The water in cucumbers naturally aids digestion — it helps your body break down food and absorb nutrients. The fiber in cucumbers also keeps things running smoothly by regulating bowel movements so you can avoid constipation.
Pickling cucumbers can boost the benefits to your gut even further. “Some pickles have probiotic properties,” Sommer says. “When fermented, they contain good bacteria that stop unhealthy bacteria from growing in your gut.” So while a pickle-heavy diet is not great for your sodium levels, a pickle now and then can do good things for your gut.