I promised a section on how to find your dosage. When I first started looking into this, I couldn’t find anything that gave me specifics. Well, that’s because there really aren’t any. But for me, I had a lot of unanswered questions.
The experts say take until you hit bowel tolerance. Well, what, exactly is bowel tolerance? It means you and your toilet are about to develop a very close relationship, but haven’t quite made the step to bonding yet. In simple terms, you’ll be at that point just before you get the shootin’ poops. 😀 Okay, it’s really not that bad, even when you really over do it.
Now, for me, my question was.. well, I already have IBS. How on earth will I be able to tell if I have IBS symptoms today, or Vitamin C symptoms? Well, I couldn’t find any answers out there, but, now, having experienced it.. I can tell you, you’ll know by the smell. Vitamin C has a distinct smell when it comes out the other end, either via fart or fact. The optimal dosing “spot” leaves you on the toilet with a very loose, but not runny, stool. This is a particularly difficult sweet spot for me, at least, but it might not be for you. I buy my tablets in either 500 mg, or 1000 mg. My “good” dose on a normal day is 3500 mg per every five hours. So for those of you who wonder how can I tell if I’ve got it because my body is acting up, or because I took vitamin C… well, that’s the best answer I found. Everyone else that I’ve assisted that has taken the vitamin C, agrees that it’s a totally different smell and you’ll recognize it as a different smell.
How do you get to your tolerance?
Well, there’s no solid formula. Basically, my suggestion is, wait until you have some time at home, at least five hours, but better if it’s a few days. Once you have a block of time, start in the morning. Expect that you’ll spend a little bit of time on the toilet, at some point. It’s a guessing game, to some extent. You can start small and work up. This is probably the best way to ensure that you don’t hit the toilet hard, and for very long, but it likely will also mean that it will take you significantly more time to get to bowel tolerance. In this scenario, you would start off with 1000 or 500 mg pills. You’d take one pill (whichever you start with), and wait five hours. If you don’t get the tummy grumbles (in other words, when you reach bowel tolerance, you’ll feel like you ate something that didn’t agree with your tummy, and you won’t be nauseous but you will get those farts, and tummy rumblings and possibly mild cramps. Nothing major) then move up either 500 mg or 1000 mg at the next five-hour mark. If you take your first dose at noon, then you’d take your next dose at 5 pm. Keep doing this every five hours until you get those tummy rumblings. Once you get that, then you take the amount you took, and you multiply it by .75. For example, if you took 1,000 and got the tummy rumblings, 750 is the dose you’d want to take. 75% of the amount that gave you the tummy rumblings is going to be your standard dose.
The second method, which is what I recommend, is much faster, but has more potential to send you to the bathroom at some point. This really isn’t that big of a deal. You get a warning. Just don’t assume what you think is a fart is actually a fart. I’m just saying. I would personally try a 3,000 mg dose. If you don’t get the bowel tolerance, or saturation (the diarrhea) then you go up like 2,000 mg. Somewhere in here, you’ll likely get very well acquainted with the bathroom, for possibly an hour or so, where you might visit four or five times. If you don’t get it at 3,000 but you do get it at 5,000, then drop to 4,000 on your next five-hour mark. If 4,000 isn’t at or above bowel tolerance, go 4,500. If it’s too high, drop to 3500. You can make the jump in either direction per dosage in just about any amount. This is the method I used, after I was sick. Vitamin C is harmless. You’re body will kick out anything it doesn’t use.
I was a skeptic, to some degree. After having a cold, which I threw everything from acupressure to antibiotics to nasal sprays to decongestants to oil of oregano, to compresses at, I was deaf and congested and couldn’t breath. My balance was messed up and I started having panic attacks. Out of desperation, because I’d just gotten myself back on probiotics, and did NOT want to go to the hospital where they’d just dose me (probably) with antibiotics, I threw myself into figuring out a dosage for “sick”. I found it on the website of Andrew Saul — http://www.doctoryourself.com. Specifically, you can try this specifically, http://www.doctoryourself.com/klenner_table.html or, you can try this one: http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html This is the one that I used, if I’m not mistaken, when I figured out what to take for my sinus infection.
