If you’ve been keeping up with my my blog or on my social media, then you know that I love talking about the not-so-pretty but VERY important subjects. Today’s blog post takes the cake. I know the idea of coffee enemas sounds weird and very gross, but coffee enemas have been performed for eons by holistic health enthusiasts and Western medicine doctors alike and for a good reason.
Please note: I am not a doctor or medical expert. I am an aggressive 🙂 health and fitness researcher and happen to have tons of positive experiences with coffee enemas. Everything I write here on Hello Natural Maven is based on my personal experience and countless hours, days, weeks and sometimes months of research. Please do your own research and/or speak with a medical professional before administering a coffee enema.
What’s The Deal With Coffee Enemas?
So, you want to know what the deal is with injecting coffee in your bum? The answer is simple. We live in a toxic world. We deal with environmental toxins in our food, water, the air we breathe, and unfortunately the many products we use each day. It’s basically impossible to avoid all toxins completely. Coffee enemas provide us with a holistic way to aid in ridding toxins from our bodies via the liver. The benefits of coffee enemas are:
- Detoxify the liver
- Cleanse the colon
- Help eliminate intestinal parasites
- Boost mental clarity & energy
- Reduce and eliminate symptoms of general toxicity
- Blood purification
- Pain relief
- Clearer skin
- Great for candida cleanses
So why coffee? Coffee contains palmitic acid which helps stimulate your liver to produce glutathione, the most magical antioxidant. Glutathione helps detoxify chemicals in your body. As you age, your supply of glutathione decreases. Studies reveal that lower levels of glutathione go hand-in-hand with unwanted health conditions. The caffeine that is present in coffee dilates the liver’s bile ducts, aiding elimination of unwanted toxins trapped in the liver. The large intestine absorbs the coffee and travels through the portal vein directly to your liver. Additionally, all of your blood passes through your liver every few minutes, and because coffee enemas are usually held for 15 minutes, it facilitates the elimination of toxins, purifies the blood, and prevents the re-absorption of toxins.
Supplies needed for a coffee enema:
- Enema kit (thoroughly cleaned) (Click here to check out the enema kit I use and recommend)
- High quality organic coffee (no additives or flavorings) – medium or dark roast (Click here to check out the coffee I recommend for enemas)
- Filtered water
- Lubricant such as organic unrefined coconut oil
- Anything else that you might need to make you more comfortable while lying on the floor or in the bathtub
When And Where Should You Do A Coffee Enema
It is best to perform the coffee enema after you have had a bowel movement. You can perform a coffee enema wherever you feel most comfortable. Most people prefer to be close to the toilet for their first few enemas just in case there is a spill, or you have the urge to hop on the toilet immediately. The first time I administered a coffee enema, I was lying down in my bathtub, this felt safe for me. Now, I prefer to set up my “enema station” by hanging the bag on a doorknob and setting up a comfortable towel pallet to lie on.
How To Do A Coffee Enema
- If you’re a first-timer, start with a teaspoon of coffee. Otherwise, you can use up to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.
- Boil the ground coffee beans in two to three cups of water for about 5 minutes and then allow it to cool.
- This is a great time to set up your enema station. Lie a towel down on the floor and figure out where you will hang your bag.
- Strain the coffee to remove all of the coffee grounds/particulates.
- Once the coffee has cooled to BODY TEMPERATURE, it is time to administer the enema. DO NOT USE COLD OR HOT COFFEE!
- Pour the cooled & strained coffee into the enema bag. Make sure that the clamp is closed to avoid spillage.
- Remove any air from the enema tube by slowly releasing the valve and holding nozzle over the sink until the coffee comes out. Then close the valve clamp.
- With the clamp closed, hang the bag one to three feet above your abdomen. I use a doorknob, but you can also attach it in the shower if you are lying down in the bathtub.
- Get into position. Either lying down on the right side, left side, or your on your back.
- Generously lubricate the enema tip, bring your knees up to your chest and GENTLY slide the tip two inches into your rectum.
- Once the enema tip is all the way in, it is time to slowly open up the nozzle clamp to allow the coffee to flow in your rectum.
- Once the bag has emptied into your colon, you can close the clamp completely. You can leave the nozzle inserted, or gently and carefully remove it.
- The goal is to hold the coffee for at least 15 minutes. During this time you can meditate, roll from side to side, and do some deep breath work.
- When you are ready, head over to the toilet and expel the coffee.
- Clean your enema kit.
- Make sure you stay extra hydrated the day of your coffee enema.
Coffee Enema FAQ
- Is it messy? If done correctly, no. Ensure nozzle is inserted about 2 inches into the rectum.
- Does it hurt? No, but make sure that you insert the tip very gently and use plenty of lubrication. The tissues around the rectum are delicate, and the enema tip can cause damage if not entered slowly and carefully. I honestly don’t even feel the nozzle once it’s situated and the coffee is flowing.
- Why choose medium or dark roast coffee? Studies show that dark roast coffee restored blood levels of the master antioxidant glutathione more effectively than light roast coffee.
- Does it make you jittery? It shouldn’t. If you do become jittery after administering the enema, try reducing the amount of coffee used.
- Does it disrupt gut flora? According to Dr. Lawerence Wilson, coffee enemas do NOT interfere with the intestinal flora and in fact can help heal your intestinal tract by removing parasites.
- Will I need assistance administering the enema? No. Enemas can be administered unassisted in the comfort of your own home.
- How often can I do coffee enemas? Everyone is different, and we each have our unique health situations. It is up to you and/or your holistic health care provider to figure out what will work best for you. Many people benefit significantly from coffee enemas at least one time per month. If you are working through a holistic therapeutic program which involves a lifestyle change, you may find taking a coffee enema up to once a day is beneficial(speak with your doctor about this). I perform a coffee enema once or twice a week depending on how I’m feeling.
Troubleshooting Coffee Enema
I’m Leaking – Ensure that the nozzle is inserted about 2 inches into the rectum to prevent leakage.
I cant hold it in – If you’re having trouble holding in the solution, you are most likely dealing with some intestinal gas. Try rubbing your stomach or moving the bag up and down to try to remove some of the gas. Another reason for not being able to hold it in is the temperature; if the coffee is too cold, it will make it difficult to hold in. Also, if the enema bag is hanging too high, the coffee solution will flow into your colon too quickly, and you may not be able to hold it.
The coffee is not flowing – Look for kinks in the hose and straighten them out. If that doesn’t fix the problem, sometimes the enema tip has to be adjusted because something could be blocking the flow. Also, if the enema bag is hanging too low, it will not flow in your rectum.
My stomach is making noises – Don’t be surprised or shocked if you hear some interesting squirting sounds coming from your stomach, this is a good sign and an indication of bile being stimulated.
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