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Coffee Enemas for Detoxification (the why and the how)

by Lydia Shatney
Divine Health from the Inside Out

Note from Jessica: I just this week started doing coffee enemas. Lydia has been encouraging me to do them for months now, but it has taken me three solid months to wrap my head around it and get the courage to do it.

And you know what? It is not NEARLY as bad as I expected! I am feeling a tad better and am hopeful that as my body detoxes, I will feel better and better.

So, don’t be scared. It’s not as bad as your mind makes it out to be! 🙂

Coffee Enemas: Your Ticket To Improved Health

Getting in your daily cup (or 2 or 3) of ‘joe’ is a common and well accepted modern-day American ritual.

After all, ‘America runs on Dunkin‘.

What’s interesting is that there is another way to make use of coffee that we don’t hear anywhere near as much about. The Coffee Enema.

Coffee enemas are an excellent option to help speed up and support your body’s healing process.

They’ve been around for a long time and were even recommend in the Merck Manuals up until the ’70s as an effective ‘treatment‘ for numerous health maladies. Even the Gerson Institute uses them as a part of cancer treatment plan.

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Coffee Enemas for Detoxification: The Health Benefits of Coffee Enemas

So why are coffee enemas good for you and why on earth would you want to stick coffee in your derriere?

Coffee enemas help the liver to release bile. Bile is the fluid into which the liver excretes toxins for removal. When bile flow is encouraged and enhanced, the liver can remove toxins and poisons more effectively.

Most people today do not have thin healthy free flowing bile. They have what I call ‘sludgy gallbladders’, in other words, thick viscous bile that stays stuck.

There are numerous reasons for this, bad fats/rancid fats, toxins in the food/personal care products/environment, inadequate digestion, slow oxidation rate and more.

Suffice it to say most people alive today could stand to give their body more support to have better flowing bile. The coffee enema helps that immensely.

Another benefit to coffee enemas is that they help tone the colon. Over time, the use of coffee enema’s help to rid the body of more toxins, parasites, bacteria, and yeasts. This helps create a healthier environment in the colon and better bowel function in general.

Many people worry that they will become dependent on enemas or deplete good bacteria in the colon. I simply tell them that if they are currently not moving their bowels on their own and doing it well, and/or are sick and already have gut dysbiosis, then the regular use of coffee enemas will only speed up the healing process.

Otherwise, it can take a lot longer to get your own body into a healthy balance without some assistance.

Less toxins stuck in the body allow for a healthier colon that will be able to maintain good healthy gut bacteria.

This is a great way to go to bypass digestion because so many people have poor digestion anyway these days. I have yet to work with a client with adequate digestive capabilities to this date.

Coffee enemas also increase the body’s ability to produce glutathione, our #1 liver antioxidant. This increase in glutathione helps to bind with toxins and usher them out of the body during the enema session.

Most people find that coffee enemas will give them:

  • An increase in energy
  • A cleaner/clearer feeling in their gut
  • Help get rid of headaches and pain
  • Improve female cycle issues
  • Clear up skin issues
  • And more

You will never know how they might benefit you until you try!

How to Prepare for Coffee Enemas


To support detoxification by cleansing the colon stimulating the liver to dump bile, its main avenue of waste elimination.

This simple water therapy is safe and effective at reducing the common side effects of clinical detoxification:

  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • irritability


  • Enema bucket or bag kit (I use the one pictured above, you can find it on Amazon here). Here is enema kit option #2 and here is enema kit option #3.
    • Note: you really don’t need a big stainless steel bucket like many coffee enema advocates recommend (although they are a great choice if you prefer – this is a good one on Amazon). You just need something to get started that is simple. This kit is less cumbersome and easier to store (if you run short on space), very easy to clean and you can see through it so you can see how much liquid has been used.
  • Lubricant (olive oil or coconut oil work well — stay away from chemical-based lubricants and petroleum products).
  • Organic Coffee ( some recommend dark roast, some light roast – I say try what you can get your hand’s on and just start). Play around with variety later once you’ve settled on the process. Jessica prefers this organic therapy roast and finds that other varieties leave a burning feeling for her.
  • A way to make coffee – a glass pot or coffee pot is fine too. I simply boil water and pour over my ground coffee in a quart mason jar. Screw on a white plastic lid and let steep. Jessica uses this glass coffee pot that you can get on Amazon for less than $10.
  • A strainer (this metal one works well or this cloth one works well) or unbleached coffee filters.

