D.I.Y Magnesium Supplement – Alkaline Water
As you know, we are BIG on the benefits of alkaline water. recently we have been focusing on molecular hydrogen, which is infused into our UltraStream water as a result of a reaction between the purified water in the UltraStream and a special form of magnesium.
But alkaline water – especially magnesium-rich alkaline water, still has real benefits, especially considering the simple fact that vast regions of the world are deficient in magnesium. A recent Israeli report even blamed rising cardio vascular deaths on drinking reverse osmosis water and magnesium deficient soil!
So yes, our UltraStream water does contain magnesium and molecular hydrogen, but if you don’t have an UltraStream here’s a Do-It-Yourself tip for making a magnesium supplement equal to any on your health food store shelves.
Here’s how to easily and cheaply make magnesium rich alkaline water with a simple recipe. It really couldn’t be simpler.
You’ll need 2 litre bottle of carbonated water, and a bottle of plain Milk of Magnesia. This will make a concentrate- you need only add 2 Tablespoons (one ounce) per gallon of drinking water. It’s enough to treat over 135 litres of water!
The plain Milk of Magnesia (or magnesium hydroxide) is normally sold as a laxative, because the body isn’t able to effectively break the bond between the magnesium and hydroxide atoms. Because the body can’t break it down, the magnesium is not absorbed. This triggers a quick exit, which is why it’s such an effective laxative.
But don’t worry. This recipe causes a simple chemical reaction, which creates a highly absorbent form of magnesium. The carbon infused in the water (carbonated!) bonds with the magnesium, and creates magnesium bicarbonate. Remember chemistry class?
Mg(OH)2 + 2CO2 —> Mg(HCO3)2
We use magnesium bicarbonate in our alkaline drops. Magnesium bicarb is absorbed at around a 50% rate, and in studies has raised blood levels of magnesium on par with IV infusions. If you compare it to tablet forms, liquid form is much more desirable for absorption.
By our reckoning, each 250ml (8oz) glass of alkaline water (using just 1 oz per gallon of the concentrate below) yields about 5 mg of magnesium and about 2.5 mg of bicarbonate. The Linus Pauling Institute supports the latest RDA for magnesium intake (400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women) so you’re not going to overdose.
Keep it labeled and in the fridge, and you can add it to a container of drinking water in the fridge each morning, so the whole family can reap the benefits.
No, it won’t give you molecular hydrogen and yes, you will still be better off with your own Ultrastream!
Thanks to Gwen’s blog for this. Here’s her page where you can download the recipe.