Monday, October 22, 2012

Flu Season Essentials: Vitamin C Flush


The Vitamin C flush is another great tool to stimulate your lymphatic system, boost immunity and helps your body recover from illness and move a healing protocol ahead quicker.  We all know that Vitamin C is great during times of colds and flu to help the body recover, but few know all the other great qualities of this vitamin which include:
  • Collagen formation
  • Bone, teeth, gum, nail, muscular, ligament and connective tissue health
  • Blood vessel strengthening and reduction of plaque formation in the arteries
  • Increase iron absorption and utilization
  • Strong anti-oxidant which helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Natural anti-histamine (in high doses)
  • Lowers cholesterol
I recommend doing this flush at least 4 times a year for preventive maintenance and/or when a cold or flu has set in to speed healing.  It's best to use a powdered form of Vitamin C ascorbate - not buffered with minerals.  I really like Energetix Alka-C for this flush.  You can also find/purchase this product on my Products page.  Most important - drink lots of water.  It's a flush after all.  Drinking lots of water will help pull toxins out of your system and flush them out.  If you use a powdered form of Vitamin C - it can easily be added to a bottle of water and sipped slowly throughout the day.  

This flush is a little harder on the GI tract - at least for the first day - but well worth it.  Starting in the morning, take 1000 mg of Vitamin C.  Every 30 minutes repeat the dose of Vitamin C until (and here comes the hard part) you pass a loose stool or feel some tummy upset.  Sorry that's the bad part.  Make sure that you keep track of how much Vitamin C in total you have taken up to that point.  Take the total mg of Vitamin C ingested and multiply it by 0.75.  This is your daily dose of vitamin C.  If you are depleted or fighting off a cold/virus you can expect this number to be on the high side.  Your daily dose should be divided by 2 or 4 and taken 2-4 times a day.  You can vary how long you take this amount.  You can finish your entire bottle of Vitamin C; only take the high Vitamin C dose until you are feeling better; or continue until you do another "flush" to see if the dosage amount changes.  You can repeat this flush from time to time to see if your Vitamin C needs change or just to boost your immunity when needed. Keeping the Vitamin C levels at your body's optimum level will ensure that your body has the resources to fight any infection that comes your way.  

Happy Flushing!


Anonymous said...


Vitamin C in high doses can cause miscarriage.

Living A Whole Life said...

Thank you for your comments Anonymous. The link between Vitamin C and miscarriage is anecdotal at best and appears to be connected with also taking other abortifacient herbs. Here is an interesting artice (also anecdotal) discussing the topic.

Taking all that into consideration, pregnancy may not be the time to be contemplating major detox remedies and all protocols should be approved by one's physician.

Palmira said...

This is great!! I am doing right now, thanks!!
I just have one question? Can kids do this? My son is 8 yo. Thanks again

Living A Whole Life said...

In theory, yes, this would work the same with kids. I would recommend going slower, like using 500 mg every 30 minutes instead of 1000. It may get a little dicey the first day when you explain that the Vitamin C will make their tummy upset and give them a loose stool. If you can get participation for the first day, this would be a great immune booster for kids.

artymama said...

From my a HUGE fan of mega doses of vitamin c..most bodies can only absorb 1000mg per hour if taken orally. Anything else is purged through diarrhea when the body reaches saturation levels. So, while such high doses will induce the body purging, it won't be absorbing all of that vitamin c.
IV vitamin c however, is pumped straight into the bloodstream and can be administered at MEGA doses, but won't create the purging effect. Up to 200gms per day can be administered through I'V.

Living A Whole Life said...

Just to clarify - you only reach saturation of Vitamin C on the first day. After that you take 75% of your vitamin C saturation level. You won't reach stomach upset/diarrhea again until you start again to find your new Vitamin C flush level.

The vitamin C you take at 75% saturation level will be well absorbed if you take it throughout the day. I recommend splitting it into 4 doses or even better, using a powdered form and sipping it throughout the day in a bottle of water.

Dave said...

One point you mentioned in the blog but didn't go into detail was how vitamin C (as well as fruits and veggies overall) help promote the release of salvia in your mouth, which acts as a mouth wash and rinses your mouth!

They also release exfoliates, helping prevent stains!

Eat your fruits and veggies!

Living A Whole Life said...

Great point Dave - that one was completely off my radar! :)

Lisa Cadogan said...

I have lymphedema in both legs will it help with the swelling?

Lisa Cadogan said...

I have lymphedema in both legs will it help with some of the swelling while i flush

Lisa Cadogan said...

I have lymphedema in both legs will it help me with the swelling

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