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Coffee Enemas: A Path to Detoxification


Reviewed by Clayton Bell, MD, FAAFP, ABOIM, IFMCP 


  • Detoxification is a foundation of optimal health to reduce inflammation, support liver function, reduce toxic overload, improve energy, lose weight and more. 
  • Coffee enemas can help remove excess toxins and waste from the body, which in turn may help alleviate unpleasant symptoms. 
  • Watch Functional Medicine provider, Dr. Clayton Bell, discuss the practice of coffee enemas and the impact it has on detoxification. 

If you’ve ever struggled with Herxheimer detoxification reactions, chronic constipation, feelings of sluggishness or difficult and painful bowel movements, then you may have considered the alternative treatment of coffee enemas.  

While the idea of administering coffee rectally might seem unconventional to some, providers and patients attest to its myriad of health benefits, particularly in the realm of detoxification. In this blog, we’ll explore everything you need to know about coffee enemas to determine if it’s the right treatment for you. 

Why is Detoxification Important?

First, it’s important to understand why everyone needs to detoxify. In today’s world, we are exposed to a plethora of toxins from pollution, processed foods, medications, and household products to name a few. Over time, these toxins can accumulate in our bodies, overwhelming our natural detoxification systems and potentially leading to various health issues such as digestive disorders, immune system dysfunction, metabolic disorders and more. 

Detoxification is also important for supporting healthy liver function which is the liver’s main role in the body. If the liver is overwhelmed by toxins, then it can’t fully support the body’s ability to process and remove toxins.  

Improved energy levelsenhanced nutrient absorption, and weight loss are also important reasons to detoxify. Toxins can interfere with absorbing essential nutrients in the gut leading to nutritional imbalances, fatigue and numerous other clinical manifestations.  Most toxins are stored in fat as a protective mechanism to keep the dangerous toxins from vital fat filled organs like your brain.  Packing on extra weight and difficulty losing weight can actually be ways that your body is trying to protect you from these harmful chemicals.  

Understanding Coffee Enemas

Coffee enemas involve the introduction of coffee into the rectum and colon through an enema kit. The process entails brewing organic, caffeinated coffee and allowing it to cool to a lukewarm temperature before administration. Once prepared, the coffee solution is gently infused into the colon, where it is held for a period before being expelled. 

The Detoxification Process

Coffee enemas facilitate detoxification by stimulating the liver and enhancing bile flow which binds to toxins as well as increasing production of glutathione – the body’s master detoxifying antioxidant. The caffeine and other compounds in coffee help to prompt the release of toxins and waste products from the liver and increase transportation through the intestines thus aiding in their elimination from the body. Additionally, coffee enemas are purported to support the removal of impacted fecal matter and promote overall colon health. 

What Are the Benefits?

  • Improve Digestion and Immunity: Enemas can help digestion and gastrointestinal symptoms following regular use, including reduced bloating and constipation.


  • Reduce Inflammation and Heavy Metals: Coffee contains palmitates which enhance glutathione – a vital enzyme in the liver responsible for removing toxins from the blood, reducing inflammation and protecting cells from oxidative damage.


  • Remove Parasites and Candida Overgrowth: Increasing the alkalinity of the small intestine with coffee enemas, makes it less hospitable for yeast, parasites and bacteria. It’s important to note that while enemas may help to flush out parasites and their eggs from the colon, they may not reach parasites located higher up in the GI tract or in other organs.


  • Calm Skin-Related Irritations: When your body has difficulty removing toxins, it finds other ways to eliminate them. Many people experience this through skin conditions like acne, eczema and dermatitis. By using a coffee enema, you can properly detox and experience clear, healthy skin. 

At Forum Health Asheville, we embrace a holistic, root-cause approach to health and wellness, recognizing the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit.  

Watch this quick video from Dr. Clayton Bell as he offers valuable insights into the practice of coffee enemas and their impact on detoxification. 

We’re dedicated to empowering you to take charge of your health journey through our personalized, integrative health plans. Whether you’re curious about coffee enemas or seeking guidance on other aspects of holistic health, our team is here to support you every step of the way. 

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