Weslie Christensen has been on The Skinny Confidential many times.
A lot of you guys already know her & follow her…and if you don’t?
I’m personally drawn to Weslie because she’s relatable & approachable. Ever since I met her through the Internet ( CRAZY! ), we’ve kept in touch & I can say without a doubt she’s SO down to earth.
Weslie also has the cutest family on the planet. Really though, her three kids are too adorable….so if you’re a mom & looking for a little hottie mommy inspo, head over to Weslie’s Instagram & blog— you won’t be disappointed.
Ok so, recently Weslie reached out about something that immediately intrigued me…COFFEE ENEMAS.
I don’t judge until I research! So I encourage you guys to do your own research too & read what Weslie has to say before jumping to conclusions. It actually makes a lot of sense & it’s interesting.
We both felt like The Skinny Confidential was the perfect platform to discuss this taboo subject…because we all know I LOVEEEE DISCUSSING TABOOS SUBJECTS ( aka camel toes, boob jobs ( < coming soon ), Kegels, surgery, birth control, vagina steaming, organic tampons, you get it ). Any other taboo subject ideas, leave them below so I can check them off my list, lol.
Anyway, I have yet to try an enema but I’m certainly curious after this.
And obviously, we aren’t doctors so definitely do your own research before trying an enema. Ok, enjoy:
| Introduce yourself ( AGAIN! Most of you guys already know Weslie ). |
Weslie Christensen: Hello! My name is Weslie and I blog over at Love Chugs. I am a mama of three, Amazon junkie, and Licensed Master Esthetician…so, skin and beauty is kind of my thing. I had a bit of a health/skin crisis last year when I came down with candida and a sluggish thyroid—this lead me to stumble upon the holy grail of natural detoxes: the coffee enema. After a ton of initial hesitation, I tried one out and immediately fell in love with all the health benefits. I forced my family and friends to try it out and they walked away feeling better than ever before. I knew I had to tell Lauryn ( and you guys ) about them, too!
| Ok so, wait. What exactly is an enema?! |
An enema is an at-home procedure that administers liquid into your body through your rectum. Enemas typically are recommended as a treatment for people suffering from constipation, but there are so many more health benefits to these things than just constipation relief. A coffee enema in particular is like a little detoxing powerhouse.
The Gerson institute explains how a coffee enema works best. They state, “The purpose of the coffee enemas is to remove toxins accumulated in the liver and to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow.”
So layman’s terms: coffee in your bum (not stomach) goes straight to your liver via your portal vein. When the coffee is in your liver it opens all those little capillaries and relaxes muscles that are normally tight—which releases bile and bile is filled with your body’s toxins.
| Why are enemas so taboo? Like, I’m scared. |
I think people are embarrassed to talk about poop. Especially their own poop. Simple as that.
It is kind of embarrassing though, right? Like, I get it. I don’t really want people knowing my bathroom habits either. But guys, EVERYONE POOPS.
| Describe to us the whole process? We need details! |
A.} What you’ll need:
First off, you will need to purchase an enema kit. There are bag options and bucket options…. I use the bag version and don’t have any problems with it, but people seem to love the bucket kind, too. You can shop around here.
Next, you need to buy some premium organic coffee beans. I use PurE Coffee that is made especially for coffee enemas. Did I say it has to be organic? It has to be organic. Guys, ORGANIC!
B.} When to do it?
Ideally, you should do your coffee enema after a bowel movement, so you can retain the coffee for longer. Mornings are best for most people. If you are constipated, do the enema anyway; this will get things moving nicely!
C.} How to prepare the coffee enema:
1.) Grab a saucepan and put 2 tablespoons of your ground organic coffee in the saucepan. Add 3 cups of FILTERED water to the pot.
2.) Bring the coffee and filtered water mixture to a boil, then take if off the heat and let it cool. When it’s body temperature ( you can test this by placing a clean finger into the coffee, it will be neither hot or cold ) strain through a stainless steal or gold mesh strainer into a clean glass-pouring jar.
3.) Head to the bathroom with your strained coffee and set up a space that is comfortable for you to lie down on. Hint: Be near a toilet and use an old towel, as sometimes there can be slight coffee leakage. Grab a pillow and some reading material, or your phone, as you will be here for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
4.) Now, assemble your enema kit. It must have a tube and nozzle attached to the bucket or bag. Also, make sure you have a place to hang it about 3 feet above ground. A towel rack or shower rod works great.
