Coffee enemas can be a powerful and useful tool to fast track our health and detoxification pathways. I was like most people for a long time, skeptical and a little nervous about the idea. However, I believe we learn a lot about our bodies and what works for us individually this way. When I first started implementing them in my wellness routine, I was amazed how cleansed and refreshed I felt, and how quickly it helped with any digestive issues, skin problems, and mental or physical stress.
A coffee enema is a type of colon cleansing using coffee and water via a tube and bucket. It works as a mechanical cleansing method to remove toxins and waste from the colon by stimulating movement through peristalsis and enhancing bile flow. They have been around as far back as the 1800’s and have been used by the famous Gerson Therapy as part of natural cancer treatments. Coffee enemas provides many benefits for the body that I will discuss below.
Coffee Enemas provide many benefits such as:
- Liver Health & Detoxification – coffee enemas help remove unwanted materials and toxins in the gut and bloodstream. Since they mechanically wash out the colon, this removes harmful parasites, bacteria, yeast, and heavy metals that contribute to inflammation, and disease. Our liver and detoxification pathways become burdened when there are excess toxins built up in our bodies, therefore coffee enemas can provide relief for our liver to work its best. Coffee used in an enema stimulates glutathione production in the liver by up to 600-700%, which is known as the body’s master antioxidant and critical for detoxification.
- Relieves Constipation & Other Digestive Issues – coffee enemas provide constipation relief in many ways. Both water in the colon and coffee stimulate peristalsis which causes movement through the colon. Both toxins and food residue can cause constipation, and therefore, coffee enemas help facilitate removal of waste and toxins. Chronic constipation can cause a variety of health issues such as hormone imbalances, skin problems, and anxiety. Coffee is also beneficial for diverticulitis in the colon, which are slight tears in the walls where food particles and bacteria become trapped. Diverticulitis can cause symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen. Enemas can also help with inflammation, bloating, and water retention, and some people notice flatter stomachs or a slight reduction in weight due to this.
- Clear Candida and Parasites – candida and parasites can contribute to many unwanted health conditions such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, rashes, fatigue, yeast infections, bladder infections, food sensitivities, weight loss or gain, and joint pain. Coffee enemas enhance bile flow increasing alkalinity in the small intestine making it less hospitable for parasites and yeast. If you’ve ever dealt with parasites or candida, you know how unfortunate the symptoms they can cause and how difficult they feel to get rid of. Incorporating coffee enemas if you’re dealing with either of these pathogens can further support a detox protocol.
- Heals Skin Conditions & Anti-Aging – skin conditions can be related to the inability to remove toxins properly. Enemas help by removing toxins through improving elimination channels, especially when a person’s digestion/gut is struggling. When elimination channels are blocked or not optimal, this increases the risk for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Coffee enemas also have antioxidant effects as they increase glutathione production. Glutathione can reduce free radicals that contribute to liver health, and therefore, contributes to anti-aging and clearer skin.
How to do a coffee enema:
To do a coffee enema you will need an enema bucket (can be purchased online or at a health food store), certified organic ground coffee, filtered or spring water, and sea salt. To brew an enema you will need to boil 3 heaping tablespoons of the organic coffee with 3 cups of water for about 20 minutes. Once the coffee is ready, strain the liquid into the enema bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket with filtered water and about ¼ tsp. of sea salt. It’s important to allow it to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Use a lubricant such as coconut oil or natural lotion to coat the enema nozzle. Lie on your left side and insert the nozzle into your rectum about 1 inch inside. Let the valve go to start the flow of the coffee to enter the colon. Once the bucket has emptied, hold the liquid inside for about 12 to 15 minutes and then release and go to the bathroom.
There are also other forms of enemas out there, and they have slightly different benefits. For those sensitive to caffeine, the caffeine from coffee enemas is only about 25% absorbed in comparison to drinking coffee. Coffee enemas help to reduce stress in the body as well, but you could always try other forms if you’re worried about the caffeine content. Lemon enemas are also great, but I don’t recommend starting with them at first. Enemas are best performed in a meditative state, it’s important to allow your mind and body to relax during the process to receive the most benefits. By being in a calm meditative state, you will feel both your mind and body feel cleansed and refreshed afterwards. Many people even use enemas not just for the physical health benefits but also for spiritual purposes.
I believe coffee enemas are most beneficial for our health when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. They are not for everyone and it’s important to always listen to your body and speak with your healthcare practitioner to see if they could benefit you. Additionally, it is very important to replenish with electrolytes afterwards such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium and hydrate with enough water or healthy liquids.
By: Corinne Jane, The Beauty Files.
Corinne is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner that offers online nutrition coaching, meal plans, and beauty/wellness tips to help others transform their health and glow. She is passionate with all things surrounding health and beauty and loves helping others heal through nutrition and lifestyle changes.