Here's What Happens When You Drink Pickle Juice Every Day

Green juice made with nutrition-filled spinach, kale, cucumbers, or celery is one of those health trends that is all the rage. But did you know there's another green juice which requires no juicing that you should be drinking every day? If you answered "pickle juice," you're right. Of course, just the thought of pickle juice can make a mouth pucker.  While most people toss the juice and the jar once the pickles are gone, you might want to reconsider. 

Athletes have been drinking pickle juice since before it was hip, using the liquid to help combat leg cramps (via Healthline). Today, you can find pickle juice in everything, even slushies at Sonic (via USA Today). You can also drink pickle juice in various proprietary blends of sports drinks on supermarket shelves (via Pickle Power). It's clear that pickle juice is here to stay, and researchers and internet users alike are starting to put the question to the test: What happens to your body when you drink pickle juice every day? 

What exactly is pickle juice?

Pickle juice is a pretty simple drink. It's made with three ingredients: cucumbers, water, and salt. Cucumbers contain the natural probiotic — Lactobacillus bacteria — that lives on the cucumber's skin and aids in the fermentation process. The pickles you buy at the store are made just a little differently — manufacturers generally remove this bacteria and replace it with vinegar, creating what is commonly called pickle juice (via Medical News Today). 

That said, pickle juice is a green goddess of a drink. When consumed on a regular basis, pickle juice is touted for helping to boost your immune system, aid in digestion, combat muscle cramps, help with rehydrating after exercising, control blood sugar, relieve period cramps, help with weight loss, serve as a cure for the common hangover after a night out with friends, and even sweeten and combat bad breath. It's worth noting some of these claims still require scientific research to back their validity (via Healthline). Potential imbibers of pickle juice should also be aware that you'll ingest a lot of sodium.

Pickle juice can help with muscle cramping

Drinking pickle juice after a strenuous workout, has long been a natural remedy to help athletes relieve and guard against muscle cramps and other aches and pains. And the science is there to back up the boasting that pickle juice actually works to do just that. According to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, pickle juice works better than water to relieve debilitating muscle cramps. The pickle juice helps restore the electrolyte imbalance from dehydration and can do so 45 percent quicker than drinking no liquid. 

One internet user put this theory to the test, drinking pickle juice every day and blogging about her experience. She found that by drinking a shot of the green juice daily for an entire week, her feet and legs didn't cramp up after her barre workouts. She also concluded from her experiment that she would probably continue drinking pickle juice, but only as a pre- or post-workout drink (via Little Things).

Pickle juice and hydration

And speaking of dehydration, ever wonder why women crave pickles when they're pregnant? Turns out, it probably has something to do with experiencing morning sickness and not being hydrated. Our bodies crave this salty beverage because we need to restore lost electrolytes (via Forbes). That's why pickle juice is becoming a go-to drink for the masses as well as hardcore athletes in their efforts to rehydrate and recover. 

During the 2019 Australian Open, Frances Tiafoe was seen chugging pickle juice. New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman has been seen pounding his own line of pickle juice called P20 before his NHL games. While more research is needed and experts say pickle juice shouldn't be a replacement for water, or sports drinks like Gatorade or Bodyarmor, Stacy Goldberg, a nutrition consultant who previously worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons said in an interview that just because there isn't a lot of research yet, "doesn't mean it's not effective or doesn't work" (via Sports Illustrated).