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In A Pickle Over Salt

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Believe it or not, some athletes and coaches suggest vinegar solutions such as pickle juice as a useful way of avoiding dehydration. Research has shown drinking it after exercise is not a good way to replenish lost fluids.

Various acetic acid (vinegar) solutions are claimed to be popular among some athletes and coaches as concoctions for preventing dehydration, rehydrating after exercise and as a preventive remedy against exercise-associated muscle cramps (Dale et al. 2003).

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