How to DETOX WITH Coffee – It’s Not What You Think!
Rise and shine, it’s coffee time.
There is nothing like the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning to stimulate your senses and get your juices flowing.
And what about the lovely morning ritual of making your coffee just the way you like, and then sitting down to sip it slowly while contemplating what the day ahead has in store for you.
Oh yes, coffee — there is something about it that is both comforting and slightly ceremonious.
Yet, what if there was a different way to enjoy your morning cup of joe? A process that would benefit you in ways that your normal cup of brew just can’t?
A way that would still provide you with the delicious smell, the morning ritual, and the pick me up… along with a little bonus.
Isn’t it funny how that sometimes the things we love most (or even the things we are more or less addicted to) don’t always serve us in the long run?
This could be anything from our addiction to certain people, to working out, or to eating too much peanut butter.
While it’s true that being addicted to something or someone might make you feel good in the moment, in the long run, it could be doing you more harm than good.
Let’s take the case of food, for example
Did you know some of the foods that bring us the most pleasure might be actually causing our bodies harm in the long run?
What I’m talking about is called a ‘food sensitivity’ bear with me and I’ll explain.
Foods to which we have a sensitivity, create a stress response in the body. The body then responds by producing endorphins (like morphine) that make us feel good, and which creates a positive feedback loop to the substance. This process can easily turn into an addiction that feeds us in the moment, yet ultimately creates damage to our body in the long run. (1)
Food sensitivities have a wide range of symptoms with everything from headaches, to bloating and even stress and anxiety, and can take up to 72 hours to show themselves.
So what does this have to do with coffee?
Coffee is one of the most addictive substances we have in the modern world, and, unfortunately it may be one of the vices that could be causing you more harm than your mind would like to believe.
“How could I get through the day without my coffee jumpstart?” you might be asking.
If you are one of the people who feels as though coffee is literally the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, or you believe you can’t live without it, this new way of taking your coffee may benefit you in more ways than one.
If you’ve become dependent on coffee to get you going, you are addressing the symptom of fatigue instead of getting to the root cause of why you are tired and if this scenario continues it could create health challenges down the road.
If this is you, the better solution would be to ask the question:
What is the reason I am having low energy in the first place?
Is it because I am not getting enough sleep?
Is it because I am too stressed?
Because I am not eating enough foods that nourish me?
You see, coffee increases the load and stress on the central nervous system (the system that regulates the fight or flight response). It also taxes the adrenals, which are the glands responsible for regulating stress.
Yes, drinking coffee masks the symptom of fatigue in the short term. Yet in the long run, it increases cortisol levels, which change your hormonal balance and depending on the person can produce a number of side effects two of which are poor sleep and increased stress.
If the symptoms above relate to you, the best thing you could possibly do is work on getting to the root cause of your fatigue.
This generally means getting more bio-available nutrients into your body.
Typically symptoms of low energy, fatigue, brain fog and high levels of stress or anxiety this is your body’s way of signaling to you that it is lacking the nutrients it needs in order to make the chemical reactions take place which promote balance and harmony.
The healthiest way to take your coffee— it’s not what you think!
I’ve got two words for ya, COFFEE ENEMA’s
“You want me to do what with my coffee?”
That’s right, stick it up your bum!
Coffee enemas have been used as a detox method since the 1800’s and have had beneficial effects on everything from cleansing the blood and the colon to being been used in alternative cancer treatments. Yep, that’s right CANCER! (1) (2)
Coffee enemas have been shown to stimulate the production of glutathione (a powerful detoxing antioxidant) by up to 700%. (3)
Here are some of the benefits of coffee enemas:
Liver detoxification- stimulates the bile ducts allowing it to release bile-containing toxins
Cleanses the blood
Stimulates peristalsis- (your body’s natural movements of getting food matters through the digestive tract and out the other side)
Removes free radicals
Increases energy production
Enhances tissue health
Improved blood circulation
If you have low energy, are dealing with digestive distress, auto-immune issues, skin issues or any other ailment that is preventing you from feeling connected to your body and your SELF, it could be due to an increase in your body’s toxic load. Coffee on the body and coffee enemas my friends, are a great way to help your body eliminate the toxins.
Now let’s get to the good stuff- HOW TO DETOX with COFFEE
The Coffee Enema
The whole practice takes about 30 minutes (45 if you want to make it a relaxing and rejuvenating experience which, of course, I highly suggest).
First step is to prepare – get what you need in order to succeed:
2-4 Tbsp. ORGANIC Coffee (it’s really important you get organic, we are trying to get the chemicals out, not put more in)
4 cups FILTERED water
Towel (preferably an old one you wouldn’t mind getting coffee on)
1-2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
Your favorite peaceful music or podcast
(I like personally like to listen to Alan Watts chill step mixes)
Time (this one is just as important as the rest, I encourage you to make this about YOU… make the time to create space for you to just relax and be with yourself without interruptions, or the need to quickly run off to the next thing)
Optional: If it’s your first time doing an enema, it’s recommended you do a water flush and then a water and salt flush (1 Tbsp. salt to 4 cups water) first before the coffee enema. This will prepare your body for the coffee, allowing you to keep it in longer. Doing the other two flushes first also eliminates any excess build up which allows the coffee enema to work better.
