Is this your first time hearing about coffee enemas? If so, it’s normal to feel a little bewildered and put off. But you might be surprised to know coffee enemas have long been a staple in alternative medicine associated with a number of benefits. Coffee enemas are known to help:
- Relieve pain
- Boost energy
- Relieve depression
- Clear brain fog
- Help dampen die-off symptoms during detoxes
- Support parasite elimination
- Improve digestion
- Improve liver and gallbladder function
- Stimulate the vagus nerve and brain function
Together, these benefits of regular coffee enemas can help support your efforts in managing autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid.
Where did the idea of a coffee enema come from? Well, enemas in general have been considered part of many healing protocols since 1500 BC. Coffee enemas came into practice in medicine around the 1920s. In fact, they were once so routine the Merck Manual of medicine listed them. They were removed in 1977 simply because of lack of room.
How Coffee Enemas May Help Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid
Life these days is both chronically stressful and toxic. Our air, water, food, and the everyday products we use all have toxins in them. It’s impossible to live toxin free anymore. Therefore, we must continually support our bodies in clearing toxins.
Our primary detoxification organ is the liver. It is overwhelmed these days not only due to environmental toxins but also due to unhealthy diets. When the liver becomes overburdened it starts to create inflammation in the body, thus contributing to the flare up of autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid.
The liver breaks down many toxins that come into our body. It eliminates them via bile through the gallbladder and the colon. The liver recycles bile about 10 times before eliminating it. However, this mechanism can become overburdened and break down thanks to today’s many toxins.
Coffee Enemas Support Detoxification with Hashimoto’s low thyroid
Coffee enemas are best known for supporting the liver in detoxification:
- Liver Detoxification: Having a sluggish liver and gallbladder and thick bile is very common these days. Caffeine from a coffee enema enlarges the liver’s bile ducts, thus supporting the elimination of toxins from the liver.
- Blood and Colon Detox: The large intestine absorbs liquids from waste. This is also where coffee from a coffee enema is absorbed. The palmitic acids in coffee travel through the portal vein system in the large intestine into the liver. It is believed palmitic acids boost the production of glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Your entire blood supply passes through the liver every three minutes, and it is believed the glutathione production helps cleanse the blood and clear toxins.
- Improves Muscle and Motility of the Colon: A compound in coffee called theophylline enlarges blood vessels in the large intestine. This improves blood flow to the surrounding tissue, thus improving tone and motility. Many people find regular coffee enemas help them with constipation.
- Improves Brain Health. One of the most important facets of healthy liver and digestive function is healthy brain function. The brain is connected to the organs by a large nerve called the vagus nerve. It can become sluggish and impede activity of the organs. Working to hold an enema is an excellent way to stimulate the vagus nerve and its connection between the organs and the brain, thus supporting overall digestive and liver health. The coffee also stimulates cholinergenic receptors, which support contraction of the gallbladder and intestinal muscles.
Does a Coffee Enema Make You Jittery?
While helpful nutrients in coffee travel to the liver, introducing coffee directly into the colon typically does not cause a coffee buzz. Most people who find coffee too stimulating do fine with coffee enemas. In fact, most people report it makes them feel calmer and more relaxed, most likely due to the vagus nerve stimulation.
However, if your health is very fragile and you have Hashimoto’s low thyroid, it is recommended to make the coffee solution very diluted in the beginning. Also, perform the enema in the morning just in case you find it stimulating
How do you perform a coffee enema?
Ask my office for directions on how to perform a coffee enema. We can provide resources to make the experience successful. Many people enjoy regular coffee enemas as part of their Hashimoto’s low thyroid protocol.