The idea of a coffee enema may seem confusing and a little weird at first, but there are many benefits associated with this protocol including managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
Regular coffee enemas can help with:
- Relieving pain
- Increasing energy
- Relieving depression
- Improving mental clarity
- Reducing die-off symptoms during detoxes
- Eliminating parasites
- Improving digestion
- Improving liver and gallbladder function
- Stimulating the vagus nerve and brain function
Enemas have been used as a therapeutic protocol since 1500 BC. Coffee enemas, however, have been used in medical settings since around the 1920s. They were listed as a treatment in the Merck Manual until 1977 when they were removed simply to make room in the manual for other topics.
How coffee enemas can help manage Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism
Modern life is toxic and puts stress on our bodies. Toxins are now present in our air, water, food, and the products we use everyday.
The primary detoxification organ is the liver. Its function is to metabolize toxins and eliminate them in bile, first through the gallbladder and then the colon. Bile is recycled by the liver up to 10 times.
With today’s toxic load, this system can become over-burdened. An overwhelmed liver can contribute to inflammation and autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
Coffee enemas can support the detoxification process
Coffee enemas have long been known as a tool for detoxification and other functional benefits:
- Liver Detox: For many people, their liver and gallbladder function sluggishly producing thick bile. Caffeine from a coffee enema dilates the liver’s bile ducts which supports the elimination of toxins from the liver.
- Blood and Colon Detox: The lower large intestine absorbs liquids from waste in the colon. This is where coffee is absorbed and does its work. Coffee contains palmitic acids that travel from the large intestine to the liver through the portal vein system. These palmitic acids are believed to boost the production of glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Your body’s blood supply passes through the liver every three minutes. Because a typical coffee enema lasts about 15 minutes, this antioxidant boost helps eliminate toxins, cleanse the blood, and prevent the recycling of toxic bile.
- Improves Tone of the Colon and Motility: A compound in coffee called theophylline is believed to dilate blood vessels in the large intestine. This boosts blood flow and improves muscle tone and motility which also helps to alleviate constipation and improve sluggish digestive function.
- Improves Vagus Nerve and Brain Health. The act of holding the enema stimulates the vagus nerve, a large nerve that runs between the organs and the brain. This improves brain health as well as overall digestive health and function through improved gut-brain communication. The coffee also stimulates cholinergenic receptors, which support contraction of the gallbladder and intestinal muscles.
Does a coffee enema cause a coffee buzz?
While the palmitic acid and other helpful nutrients from coffee travel to the liver, the coffee stays in the lower colon until it is eliminated and typically does not generate a coffee buzz. Most people who get too jittery from drinking coffee feel fine after a coffee enema, if not more relaxed and calmer (probably because of the vagus nerve stimulation). However, people who are more sensitive and fragile and who have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism should start with a very diluted coffee solution and perform the enema in the morning in case it overstimulates their system.
How do you perform a coffee enema?
My office can provide you with directions to help you have a successful experience with performing a coffee enema. If you’re like most people, you’ll come to enjoy the benefits of coffee enemas as part of your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism protocol.