By Josh Redd, DC on November 15, 2019
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:
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.
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 are best known for supporting the liver in detoxification:
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
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.