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This is a good way to get magnesium daily.

This is how I make my own magnesiumRecipe for Magnesium-Rich Drinking Water 2 0

Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/05/2010 | 1126 Posts

[YEA] Hi Everyone...I've been drinking Magnesium Water for the past 3 months. I create a litre of Mag Water from plain soda water and Phillip's Milk of Magnesia(no aluminium) according to this recipe here:


The chemical formula is Mg(OH)2 plus (CO2)2 --> Mg(HCO3)2

Step 1: CHILL COMPLETELY TO REFRIGERATOR TEMPERATURE A 1 LITER BOTTLE OF "FULLY CARBONATED" WATER. Carbonated waters such as "Canada Dry Seltzer" which consist of only water and carbon dioxide (CO2) are suitable. "Club sodas" such as "Schweppes Club Soda" are also suitable; they are carbonated water with a small amount of added sodium.

Step 2: SHAKE WELL A BOTTLE OF PLAIN MILK OF MAGNESIA (MoM), THEN MEASURE OUT AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE 3 TBS (45 ml) AND HAVE IT READY. The plastic measuring cup that comes with the MoM is accurate and ideal for the purpose. Use only plain MoM without flavorings, sweeteners, mineral oil, or other additives. The "active ingredient" should be only magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2), 400 mg per teaspoon (5 ml), and the "inactive ingredient" should be only purified water. 41.7% by weight of magnesium hydroxide is magnesium (Mg), so 1 teaspoon of MoM has 167 mg of Mg, and 1 tablespoon (TBS) has 500 mg of Mg (1 TBS = 15 ml).

Step 3: REMOVE THE BOTTLE OF CARBONATED WATER FROM THE REFRIGERATOR WITHOUT AGITATING IT. REMOVE THE CAP SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY TO MINIMIZE THE LOSS OF CO2. SLOWLY ADD THE PREMEASURED MoM, THEN PROMPTLY REPLACE THE CAP. Next, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 to 30 seconds, making the liquid cloudy. After 1/2 hour or so the liquid will have cleared, and any un-dissolved Mg-hydroxide will have settled to the bottom of the bottle. Again shake the bottle vigorously for 15 to 30 seconds, making the liquid cloudy again. When the liquid again clears all of the Mg hydroxide in the MoM should have reacted with all of the CO2 to become dissolved (ionized) magnesium and bicarbonate. However, if a small amount of un-dissolved Mg hydroxide still remains in the bottom of the bottle as a sediment it may be ignored. This 1 liter of concentrated magnesium bicarbonate water will have 1,500 mg of magnesium and 7,500 mg of bicarbonate. This concentrate must be diluted in order to be "WW".

Step 4: DILUTE THIS CONCENTRATE 11:1 TO MAKE DRINKABLE MAGNESIUM/BICARBONATE WATER (WW). To make 4 liters of WW measure and transfer 1/3 liter of the concentrate (333 ml) into a 4 liter container. Fill the container with 3 2/3 liters of plain, preferably purified water. Or, prepare a single glassful of WW by adding 11 ounces of water to 1 ounce of the concentrate. This drinkable water will have approximately 125 mg of Mg and 625 mg of bicarbonate per liter, at pH ~8.3. Other dilutions of the concentrate may of course be made, if so desired.


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The effects of drinking cups of this Mag water throughout the day have been very positive. My BM has become more regular, no more cramps and I don't get so tired -- no longer have a nap in the afternoons now. But the most remarkable effect is that I sleep so well and always wake up early full of energy, happy, aware and wide-awake with no aches or pains(I'm 60 y o).No brain fog or grogginess. Magnesium seems to have a wonderful effect on the brain .

This is so easy to make and a great way to get your magnesium

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I'm glad you have found a way that works for you to include magnesium in your diet. To be honest for me its a lot easier to just take a couple supplements :)

But completely agree with you on all the great benefits of magnesium especially from a mental acuity perspective.


Hello Dave, could I ask what amount of magnesium you take to feel the benefit that you do? I only take 300mg but I think I should take more.

Many thanks.


Hi Kimmie, if only that was a simple question to answer :)

I take about 800mg a day of elemental magnesium i.e. thats how much actual magnesium I take. The chelated tablets are 500mg I think but only 100mg of that is elemental magnesium. This is down from the 1000mg I started on - see why I reduced it further down the page.

Chelated is apparently the 2nd most easily absorbed with magnesium citrate being the most bio-available so I am swapping to that once I finish the boatload of chelated I bought!

The challenge is that we don't really know how much of that magnesium our individual bodies are picking up once it goes through the digestive system.

The best guide is to increase your magnesium each day until you find your stools loosen or become softer and then back off a little - thats becomes your best guide for how much to taker. As your stores of magnesium build up you will find over time you need to keep reducing the amount you have because your body excretes any it doesn't need through your stools hence why they become soft as less magnesium is needed.

I also occasionally use a magnesium oil spray - its not really an oil its feels more like salt water on your skin. For some reason I seem to be quite sensitive to it - just one of those weird things - but the great thing about a spray is that it will tell you (usually) how much magnesium per spray and because this absorbs straight into your skin and bloodstream, very little is lost as opposed to having battle the digestive system to get to your bloodstream.

I know this was a very long answer to a simple question about how much I take but I hope it helped?


Brilliant Dave, really informative, thanks very much, I think I may try that spray.

Have a good day.


I use Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Spray - extremely good quality and highly regarded for its purity


Interesting. We're on a borehole and the water is EXTREMELY hard even though we filter it first. I reckon it's full of mag, not enough that it gives me bowel problems though I'm glad to say :-/ .

I wonder whether mag in our diets has been reduced by our mains water supply, and also with our reduced salt intake?



Good thought Koll. I have recently upped my salt intake (I used absolutely none most of my life). I use the Himaylan pink salt (Liddles) which is supposed to have less sodium and a better mix of minerals.

The adding of chlorine and flouride to our drinking water is also somewhat controversial so who knows what global effect that may have.


Didn't realise that CD. We're going to find some Himalayn salt next time we're shopping. Thanks


What a comprehensive and articulate reply! I, for one, am going to try your magnesium recipe, which I am in the process of printing out. I am going to France on the 21st, and return to the UK on July 2nd. I will start using "The Water" as of this weekend so that I will have been drinking it for about 9 weeks by the beginning of July. I will report back then. It will be interesting to see what the effects might be!


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