When it comes to our health, having a wide variety of tools and knowledge is a huge plus. It can mean the difference between average results and great results. Thinking and doing things outside the normal scope of what you’re currently implementing can take you to a new level.
Talking about enemas or anything that has to do with the bowels, in general, might be awkward. It’s just not a comfortable subject. But adding a coffee enema protocol can stimulate the healing process. It can help you get more out of the other healthy habits you are already implementing.
Coffee enemas are having a recent surge in popularity. Consistent users comment on increased energy, better bowel function, and weight loss. Fans of coffee enemas use it to help detoxify the body. But are enemas really a new thing? Not at all.
The first reference of the use of enemas for health was by the Egyptians in 1550 BC. A Greek physician from the first century thought ailments could be addressed with the right food, drink, and enemas. Enemas have been part of medicine for thousands of years. But when did the coffee enema come into play?
During WWI, patients were often prepped for surgery with an enema. The rationale was to reduce the chance for infection. When water was in short supply, a nurse used coffee for a wounded soldier’s surgery prep enema. The soldier commented that his pain was reduced and he felt better. So the coffee enema rather than the water enema became standard practice.
Later, functional medicine adopted this procedure as a way to increase the health of chronically ill patients. Now the coffee enema protocol is being used by healthy individuals as well to optimise their vitality even more.
Coffee Enemas can help detoxify and protect the liver.
The liver is the lifeline of the detoxification system. Supporting liver function can change the course of your health journey. Coffee contains some unique constituents that can be helpful to the liver.
Two of the main constituents are:
They can increase the level of glutathione in the intestines and the liver. (1)
Glutathione is a vital detoxification antioxidant. It helps to prevent damage from reactive oxygen species and heavy metals. It breaks apart chemical carcinogens so our body can remove them.
Kahweol palmitate seems to increase glutathione more than cafestol palmitate. But both raised it. The less roasted the coffee beans, the higher the amount of these two powerful ingredients. These constituents may also help to suppress cancer growth. (2)
Coffee is also a significant source of antioxidants. Again, the lighter the roast, the more the antioxidants. (3) It can lower inflammation in the liver and help the liver cell regenerate. (4)
Coffee also contains caffeine. This may help to prevent chronic diseases like type II diabetes and liver problems. (5) Coffee can inhibit fibrosis of liver tissue. (6) It also helps to dilate blood vessels. This increases the coffee enema benefits dramatically.
About 6 inches inside the rectum are the hemorrhoidal veins. These veins directly connect to the hepatic portal, which leads straight to the liver. The caffeine in the coffee dilates these blood vessels. This increases the absorption of the coffee and its valuable constituents. The nutrient uptake happens much faster than drinking the coffee. Acids from the stomach haven’t changed the components, so the coffee is processed by the liver differently.
This process with the liver stimulates the release of bile from the liver. Proper bile flow is vital to the detoxification system! Our livers do a fantastic job of filtering our blood. At any given moment, the liver contains around 10% of our blood, cleaning it to protect us. It filters about 1.4 litres in a minute. It deposits all the waste products that need to get out of the body into the bile. Then this waste material gets removed in our stools.
Unfortunately, sometimes these toxins can build up and create a sludge that blocks the bile duct. If the bile cannot flow freely to the intestines, these toxins build up in the liver. This causes inflammation, leading to more health issues. It also can impair digestion and the ability to absorb nutrients fully. Coffee enema detox can help unblock the bile duct, so this backup in purification does not occur.
The main coffee constituents can also have potent detoxification effects in the intestines as well. Different enzymes and chemicals control all our genes within the body. The rate of detoxification in the intestines is no exception.
These palmitates can double the amount these genes are expressed. (7) Coffee enema protocols can double your detoxification rate in the intestines! Glutathione has also been shown to increase.
It’s important to note that glutathione is more than a powerful antioxidant in the body. While it’s performing its amazing detoxification action, it also helps to inhibit neoplasia. (8) Neoplasia is the growth of new, abnormal and uncontrolled tissue.
These new tissues can eventually become tumours. (both cancerous and noncancerous masses) Blocking our tissues from this abnormal growth could be vital in preventing disease. It can also help to create optimal function of our intestines.
We’ve talked about the important role of palmitates are in detoxifying the liver and intestines. It’s important to note that coffee is the only known source of these two constituents. (9)
Another health promoting part in coffee is theophylline. Theophylline reduces inflammation in both the liver and the intestines. It might be especially useful in ulcerative colitis. (10)
True health is a delicate balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Both have important roles. But in anxiety and depression, the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) is working too hard.
The parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) is too low. (11) This can heighten anxiety and depression as well as our response to pain. Coffee enema benefits include helping to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which helps with depression. (12)
Part of calming our nervous system is having the feeling of satiety. Coffee enemas stimulate the gallbladder to contract. This is how it helps to open the bile duct. The coffee can improve gallbladder contraction by around 33% or more. (13)
This really helps to move out the toxins the liver wants to expel. The coffee enema increases plasma cholecystokinin, which helps to produce a “satisfied” or relaxed feeling. This activation of the gallbladder might help you avoid gallstones as well. (14)
Your body likes to recycle bile. You can reuse this bile up to 18 times! It takes a lot of energy to make, and your body wants to be efficient. Unfortunately, sometimes the toxins that your liver tries hard to remove can get reabsorbed. Getting your liver and gallbladder to release bile isn’t enough.
Coffee enemas get these toxins out of your body, so they are not reabsorbed!