How do you take your coffee? Yep, that’s right, we are discussing coffee but consumption via the back end. Don’t let that scare you off, it’s all in the name of health!
Coffee inserted rectally has been used as a healing and cleansing method over the past 100 years. Particularly well known as part of the treatment of cancer with Gerson Protocol. Coffee Colonics or Coffee Enemas are considered to be one of the best ways of cleansing the liver and speeding up the detoxification system.
If you are new to enemas then read this article on how to administer an enema at home. Enemas are a great way of delivering hydration to any hardened matter in the sigmoid (lower part of the colon) to encourage elimination.
Adding coffee to an enema or getting a Coffee Colonic administered by a professional will not only clear out your Colon of toxic build up but it will also stimulate your Liver to purge excess bile/toxicity.
Dr Natasha McBride (author of the famous Gut and Psychology Syndrome book) advocates Coffee Enemas/Colonics for liver stimulation but also pain relief. Clients have experienced reduced pain in the body; joints and have also used coffee enemas/colonics to prevent migraines.
How do we function?
One of the busiest systems in the human body is the Gastro-Intestinal System and within that resides all your digestive machinery. You’ve got your Stomach, Liver, Pancreas, Gall Bladder, Small Intestine and Large Intestine (Colon). These organs process, break down, and absorb food and drink to assimilate nutrients for energy and process its bi-products/waste into poop.
It sounds pretty straight forward as this system functions without us having to do anything to start or stop it. Many of us don’t even know where these organs reside and often people complain of a ‘stomach ache’ when in actual fact their stomach is under their left rib cage and the pain they are experiencing is actually an ‘intestinal ache’.
I use that as an example to show how much we don’t know about how the inner workings of our bodily functions.
Why do I need to detox?
The body’s innate wisdom knows what to do without us even knowing its doing it. It’s a complex machine and if you were to unravel the digestive organs alone they would span the length of a football field – and all that fits in your torso (insert mind blown emoji). Obviously with this much happening, there is a lot of room for error. Especially when we do not live and eat like we were evolved to do. Our detoxification system is very clever and we eliminate via different channels all day, everyday;
- Skin (sweat)
- Lungs (breath)
- Kidneys (urine)
- Colon (poop)
If we expose ourselves to processed / genetically modified foods, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, chemical cleaning products, toxic self care products (skin care, soaps, shampoo’s, moisturizers, make up, perfumes), fluoride in our drinking water, artificial/blue light in the day and night, EMF and all the other pollutants in our environment, we cannot expect these systems to be able to properly do their job as they were once designed to do.
Imagine being a factory worker and your job is to fill each box with a bottle on a conveyer belt. This is a manageable task until the supply of bottles increases but the supply of boxes does not. The balance is lost and then from that, the conveyer belt speed increases to try and keep up with the supply of bottles and all of a sudden you are no longer in control. This is what is happening to our Liver!
You cannot live without a liver!
Your liver is one of the largest and most important organs in the body. You only have one and it is about the size of a football and weighs about 1.5 kg. It is located in the right side of your abdomen behind your lower ribs.
The liver has numerous jobs but its main one is to act as a ‘filter’ for your body. Almost all the blood in your body passes through the liver. In doing so it neutralizes toxic substances to be eliminated, breaks down nutrients to be used by the body and produces bile which is stored in the gall bladder and assists in the break down of fats in the small intestines.
The liver stores vitamins, hormones, cholesterol and minerals and lets these go into the blood stream when the body requires them. I think I’ve painted a pretty clear picture of how important and busy the liver is!
Now if we bring the factory working analogy back into play, we can see that the liver also has jobs to do but if given too much work then the balance is lost and optimal health is no longer. You mightn’t notice a steep decline in health but eventually the body will show signs of a sluggish detoxification system and that can manifest in many different ways.
- Brain fog
- Sleep issues
- Skin problems
- Gut issues
- Sugar cravings
- Caffeine addictions
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
We must help our bodies by eating and living a low ‘tox’ lifestyle and ensuring we are boosting our detoxification system from time to time. Coffee Colonics or Coffee Enemas help give your liver the boost it needs to clear out old stagnant waste and reboot its systems.
What kind of coffee?
Definitely no milk or sugar in this coffee! We need to be aware that coffee comes in many different forms. As we using this to support our health we want a clean and high quality source.
Choose a coffee that is organic, fair trade and fresh. Micro molds are known to grow on coffee beans and this is the cause of that jittery effect which can be experienced after having a bad coffee. When coffee is absorbed rectally, it doesn’t have the same effect as that as drinking a coffee, the caffeine is utilized by a different pathway and shouldn’t affect your central nervous system.
I choose to buy an long black from an organic café locally where I know their sourcing is of great quality and they have a high turn over of beans so there is no risk of molds on the beans. Don’t be afraid to ask before you buy, it’s your health after all.
When should I do a Coffee Colonic?
To achieve the best results you need to have a clear colon to begin with. The best way to ensure this is to have some water Colonics leading up to your Coffee Colonic (usually over a few weeks). We encourage a series of sessions for optimal results but keep in mind everyone is different and it will depend on your constitution and current health status.
Please note that doing a coffee colonic/enema prematurely can over stimulate your liver and create nausea and discomfort if your colon is not ready for it. It is best to seek professional advice on this front if you are unsure.
How to do a Coffee Enema at home?
1. Get your hands on an enema device – there are different types on the market but I prefer this one
2. Get a fresh organic long black from your café of choice (double shot is a minimum for therapeutic dosage) You can also make the coffee mixture at home on your own
3. Set up your enema device in the bathroom in reaching distance to the toilet (if you are new to enemas, use this procedure to help with the process
4. Using filtered water, fill the enema device up with water and the coffee mixture (you may need to boil some filtered water as the end mixture needs to be body temperature (37-38 degrees Celsius)
5. Fasten enema device closed and close clamp on tube to minimize spillage.
6.Make yourself comfortable (towel on floor, pillow for head etc)
7. Hang enema device onto railing or door handle and start procedure.
8. Ensure you lubricate the rectal tube and slowly allow the coffee solution to enter the colon while laying on the floor and using the clamp to control the flow of the water.
9. Using essential oils and a fractionated coconut oil on the abdomen is a great way to stay relaxed – gently massaging the soft musculature of the bowel.
10. Once you have taken the entirety of the solution internally, try and hold it for 10mins while laying on the floor still. If you feel a strong sense of fullness, close the clamp, remove the tube and go and sit on the toilet to eliminate. If you get to the 10 min mark and there is no urge, don’t worry it will come, try standing up or some gentle yoga poses to help stimulate elimination.
Written By: Nicola Johnson
Owner of pH Clinic, Certified Advanced Colon Hydrotherapist, GAPS Practitioner and Yoga Teacher