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Magnesium Bicarbonate Alkaline Water

Published on April 14, 2015

Dr. Lynda Frassetto of University of California, San Francisco says, “Insufficient amount of bicarbonates in our blood reduces our capabilities to manage (neutralize and dump) the acid our body produces. This is the cause of aging. The age of 45 is the average age when human beings start to show symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and many other adult degenerative diseases. And since we cannot manage the acid, we accumulate acidic wastes in our body. These wastes show up as cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, urate, sulfate, phosphate, kidney stones, etc.”

The most important function of alkaline water is to increase bicarbonates in the blood because we lose bicarbonates as we age. The change of pH value causes the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid that enters the stomach, and the bicarbonates enter the bloodstream.  When we say that we alkalize our body, we do not necessarily mean increasing our saliva pH or urine pH; it means increasing the bicarbonates in our blood. The blood pH does not change, but the ability of our blood to neutralize acid in the body increases quite dramatically.[1]

In the January/February 2003 issue of American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, Dr. Gospodinka R. Pradova published the result of a 10-year study of industrial pollution in Bulgaria. The study compares two groups of people in a plastic manufacturing plant: one group working in the plant with chemical pollution, the other in the non-polluted office environment of the same company. The conclusion shows that people living/working in a polluted environment have fewer amounts of bicarbonates in their blood than people working in a clean environment. Therefore, if you are a city dweller with a fair amount of air pollution you should take notice of your bicarbonate levels.

We live in a world that was changed from an agricultural environment to an industrial environment, which produces more pollution. Our stressful life-styles create more acid, which causes us to use up more bicarbonate. The medical society considers the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood as an inevitable fact of aging.

I and other doctors argue that the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood is the cause of aging and diseases, not the result of aging.  As long as we can replenish bicarbonates in the blood, we do not have to age so fast. Sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate are the ultimate least expensive anti-aging medicines there are.

Since bicarbonates enter the bloodstream only when the stomach produces hydrochloric acid, it is important that we drink as much mineral rich alkaline water as possible. On an empty stomach, the stomach pH value may be high but the amount (volume) of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is small; therefore, drinking high pH (9.5 to 10) alkaline water will raise the stomach pH relatively high.  That will cause the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, allowing more bicarbonates to enter the bloodstream.

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Drinking Mineralized Magnesium Alkaline/Bicarbonate Water

Ethan Evers says, “Magnesium (Mg) in drinking water has a higher impact that that in food, because it occurs has hydrated ions which are absorbed very efficiently (only about half of Mg from food is absorbed). Also, food cooked in Mg rich water loses less of its own Mg during cooking. A study from Taiwan showed high levels of Mg in drinking water were linked to reduced risk of several cancers, including ovarian cancer (43% risk reduction of ovarian cancer mortality.”

Magnesium researchers have long maintained that magnesium’s roles (including calcium regulation) can only be fully utilized when the body is adequately hydrated. The importance of water in the body cannot be understated for adjusting pH balance, carrying toxic elements out of the body, and for full utilization of minerals in ATP energy production.

With insufficient cellular hydration, there is only a limited amount of magnesium mineral uptake and utilization achievable, which is not enough to quench the body’s needs unless more water is taken in. Moreover, when dehydration continues, more cortisone and histamine are released exacerbating inflammatory response, and therefore more free calcium.

Like water, we need magnesium every day. There is an eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced. Before the age of alkaline water machines, the only way to combat acidity was to eat high alkaline foods like raw fruits and vegetables. Since our body is about 80% water, consuming alkaline water is a simpler way to achieve an ideal pH balance in the body.

  • Increases absorption of nutrients
  • Increases elimination of toxins and wastes
  • Acts as a scavenger of free radicals
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Raisies alkalinity
  • Helpful with skin conditions
  • Increases CO2 and bicarbonate concentrations in the blood.
  • Increases Oxygen Carrying Capacity and Delivery

Drinking high alkaline magnesium/bicarbonate water increases digestion and nutrient absorption increasing energy levels as well as detoxification of the cells. Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following 22 conditions; the introduction of magnesium, either by a high-magnesium diet, with green drinks, or magnesium supplements, can help alleviate these conditions and this is a short list:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Asthma
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel disease
  • Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diabetes, Syndrome X,
    and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Migraine
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Nerve problems
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology—premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), infertility, premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy, lessens the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Tooth decay

Water Based Medicine is different from other water books. It is not just about water but what we need to put in it. If one cannot buy the best-bottled waters in the world in California (Noah’s water) or the best in Australia called Unique Water we need to get magnesium bicarbonate concentrate and make the best water in the world ourselves.

[1] ALKALINE WATER AND STOMACH ACID;  Sang Whang; Science & Health » Article 26; Feb 23 , 2012;

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    Claudia French, I have been making my own MgCarb water from MoM and club soda for several weeks. It has not altered my blood pressure at all (still 140 or 150 over 90) but it has made me constipated. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Katie

      How do you make this water yourself? Exactly what products do you use and how much of each?

  • Mary Adams

    I love the magnesium water. I would like to drink more than 24 oz per day to get more bicarbonate into my system but can’t tolerate any more magnesium. If I make the mag. bicarb. water by adjusting the recipe to less MOM in a liter of selzer would I still get the reaction needed to produce bicarbonate?…resulting in a higher bicarbonate/lower mag water?

  • Julia Dosby

    thank you Dr. Sircus for priceless info. You are the best doctor!

  • Julia Dosby

    Magnesium Glycinate could be a substitute to recommended mag. water. They can be bought in Douglas Lab or PURE encapsulation. Good quality and more affordable I think.

