You’ve most likely heard of an enema. But do you know what is involved in the actual procedure? If not, don’t worry! Most people don’t know what an enema really is.
They have been used to treat various maladies for centuries. Many people are still today interested in enemas and weight loss, and they are in fact used in hospitals and holistic health practices all around the world.
What is an Enema?
An enema is, simply put, a procedure where sterile liquid (at body temperature) is inserted into the large intestine by way of the rectum. After a brief period of time, the liquid is expelled from the lower bowels.
They can be used to administer medication, but are more often used as a way of clearing excess bodily waste. In the case of a coffee enema, there may even be a detoxifying effect on the body.
What is the Difference Between an Enema and a Coffee Enema?
A coffee enema is performed in the same way as most other cleansing enemas, but with coffee being used as the irrigating fluid. It has been said that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the body’s gallbladder and liver, thereby triggering a detoxifying response in the body.
The first coffee enemas were medically documented in the 1920s, and since the 1930s they have been an integral part of a holistic health approach known as Gerson Therapy. Those who use them report clearer thinking, more energy, less joint pain, and even weight loss.
The human body produces a substance known as bile. Bile is produced by the human liver and stored in the gallbladder. When we eat, bile is released in order to aid in the digestion of food, primarily fatty foods.
Bile can be recycled by the human body up to 10 times. When it is recycled, toxins that the bile has stored can be released back into your bloodstream. Only a small amount of toxins are therefore eliminated from the body by this recycling process.
A coffee enema stimulates the body’s protective enzyme systems in the liver and the gut. These protective enzymes bind to toxins, allowing them to be expelled safely and naturally from your body. That’s how they help to detoxify your body, but that’s not all. They can also help you in one more way as well…
Can They Help Me Lose Weight?
The answer is yes! And it doesn’t matter if you have passed the 50-year mark. Let me explain how.
Following a responsible diet and exercising regularly should always be a key part of any weight loss regimen. But sometimes the body can use a little boost, from things like coffee enemas (or some kind of supplement). They allow your body to rid itself of built-up toxins and waste products that have accumulated over time. A cleaning like that will help your body to function more efficiently, which in turn will allow you to lose weight more easily.
Some people report a weight loss of up to 10 pounds after having a coffee enema.
What Kind of Coffee Should I Use?
It’s very important to note that not just any run of the mill coffee will do. You should be looking for organic beans. Why? Because the coffee enema is supposed to rid the body of toxins, so picking an organic blend will ensure that you are not introducing even more toxins into your lower intestine.
In addition to picking an organic coffee, you should also make sure that is’s a light-roast coffee. The reason is that dark-roast beans have been roasted so long that the therapeutic chemical compounds that are naturally present in the beans – such as palmitic acid, which triggers the body’s enzyme response – are almost non-existent.
If you can, pick whole coffee beans over pre-ground coffee beans. Whole beans will remain fresher longer than ground beans, thereby preserving the therapeutic compounds that will help you detoxify your body. It’s best to grind the beans just before you use them to ensure you are getting the most benefit out of your coffee enema.
A few words of caution. When doing an enema, do not under any circumstances use:
- Flavored coffee
- Sweetened coffee
- Instant coffee mixes
- Coffee with milk added
By following these simple guidelines, you will get the most out of coffee enemas for weight loss.
How Often Should I Do It?
Those undergoing Gerson Therapy have coffee enemas performed every three to four hours daily as part of their cancer treatment. Those looking to lose weight and detox should not undertake such a drastic practice. It’s generally recommended that those looking to use coffee enemas as part of a detoxifying program have 1-2 of them per week.
Are There Any Adverse Effects?
Most healthy individuals can undergo a properly performed enema without any complications. But with that being said, there are two instances in which you should not have an enema.
It’s also a good idea to consult your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant, or if you are just unsure of your general health.
Like with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. The risk rises when the enema is done hastily, and with little to no knowledge as to how it should be performed.
Many have had success using enemas for weight loss. However, always keep in mind that they should be used in conjunction with a regular diet and exercise plan in order to reap maximum health benefits.