It's that time of year when any number of respiratory viruses are looking for homes in human hosts. Sore throats can be one of the results of a virus landing in your respiratory system.

But you could also be suffering with a sore throat caused by all the dry air you're breathing in too.

Whatever the cause, most of us try to find a way to relieve our sore throats with everything from lozenges to mouthwash to the latest viral trends.

Unlike some of the weird stuff you'll see out there for sore throat relief, there is one thing that is going viral which actually has some science to back it up. That is eating pickles or drinking pickle juice.

Why does pickle juice soothe a sore throat?

According to an article on, pickle juice can help soothe a sore throat because of the salt and vinegar that are its main ingredients. Any fluid that has a higher concentration than your body fluids can reduce pain and swelling by drawing out water from your tissues.

Pickles and pickle juice also have infection-fighting antioxidants, probiotics that are good for your gut health, and electrolytes that help keep your blood sugar from spiking.

So the next time you feel that familiar tickle, or that full-blown fiery feeling at the back of your throat, maybe grab a pickle or a glass of pickle juice to gargle.

Scientists do suggest you gargle the fluid and not drink it in large quantities, however.

I'm thinking maybe a pickle cocktail of some sort could do the trick too, with just a bit of pickle juice as one of the ingredients!


A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:


Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in Sioux Falls

In June of 2020, Guy Fieri and his crew from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives came to Sioux Falls and made quite a stir.

In case you've never been lured into an hours-long binge of the show on Food Network, Guy Fieri visits places off the beaten path and tries out their signature dishes and visits with locals.

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