Made my own Pickle Juice to alleviate cramping

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  1. Power Player

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    No. You need to be jumping. That is the key.


    6 months and pretty strenuous. Timed jump rope,sometimes 3-400. Sometimes 80 24 inch box jumps. Stacked on top of lifts where you jump to get the weight up into a clean or jerk position.

    I went from being scared of cramping every time I exercised to be able to play tennis in 100 degree weather for 2 hours with no cramps.

    Not saying ill never cramp again, but this has definitely made a dramatic difference.
     
  2. shindemac

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    I like pickles

    Great. I have a jar of pickle juice. Never sure what to do w it since I like pickles. Been making hot and sour soup w it.
     
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    Chicken broth is used in chicken soup. Just add noodles, carrots, and celery. Voila!
     
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    I love to eat pickles. I'll will try to make my own pickles. Can I use other things besides cucumbers? I have some squash. I'm gonna put a cucumber in the empty pickle juice jar and see what happens tonite.
     
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    Interesting. Does preventative ingestion of pickle juice and mustard help? I had an extra dosage of both right now. Hot dog with a side of ketchup, mustard, and a big slice of pickle! :twisted:
     
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    Yes, I do. I glanced through one long article and the only cure it has is to chose different parents next time. (My mum also has the cramp).

    I'll do some more reading, but do you know what to do to cure it. I have no other pains, esp in the foot or leg. I run regularly and have no issues. It's just this one cramp that happens in the morning.

    Is there a cure ?
     
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    I've been wanting to start the skipping rope for some time (I heard it's good for building the calf muscle). I do calf presses on the leg press machine once a week. I already have decent calves with some definition and separation, and wanted to improve that.


    (I've been wanting to start a thread on leg exercises for a month, i guess this will give me the impetus to do so).
     
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    Did you follow a plan for it, i.e., could you link me it?
     
  9. Capulin Zurdo

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    Very interesting, I may try it out, even though I haven't experienced cramping when laying tennis.
     
  10. Big_Dangerous

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    I got them every now and then, but typically it's a result of just doing way too much in a short period. Tends to be way worse during the Summer months though. You really don't realize how much fluid you lose. Sometimes as much as 10-12 lbs per day if it's heavy cardio.
     
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    Hmmm... I'm going to have to try this. I get really debilitating toe cramps fairly often, and not just on the courts. I'm not completely sure if I understand, is it a preventive thing where a couple of ounces of pickle juice a day does the trick, or more a right before starting strenuous activity?
     
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    Well, I finally ate the pickles that I made. I took some leftover pickle juice from 2 jars, and put some squash in there. Yellow squash, zuchinni, and something else. After leaving it in the jar to stew for a couple weeks, it doesn't taste as tangy as the store bought ones. I'll have to try one of those recipes to see if I can make something better next time.
     
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    Did you cold-pickle the squash or did you bring the pickling liquid up to a boil again before adding the squash? Other things great for pickling - garlic (cloves and/or scapes), green beans, jalapenos, button mushrooms
     
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    I cold-pickled them. I tried the yellow squash pickles and they seemed to taste much better while still having that crunchy factor. What do you do with pickled foods? Do you eat them? I use my pickles in hot dogs and sandwiches.
     
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    Whenever I play tennis seriously (any time we're keeping score) at the club or even just with friends, I always warm up amply with a run around the facilities and other various exercises, and have two drink bottles in a mini-esky, one with a room temperature homemade modification of orange Gatorade/Powerade (with extra K, Mg) and one with chilled, filtered tap water.
    So basically Nadal's set-up.

    I almost never get cramp of any kind (possibly just lucky though), but I always wear a cap and sunscreen too, and generally take my health during sport very seriously.
    Have never had TE or anything more than a rolled ankle or sore wrist.
     
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    pickle juice works...no doubt. Mustard too. However...don't drink too much pickle juice....it will absolutely tear your stomach up. I have been there done that....whoooooooaaaaa. Anyway, this "stuff" absolutely works as well . I used to use it when I played tournaments and such. YOu will see pickle juice on NFL sidelines in pre-season.
     
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    Yeah if you want crunch cold pickling will be better but I get better results for flavor with the hot method. I normally have pickled jalapenos in my fridge at all times but will experiment with other stuff depending on what seems interesting to me at the market. I pickle my own jalapenos because I think the store bought ones are overprocessed. There's a lot of added junk in there I don't want in my body, plus they tend to be overcooked and mild. I mostly use them on eggs or nachos. Pickled garlic you can use just like fresh garlic. Pickled beets are delicious with goat cheese and a vinaigrette. For things like green beans, mushrooms, or cherry peppers I will snack on them out of the fridge or skewer them up and toss them into a bloody mary as garnish. Sometimes I pickle onions, garlic, and hot peppers and use everything together as a sauce or marinade for chicken.
     
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    I bought some pickling cucumbers and threw it in the same brine. I let it sit in there for 2 weeks before I tried it. It came out pretty much like store-bought pickles. Crunchy and tangy. Nothing fancy, but better than paying $4 for a jar of pickles.
     

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