Tolerance will be higher when you are sick, than when you are not. How can you know when you’re starting to get sick, as opposed to when you’re simply allergic, or normal? Well, for me, when I take the dose that I normally take, which is ideally 3,500 mg every five hours, and then once before bed, I will stay pretty much symptom free of my allergies, or sinus issues. This may drop back down to 1,500 after the winter and spring are over, but, that remains to be seen. Anyway, the way that I can personally tell, is that if my symptoms don’t disappear within the normal amount of time, I need to take more. My assumption is that if the dose suddenly starts giving me bowel tolerance, I’ll just reduce it 500 mg at a time until I get to the correct dose. Bowel tolerance won’t last more than an hour, assuming you don’t take enough vitamin C to elevate your level past tolerance.
What I mean by that is.. during a non-sick day, I will take 3,500 mg, every five hours (if I remember) and if I don’t remember, I’ll take it as soon as my symptoms come back. Since I effectively live on a farm with cows on one side, and horses on the other, chickens next door, and nature everywhere, I get a lot of dust, pollen and I’m sure, dander. However, when I was sick, I took a loading dose (that’s the first dose that you take, that is higher than all other doses. On a five hourish schedule, every five-hour dose could be considered a loading dose, but you’re not following it with maintenance doses) in the morning, of 10,000 mg. Because the body will use all vitamin c in the body within five hours, you can take your loading dose, and then divide it by five. You’d then take the divided number, and take that every hour on the hour. For example, let’s assume a loading dose of 10,000 mg.
Loading dose: 10,000 mg at noon
1:00 PM: 2,000 mg
2:00 PM: 2,000 mg
3:00 PM: 2,000 mg
4:00 PM: 2,000 mg
5:00 PM: 2,000 mg
6:00 PM: 2,000 mg
7:00 PM: 2,000 mg
You’re level of vitamin c would continually be at 10,000 mg. This is one of the best ways to eviscerate your cold or flu. The more usable vitamin C you keep in your body when you’re sick, the faster you’ll get better. Now, you don’t need this level of dedication when you’re not sick. This is what I did when I had that sinus infection. At that dosage, I personally did not hit bowel tolerance until after 24 hours. Since that was my first round of high dose vitamin C, I’m honestly not sure it was bowel tolerance. In any case, I dropped my vitamin C back significantly, and started taking it every five hours. If I remembered, I’d try to take 1/5 doses every hour, but that was difficult to do because I wasn’t sitting at home, sick. Then it sort of happened every time I was starting to feel ick. Now, I’m able to tell exactly where I am based on how my symptoms are. There are days that I’m in pretty good shape, so.. sometimes I only get a few doses in. I usually try to make sure I take it before bed, in the morning, and sometime during the day. If I’m really “on” I’ll take it pretty close to every five hours.
Some experts just suggest that you take it twice a day. Some suggest you do it three times a day, and some, accurately enough, say if you’re taking it once a day, that’s more than you were getting before. I do my best to keep myself saturated. It’s.. honestly, not the easiest thing. But, I try, and I’m seeing results from it.
I have seen my gums (which I was told would not regenerate without surgery which was painful and not guaranteed) from a point where I really panicked when I took a good look at them. They were reaching those points you see in every gum horror story picture at the dental office, where they barely cover the top of the tooth. I took the mega-doses of vitamin C, and somewhere a long the line, my gums started healing themselves. They’re not as far along as I would like to see them, certainly, they’re not like they were when I was young, but I suspect that I will see some results as I start taking my other vitamins as well. I’m fairly certain there’s a crap-load of vitamins and minerals that I’m deficient in.
Blemishes have started healing. My allergies are easily combated, even if I can’t say they’re gone. Congestion is easily combated. Gum infections have gone away. My allergy to silver jewelry seems to have gone away, although this is a very recent discovery, as in the last two weeks, and I’m so excited about that, because sterling silver has long been my favorite jewel, and I have never been able to wear it.