Performing an enema is like flushing out the engine of your car. After years of mileage, gunk forms inside the walls and the only way to help release some of it is to actually flush it out. Doing an enema helps move stagnant waste that is sitting in your colon. As you all have heard many times on TV and radio commercials that your colon may have 10 lbs or more of accumulated waste sitting in the large intestine. An enema is a gentle way to help break this toxic waste down and eliminate it from the body.
There are many benefits of doing an enema. Some of the ones below we have experienced ourselves first hand depending on whether we are using coffee or just lemon water to do the enema.
- Helps eliminate toxins
- Cleans the colon by breakdown plaque buildup on the colon walls
- Helps eliminate toxic buildup when fasting
- Helps get rid of parasites
- Helps with Candida
- Helps with fatigue, headaches, flatulence
- May help with clearing up your skin
- Helps with indigestion
- Helps with constipation
- Helps with headaches and colds
- Makes you feel absolutely amazing after you’re done – lighter, less bloated, more mental clarity, like.
It is recommended that you do an enema first thing in the morning, preferably after your first bowel movement. It is also even more beneficial if you eat clean food that is easy to digest a week or two before doing an enema. The best is plant based food since it is the easiest to move through your digestive system compared to animal products which may sit in your colon for days. There are many vegan and vegetarian options available at most restaurants and there are tons of online resources for recipes to help get you started.
So before we get into how to do an enema there are different types of enemas you can do depending on the liquid used. The most popular are coffee enemas or just straight water enemas with fresh lemon juice.
Coffee enemas are used by the Gerson Institute (known for healing cancer) and many practitioners recommend them to help flush out the liver and gallbladder of toxins. We recommend an organic coffee that is not roasted to death. Make sure it is NOT decaffeinated. The caffeine does not affect the body when taking coffee this way compared to drinking it. We like grinding the coffee beans just before we do the enema so they are fresh. If you don’t have a coffee maker, just boil water and let the ground coffee sit in a covered bowl in the water for 15 – 20 minutes. This will allow the liquid to cool at the same time so you don’t burn yourself. Don’t forget to strain it well though, so that it does not clog the enema tube.
Coffee Enema Recipe
Add one tablespoon of fresh ground organic coffee per cup of water. We recommend 2 – 4 cups for the coffee enema since you will be trying to retain this inside you for 10-15 minutes or longer. You can boil the coffee in a pan with water or use a coffee maker. Make sure to strain the coffee well using a fine strainer or non-bleached coffee filter. Let it cool down by adding ice cubes or letting it sit until it is warm but not hot to the touch. If it is too hot you will burn yourself and if it is too cold you may experience some cramping when taking the enema in. A good temperature is about 99°F or 38°C.
Lemon and water enemas are also great for getting rid of toxins and loosening up any fecal matter. Lemon juice is also very alkalizing to the body (even though it’s acidic) which also helps with pH balance in the colon.
Lemon Juice Enema Recipe
Juice from 4 lemons freshly squeezed and sifted
2 qts. Or 8 cups of warm filtered water about 99°F or 38°C.
How to Take an Enema
So now that we have all that out of the way how do we actually take an enema. First off, you will need an enema bucket or bag. They both contain a long straight tube and a straight nozzle. Make sure to use the thinner straight nozzle and not the douche nozzle that also comes with most kits. Attach the tube to the enema bucket or enema bag and attach the nozzle to the other side of the tube. We won’t be using the long catheter that come with these kits below.
Now look for the clamp that is on the tube. Loosen it and move it so that when you are lying on your back you can reach it to control the water flow. Once it is in position clamp it down tight since you will now be filling the bag/bucket with water and don’t want it to leak. Fill it with water and position the end nozzle in a sink so that you can loosen the clamp for water to flow (let it flow for 2-3 seconds) in order to release any air in the line. Once you have no air left in the line clamp it tight and hang it on a wall or position it safely somewhere 2-3 feet above floor level to create sufficient pressure for the liquid to flow.
Next we recommend getting a few towels to lie on. We also recommend having a roll of toilette paper near you to help with any spills or leakage. Next use some lubricant; we prefer sesame oil, on the nozzle. Lie down on your back with your knees bent and gently insert the tube past the sphincter muscle of the anus. Take slow deep breaths and relax your body to prevent it from being forced back out.
Now take your time and release the clamp slowly and you will feel the water entering your body. Don’t go to fast. If you feel cramping or discomfort, take some deep breaths and /or massage you abdomen counter clockwise. You can stop the water flow if you have to until you are comfortable enough to continue. The goal is to get as much liquid as possible in the body. Continue until the bag or bucket is empty or until you cannot feel any more liquid entering your body (if you can not see the bag/bucket). Now clamp the tube and remove it from inside you. If you feel the urge to evacuate you can try putting your feet up against a wall or doing a shoulder stand until the urge passes.
Keep breathing and relaxing. Once you get past a certain point we personally find that you can hold the liquid in for a fairly long time. In order to help circulate it in the colon you can massage your abdomen counter clockwise. You can also go from lying on your back to lying on your rights side, then on your back again then to the left side. Try to hold each position for a few minutes while massaging your abdomen to help loosen any matter in your colon.
If you cannot hold it any longer, then run to the toilette and release the contents. Sometimes at the beginning you may not be able to empty the entire bag/bucket inside you and you will have to try again. This is normal for most people so don’t get frustrated. You may need that initial short fill to flush out any fecal matter from the night before.
When you have held it long enough, then sit on the toilette and let the water run out. It is best if your knees are a bit higher than your waist so putting your feet on a block while sitting on the toilette will help eliminate the water better. You will have to sit there for a few minutes to make sure your bowels are empty. Now observe what you have released from inside of you with the enema water. Many people see mucus, weird debris, sand, small pebbles and parasites are also very common.
Don’t forget to thoroughly clean the equipment you used with hot water and soap. We also like using hydrogen peroxide to wash the nozzle and tubing.
That’s it. We are all done and feeling like a million bucks. Tell us what you think. Share your thoughts below. Tell us about your enema experience. Got questions? Post them below. We’d love to answer them.