Sunday, January 5, 2014

Coffee Enemas: Demystified

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For those of you who didn't already think I was strange- you probably will now. Maybe even gross.. or crazy. Whatevs. I'm honestly surprised that you even made it to this sentence! Congratulations on being an open-minded creature. I'm sure some people saw the above picture, gagged, and then continued browsing. If you're still with me, I encourage you to keep reading. Coffee enemas are not a new fad- they've been around since the 50's, and enemas themselves since the 15th century! Not only is it a tried and true method of detoxification, it's totally safe and easy. 

What is an Enema?

An enema, in short, is the introduction of liquid into the colon via the anus (...butt). Enemas first became popular as a medical treatment, and were used in many alternative therapies. The liquid can be administered with special bulb syringes, bags, or buckets. A range of herbs, supplements, and liquids can also be added to the enema bag for specific desired effects. Coffee, specifically, is used to help detoxify the liver. However, things like baking soda or probiotics can be added to the liquid to help alkalize and replenish your digestive tract. We have evidence of the use of enemas from as early as the 15th century. However, we know that they became more popular in the 17th century. During that time, they were administered with syringes to treat constipation, digestive problems, and just about any other illness. No matter what you add into your enema, it will help to cleanse the colon. Because most of us have been on the s.a.d. (Standard American Diet) for some period in our life, our colons are congested. The highly processed foods that most Americans consume cause plaque build-up in the colon, which results in malabsorption, irritation, constipation, and toxicity. 

Why Coffee?

As I mentioned above, there are multiple things we can add into an enema solution for specific desired effects. The coffee enema, specifically, is a very effective method of liver detoxification- which, in turn, increases your entire body's capacity to detoxify itself. We are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis- pesticides, chemicals from beauty products, pharmaceuticals, air-borne pollutants, etc. Our kidneys, liver, skin, lungs, and digestive system all work very hard to filter out these toxins so that we can function properly. The liver's job is to transform toxins into a more soluble form, so that they can be excreted. It also helps to remove toxins from our bodies by releasing bile- an enzyme that helps to break down toxins. Yep, our bodies are pretty magnificent! The problem is that they're overloaded with toxins. Our detox organs are only capable of filtering out a certain amount of toxins at a time; they can become extremely backed up with toxins. This is even more true if you are on any detox regimen. Any time we are doing a cleanse, it's important to consider helping your body to eliminate the excess toxins. The very famous Gerson cancer treatment recommends up to 5 coffee enemas a day! 

So, how does coffee work to help our liver remove toxins? 

- It stimulates the liver to produce more bile, and dilates the bile ducts. This stimulates the liver to process those toxins, and pass them easily. Essentially, it increases the liver's capacity to detoxify the body!

- The palmitic acid contained in coffee activates glutathione production; an essential enzyme for detoxification. 

And like any other enema solution, it helps us to cleanse our bowels!

Getting Started

Before getting started, there are few essentials for an effective coffee enema.

- Fresh, organic, whole-bean, lightly roasted coffee. Organic, lightly roasted coffee has more caffeine and higher amounts of palmitic acid. I highly recommend this brand: Seeking Health Enema Coffee.

- An enema bag or bucket. While I use a silicon enema bag (this one), I highly recommend using a stainless steel bucket instead. I think it is a more durable, and easier to clean option. Check this one out, from Seeking Health. 

- Organic coconut oil. Yes- for lubrication. 

- Purified water. Do NOT use tap water. 

How To Prepare a Coffee Enema

 For every 1 cup of water you heat, you'll need 1 tablespoon of freshly ground enema coffee. Depending on if you've ever done an enema or not, you may want to start out with a small amount of liquid. A comfortable amount for me is 4 cups. I started out comfortably with this amount, and I think it is appropriate for a beginner. It's also important to prepare your bathroom space before you get started. If you're short on space, it's best to do it in the shower. However, if you have the extra room, the floor is great. I like to lay a towel out, and have an extra towel to cover up with. I also always bring a book or my iPod along too, to make the time go by faster. It's also very important to make sure you have read the instruction booklet that came along with your enema device, so that you know how to use it and that it is properly assembled.

1. Grind 4 tablespoons of organic enema coffee in a coffee grinder, or blender. They should be a medium-fine grind. 

2. Add your grounds to a large pot with 5 cups of purified water. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Our goal is to have 4 cups of enema coffee. Since we are boiling the water, I add an extra cup to compensate for evaporation. 

3. Turn the burner off, but the leave the pot on the hot burner. Allow approximately 20 minutes for the coffee to cool. It should be body temperature. Too cold, and you can cramp up. Too warm, and it can become uncomfortable as well. A good way to test the temperature is to simply put your finger in the coffee; if it feels "warm", it's probably still too hot. 

4. Once your coffee has cooled off, pour it through a fine strainer. I then pour mine into a large pitcher. This makes it easier to pour into your enema bag or bucket. 

5. You should have approximately 4 cups of coffee. I prefer to divide this into two enema sessions- two cups each. 

6. Making sure that the clamp is closed, pour two cups of coffee into your enema bag or bucket. You will probably see a few bubbles in the tubing. To remove the extra air, slightly open the clamp until all of the bubbles have been released. 

7. Generously coat the nozzle with organic coconut oil. Lay on your right side, with your knees at a 90 degree angle with your body. And.. you know where to put it. Check out this video for more instruction with this step. Make sure to slowly release the clamp, until you feel comfortable. 

8. Once you've inserted the two cups of coffee, close the nozzle and remove the tube. Set your timer for 15 minutes, and try to relax.

Don't feel bad if you can't hold it for 15 minutes; that's totally normal! If you feel a strong urge to release, then do so.

9. When it's time to release, use a stool next to the toilet- like this. It makes the release much, much easier. 

10. Once you've released the first two cups of coffee, it's time to start the 2nd two cups. 

Lastly, clean your equipment! I bring about 4 cups of water to a boil and pour it through my bag. Then, remove the nozzle and disinfect it with colloidal silver (or other antibacterial essential oil). 

Questions, comments? Let me know! 


1 comment:

  1. I started doing coffee enemas a little less than a year ago. After reading about how the digestive system is at the center of the immune system, I decided to give it a go. I use the same coffee as you, but I use a metal bucket instead of a bag. I am only able to hold it for about 10 minutes, and it's so much easier if I have an empty stomach!


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