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What Are Magnesium Chlorideand Potassium Bicarbonate

Posted by Becky (Comfort,TX) on 06/01/2006

I found Earth Clinic last night, so the only thing I have been able to try is the baking soda. I used that last night and this morning with good results. Now, my question is, what are magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate, and where can I buy them? Is this something I can buy at my local pharmacy? Thanks

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

I buy a food grade or USP grade from a chemical supplier. This means I buy magnesium chloride, potassium bicarbonate, etc. from the same place. Sometimes if I can't buy locally, I just have to import them. Of course, it is not likely you can just go an buy from a chemical suppliers as it is not available locally, so sometimes magnesium chloride can be found in certain supplements alone or mixed with something. Now, potassium chloride, potassium citrate, and possibly potassium bicarbonate can be found in the electrolyte salts, and you can easily buy this in a drug store. Of course, they have a tendency to add other things too, such as salt, glucose, flavorings, etc. This will do for the moment. A good substitute for potassium bicarbonate is potassium citrate. The secret of the mixture (at least for my mixtures anyway) is to make sure potassium is only 1/10th in the amount of the baking soda. The formulas in the market tend to put too much potassium. Most of our diets can't adjust to too much potassium as this is how our body has been conditioned to and besides, the mammalian solutions that scientist used will put only a pinch of potassium and magnesium, but they will put more sodium.