It’s go time!
Once you’ve got your goods and cleared some time you can get started.
1.) Prepare your coffee as you would normally. If this is your first time trying coffee enemas I would start with 2 Tbsp. coffee to 4 cups water. As you continue to do them, you can adjust the amount of coffee to the point that serves your body best.
Once your coffee is ready, allow it to cool to room temperature. You can prepare the coffee earlier to save time (ideally you want it slightly warmer than room temperature.
2.) Set up your station. Clear a space in your bathroom lay down your towel, maybe grab a pillow for extra comfort and set up your station.
3.) Lube it up! Use your coconut oil and apply it to your enema tube and your bum (I prefer the longer tip with the two small holes on either side.)
If you haven’t done an enema in a while or this is your first time, preform a water flush first, as mentioned using 4 cups of purified water. Hold it in your rectum for a few minutes, expel, and then follow with a salt water flush of 1 Tbsp. salt to 4 cups water.
4.) Pour the coffee into the bag. Connect the tube onto the bag making sure to keep the tube firmly clamped shut. Keep the nozzle of the tube head higher than the bag/bucket (making sure coffee doesn’t go everywhere). Then slowly allow the coffee to fill the tube removing any air (for this you must hold the bag/bucket higher than the nozzle- keep the nozzle in the sink to prevent unwanted spills).
5.) Hang the bag about 3-4 feet from the ground. Gently place the nozzle into your bum and begin to lie down comfortably on your left side knees can draw slightly into your chest. Slowly begin to release the clamp and allow the coffee to begin entering your rectum. At first this can be slightly uncomfortable and a shock to the system, so I suggest you move very slow and stop the flow during any moments of discomfort.
6.) Once the entire 4 cups of coffee has entered, you can remove the nozzle and role to your right side and then gently onto your back. I like to have my legs up the wall for an extra restorative experience.
7.) The idea is to keep the coffee in your rectum for up to 15-minutes, allowing blood to circulate through the liver several times during this period. (The liver is the organ responsible for cleansing the blood, it cleanses the body’s entire blood about every 6-minutes, this is why keeping the coffee in for around 15 minutes is ideal). Do your best to relax as much as you can, practice deep breaths, and focus on letting go of tension. You might experience some peristalsis movements during this time. If that happens, focus on channeling intentions to release tension and relax into the experience. If you need to eliminate before the 15-minutes that’s okay, just try and hold the coffee in as long as you can up to the 15-minute mark.
8.) Once the 15 minutes is up, gently move yourself to the toilet and allow your body to eliminate (this may be 3 or 4, rounds and standing up and walking around may encourage another elimination).
9.) Hop in the shower, rinse off yourself and your enema kit (I use vinegar and salt) and begin the rest of your day!
I find it best to start this coffee enema ritual on a weekend when you don’t have to rush off somewhere. In the beginning, the process can take time to figure out. You will get a kick of energy from the caffeine, so I strongly suggest you do this practice in the morning versus the evening.
Coffee enemas have become one of my favorite self-care routines. They are an undisturbed time in which I can create a sacred space for myself for personal reflection.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to dive into the depths of the coffee enema research and from what I can find, there is not a lot of scientific based studies that have been done. However, there have been various doctors rooted both in holistic based practices as well as traditional ones that have high regard for coffee enemas, and recommend them (various links for further research and claims on coffee enemas below).
Please note that this article has been written solely with you to share some of the recent holistic health practices I have been practicing and have found to be helpful in helping to heal my own gut & skin based issues. Some of the personal health benefits I have found while using this coffee enemas include; decreased appetite, increased energy, more mental clarity, clearer skin and overall improved connection to my SELF (body, mind and spirit.) Others who are in the the pursuit of health have had success with coffee enemas helping them with everything from saving gallbladders, to improving autoimmune issues, constipation and more.
Coffee enema’s are a great way to detoxify when dealing with toxic overload and experiencing symptoms such as; skin based issues, digestive issues, autoimmune conditions etc. I don’t believe coffee enema’s should be used daily unless working with a specific detox protocol for a short period of time. Enema’s are a great way to keep the system clean and best if used for maintenance purposes.
If you are open to trying something new that can increase your health, vitality and overall wellbeing, I strongly recommend you give this practice a try. Below are various recourses on the benefits of coffee enemas, both from scientific and personal accounts.
Ready to increase your health and vitality with the power of detox? You can read my blog on how a 21-day ‘System Reset’ program can give you what you need to take your health and wellness to the next level.
Love & Light,
Holistic Health Coach & Nutritional Therapist
The Cautions and Contraindications:
Enema’s should always be done with care. If you have diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease enema’s are not advised.
Coffee enemas are great at removing toxic buildup however, if your trace mineral ratios or electrolytes are low, coffee enemals can lower these levels. Remember every individual is unique and holistic practices and their effectiveness differ for each person. It’s best to introduce one practice at a time, see how you feel and then decide what is best for you.
Here is some more resources on coffee enemas and their perks:
Personal stories of coffee enemas: