Story of our brackish water
Along the state road in the direction of Arcevia, past the petrol station, it is possible to find the gravel lane of Acqua Salata on your right. Glimpses of hills, cultivated fields, vines and small rivers will open before you. This area, widely populated up to the 1950s, had its meeting point precisely at the springs of sulphurous and salt water. Everyone stood in line, right in these places, to wait for their turn to draw from the source. Having this water was useful both for digestion and for the family economy: it was possible to save a lot on salt and cook pasta and other foods without needing to add any to the water. Along the road, you will then arrive at a curve marked by a large centuries-old poplar: here, turning left, you will find the remains of the sulphurous masonry fountains, today at the base of a reed bed.
The salty or chloride-sodium waters
As can be guessed from their denomination, in these waters there are prevalent concentrations of sodium and chlorine. Sulphates, bicarbonates, or iodine may also be present. The salty waters can be hypo, iso or hypertonic with variability of biological effects. They are indicated, used with hydropinotherapeutic methods, especially in pathologies of the digestive system.
Numerous studies have compared chloride-sodium waters to Ringer’s solution (the physiological saline solution) experimenting their effects on isolated organs. These researches, based on the structural analogy between the two solutions, have allowed to introduce the concept of “physiological” of these waters.
There are also general actions of the salty waters on the organism and on the metabolism: stimulation of the basal metabolism and of the oxidoreductive processes, tendency to normalize dyslipidemic pictures, increase of glucose tolerance, reduction of uricemia.