photo curtesy of google imagesWhen I mention coffee enemas I usually get a similar response from people. They sort of tilt their head to the side with a quizzical/disgusted expression on their face. I mostly get made fun of in my group of friends for advocating such a thing, but I don’t mind. My liver and the rest of me sure are enjoying the benefits of this rather unconventional means of detoxification.
As I mentioned, it’s a detox, more specifically a liver, gall bladder, and bloodstream detox. You use caffeinated coffee. The caffeine is the crux that stimulates the liver to produce bile and dilate the bile ducts for faster and easier flushing out of toxins.
You cannot get this same effect by drinking coffee. This is because the caffeine is absorbed much more quickly by the hemorrhoidal vein and carried up to the liver via the portal vein. There are also enzymes in coffee that bind to toxins and stimulate the colon to evacuate.
It is a bloodstream cleanser because all the blood in your body passes through the liver for a cleaning about every 3 minutes or so. This is due to the complex enzyme systems at work in the body. But simply put, clean liver = clean blood. We all know that blood is life. It carries oxygen and all the goodies to every cell in the body. You want to have a healthy liver so that it is possible to have healthy blood!
1. Purchase an enema bucket. They are cheap. I ordered mine here. Buckets are best because you can see how much coffee has entered the colon and it makes for easy cleaning.
2. Purchase some good caffeinated, medium to light roast, organic coffee. I purchased mine from a local health foods store but you can order the best coffee for enemas here.
3. Make sure you have a means to filter water or purchase some. I use water out of my Brita filter.
4. Lubricant (I use olive oil)
5. Towel and pillow (pillow optional)
1. Add 1 quart (4 cups or 32 oz.) of filtered water and 2-3 Tbsp. of coffee into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer with lid on for 15 minutes. Take off burner, remove lid, and let sit until cooled to about 105 degrees.
You want it to be warm but not too hot because this could burn you inside. AHH! I stick by this rule: If your lips can handle it, your colon can. Warm water is best because cold water will make your muscles contract and you won’t be able to retain coffee for the desired length of time. Another test: Stick your hand all the way to the bottom of liquid once you think it is correct temperature. If it doesn’t burn your hand, you’re good to go.
If you haven't had a recent bowel movement you may want to do a cleansing 48 oz. warm water enema before the coffee enema. This way you can cleanse the colon of fecal matter and be able to retain the coffee enema for the recommended 15 minutes.
2. Close clamp on tube that is attached to enema bucket. When the temperature is good, pour it into enema bucket. Then, to allow coffee to reach the end of the tube, open clamp and when coffee reaches the end of tube, close clamp. This will keep air from entering colon.
3. Lubricate tip to be inserted in rectum with olive oil.
4. Place towel in the bottom of bathtub and a pillow as well if you wish.
5. Lie on your right side and gently insert tube tip about 2 inches into rectum. This should not hurt at all. If you feel even the slightest pain, stop, remove, re-lubricate, and try again.
6. Once tip is successfully inserted, slowly open clamp to allow coffee to enter rectum and fill the colon. If you feel cramping you can close clamp and wait until cramps subside. Then open clamp and repeat. You may not be able to hold the entire quart at first but that’s okay. Simply evacuate when you feel you must and then administer remaining coffee. You should try and retain coffee for 15 minutes or longer. This is ideal for cleansing the liver, gallbladder, and bloodstream.
7. Clean up.
That’s it! There’s really not much to it. Perhaps I’m a weirdo but I find coffee enemas to be relaxing. I’m sure it’s because I visualize my body cleaner and healthier during the process and this is a great stress relieving technique for me. Sometimes I even read a book while waiting for the coffee goodies to go to work and give my liver a well deserved break!
If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask in the comment section, email me, or you can also find me on my Facebook page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is it messy?
- Not really. Any mess is usually contained in bathtub which you can easily rinse down the drain. Typically when you remove the tube from rectum the left over coffee from the very bottom of the tube that didn’t make it into the rectum will spill out a bit. It’s only a few drops and it’s not contaminated with feces. You will not likely lose your bowels. You can make it to the toilet to evacuate. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel spasms, count to 10 and if you can’t make it to 10, it’s time to get to the toilet, but most spasms subside after 10 seconds.
What does it feel like?
- It feels like warmth entering the rectum. It feels like you have to go to the bathroom at times. This is when you close clamp, count to ten, and then open clamp again. It feels relaxing.Can I get dehydrated?
- Not likely. If fact it may aid in hydration. You just want to be sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids along with using coffee enemas and preferably fresh fruit and vegetable juices to keep electrolytes in balance.
Does it hurt?
- Absolutely not. If you have any pain you are not doing it correctly. Most likely you are trying to force nozzle into the rectum. Tearing the anus is serious and you must take precaution not to do this. Be sure you have a well lubricated nozzle before attempting insertion.
How often can I do coffee enemas?
- Many experienced people take 2 or 3 coffee enemas a day. I don’t see where people have the time to do this nor do I think it’s necessary for a healthy person just looking for a good colon clean and liver cleanse. People with severe illness that follow the Gerson Therapy take coffee enemas every 3-4 hours or 6 times a day. I recommend starting off slowly with 1 or 2 per week. If you are drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices you can take more coffee enemas, perhaps 1 a day or 1 every other day. I typically do an enema once weekly as that is all I have time for.Will this help me lose weight?
- If you have impacted feces in your colon you will lose that weight for sure. Also, a high functioning liver that quickly and effectively eliminates toxins can help in losing weight. I believe that as we get older our bodies become so laden with toxins that we can’t lose weight because these toxins discourage all of our body's systems from working properly. Digestion and metabolism especially get out of whack when we are toxic. So yes, I think it can aid you in losing weight.
Will it rid my colon of good gut flora?
- Coffee enemas shouldn’t interfere with your gut’s good bacteria. It is beneficial in removing parasites and toxins but the good flora should remain. To be on the safe side you can be sure to eat a healthy diet, perhaps take probiotic capsules orally each day, or do a probiotic enema with 3-5 capsules dissolved in 2 cups of water and retain as long as possible. Ideally, you’ll want to absorb all of this without evacuating. This is called an implant enema.
Be good to your liver,
In the words of a mother