Pickle Juice Power: Give This a Shot to Beat Muscle Cramps

Ever find yourself hobbling through the last miles of a race or long run because your muscles decided to cramp up and ruin your day?
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🥒Pickle juice could be just the thing to bring you back to life.🥒
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😭If you’re cramping up, chances are pretty good...

  • You’re dehydrated.
  • You’ve depleted electrolyte stores. 
  • Maybe it’s hot out. You’re sweating a lot. 
  • And you feel like your body is systematically shutting down…slowly…and painfully.

That ever happen?
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🏃‍♀️When runner Jenna Busch-Henderson hit the 16-mile mark during a recent marathon...

  • She started feeling a little dizzy. 
  • Her legs felt heavy and slow. 
  • And she knew she needed to take fast action to avoid a total meltdown.

🥒Here’s what happened…

Jenna Busch-Henderson put some pickle juice in her fanny pack "just in case" before running a marathon.

When Jenna laced up her shoes to run another marathon, the days leading up to the race didn't go quite as planned.
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You know...

  • Rest up and take it easy
  • Get familiar with the course, pick up race number & swag
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Enjoy more carb-friendly foods than usual

"I usually hydrate more than usual the day before," says Jenna.
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"But due to a series of unfortunate events, including the creepiest hotel I've ever stayed in, I didn't do so and completely forgot that I hadn't."
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🥒She stepped up to the starting line anyways, and decided to throw in a Pickle Juice shot at the last minute...maybe it would be useful.
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"About 16 miles in, I started to feel a bit off," says Jenna.
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A little dizzy. Sluggish. And increasing soreness in her legs.
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👉What would you do?
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"It was two miles to the next hydration station, and I remembered that I'd put pickle juice in my fanny pack."
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🥒So she gave it a shot...

Tim Hacker is a multi-sport athlete and Pickle Juice Ambassador.

😭Why do we cramp up, anyway?

You’re crushing a training run or ticking off the miles in a race, and then BAM! Your muscle (quads, calves, hamstrings, or all three) seizes up like it’s throwing a temper tantrum.
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😭That ever happen?
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"Muscle cramps caused by dehydration and muscle exertion are pretty typical during endurance events," says multi-sport athlete and Pickle Juice Ambassador Tim Hacker.
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But what's really going on is a little more complex than that.
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"Cramping is a neurological response to a physiological problem," says Tim.
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"And it's often triggered from low sodium levels, fatigue, dehydration or circulatory issues."
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After cramping up around 16 miles during a marathon, runner Jenna Busch-Henderson took a shot of pickle juice.

Pickle juice power: Don't let cramps stop you

When Jenna started to hit the wall around 16 miles during a marathon, she unscrewed the cap on a 2.5-ounce bottle of pickle juice and gulped it down.

  • Would it make a difference? 
  • Would it help her run another 10 miles and finish the race?

🥒She was about to find out...
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"What really surprised me was how fast it worked," says Jenna.

  • "I'm not saying a small shot of liquid is enough, and of course, I grabbed cups at stations."
  • "But what it did do was shut my tired legs up very quickly. It also stopped the dizzy feeling I had in my head."
  • "I'd clearly depleted my electrolytes, and this put some of them back."
Pickle juice can help replenish electrolytes, reduce cramping, and support hydration.

🥒3 reasons to pack pickle juice for your next run

So, what’s the deal with pickle juice? Why are runners raving about it?
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There's at least THREE reasons to pack some pickle juice on your next run like Jenna:
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1. Electrolyte explosion

  • Pickle juice is packed with sodium and a dash of potassium and magnesium
  • It's the trifecta that keeps your muscles firing on all cylinders. 
  • When you sweat buckets during those long runs, you’re losing these crucial electrolytes, and pickle juice helps top them off.

2. Zap those cramps

  • Some scientists think the acetic acid in pickle juice messes with the cramp signal in your nervous system. 
  • Translation? Your cramps get the boot, and you’re back in the game.

3. Hydration helper

  • While pickle juice isn’t a hydrating drink on its own, it helps your body hold onto the water you drink, keeping you from turning into dust on those ultra-hot days.

Headed out for a long run, chasing a finish line, or just want to be ready to stop cramps before they get out of hand?
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Packing along a little pickle juice may be just the thing to keep you going.

🥒Do you use pickle juice to prevent cramping?

Tell us about it in the comments.
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Fun fact: Pickle juice and a few other ingredients helped another WeeViews runner finish a 100-mile race.

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Brynn Cunningham Started using those same pickle juice shots last year and love them for 50k trail race training and race day!

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