Open up any pro athletic team's fridge and you are likely to find some pickle juice sitting there. Yup, the same type found in a jar of Vlasic Sour Dills. It has been discovered that pickle juice can get rid of a muscle cramp faster than any other known method. Bananas relieving cramps is a old wives tale. The Journal of American College of Sports Medicine recruited 10 volunteers to have their big toe subjected to a electrostimulated painful muscle cramp. Half were given water and the other half pickle juice. The results fleshed out two interesting points
Sesame Street taught me that everyone is special and unique in their own way. Evidently this means we may not all respond the same way to a stimulus or supplement. Depending on your genetics, bacterial makeup, medication regimen, activity level and so on these juices may or may not work for you. When in doubt consult your doctor.
I think before my next athletic competition I will pre-load up on beetroot juice and a maybe gulp down some watermelon to see if I notice a difference. To ability to perform safe self experimentation will help you discover what works best for you. Salute!
Doug Joachim - NYC www.JoachimsTraining.com