Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2018-08-31
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Note: due to unadulerated
(bleach-free) Milk of Magnesia having
vanished from the market, see the ⎆site
Mg-water recipe for alternative approaches.
Water: Updated recipe
Below is an excerpt
from the recipes in Wheat Belly Total
Health, also posted in Undoctored.)
The recipes in Wheat Belly Total Health and
Undoctored are not all conventional recipes,
such as those for soups or entrees; they are
functional recipes that provide
specific health benefits, from electrolyte
restoration to bowel flora cultivation. Here,
I reproduce the recipe for Magnesium Water, the
best form of magnesium supplementation available
that you cannot buy, but with an updated warning
to avoid milk of magnesia that contains sodium
hypochlorite (chlorine bleach—yes: chlorine
bleach, a potent oxidizing agent) that is making
its way into more and more products.
While the best form of
magnesium supplement is magnesium bicarbonate, in
solid form is highly hygroscopic, or water-absorbent,
such that it turns to a hard solid, then crumbles,
in short order. For this reason, no manufacturer
will sell you a magnesium bicarbonate supplement.
But you can make it
yourself quite easily in liquid form and at
very low cost using common materials. This form
of magnesium is so well absorbed that I prescribed
this mixture for patients over the years who had
severe, life-threatening magnesium deficiencies
(from such things as prior chemotherapy or
specific magnesium-losing nephropathies, or kidney
defects of magnesium reabsorption) that were
chronic, requiring them to go to an emergency
room or clinic every week for an intravenous
infusion of magnesium to avoid the sudden cardiac
death (via Torsade des pointes or ventricular
tachycardia/fibrillation) that can result. But
the weekly infusion was an awful experience, as
getting an IV is no fun, it’s a major
inconvenience, and costly. Using this Magnesium
Water, I was able to keep magnesium blood levels
in a safe range using this convenient oral
mixture—no more IVs, no more weekly trips,
far less cost, and less fluctuation of magnesium
levels, since it could be supplemented every day,
rather than once per week. This formula is
perfectly safe even if you don’t have a
life-threatening magnesium deficiency, though
your needs will be less.
If we were able to drink
water straight from streams that flowed over
rocks and minerals, or if we ate wild foods
rich in magnesium, none of this would be
necessary. But given the fact that water
filtration removes virtually all magnesium,
modern crop-growing methods mobilize as much
as 60% less magnesium compared to older methods,
and prior grain consumption blocks nearly all
magnesium absorption (due to grain phytates),
nearly all of us suffer from magnesium deficiency.
Inadequate magnesium intake has real consequences
such as higher blood pressure, higher blood sugars,
muscle cramps, heart rhythm disorders such as
atrial fibrillation (as well as fatal rhythms),
and osteoporosis. Because of our poor intake,
supplementation is necessary for a lifetime for
This magnesium water is
therefore the best fix I know of.
This simple recipe yields magnesium bicarbonate,
a highly absorbable form of magnesium that
restores tissue magnesium with least potential
for diarrhea. A 4-ounce serving provides
90 mg of elemental magnesium; 4 ounces
twice per day thereby adds an additional
180 mg of elemental magnesium to your diet.
Building up to an intake (as permitted by bowel
tolerance) of 8 ounces twice per day is
ideal, providing 360 mg per day.
Note that the milk of
magnesia must be unflavored, as flavorings block
the reaction. And look for brands (e.g.,
Walgreen’s) that does not contain sodium
hypochlorite, as it is an unhealthy additive and
yields “off” flavors and smells. Be
sure to label your bottle to prevent any
unexpected guzzling by someone (which results
in diarrhea). Magnesium water does not need
to be refrigerated if consumed within 1-2 weeks.
2 liter bottle of seltzer
or other unsweetened carbonated beverage (not club soda)
3 tablespoons unflavored milk of magnesia
Uncap the seltzer
and pour off a few tablespoons. Shake the
milk of magnesia, then pour out 3 tablespoons.
(Most brands come with a handy little
measuring cup.) Pour into the seltzer slowly.
Cap securely, then
shake until all sediment has dissolved. Allow
to sit for 15 minutes and it will clarify.
Start by drinking 4 ounces twice per day.
Label the bottle to keep others from
inadvertently drinking it (and experiencing
diarrhea by drinking too much).
If rapid restoration
of magnesium is desired, e.g., chronic migraine
headaches or atrial fibrillation, I’ve had
patients drink 8 ounces twice or even three
times per day. Just be aware that even this great
preparation has potential to cause loose stools,
so build up to this dose over time.