Yesterday, after a sweaty, grueling workout, I made a sandwich. And yes, I know, that's hardly fascinating in itself.
But soon after digesting my meal I discovered that one ingredient, or rather the juice it comes in, is excellent for recovery following an intense workout.
Yup, I had thrown some pickles on my main course and then shortly after I happened upon an article revealing the benefits of pickle juice as a sort of all natural Gatorade. Well who the heck knew?!?!?
Of course, this is all fine and well. There is just one major, huge flaw to this – I refuse to drink the juice. I’ve never drank it (I mean, why would I?!?!?) so I can't say for sure that it's totally gross and horrible. I'm just going to assume it is (and yes, I totally know what happens when I begin to assume things - I am doing it anyways.)
But . . . well . . . it doesn't exactly appeal to me. And for me, some things, no matter how effective, are not making it on to my to-do list.
However, I love tips. And I love things that are not man-made chemical concoctions (fake stuff is so last year). So I am sharing this.
If you are a willing participant and if you’re looking for a closer to nature alternative (because those neon colored sports beverages are way, way far from natural), you just might consider swigging some pickle juice. It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a good electrolyte replacement (think of all the salt!). When it comes to helping the body retain fluids, sodium is where it’s at. Without enough fluids in your muscles you risk dehydration and cramps.
Let’s remember one important thing though – water is usually sufficient. I’m often amazed at how many people have their paws on a bottle of Gatorade and they’re hardly perspiring. It’s soooo unnecessary!! If you’re spending a half hour on the Stair Master, plain ole H20 will suffice. You’ll only need to break out the pickle juice (or sports beverage if you’re going that route) during longer, intense workouts – like 90 minutes or longer. Water, too, will still be the star of the show in either case. You just can't beat the plain, wet stuff.
Interesting FYI: Philadelphia Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder named natural pickle juice as key for their win over the Dallas Cowboys in 2000. Temps hit about 109 degrees that day in Texas and the briny liquid saved the day.
So, who's game for a little green juice?