1. Measure 1 tsp of mMagBicarb.
2. Without agitating it, open the chilled liter bottle of carbonated water. When the initial fizzing settles down (but don’t wait too long) slowly add the mMagbicarb and tightly re-cap the bottle to minimize loss of CO2.
3. Shake and set aside for 10-15 minutes. The bottle will harden as the reaction proceeds—then as it nears completion, the sides of the plastic bottle will cave in. This is the reaction:
Mg(OH)2 + 2CO2 > Mg(HCO3)2.
4. Shake the bottle again (several times over the course of the next 20 minutes is ideal) and refrigerate.
5. When the liquid clears, (typically within another 20-30 minutes) the mMagBicarb in the carbonated water should have reacted with the CO2 to become concentrated magnesium bicarbonate water.
7. Mature overnight and store in the refrigerator. Depending on the source of water used for dilution, the pH will end up being between 8.0 and 8.5.
8. Start with 2-3 ounces/day on an empty stomach and work up to 16oz of magnesium bicarbonate water/day—if you want to take therapeutic levels. Drinking too much of this water too fast will cause loose bowel movements.