How eating pickles could help you recover from a hangover
Healthline explains that electrolyte levels drop in your body because excessive alcohol consumption leads to dehydration and increased urine output, causing you to run to the bathroom much more often while ingesting cocktails. This is where pickle juice comes in. Brine has high levels of sodium and potassium (which are electrolytes) which are believed to help with dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and resulting hangover symptoms.
The site, however, points out that there is little research and evidence to turn this pickle juice theory into a science-based hangover cure. Small-scale research conducted so far indicates that pickle juice does nothing to increase electrolytes in a hungover body and larger studies are needed to support this claim.
What pickle juice can do, however, is cause more harm than good. Just 2 tablespoons of brine can contain up to 230 milligrams of sodium. If you’re not careful, drinking too much of it can cause your body’s sodium level to rise dangerously, which comes with its own set of health issues. If you definitely believe in the powers of pickle juice, Healthline recommends no more than 2-3 tbsp.
So while some swear by the healing power of pickle juice, it might be best to stick with water instead.