Real coffee is known for its laxative effects, with many people citing their morning cup as an effective way of ‘keeping regular.’ However, there are those who take this step a little further and inject coffee into their anus because of the reported health benefits.
Why use a coffee enema?
There was a time when all caffeinated drinks, especially coffee, were considered very bad news when it came to our health. However, more and more people are reconsidering how they view coffee after new studies have revealed that coffee does also have some surprising benefits.
Those who use coffee enemas as part of their health routine, are looking for the following benefits: detoxifying the liver, ridding the body of candida, cleansing the colon, improving peristalsis (the series of muscle contractions that move food through the intestines), lifting mental fog, improving mood, easing bloating, improving energy levels, shifting depression and improving digestion. This laundry list of benefits has got people all over the world excited about this latest health craze, and convinced of the purported benefits.
They have even been used to form part of a program of natural treatments of cancer patients in places such as The Gerson Institute in California.
How do you go about getting a coffee enema?
A coffee enema involves a great deal more than inserting coffee up your rectum and allowing it to drain out. There is a whole ritual surrounding the practice which involves a special coffee enema kit, lying on the bathroom floor for several minutes on a pile of towels and many people also recommend a series of yoga movements and breathing exercises to get the most out of this peculiar practice.
Here are the basic stages of a coffee enema:
- Ideally conduct your coffee enema after a bowel movement
- Combine 3 cups of filtered/distilled water with 2 tablespoons of organic coffee in a large saucepan
- Bring to the boil
- Simmer for fifteen minutes
- Leave the coffee to cool
- Once it has reached body temperature (test with a clean finger) strain the coffee
- Pour the coffee into a jug or pouring cup
- Lay some towels and a pillow on the bathroom floor
- Set the enema bag up, one metre above the ground (hanging from a towel rail, side of the bath or shower rail)
- Ensure that the coffee enema nozzle is in the off position
- Pour coffee into the enema bag
- With the nozzle and tube over the sink, turn the kit to on and let the coffee flow until there are no more air bubbles
- Stop the flow
- Apply coconut or olive oil to the nozzle for ease of insertion
- Still holding the nozzle, lie down on the towels on the floor on your right hand side
- Bring your knees up to your chest
- Gently insert the nozzle into your rectum until it is around 1 inch inside you
- Slowly turn on the flow until the coffee has emptied out of the bag
- Remain lying on your right hand side or flat on your back with your feet above your head
- Try and hold on to the coffee enema for around 12-15 minutes
- You may feel a strong urge to go to the toilet in this time, the idea is to hold on until the time has elapsed
- When the time has come, head for the toilet and release the coffee enema
- Hardened coffee enema enthusiasts also recommend catching the released coffee enema in a plastic sieve or colander so that you can analyse your stools
- Wash the coffee enema kit in a mild detergent and ensure it is dry before putting it away
So do people who partake in regular coffee enemas use a special type of coffee? Research shows that there are a number of schools of thought.
Some insist on organic coffee, coffee has a reputation for being one of the most insecticide blasted crops out there so going organic limits your exposure. Others exclusively use light roast coffee as it is thought that roasting burns the caffeine out of coffee beans and darker blends may have less caffeine content. As the caffeine is thought to be a valuable part of the process, people are keen to use something with a high caffeine content. Some people see it as a good chance to use up any coffee in the cupboard that they don’t like the taste of, while others prefer easy instant coffee. Either way, the general consensus seems to be that you should strain your coffee rather than filtering it, to ensure that you save the valuable nutrients. Some people are even fans of the bulletproof coffee enema. You’ll be happy to hear that this simply means using “upgraded” coffee beans (due to the reported lower levels of mould) rather than a combination of grass-fed butter, MCT oil and “upgraded” beans that make up the usual bulletproof coffee recipe. In fact, you’ll be happy to hear that the majority of coffee enema recipes only use warm coffee and water. Though it is said that Mae West used to add baking soda and salt to her morning coffee enema.
Is it healthy?
According to the many enthusiasts, it is one of the healthiest things that you can do. However, the practice of retaining warm liquids in your rectum isn’t just a little strange, it has a much darker side. Reported side effects include sepsis, polymicrobial septicemia, infections, colitis (inflammation of the colon), salmonella, severe electrolyte imbalance, brain abscess and heart failure. There is also absolutely no scientific evidence to prove that coffee enemas produce all the benefits that they are claimed to be good for. One of the biggest dangers is that this unorthodox treatment has been heralded as an effective cancer treatment, meaning vulnerable people may be convinced to abandon a proven method of treatment in favour of something that has no scientific backing. On a basic level, inserting anything into your rectum can cause anal tearing. The special coffee enema kits are made to be re-used, which is a common cause of infection. There have been cases of internal burning where the coffee was too hot (what feels fine against the thick skin of a finger may damage the sensitive internal membranes).
Does it really help?
So when it comes to putting coffee in your body, you’re no doubt better off drinking a cup of it. Even the less healthy coffee options such as full-fat lattes, steamers flavoured with sickly syrups and Vietnamese iced coffees (complete with sweetened condensed milk) are a much better option than the high risks associated with coffee enemas. Your bowels are fantastic at absorbing nutrients and water from food, expelling toxins and getting rid of waste matter. Upsetting the delicate balance of good bacteria and confusing the sensitive nerves in this area is certainly not an advisable option. The many risks associated with this practice mean it is strongly advisable to avoid it. The fact that there have been deaths linked to coffee enemas is a clear sign that they are a dangerous practice. Drinking plenty of water, regular exercise and a high fibre diet will give you all of the benefits that are associated with coffee enemas, without the dangers, risks and inconvenience.