How to Give Coffee Enemas

When you first start out with coffee enemas, please, please, please use the least amount of coffee recommended – about a teaspoon for a 1 cup solution would be good. However, if you know you tend to be extremely sensitive to things, try even less. Trust me on this one, you can always add more as you go once you’ve seen how your body responds to the smaller amount of coffee.

I’d also start with less liquid on your first couple of tries. Even 1 cup is plenty to be effective. Generally, though 2-3 cups per enema is plenty. It’s not a colonic so you don’t need a lot of water. Don’t feel you have to go all big guns and do it big to start. You just might kick yourself later if you react poorly.

It’s best to start the process after you’ve already moved your own bowels and/or between meals. Some people may need a snack after or an electrolyte rich drink, like coconut water or even some carrot juice. That’s just a note -this is not the case for everyone. Just giving you all the tips I’ve got here…..

You really can’t mess this up -so just go for it. Any coffee works, any enema kit works. You don’t need fancy supplies you just need to get started.

The Process

  1. Place solution in your enema bucket (valve closed).
  2. Open valve to fill tube and remove any air bubbles in the tube, close valve and lubricate the tip of the tube as well as the opening to your rectum.
  3. Place the enema bucket on the bathroom counter or hang from a bathroom cabinet door handle or even a towel hook. On several bath towels, lay down on your left side in the knee-chest position. Gently and steadily insert the enema tube into the rectum approximately 6 to 12 centimeters for adults and 3 to 4 centimeters for children, with the tip pointing towards your navel. Warning: Do not force the tip. If you experience resistance, change the angle and try again.
  4. Open the valve and let the solution flow into your rectum as much as tolerated. It helps to massage the abdomen to relax the colon and allow filling, especially if it becomes uncomfortable. A small amount of liquid may remain in the bucket. It is not necessary to completely empty the contents of the bucket. Close the valve and remove the tube when you are done.
  5. Rest on your left side or on your back with knees bent for 1 to 5 minutes, then roll onto your back and hold for 1-5 minutes, then you can roll onto your right side too and hold for 1-5 minutes and gently massage your abdomen before getting up to evacuate on the toilet.
  6. Wash the enema bag/bucket and the tube with soap and hot water following each use. Additionally, you can rinse it with hydrogen peroxide.

The ideal goal would be to hold the enema contents for 15 minutes, hold for 5 on the left side, then the back (hips elevated is helpful) for 5, then the right for 5 minutes. It takes practice to get the hang of and to be able to tolerate the whole 15 minutes.

The first several tries can seem rather ‘clunky’ since it’s a procedure you likely have never done before and likely may not discuss with anyone. It can take some practice to really feel comfortable with the process. The important thing is to just keep trying. I’ve walked a lot of people through getting started with the process and many have thanked me later once they got the hang of it and started feeling the benefits.

Some people notice after an enema they don’t move their bowels on their own the next day. This is normal and something that should work itself out. But be prepared for it to happen and consider making time for another session so you don’t miss a day of moving your bowels. Other people notice they start to pass parasites after their enemas. This is a good thing, be thankful.

If you feel gross after an enema session, you may benefit from a second to help clear what the first one started. If you feel edgy or shaky consider that you may have used too much coffee to start, or that you just need a snack or a drink (as I mentioned above).

If you are still nervous about giving coffee enemas a try, I recommend immersing yourself in more information about them to really get your mind wrapped around the concept and to give you confidence in proceeding. Here are some additional resources to check out:

So, what do you think about giving coffee enemas a try? Will you/won’t you? Why or why not? 

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