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Old 07-09-16, 07:06 PM
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Pickle juice commin' out my ears

So a few days ago I stopped at our local mom and pop burger joint and asked if I could buy their pickle juice when they emptied a container... they said they pour the juice off as they go to reduce the weight, but instead of pouring it down the drain they would pour it in a clean bucket for me.... so today I get a call to pick up the pickle juice.... three gallons worth.

I filled a gallon jar, a half gallon jar, and four 24 ounce water bottles as well as drinking about 24 ounces.....
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Yuck!!!! Lol
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Old 07-09-16, 07:20 PM
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Great idea
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
Yuck!!!! Lol
may not taste the best, but nothing beats it for fighting cramping on a ride and getting electrolytes into your body.

Black Walnut here drinks it before a ride, a little during a ride, and after a ride and it works for him.


I start getting a cramp after a ride I hit the pickle juice and the cramp goes away. Also it is good for the digestive system.
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Some say that pickle juice is also good for after ride recovery ....

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Well if were going to make it a drinking game I am all in..... A shot a mile?


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Some say that pickle juice is also good for after ride recovery ....

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I have to agree with @sdmc530....yuck!! I cannot imagine drinking straight up pickle juice. Why not just stop at a sandwich shoppe (There seems to be a Subway on every corner of America these days) and buy a whole pickle?

Not that I have ever tried curing cramps with pickle juice, so I can't say if it works or not - for me, a bottle of chocolate milk works, however I could see how pickle juice would be a lot cheaper especially if you eat pickles at home and have the juice anyway.
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Pickle juice has worked for me. I started using a hammer gel flask to carry some on hilly rides and finally had a chance to really test it early in the spring. Lots of hills and a respiratory infection that wouldn't go away had me carrying the lantern rouge in an organized ride, since I was at the tail end, the rest stop selection sucked and my nutrition was suffering as well. I got to the last long hill and 2/3 of the way up felt the cramps setting in, 1 quick swig of pickle juice and the cramps were gone.
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is it alkaline?

I've started using apple cider vinegar to complement my lemon juice regime to help stave off my gout
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My 3 year old drinks the stuff out of his sippy cup. He's never going to get cramps!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
is it alkaline?

I've started using apple cider vinegar to complement my lemon juice regime to help stave off my gout
It's acidic, not alkaline. Pickle juice is essentially vinegar, salt and depending on the pickle, sugar (plus whatever spices and pickle remnants are in there).
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Yuck!!!! Lol
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been using pickle juice for years...I buy it by the 6 pack in small bottles...several grocery stores in this area carry their own store brand of it...I do not use it to prevent cramps... I use it if I feel cramps coming on...quick relief...I do not carry it on rides... but I always kept it in my cooler in the pits when I raced motorcycles.
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Buddy Ryan and the Philadelphia Eagles are largely creditedwith brining the idea of pickle juice to the forefront of sports. On a 109degree day, the Eagles played the Cowboy in Texas. Temperature readings on thefield were even hotter. It was the hottest game ever played. Ryan had hisplayers drink pickle juice. The Cowboys did not, and a dozen of them had toleave the game due to heat-related cramping. The Eagles crushed the Cowboys41-14 and, in the process, spawned the start of research:
https://www.good.is/articles/how-pickle-juice-changed-the-world-of-sports-food-innovations-from-the-football-field
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Does pickle juice contain potassium?

I see high sodium drinks as a necessary evil of our high-salt American diet. We train our bodies to deal with huge salt intake all the time, It responds by adding sodium to the fluids it discards because while the body needs sodium to function, it does not actually consume sodium. It does however require that the sodium balance stay within a range, too much also being a problem. So the body excretes sodium into the sweat and urine based the usual diet it sees. (It does not have a fast acting "thermostat". It just thinks "well it's January so I am going to run the furnace for 4 hours today." Outside temperature goes up to 60 and the missus starts complaining!

But if we lower our salt intake over the long haul, the body slowly learns to adjust. (Insulate the house - the dumb thermostat will figure out that 3 hours of furnace in January works. More insulation and new windows, two hours. Now when it hits 60 in January, the house will feel a lot better.)

I ate a low salt diet in my racing days. My sweat was not salty and did not sting my eyes. Never saw it in my cycling clothes. I raced out of Boston so hot and humid happened regularly. Those hot races were not fun, but everybody else slowed down and my placings were consistently better.

Edit: but I did always fill my WBs with GookinAid ERG, now called Vitalyte for the potassium. Our bodies do not have the "training ability with potassium. The more we sweat , the more we need. Diluting the potassium we have with a non-potassium fluid can on hot days lead to real trouble.

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Does pickle juice contain potassium?
It can do, but that's not the reason it works.

Pickle juice cures cramps pretty much instantaneously, so it's not about your body absorbing electolytes or other chemicals, because that doesn't happen so quickly.
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Pickle juice, good stuff!
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It's acidic, not alkaline. Pickle juice is essentially vinegar, salt and depending on the pickle, sugar (plus whatever spices and pickle remnants are in there).
Stupid question - is eating the pickle as effective as drinking the juice? I'm wondering if the pickle itself has all the stuff to do the same thing, or is it just the juice the pickles are soaking in? It seems like the pickle would work, but would very much like to be able to stop the cramps I get.
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Stupid question - is eating the pickle as effective as drinking the juice? I'm wondering if the pickle itself has all the stuff to do the same thing, or is it just the juice the pickles are soaking in? It seems like the pickle would work, but would very much like to be able to stop the cramps I get.
No idea. Next century ride I'll take a jar of pickles and experiment.
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No idea. Next century ride I'll take a jar of pickles and experiment.
I may, as well. Cramping is a side effect of my neuropathy, and I'd like to get it under control. The docs have me on a better level of meds for it, and I try to drink like a fish with Nuun tabls, however, if pickles will help, I'll bring one or two along. Now, dill or bread n' butter? Hmmmm.....

Actually, Dr. @TrojanHorse prescribed the best treatment for my cramping. He said to ride more. He may be on to something!
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I'm a sucker for a nice jar of Cornichons.
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So I've been buying fancy pickles (because as far as a low-cal savory snack it doesn't get any better) and they all make a big deal about not having any vinegar. Is that counter productive?
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So I've been buying fancy pickles (because as far as a low-cal savory snack it doesn't get any better) and they all make a big deal about not having any vinegar. Is that counter productive?
Probably. There's a company that sells pre-packaged pickle juice shots and theirs definitely has vinegar in it.
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