Pickle Juice and NFL Players?
When it comes to folk remedies, professional athletes are miles ahead of the game. Whether putting butter on a burn or rubbing dirt on a cut, they'll do just about anything if they think it'll help them get through a game.
Including drinking pickle juice.
The practice of downing cucumber brine isn't a new one. It's been used for decades and got media attention back in 2000 when Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder credited pickle juice as the secret weapon that helped his team stomp the Cowboysin Texas Stadium. On that day, temperatures on the field soared above 110 degrees -- the perfect conditions for a cramp-fest.
But the Philadelphia players, dosed with the neon elixir, avoided the crippling injury and won running away, 41-14.
As it turns out, this is one of those rare occasions where the science caught up to the practice.
A study done last year at BYU proved the efficacy of the folksy curative. Subjects exercised to the point of mild dehydration and had cramps induced. Those who drank pickle juice felt relief within 85 seconds, almost twice as fast as water or other sports drinks.
I was intrigued, and googled 'pickle juice'. And subsequently learned that it's excellent for preventing and treating hangovers!
I'll have to keep this in mind. We have a lot of parties in the weeks ahead. It's just possible that I might need to give pickle juice a try...