In a nutshell, the salt is a result of water interacting with a salt-loving microbial community.
But what does it mean?
In a recent article in The Atlantic, a Canadian scientist argues that we should start to consider whether this phenomenon is happening to us all the time.
As it happens, a large body of research indicates that humans are responding to the ocean’s saltiness, too.
A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that we humans have been exposed to seawater that’s been slightly salty since the 1960s, and have been altering our body chemistry in ways that help us survive the extreme conditions of the ocean.
We’ve known about this saltiness since at least the 1960’s, when the University of California at Davis reported that “humans have been responding to ocean conditions as if they were experiencing a ‘salt crisis’.
In some instances, this has resulted in a significant change in body chemistry, leading to an increase in body weight, metabolic rate and a reduction in body fat mass.
“We know from past research that we have a very complex response to stress in the environment and the environment is also a driver of stress.” “
We know that the environment in which we live and work is an important driver of our health and well-being,” says University of New South Wales researcher Andrew Coughlan, lead author of the study.
“We know from past research that we have a very complex response to stress in the environment and the environment is also a driver of stress.”
The key point, he says, is that “it’s not that we’re not responding to this salt, it’s that we are responding in a way that is more specific to the environment.”
Salt, or “saltosis,” is a phenomenon in which seawater becomes salty when it gets trapped in a mineral called calcium carbonate.
When the calcium carbonates dissolve, they release excess hydrogen ions into the water, and this can cause the water to get salty.
When it comes to body chemistry and health, the scientists argue that the changes we are experiencing are a natural part of life.
The reason humans are reacting to seawaters being slightly salty is because the ocean is constantly changing its composition.
During the course of our lives, we have evolved to respond to different types of weather conditions, and we’ve also evolved to change the chemistry of our bodies in response to environmental changes.
But, as Coughlon notes, it is not the same for every human, and the changes to our bodies are not always caused by changing the ocean environment.
The researchers point to the fact that the body does not have the ability to regulate its own body temperature, and as a result, it responds to salt levels in the ocean by increasing the amount of salt in the blood, as well as increasing the levels of calcium carbonated minerals in the body.
As a result: The body produces a response that can affect the amount and the concentration of calcium in the bloodstream and affect how much blood is needed to maintain normal blood pressure, which can lead to elevated blood pressure and, ultimately, a rise in blood pressure.
There are also changes to how we metabolize calcium, the same processes that help our bodies withstand stress and thrive.
As Coughlin explains, “the body is constantly adapting to the changing environment, so this is one of the reasons that we can respond to seawashes by having a higher calcium concentration in the circulation and therefore by having higher blood pressure.”
As far as Croughlan knows, “it hasn’t been studied extensively in humans, but it seems plausible to me that this could be part of the natural process of how our bodies adapt to changes in salt.”
We should start taking some action to mitigate this, he adds.
Coughlan also points out that there is evidence that people who eat more salt in their diets, and those who are exposed to saltier water, tend to have lower levels of blood pressure than those who eat less salt.
But he says that these effects don’t seem to last for very long.
While we humans can regulate our blood pressure through our body’s ability to burn fat, there is some evidence that we actually experience more damage to our arteries, heart and lungs when we are exposed a greater amount of sodium in our diet.
So, the researchers conclude that “the best way to prevent salt stress is to avoid high salt foods and saltwater,” and to consume more seawater, as the ocean changes its composition all the year round.
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