Making Magnesium Bicarbonate as a Water Additive

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Making magnesium bicarbonate to use as a health promoting water additive is both an easy and affordable task!

Supplies needed:

1.  A single liter of chilled, generic soda water, which is simply carbonated distilled water (CO2 in distilled water)

Milk of Magnesia2.  One container of Milk of Magnesia -  Please make certain you purchase pure milk of magnesia with no additional flavoring or additives.  One desires simple and plain magnesium hydroxide ( Mg(OH)2 ).

How to prepare:

Shake the bottle of Milk of Magnesia well.  Measure out three tablespoonfuls of the white, milky solution.

Open the bottle of soda water, and quickly pour out about three tablespoonfuls of soda water.  Then, pour in the three tablespoonfuls of milk of magnesia.  Quickly put the cap of the soda water back on.  Shake vigorously.  Then, place the modified soda water in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.  After thirty minutes or so, remove the water, and shake vigorously once more.  The solution should become cloudy.

Refrigerate once more.  After another 30 minutes or so, the magnesium bicarbonate solution will be ready to use.  It should, at this point, be crystal clear.  If there is any undissolved magnesium resting at the bottom of the bottle, simply ignore it.

The chemical reaction that produces the magnesium bicarbonate:

Mg(OH)2 + 2CO2 —> Mg(HCO3)2

In essence, the magnesium hydroxide comprising the “milk of magnesia” reacts with the CO2 in the “soda water” to form magnesium bicarbonate.  There will be roughly 1500 mg. of magnesium and 700 mg. of bicarbonate in the liter container.

There are individuals out there who slowly drink this solution straight, drinking small amounts at a time.  However, we prefer to use this as a concentrate, adding small amounts   (about an ounce or per gallon) to high quality drinking water, as specified in my post An Introduction to Drinking Water.

Unlike other forms of magnesium, magnesium bicarbonate is about 50% bio available through internal use.  50% is adsorbed into the body where it becomes available to cells, and about 50% enters the colon.

Similiar water, with trace minerals added, sells for about $32.00 a Liter in Australia, under the commercial name “Amazing Micro Water”.

According to noted magnesium author Marc Sircus, bicarbonates are the perfect delivery system to transport magnesium directly into the mitochondria.

To quote Sircus:

“It was actually the dedicated work of Dr Russell Beckett, a veterinarian with a PhD in biochemical pathology that paved the way to understand the significance of bicarbonate acting in conjunction with magnesium. He has formulated “Unique Water” which, it has been asserted, slowed the aging process and increased the length of life of humans and other mammals and could be used to treat all inflammatory and degenerative diseases. Unique Water is water containing magnesium bicarbonate at an alkaline pH value. Dr. Beckett’s theoretical and experimental research has resulted in the understanding how important both of bicarbonate and magnesium ions are in human physiology and how they work together to optimize human health and the ability to recover from disease.

Bicarbonate ions working alongside magnesium would naturally create the conditions for increased glucose transport across cell plasma membranes. Bicarbonate ions without doubt create the alkaline conditions for maintaining the enzyme activity of pancreatic secretions in the intestines. Bicarbonate neutralize acid conditions required for inflammatory reactions hence sodium bicarbonate would be of benefit in the treatment of a range of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases…”

“…Magnesium does not readily reach the mitochondrion, but if plenty of bicarbonate is available the bicarbonate will act as transport into the mitochondrion. The only problem is that the few magnesium bicarbonate products available for sale are expensive compared to using magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate individually. It is possible though, that one can always make their own magnesium bicarbonate.”

Making magnesium bicarbonate a part of a balanced and vibrant drinking water is an exceptional idea.  Please note, however, that individuals with chronic inflammatory conditions or calcification of arteries may have to go slow, and limit the amount of magnesium bicarbonate taken on a daily basis until the body goes through a cleansing crisis.  This is one reason why we suggest using smaller amounts of magnesium bicarbonate added to drinking water, rather than drinking the concentrated form directly.

That, and just the right amount of magnesium bicarbonate added to good drinking water makes the water taste simply perfect!  Be sure to view the article/post on an introduction to drinking water in order to learn how to make the perfect water for your individual preferences.

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9 Responses to Making Magnesium Bicarbonate as a Water Additive

  1. Colleen says:

    Thank you for this wonderful, refreshing blog! There is so much misinformation and hype being circulated by all the self-proclaimed “gurus” and “coaches” out there, it is indeed a pleasure to find someone who truly knows what he is talking about!

    I am intrigued by your quote from Dr. Sircus, “the few magnesium bicarbonate products available for sale are expensive compared to using magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate individually.” I occasionally drink a glass of water with 1/8 tsp of sodium bicarbonate if I’m feeling acidic and it works almost instantly. I know magnesium chloride is sold in Asian grocery stores as “nigari,” a product used to make tofu. Just wondering, would adding some of this in addition, have the same effect and create the magnesium bicarbonate internally?

