Of the basic components of the Wheat Belly Total Health or Undoctored lifestyles, obtaining sufficient magnesium remains a challenge for many people. For this reason, I developed a recipe for Magnesium Water that yields magnesium bicarbonate, the most absorbable form of magnesium available. You won’t find it in the pharmacy or health food store, you can’t get it from your doctor, you can’t take it as a pill or capsule; you have to make it yourself. The recipe is simple and requires about 1-2 minutes to make. It is based on the simple reaction of carbonic acid (carbonated water) and magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) that yields magnesium bicarbonate and water. It is no longer carbonated and should be virtually tasteless and colorless and is superior to any magnesium supplement you can buy.
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which to mess up the simple recipe: choosing a carbonated beverage with too little carbonation (e.g., some mineral waters), choosing a milk of magnesia that contains flavoring that blocks the reaction, choosing a milk of magnesia that contains sodium hypochlorite–bleach–that yields unwanted byproducts and “off” flavors and scents, getting the proportions wrong that either yields too little magnesium or residual unreacted magnesium that settles to the bottom.
But the most common hurdle in taking advantage of this highly-absorbable, easy-to-make way to restore magnesium? Forgetting to drink it. There it is, sitting on your kitchen counter waiting to be consumed to help you regain control over blood sugar, insulin responses, blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, bone density, migraine headaches, and bowel regularity, but it remains there unconsumed and forgotten. It may be the best form of magnesium you can find but it does no good if it just sits there idly unconsumed while you continue to lose magnesium every day in your urine and bowel movements and take in too little from food and filtered water.
So here is a minor tweak to help you remember to drink your Magnesium Water: Every morning, pour out your day’s intake of Magnesium Water and place it someplace visible that you cannot ignore. Recall that every 4 ounces (half-cup) contains 90 mg of magnesium, every 8 ounces (one cup) contains 180 mg. Our daily goal for total magnesium intake is around 500 mg per day. If you take in 16 ounces Magnesium Water per day, you would add 360 mg of magnesium to supplement what you obtain from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other dietary sources. Put it next to the kitchen sink, on your desk, or whatever location you frequent, then pour just a bit into every serving of drinking water, coffee, tea, or other beverage. You will space magnesium intake throughout your day, thereby minimizing the bowel-loosening effect while ensuring your full intake, just as primitive humans drinking from the stream did.
Why do we have to go such lengths just to replace a simple mineral? Well, if you could have walked to the river or stream to drink water that was freely flowing over rocks and minerals, you wouldn’t have to pay so much attention to replacing magnesium. But modern water is filled with sewage, farm runoff, persistent industrial compounds, discarded pharmaceuticals and other noxious things. If you consumed wild growing plants rather than commercial mass-produced vegetables, you wouldn’t have to be so attentive to magnesium. If you hadn’t consumed wheat and grains for the first 30, 40, 50, or 60 years of your life that exposed you to grain phytates that blocked absorption of most dietary magnesium, while long-term repositories of magnesium such as bones that contain 60% of all body magnesium became progressively depleted, you wouldn’t have to fuss with things like Magnesium Water.