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Make your own high-quality liquid magnesium supplement for a tiny fraction of the cost of buying it hydrated. It’s as simple as adding water.
Beginning a homesteading adventure isn’t cheap, especially on the front end! I’m always looking for “hacks” to chop down the accumulating expenses in order to make this journey more fruitful for our family. Today I’m going to share one of my favorite finds that have made a happy little dent in our monthly spending while providing what I believe to be a superior product.
I prefer to get nutrition from food when possible, ideally by nourishing my land and consuming what is produced by it. However, in the real world, there are still occasions when the body needs extra support. Magnesium is not absorbed well by the gut when the lining is compromised by yeast imbalance and overgrowth. It can also be rapidly depleted by overconsumption of sugar due to its role in regulating insulin secretion from the pancreas.
Magnesium is one of the key nutrients that I credit for my recovery from FMS. When I started taking the right form for my needs (more on different effects of different forms coming soon), I felt like it was the first time in my adult life that my muscles could relax. Best of all my PMS disappeared, along with…how about a YAY for NO MORE CRAMPS! (sorry fellas, – not sorry. Happy wife-Happy life ;)).
If you would like to see more on what magnesium does, check out “The Magnesium Link” on my dear friend Brenda’s website (the first link isn’t currently working but the second link by “Elson M. Haas, MD” is chock full of gems. If you’re curious about my connection to Brenda and her generous FMS website, check out my “about me” page.
I could go on and on about all of the merits of magnesium, but most of you probably already know about that, which is why you’re here, so let’s move along.
Why magnesium Chloride?
My favorite form of magnesium is magnesium chloride. It’s absorbed well and food-grade mag can be used orally or transdermally (like in a lotion). Better absorption means no loose stools (with reasonable internal or external use). Bonus 🙂 While magnesium oxide is a great alternative to stool softeners (which can create dependency), mag chloride seems to get past the gut better and into the body to do all the 300+ functions that it is so very good at. To stay true to my beliefs I’ve just gotta say that while taking a mineral might be better than taking a stool softener, it’s worth it to find out why things aren’t moving as they should, and address digestion, body alignment/nerve function, and water intake.
So here’s what I found. You can get a bag of magnesium chloride here and if my math is right, make 27.49 QUARTS of liquid. There are 64 TBS in a quart so that’s 1,759 single TBS servings! The prepper in me loves the idea of having a 2+ year supply of this vitally important mineral around and the frugal mother in me loves that she can replace the $10/month magnesium she used to use with a higher quality product for a tiny fraction of the cost! A victory dance may have occurred…and some victory reward dark chocolate.
By the way, did you know that strong chocolate cravings may be a symptom of low magnesium? Once I started taking this form, my cravings mostly vanished. I still enjoy chocolate, I just don’t obsess about it now. My face is grateful.
Let’s do this!
Please be aware: store it in glass and don’t use a metal spoon because magnesium reacts with metal. I store the prepared liquid in an old vinegar bottle (pictured above) with a cork (probably not necessary, I think plastic is ok for the lid, just not my favorite). Also, I did have a lid get moldy storing on the counter. Blech! Fridge only.
Instructions: I don’t mix it with a spoon because it mixes so well on its own. I just weigh the magnesium chloride powder in glass (1.15 is as close as it gets to 1.16 on my scale).
Pour the powder in a glass measuring cup (with a pour spout) that has a quart of purified water in it. Pour this mixture into your glass storage jar as pictured at the top. I’ll repeat: store it in the fridge. Super Simple.
To use: To avoid using a metal spoon, I pour the concentrated liquid magnesium into this small measuring glass. Dump it into a glass of water and serve. hint: don’t skimp on the water. It’s very bitter when not diluted. When diluted in a full glass of water my kids don’t even notice it ;). It’s best to take this on an empty stomach so that it does not compete with other nutrients. I often take it before bedtime since it provides what your body needs to relax. I can still take it in the morning without experiencing drowsiness so if I forget at night, no problem. Doses are listed on the package & range from 1-3 TBSP depending on your needs.
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