Last year, my boyfriend ran a 5K and came home with a race bag. Normally these have a T-shirt, a race program, and some free snacks for the runners.
But this time there was something neither of us had ever seen in one of these bags: a tiny bottle of pickle juice. As soon as he saw it, my boyfriend wrinkled up his face in disgust.
Pickles are one of the most divisive foods out there, and he and I are on different ends of the pickle-enjoyment spectrum. I’ve always loved pickles, but he can’t stand them. Still, when he offered me the pickle juice shot, I wasn’t all that interested.
However, it did make me wonder why they were giving pickle juice to runners.
I realized pickle juice must have some exercise benefits, but what were they exactly?
Before long, I decided to try it for myself. Scroll through to learn more about what happens to your body on pickle juice.
Benefits Of Pickle Juice
There are a ton of purported benefits to drinking pickle juice — most of them come from the fact that the brine is mostly made up of water, salt, and vinegar.
The first benefit of pickle juice? It relieves muscle cramps. According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, pickle juice inhibits electrically induced muscle cramps.
Another benefit of pickle juice is that it helps you stay hydrated during workouts — the sodium and potassium in pickle juice are electrolytes you lose when you sweat, so they help keep your body in tip-top condition while you’re exercising.