September 5, 2013 By Lindsey Dietz
Alright, y’all. I’m about to spill the beans (pun intended) on a very personal subject in my life…
I feel like I’m about to give the birds-and-bees talk to a room full of 14-year-olds. My armpits may be sweaty, and I may even be blushing a bit at the thought of doing this. Never in a million, gazillion years did I imagine I would even do coffee enemas, much less write about them!
Nevertheless, here I am, about to tell all — because I’ll talk about anything if I think it might help even one person.
Plus, Wardee thought you gals and guys might like to hear about a person’s experiences with coffee enemas (in addition to this post telling you how wonderful they can be for you).
Enemas & Egyptians
Enemas in general have been used for literally thousands of years, dating all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, where Pharaoh reportedly had a “guardian of the anus”.
It seems like hundreds of generations of humans instinctively knew that gut health was prized, and that keeping the pipes nice and clean was one way to live longer, healthier lives. They may not have been big fans of taking baths, but by golly, their colons were clean!
The coffee enema was made famous by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s when he discovered that coffee, taken rectally, opened up the bile ducts and made a way for the liver to quickly and effectively release toxins into the colon. Dr. Gerson knew then what we know now: the liver is one of the primary ways for our bodies to detoxify, and we need to do all we can to keep toxins and pathogens free and clear of this vital organ. Dr. Gerson’s most remarkable discovery was that coffee enemas helped treat and cure patients with terminal cancer! Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride includes them as a critical component of detoxification on the GAPS Diet.
My goal for this post is for you to see that “normal” people, not just those with serious digestive issues or cancer, can benefit from this easy therapy. I’m not sure there’s a person out there who couldn’t benefit in some way from a coffee enema every once in a while. And let’s face it, if you’re pregnant, already a parent, have ever been to the doctor’s office, or have ever had a stomach bug, potty talk is already part of your vocabulary. So let’s talk!
Possible Benefits of Coffee Enemas
Before I share the nitty-gritty — which is what you’re all waiting for anyway — I’ll give a brief rundown on the many reported benefits of coffee enemas:
- Detoxify the liver and colon
- Improve energy, increase mental focus, and help alleviate fatigue
- Reduce pain Helps with constipation
- Helps eliminate parasites and candida
- Reduces “die-off” reactions during periods of cleansing, juice fasting, or for patients on the GAPS Diet
- Improves digestion and bile flow
- Increases glutathione production
- Helps clear headaches
- Clears the skin
- Can help with weight loss
- Can help with estrogen dominance and PMS symptoms
- Can help lower high cholesterol or blood pressure
- Stimulates the gallbladder and can relieve/eliminate gallstones
And that’s just the short list of possible benefits! You can also read a more “nuts and bolts” post on coffee enemas from Amy Love, NTP here at GNOWFGLINS.
My Experience With Coffee Enemas
Ok, ok. You probably skipped all that just to get to this part, didn’t you? Now I’ll share the good stuff.
After my husband and I saw the documentaries The Gerson Miracle and The Beautiful Truth — both of which can be viewed instantly with a basic Netflix subscription — we wanted to try coffee enemas. Neither of us had the, uh, guts to do it though.
Fast forward a few years… yes, it took me years to work up to this… and I’m having major gallbladder problems. We’re talking waking up in the middle of the night with pain, not having an appetite, chronically constipated, just don’t feel good kind of gallbladder problems.
Not fun, y’all. Not fun at all.
After doing all the natural/holistic/hippie stuff that I knew to do, my sweet hubby threatened to take me to the ER if I experienced another attack. Well, being the natural/holistic/crunchy hippie that I am, you can imagine what a blow it would be to my hippie ego if I had to go under the knife and have an organ removed.
In all seriousness, I genuinely desire to keep all of my organs INSIDE my body, since I’m a believer that God is fairly smart and knew exactly what He was doing when He created us all with a green, full-of-bile organ known as the gallbladder. The thought of having it out — and the long-term side effects and issues I might or might not face as a result — was a little scary to me.
(I also intend to keep my tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and spleen!)
So, in a last-ditch effort to keep the gallbladder underneath my lower right ribs, I found a cleanse to do that would supposedly rid me of all my issues and allow my gallbladder and me to live happily ever after. The cleanse I decided to try included coffee enemas. Perfect.
I’d had years to build up to this moment in my life, and now it was time to get over it and take the plunge. Jump off the cliff. Choose your idiom.
I bought the stuff, brewed my coffee, picked a quiet time, and locked the bathroom door. I was able to hold the enema in for about 10 minutes.
Recommended time to hold it in is between 15 to 20 minutes; I felt like 10 was a great start for a rookie.
When it was time to let it all out (ie. “eliminate”), I suddenly got very hot, sweaty, and clammy. I was overcome with nausea and almost felt like I was going to pass out. After a few minutes, this feeling passed, and I felt just fine. Then I couldn’t wait to do it again. And again.
Because I have never felt more cleaned out in my life!
(Since this was my first time to do a coffee enema, the sudden rush of nausea and not feeling well at all can be attributed to the extreme amount of toxins that my body was getting rid of at one time. I have read that this does not happen to everyone and should not be a cause for concern if you do experience this. It only happened the one time and has never happened since.)
I’m about six weeks post-cleanse, and I’m still doing coffee enemas daily. They have become an important part of my routine, and I honestly can’t foresee a time when I’ll stop. I have personally experienced many of the benefits of coffee enemas, and I am certain that they are a key component to the health I have begun to achieve since starting them.
In addition to feeling almost 100% better overall, I have also enjoyed:
- relief from horrible constipation
- lessened PMS symptoms
- fewer headaches and body aches
- relief of lower back pain
- lifted brain fog and heightened mental clarity
- more energy and overall “spunk”
- a more positive outlook on life itself
- parasite elimination (for real!)
- fewer sugar cravings
- clearer skin/less breakouts during my period
- relief of gallbladder pain and symptoms!