loses through sweat. Water is great for fighting dehydration, but pickle juice will also help you recover faster.
5. It can refresh your breath
Accumulated bacteria in your mouth can cause bad breath and pickle juice can help you eliminate that bacteria. Pickle juice contains vinegar and vinegar can cleanse your mouth and eliminate the bad breath.
Here’s what you need to make pickle juice at home:
- 1 gallon cold water
- 35-40 small pickling cucumbers
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 cup raw cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. pickling spices
- 2/3 cups Kosher salt
- 4 fresh dill heads
Wash the cucumbers and trim the ends. Slice them in half lengthwise. In a glass jar, layer the sliced cucumbers, dill heads and garlic. In a separate bowl, mix the other ingredients until the salt dissolves. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and make sure all cucumbers are submerged. Cover the jar with cheesecloth. Store the jars away from direct sunlight for 2-4 days. Use lids to cap the jars and store them in your fridge up to 8-12 months.