Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Flush
*Do not begin this until directed by your healthcare provider*
Purpose of an ascorbate flush:
- Helps determine the approximate daily need of vitamin C
- Acts as a colon cleanse
- Helps to start detoxifying your body
- Some antioxidant protection against toxic agents released from the detoxification process
- Removal of heavy metal from the body over time
Dissolve 1 teaspoon (3.2 grams) of buffered ascorbate vitamin C in 2 or more ounces of water, juice, or herbal tea. The Buffered Vitamin C should contain calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. Add two scoops of L-Glutamine powder and take 3 Choline Citrate capsules or add 1 tablespoon of Choline Citrate liquid to the mixture. Allow the effervescence to dissolve (approximately 2 minutes) and then drink.
Repeat taking 1 teaspoon of Buffered Vitamin C Powder in 2 or more ounces of liquid every 30 minutes until a watery “flush” of diarrhea occurs, as if you had taken an enema. The stool may or may not be clear. Keep track of the number of teaspoons used. For every 6 teaspoons of Buffered Vitamin C Powder, add in the L-Glutamine and Choline Citrate as listed before. If you stop this process before a “flush” of diarrhea occurs, minor discomfort from gas is more likely to persist.
If the watery “flush” of diarrhea has not occurred after a full day of consuming the buffered ascorbate vitamin C, begin again after a period of sleep, this time using 2 teaspoons of Buffered Vitamin C Powder in 2-3 ounces of liquid every 15 minutes.
You may make a batch of the buffered ascorbate vitamin C solution by using a sealed bottle to avoid air oxidation of ascorbate. Dissolved ascorbate is stable for one day if kept tightly sealed and cool or cold. This will allow for easier, timely consumption of the beverage each 30 minutes.
Outcome of ascorbate flush
Many people report a subjective sense of improved well being after the completion of a buffered ascorbate vitamin C flush. Duration of feeling better depends on how rapidly your body uses up ascorbate. Ascorbate induced repair is cumulative and incremental.
Calculating your daily ascorbate need:
Record the total number of teaspoons it took to flush
Multiply this number by 0.75 (75% of the total teaspoons it took to flush = daily dose)
Place total number of teaspoons in water (1 teaspoon per 2-4 ounces of water) and sip over the course of the day. If you prefer you can split up the number of teaspoons, such as one teaspoon with breakfast, one with supper and one at bedtime. You can mix one teaspoon in 2-4 ounces of water, (can be slightly warm), let the fizz go out and drink.
9:00am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C with 2 scoops of L-Glutamine and 1 tbsp Choline Citrate
9:30am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C
10:00am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C
10:30am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C
11:00am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C
11:30am: 1 tsp of buffered ascorbate vitamin C
You then have a watery flush of diarrhea. You have recorded that it took 6 teaspoons to flush.
6 teaspoons x 0.75 = 4.5 teaspoons
Your daily intake of Buffered Vitamin C should be 4.5 tsp (or 14.4g). You can either can either mix 4 ½ teaspoons of Buffered Vitamin C in 9-18 ounces of water, let the fizz go out, and sip on this over the course of the day or calculate the number or capsules or tablets needed daily and take them in divided doses.
Changing ascorbate need
The healthier you become, the useful life span of ascorbate inside your body will increase and less will achieve the desired effect. As your need for ascorbate decreases, you may notice loosening of the stool indicating that absorption of ascorbate is being decreased. This indicates that your body needs less ascorbate and is more efficient in its utilization.
Risk of ascorbate flush
By following the approach as outlined here, you will be well hydrated, and therefore the risk of fluid or electrolyte loss from the diarrhea is minimized. Some people report gas or fullness while doing the Buffered Vitamin C flush. This is almost always due to either dissolving the Buffered Vitamin C in too much water or from not completing the procedure. Continue beyond the loose stool stage until a pronounced “flush” occurs. You will feel the difference. You may wish to place your Buffered Vitamin C in slightly warm water to further reduce gas formation.
Store Buffered Vitamin C Powder in the refrigerator after it is opened.
After you flush, do not take any more vitamin C that day.
You may eat during the flush if desired.
If you switch to capsule, tablet or chewable forms of vitamin C, remember to increase your water intake.
If you experience stools that are looser than the consistency of oatmeal, cut back on the daily dose by ½ teaspoon per day.
