Friday, 13 December 2013

Home-made Mineral Water

Most water is pitiful, it's either contaminated with chlorine/fluorine, or is very poor in minerals after being cleaned/filtered. Here I purpose the ultimate solution (pun intended), for home-made mineral water.

Recipe:

  • ~2L distilled or very pure water
  • ~200mg silicia
  • ~150mg magnesium citrate
  • 1/2tsp sea salt, eg himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2tsp low-sodium salt (66% KCl)
  • [or 1/3tsp no-sodium salt + 2/3tsp sea salt]
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp distilled/white vinegar
  • Optional:
  • 200ug lithium orotate
  • 1 drop Lugol's solution, 3-7% (1.5-3.5mg iodine)


Rational:

  • Start with very pure or distilled water to minimise toxins/contaminants.
  • Silica, used to remove excess aluminium, set at similar levels to Fuji water which is shown in studies to be effective.
  • Magnesium, needed for over 300 enzymes, most people are very deficient in this mineral due to soil depletion, diluting it in water is a great way to increase intake.
  • Salts (sea and low-sodium), these provide the electrolytes sodium and potassium, the sea salt provides trace minerals including a bit of magnesium.
  • Lemon juice and vinegar, these improve the taste and absorption of water, blunt glycaemic responds (stops high blood sugar peaks), and also remove excess iron.
  • Lithium, for mood support. Populations with water low in lithium are more prone to violent crimes and suicides.
  • Iodine, needed for thyroid health and prevention of certain cancers, set a base therapeutic level; if you eat seaweed then this isn't needed though.

If anyone has anything else they think should be in the mineral water, then feel free to comment below or send me an email :)




Update (20/12/13) - Version 2:

Mineral water #0: Water Base

  • 2,000ml distilled or very pure water
  • 2tbsp vinegar, white/distilled
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2tsp Himalayan pink salt or similar
  • 200mg silica / silicic acid
  • 200ug lithium oratate (optional)
  • 1.5-3.5mg iodine (1 drop 3-7% Lugol's solution)



Mineral Water #1: Magnesium
  • 315mg magnesium citrate (1/2tsp powder)
  • 250-500ml mineral water #0



    Mineral Water #2: Vitamin C
    • 2.5g vitamin C / ascorbic acid
    • 250-500ml mineral water #0
    • Update (21/12/13) - version 2.1: Due to acidity issues with my teeth last night, always add some bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) in equal amounts to the ascorbic acid.

    All can be sweetened/flavoured if desired. Drinking one of #1/2 plus two plain #0s, results in exactly my original recipe, minus the low/no-sodium salt which I am removing because I feel the potassium isn't that critical really.

    Why the split? For better timing of nutrients, for example drink #1 before bed. #2 is optional, drink #0 through the day.

    What to do if you can't filter crappy water (thanks for the reminder Raphi!):
    • Chlorine: boil water and allow to cool to room temperature, the chlorine will off-gas, so best to place outside or by open window to cool.
    • Chloroamines: add 1/4tsp vitamin C / ascorbic acid to the water base to neutralise chloroamines.
    • Fluorine: Use 4-8 drops 3% or 2-4 drops 7% Lugol's solution depending on level of fluoridation, this won't remove it from the water but combat the effects of the fluorine in your body.

    3 comments:

    1. I fully buy that - whether food or water - soil depletion renders even the healthiest of diets far from optimal unfortunately. Do you think that having a 'clean' and well balanced intake of supplemental vitamins and minerals would render your water 'experiment' moot? Or do you think there is something about getting those ingredients in water that is actually advantageous?
      Thanks.
      PS: I'm new to your blog and enjoying it!

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    2. No, it's just many of these ingredients are cheapest as liquids or powders, rather than tablets or capsules, which makes a mineral water the best delivery method. Additionally just distilled water will leach mineral when drunk, so adding minerals to it stops this problem.

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    3. Thanks. This is somewhat off topic but do you 'worry' about the fluoride content in tap water? Or the chlorine? If so, what would you suggest? [and yes, adding those vitamins & minerals you suggested is one smart approach…but to specifically address the fluorine/chlorine?]

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