There are a lot of crazy theories on hangover cures out there, and at Hangover Hospital, we’ve likely heard them all. Of them all, one that comes up time and time again as being one of the most incredible is pickle juice. Pickle juice, say proponents of this hangover remedy, will cure any hangover symptoms you have. It’s also been said that Russians have used it for hundreds of years, before and after chugging their beloved vodka. However, is it true? Can pickle juice really help you get rid of a hangover? If so, how does it work?
What’s in Pickle Juice?
Pickle juice is said to be such a great cure for hangovers because it contains salt and vinegar. These two ingredients make up the main ingredients for brine or pickle juice. The same ingredients that turn cucumbers into pickles are also what helps restore electrolytes in the body.
How Does Pickle Juice Help with a Hangover?
You lose a lot of electrolytes when you are drinking. Sweating, urinating, and vomiting, three things many people do when drunk, expel electrolytes from the body, leaving you depleted. Pickle juice can restore your levels back to normal, or at least close to it, making you feel a little better.
Pickles, and pickle juice, also undergo a fermentation process. Fermentation has many benefits for the human body. It produces a certain bacteria, which can help soothe an irritated stomach, another very common symptom of a hangover.
Of course, because pickle juice is so salty, and such an unappealing taste to many, it’s also thought this briny liquid helps with hangovers because it encourages you to drink more water.
Does it Work?
Like so many hangover cures out there, pickle juice may seem to work because it can help relieve certain hangover symptoms. However, it must be used in combination with other hangover remedies in order to really be effective. Sadly, taking a shot of pickle juice likely won’t make your hangover magically go away. You’ll still need to get plenty of rest, lots of water, and over-the-counter medication, such as an NSAID.
There is another reason pickle juice may not work effectively at curing a hangover. Many people simply don’t like the taste of it. These individuals are likely not going to enjoy a pickle juice cocktail before heading out. They certainly won’t want to drink any when they wake up in the morning and their stomach is queasy. No hangover remedy is going to be effective if you can’t actually use it.
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If you’re suffering from a hangover, don’t bother with any of the old wives’ tales about the many supposed cures. Instead, call us for our hangover treatment that has proven to be effective. We will come to you to provide treatment with fluid IVs, vitamins, and medication. All of this will get you feeling better in just minutes, without any side effects and without having to taste even one drop of pickle juice. Call us now at (305) 912-4911 to book your appointment.