5.) There will be an attachment near the nozzle that allows you to stop or start the flow of coffee once you have poured it into the bag ( or bucket ). Make sure this is in the ‘off’ position before pouring the coffee into the bag. I’ve learned my lesson with this one too many times!
6.) Once the coffee is in the bag or bucket hold the tube and nozzle over the sink and turn it on to allow the coffee to run through the tube until there are no air bubbles. Stop the flow once you know there are no bubbles left.
7.) Grab some organic coconut oil & apply it to the nozzle tip and your bum, too. Don’t be stingy. This will make insertion easy peasy.
8.) Lie down, relax, and then insert the nozzle till it’s about 1 inch inside the rectum. Turn on the flow of coffee slowly until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time with this as you start out. Let your body get used to it. Then, take the nozzle out.
9.) Now you can either remain lying on your right side, or lie on your back with your feet up above head level or resting up against a wall. You can even get wild with it once you’re a bit more confident and do some yoga moves to get the fluid really moving around inside you. And don’t be surprised if you hear some funny squirting noises from your tummy, this is a good sign and an indication of the bile being stimulated for release.
10.) Try to retain the enema for 12 to 15 minutes. You may feel some strong urges to go to the toilet, especially the first few times you try this, but don’t give up! Try to hold on for as long as you can. Quite often the sensations and cramps pass with some deep breathing. As you do these more regularly you will be able to retain the coffee for longer stretches. 15 minutes max is all you need.
11.) When you are ready to release, head to the toilet and let it go…”Let it go, let it go, don’t hold it back anymore!” ( Did I mention I have three kids? I have three kids ).
| Interesting! What are the benefits? |
1. Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%.
2. Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalsis (wave like muscle contraction that aid in moving food—vital for digestions).
3. Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood.
4. Helps with depression, bad moods, and sluggishness.
5. Helps eliminate parasites and candida.
6. Improves digestion, bile flow, and eases bloating.
7. Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver.
8. Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet).
9. Helps ease “die-off” or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing.
10. Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally.
| Sounds like a lot of pros— what are the cons? |
A con for me in the beginning was that it felt a bit time consuming. From start to finish, the whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. I’ve learned to utilize that time more efficiently now that I’m an old pro. I prep the coffee before I get the kids’ breakfast ready, that way the coffee can be cooling down while were doing our morning routine.
| Let’s get real: does it hurt/feel weird having something up your butt?! |
No. Not one bit! The scariest part is inserting the enema nozzle. It’s tiny, by the way–think like the size of a straw, but once it’s in you can’t really feel it.
Holding the coffee solution though…welllll, that’s a different story. It doesn’t hurt. There isn’t any pain involved, but it’s definitely not comfortable. You may feel some cramping here and there, with a whole lot of pressure—but my advice is to take deep breaths when you need to & just power through. Scroll through Instagram, or turn on your favorite podcast. Get your mind off of it, and try to hold it for at least 12 minutes.
| Recommendations if someone is interested? |
I recommend aloneness. HA! But seriously, be totally alone. You don’t want a house full of guests, or the kids barging in. You also can’t exactly jump up in the middle of the process to get the door, or take your dog out. So, plan accordingly.
| How many times do you have to do it to see results? |
I felt results right away, after the very first one! But it is recommended to do a series back to back for a week. So that’s one a day for 7 days straight. After that, you can taper off to 2-3 per week for the next 3 weeks. Then you go to a maintenance schedule, which means you would do one only when you’re feeling a bit sluggish, or off. It’s really easy to be more in tune with your body once it’s detoxed and healthy. You’ll know when one is needed as time goes on.
| Who’s an enema candiate? |
Anyone who is interested in detoxification should definitely look into coffee enemas. I initially started when I found out I had a sluggish thyroid and candida after having my third baby, and I didn’t want to take medication right off the bat. I was aiming to balance out my body naturally when I stumbled upon these, and since doing them I am healthier than ever. I managed to evade medication entirely.
| Pre/post prep tips for an enema? |
It’s always important to be well hydrated, but it’s especially important to keep hydrating while practicing any form of enemas or colon therapy. So make sure to drink water before and after. It’s also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement when deciding to embark on coffee enemas.
| Any more info we need to know? |
How about a fun fact? It takes your heart only 4 minutes to pump all of the blood throughout your entire body through the liver. During a coffee enema, you aim to hold the coffee for at least 12 minutes so that you can get 3 full rounds of total blood detoxification. Cool, right?