Pickle Juice, Part 2 · 20 April 2013
It is a good thing that we always have pickles and pickle juice on hand.
I am not sure why, but last night I woke up in the middle of the night because my calves were cramping. It never got to the excruciating stage, but the episode was painful enough to actually wake me. I decided that the best thing to do was just go to the refrigerator to have some pickle juice.
Since I had recently relieved my cramps with pickle juice I knew exactly where the pickle jar was and drank a little juice. Then, I had some water to help rehydrate and went back to bed. The cramps were gone and I was able to sleep the rest of the night.
When we were talking about the restorative power of pickle juice, my friend suggested it was the vinegar. My cousin agreed that it is a miracle food, which also cures hiccups. But another friend pointed me to an article which suggested the miracle substance in pickle juice is the salt. Since electrolytes are salt, I am going with the salt theory.
The odd thing about the second pickle juice incident (in the same week) is that I have no idea why my legs were cramping last night. I was on my feet all day, but that is usual. The only thing I could think of was that I did not have enough fluids while I was out and about coaching at our track and field meet. I suppose I could have had some stress which caused me to be tense, but that does not seem right either. Regardless of the reason, I woke up in the middle of the night with cramps.
I guess cramping does not only happen when exercising strenuously. Getting relief from those cramps is why I am glad we always have an ample supply of pickles and pickle juice on hand.
© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi
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