Pickle Juice Heals Muscle Cramps Faster Than Water
Drinking dill pickle juice
doesn’t sound quite as tasty as Gatorade or even plain water, however, researchers have found that pickle brine is great for speeding recovery of cramped muscles. But before you make a face and put a strainer over your crunchy dills, consider buying a bottle of Pickle Juice Sport, which has electrolytes as well. However, we can’t vouch for the taste. The study induced toe cramps in college students, then gave them straight pickle juice or deionized water. Those who downed the pickle juice recovered from their cramping 37 percent faster than the water drinkers. Hmm, if that’s the cure, maybe longer toe cramps aren’t so bad.
An Average 206 Bones in Your Body? This Man has 50 More!
Since he was a child, a Connecticut man has had 19 surgeries to remove over 42 extra bones in his body. He inherited a condition from his father called multiple hereditary exotosis, or MHE. The condition is rare, with only 1 to 2 people with MHE in every 100,000. More than 1,600 families in 57 countries around the world are known to have MHE. Fortunately the bones aren’t painful, but they can grow to an uncomfortable size. And as the extra bones begin to push into soft places in your body that aren’t designed for hard protrusions like bones, they may need to be removed. Sometimes you can inherit too much of a good thing!
Need a Liver? Have a New One Grown For You
Scientists have successfully grown and transplanted simple working livers into rats. There is a worldwide shortage of donors with healthy livers, and growing complex organs like livers has so far been impossible. Now a team in Massachusetts have created an incomplete, but functioning liver using rat cells. The livers are created by flushing out liver cells from a donor liver, leaving the blood vessel structure, and then adding new liver cells called hepatocytes. The new livers are then transplanted into rats next to their normal livers. The new livers are able to function normally, but only for short periods. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but soon you may be able to have an unhealthy donor liver used as the base of a new liver grown just for you. Have you filled out an organ donor card?
Stop Muscle Cramping Tip:
Eat a banana! Eating a banana before strenuous activity provides potassium which can help stop cramps before they start!