In the Wheat Belly lifestyle, we supplement magnesium to correct the profound deficiency everyone begins with due to prior consumption of grain phytates that prevented intestinal absorption of magnesium, water filtration that removes all magnesium, and high-volume commercial farming that yields vegetables with less magnesium.
Problem: Most forms of magnesium are better laxatives than they are sources of absorbable magnesium. This is why, if you were to track serum or RBC magnesium blood levels, you would see hardly any increase over time, even if you supplement for years. This is why I advocate making your own Magnesium Water that yields magnesium bicarbonate, the most highly-absorbable form of magnesium you can get. Using Magnesium Water, for instance, I managed to wean a number of people who were reliant on intravenous iron injections every 5 or so days in the emergency room or acute care clinic due to kidney defects (magnesium-losing nephropathies) that caused them to lose magnesium in their urine, a situation that is fatal within days of missing a dose. NO magnesium tablets succeeded in weaning them off intravenous magnesium, while the Magnesium Water did. Taking two or three daily doses of Magnesium Water and these people were able to avoid the ER or clinic completely, able to travel again and not be tied to the medical system, and found peace of mind knowing that they weren’t going to experience sudden cardiac death if they missed an intravenous dose.
We make our Magnesium Water from magnesium hydroxide—“milk of magnesia”—and the carbonic acid of carbonated water with a reaction that yields magnesium bicarbonate and water. Unfortunately, some manufacturers of milk of magnesia have quietly added sodium hypochlorite—bleach— to their product as an antibacterial. The presence of sodium hypochlorite will yield “off” flavors to the Magnesium Water, a weird fishy taste.
So, if your Magnesium Water tastes strange, look at the INACTIVE INGREDIENTS in your milk of magnesia. If sodium hypochlorite is listed, toss it out and look for a brand without it. The photo above shows the GoodSense brand that you can find in the Wheat Belly Marketplace. I’m told by Wheat Belly Blog readers and Wheat Belly Facebook followers that Kroger and CVS also carry brands without sodium hypochlorite.
When made properly, Magnesium Water should have no taste and be somewhat “softer” than regular water. And there certainly should be no fishy or “off” flavors or scents.