    • eytonsearth says:

      Hi Colleen:

      Using magnesium chloride in conjunction with magnesium bicarbonate is Sircus’ favorite method of delivering the “ultimate mitochrondrial cocktail”. So using one right after the other (the sodium bicarb first, waiting a bit, then taking magnesium chloride in water) is certain a viable protocol… and Nigari is food grade magnesium chloride. Magnesium bicarb works a bit differently, but the same principles apply. I choose to work with magnesium bicarb in water for internal use and we use magnesium chloride for external use. The alkalizing effect of the magnesium bicarbonate is less drastic and more gentle. The smaller amounts of magnesium bicarbonate that we use also makes our water taste fabulous. Magnesium chloride has a bitterness to it. But yes, it will combine in-body with the bicarb from sodium bicarb to act as a cellular magnesium delivery system!

      Also, thank you for the kind words, they are most appreciated!

  2. Lorraine Calvert says:

    “Please note, however, that individuals with chronic inflammatory conditions or calcification of arteries may have to go slow, and limit the amount of magnesium bicarbonate taken on a daily basis until the body goes through a cleansing crisis. This is one reason why we suggest using smaller amounts of magnesium bicarbonate added to drinking water, rather than drinking the concentrated form directly.”

    I’m concerned because I’ve had open heart bi-pass surgery, but it was for Fibro Muscular Dysplasia which is a rare disease. I also have Fibromyalgia, which doesn’t like anything which increases inflammation.

    However, this appears to be an excellent way to get absorpable magnesium. Will going slow limit the affect on these conditions?

    Best regards,
    Lorraine Calvert

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  4. Patrick Hickey says:

    A little over six years ago, actually the day before my 65th birthday, my nurse practitioner noted that my heart rate was rapid and irregular. I was feeling great and wasn’t even aware of the problem. Hmmmm! After a couple of months going through the expensive nuclear stress tests, etc, some pills did correct my heart function. The pills also drained away a lot of my usual high energy.

    So I rebelled, threw out the pills and cancelled the next appointment. The cardiologist had already informed me that I’d need a bypass in a couple of years or so. I just didn’t believe it!

    I got busy and lost a lot of weight on the Paleo diet and started riding my mountain bike regularly around the wonderful trails around the area (Sedona, AZ). My heart rate dropped way down due to my getting in shape, but the irregularity persisted. Then I started rubbing magnesium oil on my sore muscles, and within ten days, my heart was as regular as an old-fashioned Swiss watch.

    My internet searches led me to Dr. Sircus’s in-depth magnesium-centered site, which reassured me that magnesium deficiency often causes heart rhythm and rate problems.

    Somehow a few years slipped by while I continued to successfully depend on magnesium oil and liquid magnesium glycinate. Finally recently I wanted an easier way to get my magnesium fix, and I was rescued by Dr. Sircus again, with cheap, home-made magnesium bicarbonate. Magnesium glycinate is quite good, though it is rather expensive and may not be available here in Sedona, AZ.

    I can’t get into the details here, but the wonderful healing and health potential of magnesium bicarbonate is already the “last word” when it comes to magnesium, as far as I’m concerned. My reliance on my intuition to save me from the knife of the cardiologists and lead me to Dr. Sircus and ultimately magnesium bicarbonate! It has been almost like a spiritual quest! Of course, I couldn’t have followed this path if it hadn’t been for the internet, as well as my incessant curiosity!

  5. carolyn crawford from Canada says:

    Please ignore previous email because I continue to get my answers as I manage to
    go from link to link in your articles.
    This is truly wonderful. I’d like to ditch this magnesium I’m taking if possible and use
    the “homemade bicarbonate”.
    Despite my constant back pain from fibromyalgia, I am able to work 16 hr. days ( at age 70) and am in great shape. I’m 5′ (& shrinking) and for 13 yrs. have carved a beautiful farm out of pasture with clay and rock (& inability to buy truckloads of manure anymore). I load up my tiny car with bagged sea product compost.

  6. Matheo says:

    I live in Germany ,where the Milk of Magnesia is not available .
    Any ideas for creating Mg bicarbonate with plain magnesium powder ?
    Can I use magnesium hydroxide (E528) instead?
    Or take magnesium oxide and mix it first with water for becoming magensium hydroxide?
    If so, what amounts should be used?

    • eytonsearth says:

      Greetings, Matheo:

      Yes, you can use magnesium hydroxide for the reaction… I don’t know exactly how much you would need, you’ll have to experiment. However, if you use too much, the remaining magnesium will simply fall out of suspension and gather at the bottom of the container.

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