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The Common Cold and Vitamin C Flush

Sometimes you just get the crud. So how does one manage and get over the pesky cold without it dragging on and on? There is plenty of training that needs to get done.

Well I got bit by the crud. On Monday I felt a bit odd and could tell my body was not quite normal. My body felt a bit numb and my head was feeling some tightness. This was not normal functioning for me. Tuesday there was no hiding, I had a cold.

To help boost my immune system I implemented a vitamin C flush which I found in my natural health book Healthy Healing by Linda Page. This book contains all kinds of natural ways to return your body to optimal health for conditions ranging from Abscesses to Weight loss (almost Z) and everything in between. For each condition Linda Page mentions both diet and lifestyle recommendations as well as herbal, superfood, and supplement recommendations. Lots of good stuff.

Why does the vitamin C flush do?

According to Linda Page:

An ascorbic acid flush accelerates a detoxification program, improves body chemistry to neutralize allergens and fight cold and flu infections. It promotes more rapid healing, and protects against further illness.

This sounded good to me, plus I already had vitamin C in the house. Flush me!

What is the protocol?

  1. Use ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C powder with bioflavonoids for best results.
  2. Take 1/2 teaspoon every 20 minutes until a soupy stool results. Note: Use 1/4 teaspoon every hour for a very young child; 1/2 teaspoon every hour for a child six to ten years old.
  3. Then reduce the vitamin C dosage slightly so that you have a mealy, loose stool, but not diarrhea. You body will continue to cleanse. You will be taking approximately 8-10,000 mg daily depending on your body weight. Continue for one to two days for a thorough flush.

Note: I personally prefer to use a food-based vitamin C product to keep things as natural as possible. (Ex: Madre-C)

Let the flush begin!

I really hit the vitamin C hard on Tuesday ingesting the vitamin C at a rate of 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times every hour. Towards the later part of the day, I probably didn’t stick to the protocol perfectly but I put down quite a bit of vitamin C. I followed a pseudo protocol on Wednesday and could notice towards the later part of the day I was feeling quite a bit better but still a bit fatigued. Today (Thursday) my body nearly feels completely normal. My sinus drainage has nearly cleared up and my overall energy levels are returning. Yeah!

For me, colds can hang around for a week and could hang on for up to two. With a cold nearly gone within a few days, I think the vitamin C flush may have had a positive impact.

Others things I have been doing as well:

  • Flu Buster – Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Onion, and Habanero Juice in Vinegar. This stuff will make your straight hair curl a bit but powerful ingredients. I had purchased it from my chiropractor and we have been using it for quite a few years now. I also just found this Flu Buster recipe you can make yourself. It is not exactly the same ingredients but close. I will try this once we run out of our current bottle.


  • Eat well. This is pretty standard around our house but extra emphasis was put on it.
  • Low intensity exercise. No interval work or long runs.
  • More rest. Life is still moving along but at a bit slower pace and to bed a bit earlier.

What have you done to help manage a cold?

You can check out a couple articles called popular natural cold remedies and natural cold remedies which offer plenty more suggestions to help keep you moving along in training and life.

No one answer.

The crud is something that simply needs to run its course but you can always do things that boost your immune system and enhance your body’s natural healing processes. You can even use this annoyance as an opportunity to observe your life and reflect on what might be causing this immune system breakdown. You never know what answers you may find if you give yourself the time.

If you need to purchase some vitamin C or other health products, iHerb has some great pricing and service. If you have not ordered from them before, you can receive $5 off your first order by using referral code EMO849.

Happy and Healthy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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