If your stools are firm and you develop signs of illness or increased pain, you may increase your vitamin C dose by ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon per day or do another flush (if it has been longer than one week since your last flush) and re-calculate your daily need again.
If you decide to stop taking vitamin C and you are taking greater than 3 grams per day, taper your daily dose by ½ gram per day.
Once you have determined your C-flush amount, you can do an accelerated C-flush. If it took 8 teaspoons two weeks ago to flush, you will begin by drinking 8 teaspoons of Buffered Vitamin C in 16 ounces of water with Choline Citrate and L-Glutamine powder over a 60-90 minute period of time. Add in 1 tablespoon of Choline Citrate and 2 scoops of L-Glutamine powder per every 6 teaspoons of Buffered Vitamin C Powder used. Wait 30 minutes and if you do not flush or feel like you will soon, add another teaspoon every 30 minutes until you do. If bloating and gas occur you can double the amount of Choline Citrate and L-Glutamine Powder used.
EXAMPLES OF CALCULATIONS
1 teaspoon = 3.2 grams
1 gram = 1,000 mg
Calculating your daily ascorbate need based on amount required to flush:
1 teaspoon x .75 = 3/4 tsp 6 teaspoons x .75 = 4 ½ tsp
2 teaspoons x .75 = 1 ½ tsp 7 teaspoons x .75 = 5 ¼ tsp
3 teaspoons x .75 = 2 ¼ tsp 8 teaspoons x .75 = 6 tsp
4 teaspoons x .75 = 3 tsp 9 teaspoons x .75 = 6 ¾ tsp
5 teaspoons x .75 = 3 ¾ tsp 10 teaspoons x .75 = 7 ½ tsp
Converting the daily amount to tablets (1 tablet = 1,000mg of vitamin C):
1 teaspoons = 3 tablets 6 teaspoons = 18 tablets
2 teaspoons = 6 tablets 7 teaspoons = 21 tablets
3 teaspoons = 9 tablets 8 teaspoons = 24 tablets
4 teaspoons = 12 tablets 9 teaspoons = 27 tablets
5 teaspoons = 15 tablets 10 teaspoons = 30 tablets
¾ teaspoon = 2 1/4 tablets
½ teaspoon = 1 1/2 tablet
¼ teaspoon = 3/4 tablet
Converting the daily amount to capsules (1 capsule = 800mg of vitamin C):
1 teaspoons = 4 capsule 6 teaspoons = 24 capsules
2 teaspoons = 8 capsules 7 teaspoons = 28 capsules
3 teaspoons = 12 capsules 8 teaspoons = 32 capsules
4 teaspoons = 16 capsules 9 teaspoons = 36 capsules
5 teaspoons = 20 capsules 10 teaspoons = 40 capsules
The use of vitamin C in health and disease is controversial, although much less so when one considers the following facts, which include a short summary of our experience:
Almost all animals and plants synthesize their own vitamin C. Notable exceptions are guinea pigs, monkeys, and humans. The first two of those eat fresh vitamin C-rich foods: fruits and vegetation. Animals, when adjusted for size and weight, manufacture the equivalent of 5 to 15 grams of vitamin C a day (in their livers usually) when stress free. Production can more than double when the animal is distressed.
Our genetic ancestors once had the ability to synthesize vitamin C but lost it (millions of years ago). One enzyme is missing in a 6-enzyme process converting glucose to vitamin C. (Scientists estimate that without this mutation we would be making 10-30 grams of vitamin C a day).
Glucose and vitamin C are similar structurally and it may be that some sugar cravings represent a need for vitamin C. vitamin C is often helpful for those cravings when they occur.
Vitamin C has a myriad of important functions within an organism and within a cell- including dozens of important functions related to cell repair and division, energy production, and antioxidant effects which neutralize toxins.
Many of us eat small amounts of vitamin C-rich foods. Also, our food supply contains less and less vitamin C because of premature food harvesting, artificial ripening and food processing.
Studies of the effects of vitamin C seem to be confusing. Generally, when small doses are used (1 gram or less), little to no effects were reported. When large doses are given (doses of 20-200 grams/day) significant changes occur. Almost all conditions, acute or chronic can have shortened courses and patients respond favorably. Vitamin C (in the pure state) has virtually no side effects. It has been given up to 300 grams per day, taken intravenously, without side effects.
