the deal with CALM
the "proprietary" blend... lol... is also available here. It's really a very simple idea, proprietary that it might be - just means he must have patented it or the proportions of the ingredients ( - an essential aspect).
CALM is a proportioned mixture of anhydrous (DRY) citric acid and magnesium carbonate. those are the essential ingredients, period. now before you go EEEKS! carbonate! bad! cannot be absorbed! etc... you will not be drinking carbonate.
Here is what happens when you add the CALM mixture (or equivalent, Di) to HOT water:
1. the dry citric acid easily combines with water to become liquid citric acid.
2. mag carbonate is soluble in hot citric acid. it is not very soluble in cold citric acid.
3. while it is dissolving, it will bubble and fizz. this is because the chemical reaction releases carbon dioxide. you should not drink it while it is fizzing. you must let it fizzle out completely. some instructions say to let it cool. i think that's better than adding cold water because if it is cooled below ~70C before the reaction is complete, the remaining carbonate will not form citrate.
What i do is mix it well with hot water, then let it stand until it is just warm or cool. That gives it plenty of time and it is never fizzy by the time i get to it.
4. When all fizzling is done, you now have magnesium citrate dissolved in water.
5. then, and only then, drink it.
~ waves ~
p.s. it is ok to brew tea/infusions with it or add a little sweetener while it is hot. i mix it all up directly with Ricola brand granulated herbal blend (presweetened).
p.p.s. if you're really itching to drink it fast, when it stops visibly fizzing, put your ear to it. if it makes no sound then taste it - it shouldn't "prickle" your tongue either. at that point you could cool it more by adding some cold liquid.
Resistance is futile.