Ahh it has been so long since I’ve written a blog post. Thank you so much for being patient with me during my healing journey. I’ve very much so had to focus my energy and recently that’s been towards the social media aspect of this platform. That being said, connecting with you via my actual site is super important to me and I’m excited to get back to it as my energy has been improving! I also am really looking forward to sharing with you more of what I’ve been doing to heal from Lyme, mold, parasites, & all that comes with it! It’s a bit (understatement) of an extensive process and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you. I also want to say that connecting with those of you who are dealing with a chronic illness has been INCREDIBLE!! Through these challenges, I’ve been able to talk with SO many of you who are going through the same thing. It brings light and purpose to a challenging time and I am so incredible grateful for that! WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS and true healing is so possible.
Today I want to start off and talk about a portion of my detox routine that has been such a total game changer. Before I get into it, I want to fully state that obviously I am not a doctor or medical professional. If you are healing from an illness or just looking to boost health in general, I highly suggest talking about any changes you make to a routine with a doctor– holistic/ functional is best in my personal opinion because they will likely be open to alternative practices like coffee enemas.
OK, let’s get into it!! Let me give a little background. I started doing coffee enemas after a friend with Lyme disease recommended them to me about 3 months ago. This was right after I received a diagnosis and learned about the importance of detoxification. Essentially, when you are killing any pathogen, virus, or bacteria in the body it is important to also be flushing the body out in order to detoxify. If you are only killing bacteria (in my case Lyme, parasites, and mold) and aren’t detoxing, you will likely feel much worse. What has worked for me and what’s been recommended by both of my doctors is actively fighting the bacteria while also being on a strict detox routine. More on my exact detox routine in a future blog post!
Weekly and sometimes daily coffee enemas have been one of the most important parts to my detox routine. I’ve noticed huge increases in my energy, mental clarity, focus, improved brain fog, clearer skin, and a big decrease in my parasitic load. Yes, you heard that right– coffee enemas help to rid the body of parasites which has been HUGELY helpful for me! The way I was able to determine I had a problem with parasites was actually by starting coffee enemas. I started to see parasites coming out in my coffee enemas and from there have been able to start a treating program for parasites with my Lyme doctor. It turns out that Lyme patients likely also have a parasite problem that needs to be addressed. Most humans have some sort of parasite situation (sorry to break it to you, but it’s very common and often times goes untreated) but with Lyme patients, the immune system is suppressed and the parasites can get out of control causing symptoms like anxiety, tons of food sensitivities, depression, random fear, headaches, stomach pains, & more.
“A coffee enema is a type of colon cleanse used in alternative medicine. During the procedure, a mixture of brewed, caffeinated coffee and water is inserted into the colon through the rectum.”
Max Gerson was a German-American doctor who believed you could detox the body and give it the nutrients it needs to heal itself using an organic plant-based diet, raw juices, and coffee enemas. His rigorous program became known as the Gerson therapy.
Coffee enemas are thought to stimulate bile flow and the production of glutathione, a detoxifying antioxidant by up to 600%. Glutathione is a hugely important antioxidant for detoxing the body and is something I take daily in supplement form/ weekly IVs to boost my body and immune system. I do want to note that it’s important to have a doctor test and make sure your body is able to tolerate and convert glutathione!
Here are some of the benefits listed from coffee enemas:
- boosts immunity
- increase energy
- stops yeast overgrowth
- treats autoimmune diseases
- removes parasites from the digestive tract
- removes heavy metals from the body
- treats depression
- helps IBS
- helps constipation
- helps candida
Coffee enemas are not only for people dealing with a chronic illness but are actually wonderful for anyone looking to detox and support overall health. Again, they have worked wonders for my mental health because decreasing my parasitic load has just helped my brain and anxiety levels so much. However, coffee enemas are most important for those dealing with an illness. They literally pull toxins out of the body while stimulating the liver to promote detoxification.
What tools do I use?
