How do you take your coffee?

Some people like a frothy cappuccino. Others prefer the buzz of a short black. But for me, there’s only one way to have your coffee – UPSIDE DOWN! That’s right, this month we’re talking coffee enemas.

What’s the fuss about coffee enemas?

According to the late Dr. Max Gerson, a pioneer of coffee enema therapy, coffee enemas are a fantastic way to detoxify your body. When you gently instil warm organic coffee into your colon, the caffeine and organic coffee compounds quickly enter your bloodstream and travel direct to your liver. The caffeine then stimulates your gallbladder to dump a heap of bile, which is kind of like the kitchen sponge of the body. You know how you re-use your kitchen sponge multiple times before it gets so old and dirty you throw it out? Well bile soaks up toxins 6 or 7 times before your body will naturally dump it - so the coffee enema speeds up this cleaning process.

Additionally - and this is probably my favourite benefit of coffee enemas - they have been shown to improve the efficacy of glutathione (our body's master antioxidant) by 600-700%! This powerful detoxifier binds with toxins throughout the body and flushes them out during the enema process. It's almost like you have 6 or 7 livers all working at optimum capacity to clean your body!

Can I just drink the coffee instead?

We don’t get the same benefits from drinking coffee as we do from doing an enema. Coffee enemas are an amazing way to quickly absorb the goodness directly into your bloodstream, instead of having to go through your entire digestive system before your body can use the caffeine.

How do I do it at home?

It's more simple than you'd think actually. As always, consult your doctor to ensure that coffee enemas are right for you. Start with 1L of the best quality water you can find, and a reusable home enema kit. Bring the water to the boil, then add 2 tbs of ground organic coffee (light to medium roast has more caffeine). Boil for 5 mins, simmer for 10, then strain through filter paper and cool to just a little warmer than body temperature. Then simply pour it into an enema bucket or bag (make sure it's elevated so gravity can work its magic), insert the flex nozzle about 1.5 inches into your bottom (don't forget to lubricate with coconut oil!), and slowly instil the liquid into your colon. It's more comfortable if you place a yoga mat on the ground, and prop your head up with a pillow. Lay on your right side with your knees slightly bent and retain for as long as you can, but 10-12 mins is ideal. Then race to the toilet and release all the waste and toxins!

If all this sounds like too much hassle, just ask me to add a coffee enema on to your next colonic for an extra detox boost!