    • Tangomaniac

      but it may ot have the same effect …

  • Guest

    Hi! Thank you for all of your answers – they have been most helpful in the past. I absolutely love Dr. Sircus’ methods – I had already used many in the past, and then I discovered his site. I am interested in studying Dr. Sircus’ methods more in depth, for use in my herbalism practice in New England. Does he recommend a particular naturopathy school or program, or is he affiliated with one? Can you tell me which one he utilized himself, or which one he teaches through or recommends?



  • Shereen Leow

    Hi…why is it the magnesium bicarbonate water I made is acidic instead of alkaline? When i tested it turn light yellow instead of blue.


  • Julie

    Could you share where you can purchase on the web? I am finding it much more expensive than you stated. Are you still using, and are you still seeing positive results?

  • LJ

    Dr. Sircus, Diondonne below or anyone who understands this more than I, please lend us a hand.

    From research on this blog and others, I learned you can make Magnesium Bicarbonate by introducing Hydroxide to carbonated water, where it reacts with the CO2 and the end result is Bicarbonate. Given the article that Potassium Bicarbonate is also as important and healthy, questions arise.

    Take from this theory I did research if the same thing is possible with Potassium Hydroxide. From a few places, including wikipedia, I learned that indeed it is possible to add Potassium Hydroxide to carbonated water, when it reacts with CO2 we have the Bicarbonate end product in Potassium form.

    Now the information on this was scarce, and I found no posts by individuals who do this. Can anyone confirm or deny if Potassium Hydroxide works the same as Magnesium Hydroxide? If it does, are there any reasons to not do it? Perhaps the process or not mixing properly, is very dangerous? Maybe the reaction creates other things too?

    Any information you can provide would be very helpful for me and anyone interested. The reason I’m interested is because it would be cheaper and I already have high grade Potassium Hydroxide I use for soap making.

    If this is a totally viable option, I would first figure out exactly the amount needed for both Potassium and Magnesium Hydroxide (separately) to fully react with a 1 liter of soda. Then do a 50/50 mix in one bottle or react them individually and just mix both into the final drinking water.

    Thank all

  • Honeynut2468

    Hi this is all new to me. I was going to consider buying a water inonizer and then found this article. I already have a whole house filter and an RO at the sink. I have cancer and have been progressing of late. Would like to make my own alkaline water at a minimal cost but don’t understand what to do. I already take a multi with Mag and take 1 food grade Mag pill at night to help with sleep. Please advise me, would really like to stay away from sodium bicarb is possible but will consider breifly til I understand this more. Thanks

    • G Clay

      Sodium bicarbonate has been shown to cure cancer. You may want to learn more before ruling it out.

    • Please seekir a consultation with Dr Sircus on this issue:

      Claudia French

    • Diondonne

      To prepare the water follow these steps:

      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.

      2. Shake well the bottle of MoM, then measure out as accurately as
      possible 3 tablespoons (45 ml) and have it ready. The plastic measuring cup
      that comes with the MoM is accurate and ideal for the purpose.

      3. Remove the bottle of carbonated water from the refrigerator
      without agitating it. Open it slowly and carefully to minimize the loss of CO2. As
      soon as the initial fizzing settles down, slowly add the pre-measured MoM.
      Promptly replace the cap on the water bottle and shake it vigorously for 30
      seconds or so, making the liquid cloudy. After ½ hour or so the liquid will
      have cleared, and any un-dissolved magnesium hydroxide will have settled to the
      bottom of the bottle. Again shake the bottle vigorously for 30 seconds or so,
      making the liquid cloudy again. When the liquid again clears all of the
      magnesium 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 magnesium 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 approximately 1500 mg of magnesium and
      approximately 7500 mg of bicarbonate. It should be kept in the refrigerator.
      You may note that the sides of the bottle “cave in” when the liquid clears.
      This is a sign that the reaction is complete.

      4. To make 4 liters of magnesium bicarbonate drinking water with
      approximately 125 mg of magnesium and approximately 625 mg of bicarbonate per
      liter and a pH of approximately 8+ 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 or purified water, as desired.

      • CocktailsPlease

        Hey… Im interested in trying this method. The only Milk of Magnesia I can find is a mint flavoured variety. Was the product you used flavoured?

      • empiricist2

        Thanks for this post- great idea.

  • Natalie Wallace-Schlieffer

    Hello, does drinking this cover both my dosage of sodium bicarbonate and magnesium?

    • depending on what you are treating you may use additional magnesium

      Claudia French

  • Dear George,

    Your information has been forwarded to
    Dr, Sircus., thank you for sharing it.

    Claudia French

  • Susan & John Saas

    Dr. Sircus,
    Masaru Emoto from Japan performed water experiments observing the physical effects of words, prayer on the crystalline structure of water. He hired photographers to take pictures after different variables and subsequently frozen so that they were frozen and form crystalline structures. The results were remarkable. You can put this in You Tube and see for yourself there were over 1 million viewers. My husband and I bought a Vitalizer Water Machine for our home over 3 years ago and it is used every day where we spin our water for either 9 min. or 18 min or 27 mins. which creates a vortex of energized water. Depending on your health conditions. Of course we
    spin this water with clean well water.
    Enjoyed your article today with Thanks,
    Love John & Susan

  • vaidhier V.R.Selvarajan

    good research for humanity

  • jack g.

    how about the importance of stomach acidity, especially during food intake?

    • proper stomach acidity is important to digestion of food, A product producing increased alkalinity should only be taken apart from eating….an hour before or after a meal.
      Claudia French