I enjoy starting the day with a coffee. That little kick of caffeine inspires me to get out of bed and get to work on time. I drink it via my mouth, as is intended, however, for about 100 years, the idea that coffee enemas can ‘detoxify’ your colon has existed.
There is no evidence to suggest that these work at all.
In Australia, we don’t hear much about Goop, the Gwyneth Paltrow-led health and wellness blog. Generally, that’s a good thing. Since its inception, the blog has proffered controversial advice, including the benefits of ‘detoxification’, the idea that bras cause breast cancer and the infamous jade egg, designed to be placed in the vagina and improve your sex life.
Recently, the website published their annual Goop ‘detox guide’, a series of recipes and tips that aim to make you feel better and ‘kick conventionally toxic products’.
One particular item raised a few eyebrows.
The enema system consists of a glass container, two catheters, an air pump and tubing.
Holistic practitioners have been recommending coffee enemas for a number of years and in the 1930’s Max Gerson recommended using them with a regimen of consuming fresh foods and supplements in an effort to treat cancers. The notion arose from the idea that clearing ‘toxins’ from your body would contribute to improved health.
No scientific evidence supports this notion or the Gerson regimen and, in fact, science has shown that coffee enemas can be dangerous – leading to electrolyte imbalances, inflammation , rectal perforation and even death.
Then there’s the fact that you could give yourself a nice rectal burn, too.
Coffee enemas are not a life hack. Coffee enemas do not provide any sort of health benefits. Coffee enemas are not ‘detoxifying’.
Please do not put coffee up your bum.