Vitamin C in large doses is probably the very best general antiviral agent that exists. It is probably directly virastatic. We especially recommend it in cases of chronic viral illness, past or present (e.g. hepatitis, mononucleosis, EB virus, ARC or AIDS, syndromes like SLE (LUPUS) and other Sjogren’s (rheumatoid) syndrome. In addition, vitamin C, taken at bowel tolerance levels, strengthens immune system functioning. We ask people to take vitamin C in the mixed ascorbate buffered salt form rather than the ascorbic acid form. The neutral pH of the salts is preferable to the acidic form, is much better tolerated in large doses, and also serves as a vehicle for useful calcium, magnesium, potassium, and (sometimes) zinc.
We often ask people to take ascorbate salts to bowel tolerance, which means just below that amount per dose that results in gas, cramps, and/or diarrhea. This is not a side effect. This (gastro intestinal) “upset” represents saturation of the absorptive tissues so that no more ascorbate can be absorbed at that given moment. Increased peristalsis moves digestion products through the gut more quickly. Improvements in gut bacteria quality are often accompanied by flatulence (gas). This is not harmful to the person – just uncomfortable. If you experience any of these symptoms, please follow the Vitamin C Protocol for Gas and Digestion on page 6.
Our livers would be making vitamin C steadily, with increases commensurate with distress, if we had not lost the key enzyme. Thus for best health, it is important to take ascorbate regularly and steadily. We suggest a minimum of 4 times a day. With more serious problems we suggest hourly doses, starting with ¼ teaspoon or 1 gram/dose and gradually increasing by ¼ teaspoon every other day, usually to no more than 1 teaspoon per dose.
Often gas, cramps and diarrhea occur at rather low doses of ascorbate (below 10 grams). There exists many possibilities for this:
The body has been so depleted that the vitamin C gives enough strength for the intestine to function again.
Die-off of organisms in the gut which do not belong.
A deficiency of two other nutrients which help vitamin C uptake and metabolism:
Bioflavinoids and Quercitin
It may take several weeks (or more) to achieve bowel tolerance. Conversely, if one wishes to or must stop ascorbate for any reason, it must be withdrawn gradually. Sudden cessation of ascorbate does not allow the body time to accommodate to the change, and the body will continue to metabolize/excrete large amounts. You must reduce your ascorbate level by several grams/day over a two-week period (depending on how much you were taking) to prevent this easily preventable phenomenon.
Pushing to bowel tolerance is important. Many helpful things happen at the saturation level that will not happen otherwise. Doses from 50 grams to 200 grams or more a day are usual for immune dysfunction states like cancer, chronic viral and bacterial infections and other serious inflammatory or autoimmune diseases.
We recommend appropriate doses throughout one’s life. We see it used effectively to charge up the cellular electron pool, promoting cellular healing and metabolism, purging the body of foreign invaders and providing a base on which to build health.
Over a period of ascorbate use, one will find that the amount of ascorbate necessary to achieve bowel tolerance changes and fluctuates. During stress or illness; many times more can be taken (and is appropriate to take) than at other times.
We ask each person to begin to see ascorbate as a useful tool. As healing occurs and health becomes more balanced, the amounts of ascorbate should change accordingly.
Vitamin C can be useful to you. Consider it your friend and use it appropriately.
Stone, Irwin. Vitamin C --- The Healing Factor.
Catheart, Robert. Med Hypotheses7. 1981, pp. 1359-1376
VITAMIN C PROTOCOL FOR GAS AND DIGESTION
Divide up your daily dose of Buffered Vitamin C and take this two or three times daily.
Kana Digest tablets 3-6 or Kanazyme Super capsules 1-2 or Similase capsules 3-6 with each dosage of vitamin C.
Choline Citrate liquid 2-3 teaspoons daily or twice per day in water or vegetable juice or 3-6 Choline Citrate capsules daily (helps with GI motility and liver detox).
Can also take one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar or lemon or lime juice and water with each dosage of vitamin C to help with digestion.
The gas will lessen over time with weekly or every two week C-flush protocols along with taking Mega Max Dophilus 1 per day with or after meals.
Remember to avoid sugar and white flour! These feed the organisms that produce the gas in the gastro-intestinal tract.