History of Magnesium Bicarbonate
Magnesium bicarbonate was discovered by Dr. Russell Beckett, an Australian biochemist and pathologist. This product was the result of years of anti-aging research that came together when a group of animals were identified in a remote area of southeastern Australia living 30-50% longer than other animals in the same region. After eliminating all other possibilities for longevity, the water was revealed to have an unusually high level of magnesium bicarbonate. Springs in the region that fed properties with the oldest cows had the most magnesium bicarbonate in the water.
Magnesium Bicarbonate is the only liquid form of magnesium and is impossible to get through food. It is an electrolyte salt that we used to get through our drinking water. Prior to modern, monoculture, and the Industrial Revolution, when our soils and water supply were pristine, contained 84 organic plant based minerals in the food we ate and bicarbonate salts in the water we drank. In nature, magnesium bicarbonate was absorbed with water, into the bloodstream through the small intestine. No synthetic pill or even transdermal spray can be a replacement for magnesium bicarbonate. The majority of pills and powder forms of magnesium are secreted through the stool or urine.
After the military and industrial revolution and burning fossil fuels, we have sulfuric and nitric acid, two extremely corrosive acids that destroy our soils and mother nature’s natural cycle of clean water. In the picture below, you will see an example of before and after of a statue that has slowly deteriorated from acid rain. This is not just in one country or city, but throughout the entire world. All the years of eating inorganic food, iron-fortified foods (pastas, cereals, grains, pastries, cakes, cookies, donuts, etc), and drinking tap water or even “filtered” water contains acids which create oxidative stress inside our body. In english, this means rusting. When you see someone who is moving like a statue, or has aches and pains throughout their joints, you better believe these acids are playing a role.
Magnesium is a mineral, minerals turn on enzymes (enzymes are keys to a car), and as one of the main electrolytes that runs the entire body controls over 3,700 enzymatic reactions. Guess what our digestion, hormones, energy levels, sleep, recovery, production of hormone D, mood, focus, and pancreas need to function optimally?…You guessed correctly, MAGNESIUM. Our body is made of trillions of cells, each one runs of the energy currency called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), so when magnesium is not present, all systems of the body can begin shutting down or not functioning properly.
Why Are We So Deficient?
Our body stores magnesium up to 25,000mg like a reserve tank and there are many factors that deplete our stores. What we did not understand for many years was magnesium is the first mineral to leave the body under a stress response. Whether you get cut off in traffic, have a surgery, eat fried food, have a negative work environment, or supplementing calcium/iron/vitamin D, all deplete that reserve tank. It can be a physical, chemical, emotional, environmental, or nutritional stress we encounter unknowingly, which continues to take magnesium out of our bank. If you have done nothing to replenish it, soon your body goes bankrupt and symptoms slowly begin to show.
We live in an unnatural world with more stressors present than just 50 years ago that we call this the “magnesium burn rate”. It is important to learn about what habits or lifestyle choices can be causing a stress response internally to stop the dumping of this vital mineral, as well as begin replenishing our tank from all the years depletion! If you want to learn more about these stress causing habits, we list over 20 you could be doing or have done to stop or at least mitigate in our anti-stress starter guide.
When we have a magnesium deficiency, inorganic calcium builds up in the cells causing asthma, arrhythmia, heart attacks, angina, hypertension, migraines and inflammation. Magnesium is nature’s inorganic calcium channel blocker (not a pharmaceutical pill) and also a potassium antagonist.
- There are over 45 different types of inorganic calcium used in many of the foods we consume. They are used in intensifiers, gelling agents, whipping agents, flavor enhancers, drying agents, foaming agents, anti-caking agents, anti-mold agents, dough conditioners, thickerners, maturing agents, and dietary supplements.
- The fertilizer used to grow our food (even organic) is called NPK (nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium) and it is highly acidic, it kills the microbes in the soil. THe plants can no longer convert inorganic minerals into organic plant based minerals. To combat acidic soil, the farmers started using agricultural lime (calcium hydroxide) to alkalize the soil to grow vegetables and now these vegetables uptake inorganic nitrogen, phosphate, potassium, and calcium. Inorganic calcium and potassium are magnesium killers! Every vegetable we have eaten depletes that magnesium reserve.
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA’s)
The recommended adult daily allowance for magnesium is 360-420mg per day. But as with all RDAs, the recommendations were created for prison inmates to survive, NOT THRIVE! When we realize that is not enough to keep up with our “magnesium burn rate” (discussed above), the importance of getting more becomes a priority.
From our personal experience and working with hundreds of clients, getting at least 1-2 grams/daily or 1,000-2000mg a day is more effective. Making sure we are drinking magnesium bicarbonate at least 30-60 minutes away from food is crucial, especially if you are an individual suffering with a sluggish metabolism. Magnesium bicarbonate can dilute stomach acid, creating more issues long term with improper digestion of foods.
There are over 10 types of magnesium being touted to the public as nutritional supplements. Lactate, glycinate, malate, citrate, sulfate, chloride, oxide, carbonate, hydroxide, hydroxyl, orotate, chelate, taurate and malate are the most common people take. The most bioavailable and natural form is magnesium bicarbonate.
In nature, we came in contact with organic magnesium (which plants converted into organic plant-based magnesium) in the food we ate and magnesium bicarbonate in the water we drank. Magnesium bicarbonate ion (HCO3) with the mineral magnesium hydroxide attached to it is an excellent base to buffer acids. This means the bicarbonate our body synthesizes will bind with magnesium hydroxide to produce magnesium bicarbonate.
- Crucial for production of proteins, enzymes, antioxidants (like glutathione), creation of DNA, and RNA.
- Magnesium is a cofactor for the enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase, and when it does not work (or magnesium is not present), we cannot metabolize glucose. In turn, this increases the levels of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a known tumor promoter and initiator, detrimental in the long run and suppresses the utilization of oxygen in our cells.
- Without magnesium, we cannot properly use cholesterol to synthesize downstream hormones like testosterone, DHEA, & progesterone. Hence, a sign of magnesium deficiency is elevated cholesterol.
- Magnesium bicarbonate helps protect cells from heavy metal poisoning, such as aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, fluoride, etc., and may help with insomnia, headaches, and inflammation.
- Up to 90% of Americans have a severe magnesium deficiency, which is akin to diabetes, and it has been found to be at the root of many cardiovascular problems. Sufficient magnesium reserves may help increase memory, focus, and deep relaxation.
- Magnesium is needed for six out of the eight steps of the Krebs cycle in the mitochondria to produce energy. Remember, everything needs ENERGY!
- Drinking magnesium bicarbonate on an empty stomach actually stimulates the production of stomach acid (HCL).
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
Acid Reflux, Adrenal Fatigue, Alzheimer’s Disease, Angina, Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Arthritis, Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Blood Clots, Blood Disease, Brain Dysfunction, Bruxism (teeth grinding), Cholesterol Elevation, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cystitis, Depression, Detoxification, Diabetes, Fatigue, Headaches, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Indigestion, Inflammation, Insomnia, IBS, Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Migraine, Musculoskeletal Conditions (Fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, back pain, jaw tension), Nerve Problems (burning, numbness, paralysis, seizures, vertigo, etc), Obstetrical and gynecological problems (PMS, cramps, preeclampsia, Cerebral palsy, male infertility), Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Sports Injuries, TMJ, Tooth Decay.
More Misinformation Regarding Magnesium & How to Properly Check Magnesium Levels…
As Dr. Carolyn Dean discusses in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, her first 2 years of medical school was about diseases. The second two years she studied drug treatments for those diseases. She spent no time on nutrient deficiencies. According to the magnesium expert Mildred Seelig, M.D., while a tremendous amount of magnesium research has been done in India, Britain, France and a number of other countries, doctors in the United States use the excuse that not enough research has been done here for them to feel informed enough to prescribe it. Dr. Seelig calls this the “not-invented-here syndrome”.
There are hundreds of ways that our bodies utilize magnesium, which makes it impossible for science to identify its “most important function”. This approach for looking for the single pivotal function of a supplement is based on the medical model of “one symptom, one diagnosis, one drug”. Science depends on this model to isolate one variable at a time for scientific testing, but they do not seem to realize that it would be unreasonable and impossible to limit food nutrients, such as magnesium in that way. Since it is involved in about 42% (3,751+) of the human body’s enzymatic function and interacts with dozens of other nutrients like Vitamin D status, cholesterol, calcium, potassium, & sodium.
There are over 1,000 research papers authored by Drs. Burton and Bella Altura, providing the value of magnesium, but unfortunately seem to have done nothing to make the public aware of the importance of magnesium. Researchers will just keep getting funding to repeat the same studies and doctors will continue to ignore them because they never learned anything about the clinical application of magnesium in medical school. We all just have to dig a little bit more and be willing to grow and surpass our prior education/belief systems. People can do their own Magnesium RBC test as requestatest.com to fully understand where his/her levels are at. Serum blood tests are not a sufficient indicator of magnesium levels because it is supposed to be found intracellularly and not in the blood.
How to Make Your Own Mg Bicarbonate
Click this link here, to learn how to make it yourself and the equipment/ingredients you will need.
With the dosage used in this video, which is 1 Tablespoon, allows you to get around 150-200mg of elemental magnesium bicarbonate per oz. The dosage mainly depends on how well you convert mg hydroxide into mg bicarbonate, which is created through how much Co2 you have available. The more carbonation you get, the more reaction happens.
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