Alkaline water is a health trend right now, with home ionizer machines selling for thousands of dollars. Let me let you in on this awesome little secret: you can easily and cheaply make ionized water with this simple recipe. AND you get the added benefit of making a mineral water by adding magnesium!
I did a series on the health benefits of magnesium, and I shared a really simple recipe for a magnesium supplement that made a huge difference for me when I was going through my health crisis. But it doesn’t taste all that great and it’s a *lot* of magnesium.
What if you really aren’t majorly magnesium deficient, or if you want a gentler way to get your minerals? This is a *fantastic* solution, and one I’m starting to implement for our whole family. It not only gives the water a perfectly balanced taste, but you get a steady (but gentle) mineral content and alkaline water all in one!
And it couldn’t be simpler.
What Do I Need to Make Alkaline Water?
You’ll need a 2 liter of soda water (just carbonated water), and a bottle of plain Milk of Magnesia. That’s it. And the cool thing: this will make a concentrate- you only have to add 2 Tablespoons (one ounce) per gallon of drinking water. So this concentrated solution is enough to treat over 36 gallons of water! And it tastes *great*.
How Does It Work?
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 and it triggers a quick exit, which is why it’s such an effective laxative.
But have no fear! This recipe is relies on a simple chemical reaction to create a highly absorbent form of magnesium. How does it work? The carbon infused in the water (carbonated!) bonds with the magnesium, and creates magnesium bicarbonate. If you remember chemistry class, it would look like this:
Mg(OH)2 + 2CO2 —> Mg(HCO3)2
Is This A Quality Magnesium Supplement?
In short: yes! Magnesium bicarb is purported to be absorbed at somewhere around a 50% rate, and in studies has raised blood levels of magnesium on par with IV infusions. Compared to solid tablet forms, a liquid form is much more desirable for absorption.
Many thanks to the inspiration behind this recipe over at greenclays.com Read more about the importance of using bicarbonate with magnesium here.
How Much Magnesium Does It Contain?
By my calculations, each 8 ounce glass of alkaline water (using just 1 ounce per gallon of the concentrate below) yields about 5 mg of magnesium and about 2.5 mg of bicarbonate. I try to drink 9 cups of water a day, so that’s a nice steady supply of mineral water.
I keep my 2 liter concentrate labeled and in the back of the fridge, and I add it to a container of drinking water in the fridge each morning, so our whole family can enjoy the benefits.
Here’s your printable recipe…let me know how you like it! (And see below for the pin)
- 2 liters of carbonated water
- 6 tablespoons plain Milk of Magnesia (sold in the pharmacy with laxitives)
+ Your daily drinking water
- Open your 2 liter of soda water. I like to place it in the sink just in case it overflows.
- Use a small fork and stick the tines down into the opening of the bottle. This also helps pop the bubbles so it won't overflow.
- If your soda bottle is very full, pour off a few Tablespoons of water to make room for the Milk of Magnesia.
- Shake your Milk of Magnesia, and measure out 6 Tablespoons. (This is a little more than ⅓ cup)
- Pour the Milk of Magnesia down the fork tines into the bottle.
- Put the lid on quickly and shake.
- Place in the fridge for half an hour or so, and shake again.
- Repeat: half hour and shake, and your concentrate is ready to use. (Or you can be lazy like I am and just make it at night and shake it once the next morning)
- This is your *concentrated* magnesium supplement. You'll add 2 Tablespoons of this concentrate per gallon of drinking water, so this 2 liter will treat over 36 gallons of water, turning it into alkaline water!
Per 8 oz. glass, the diluted alkaline water contains about 5 mg of magnesium and 2.5 mg of bicarbonate.
How Does It Work?
The water with carbon (carbonated water) reacts with the magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia) to create magnesium bicarbonate.