Thursday, April 5, 2012

Coffee Enema: Why, What, and How

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When 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.

The Why:

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!
The What:
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)
The How:
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


  1. ok...this keeps coming up again and again. I guess I need to just do this. I've had a couple of tests lately and my liver enzymes are high. Not to mention I am ABSOLUTELY exhausted. Dirty blood? I'll have to buy some coffee I guess. Thanks for you take on this. It helps a lot.

    1. Absolutley just do it! First time is a bit awkward but then it's like...ah whatever. Easy as blow drying your hair. :) Yes, you can have parasites and all kinds of toxins moving around in the blood. If your liver is laden with toxins as well it can't do it's job properly to clean up the blood. I've had horrible problems with fatigue in the past too. This really does help! As well as eating super healthy and drinking lots of fluids of course. When you do it please let me know how it goes!

  2. awesome! I have been using the coffee enema for the past 9 months almost daily to support healing some major health issues and extreme heavy metal poisoning. So I am dedicated to detoxing and chelation. The coffee enema's support my liver and gall bladder cleansing and releasing the toxins. My skin turned ORANGE from the back up of toxins not releasing in my gall bladder and liver and I got very sick. The doc's told me they y wanted to take out my gall bladder so I started the coffee enemas and it worked. I am no longer orange and my liver and gall bladder are now doing their job. So I am a believer as well as the ND that I was working with. Here's a couple of my add-ons to improve the experience;
    A comfort item to add; I dedicated my extra yoga matt to be my enema matt. My bathtub is too short for an enema session, but my bathroom floor is tiled so it is easy to clean up if there is a spill or accident of any kind. (they do happen on occasion) I lay the matt out in the sun every once in a while to help sterilize it. ;)
    Cold press coffee instead of cooking the beans. Once you have the set up (Fiiltron or Toddy) it is easy and saves time since you just measure and add to the bucket with the hot and cold water. The cold press coffee works well. My ND and colonic practitioner both like and support this idea of mine. I have have the liver/gall dumps most every time with the coffee enema using the cold press coffee.
    Electrolytes; My colonic practitioner taught me about adding electrolytes to the enema bucket. Especially if you are doing 2-3x per day for serious health/illness issues. E-lyte (BodyBio/E-Lyte Balanced Electrolyte Concentrate 20 oz) is the one my colonic person uses and I buy from her. It is offered on amazon as well.
    Great time for an added facial skin treatment: Just before the enema, I soak a wash cloth in warm water and lay it on my face to open the skin pores. Then I smear on some pumpkin enzyme goop mask stuff (currently Mychelle) and leave on for the enema session. Wash off after your enema session.

    1. That's great!!! Thanks for your input and further information!!! I still love doing my enemas! I so wish I would have known before I let the docs take out my gallbladder. :( But hey, I'm working with what I got and eating better than ever so maybe it all happens for a reason. Thanks again!

  3. Quick question, when you say to put 2-3 Tbsp. of coffee into a saucepan, do you mean the coffee granules to boil, or do you mean pre made liquid coffee?

    1. Wow, that really wasn't clear was it. Sorry about that. It is 2-3 Tbsp. of coffee grounds. Boil it, strain it, and then put in enema bucket. I use old t-shirt to strain coffee.

  4. Thanks so much for getting back to me..! Much appreciated!

  5. I'm an alcoholic trying to detox my liver and I thought I would give this a try. I ordered the coffee and enema kit from the place you recommended (yes they have everything you need there.) My question is, will a regular coffee maker work just as well as manually boiling and filtering?

    'awakeningheartsong', above comment, uses the cold-brewing method, is that better? The Toddy website says that cold-brewing produces much less acid, which makes it taste better, but the research I found says that it is the 'palmitic acid' that, in fact helps, the liver. So it would seem hot brewing is better. Thoughts?

    1. Also, on the site (the Gold Roast coffee you recommend), they promote their coffee as being more acidic than normal. I'm thinking that cold brew might be better for drinking, and hot brewing is better for the other end, ha ha.

    2. Hey Steve. I boil because I like to kill all bacteria that might be in water. Regular coffee pot brew won't work because it doesn't boil the water. Hot brew always worked wonders for me. I've never tried cold brew and honestly know nothing about it so I wouldn't be able to recommend it. You sound like your onto something with the cold brew being better for drink and hot for the other. I learned from the Gerson Therapy which is tried and true method and they hot brew. Good luck! Let me know how it all goes for ya! :)