When starting out with coffee enemas, it can be very helpful to start slow with the amount of coffee you are using. It is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT to use a high quality, therapeutic grade coffee, meant specifically for enemas. Do nottttt use some random coffee you already have in your house!
The coffee I like the best is linked here, and is the one used in Gearson Therapy. I’ve tried a few now and this is my favorite! It’s important to use a coffee like this because many coffee options have mold, which you do NOT want to be inserting into your body, ha.
The enema bucket I like best is this one.
I have tried the bags but like this one because it’s very easy to clean every time you use it. I also use these replacement parts every few weeks to keep things very clean.
Recipe to start with & work up to:
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Place 2 teaspoons of coffee in a french press. (Start slowing to see how you react to the caffeine and work your way up to 3-4 tablespoons. I now do 4 tablespoons of coffee to 4 cups water daily or every other day). Let the coffee mix brew for 15-30 minutes or longer. Honestly, sometimes I let it brew over night but wouldn’t start out that way. Strain the coffee and add 1 tsp baking soda to the mix. (recommended by my doc to make sure the mixture isn’t too acidic. Allow the coffee to cool to a “warm” temperature. If it’s too hot, you can add ice cubes and get it to a temperature warm enough so you can comfortably dip a finger in it. You want it to be warm but NOT to burn yourself doing the enema! That could be very dangerous. Also, make sure you don’t get any coffee grounds in the enema bucket and are using the French press correctly.
Pour the coffee mixture into the enema bucket. Place a colored towel on your bathroom floor near the toilet, if possible. I hang my enema bucket from a towel rack and put a towel down. It’s important to lubricate the enema hose with something like coconut oil before inserting it. It makes it much easier, trust me! I have a big jar that I use only for this purpose and to keep things sanitary.
Lay on your right side and bring your left knee over your body and insert the clamp, making sure it’s closed when you insert it. Slowly release the clamp and let the coffee flow in. At first, you will likely need to clamp the clamp shut a few times throughout the enema. If you feel like you need to eliminate, shut the clamp and massage the stomach. If you really need to eliminate, close the clamp and head to the toilet. If you have any sort of cramping, that can be caused from air bubbles in the enema hose. Massaging the stomach can help!
Work your way up to holding the enema for 10-15 minutes. The first few weeks of doing these I could only hold for a few minutes and it took me a few toilet trips to get through the whole enema.
I also really recommend starting with a water enema BEFORE a coffee enema. This is process is exactly the same but is just holding warm water. I do this to clear anything and this allows me to better hold the coffee enema.
Also know that the process of releasing the enema can be a long one, make sure to give yourself time as it can “come in waves” while you sit there on the toilet. Now that I’ve been doing enemas for a while, I don’t get as much of a detox reaction. In the beginning, I would get a crazy headache while releasing the enema because of the detoxification process.
It is very important to take a binder of some sort when doing coffee enemas. The enemas set forth toxins in the body and a binder will basically bind up those toxins and carry them out of the body. I use this binder daily but recommend asking your doc about what’s best for you! There are all kinds of binders for different needs. Try to take the binder within 2 hours of an enema to bind toxins that were released.
Another option is a Probiotic enema, or Chlorophyll enema. The details are very similar!
It might sound funny, but enemas for me have become a very enjoyable process. Sometimes I meditate or watch RHOBH during my enema, ha! Honestly, it’s like my me time. The last thing I want to note is that coffee enemas are best done in the morning as they can keep you awake at night if you do them too late in the day. It’s a great way to start the day!
I hope this post was helpful!! I know it might sound “out there” but has been so incredibly helpful for me. Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions. All the products I recommend can be found on amazon and are linked below.
I like to follow up any coffee enema by hydrating and drinking a fresh pressed juice or green smoothie. It’s very important to make sure you’re staying hydrated and getting tons of minerals when you are doing coffee enemas regularly. The mineral supplement I take is linked here.