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Enemas for Constipation Relief

Some common steps in administering an enema include:

  • Drink one or two glasses of water prior to the enema, as it can cause you to become dehydrated.
  • Lie on your stomach with your knees pulled under you.
  • Lubricate the enema tube and gently insert it into your rectum.
  • If you’re using a disposable enema, gently squeeze the contents into your rectum. If you’re using an enema bag with a homemade solution, hold the bag up and allow gravity to deliver the contents.
  • Once the bag is empty, remove the tube from your rectum.
  • Wait in that position until you feel the need to move your bowels. You should feel a powerful urge within 2 to 10 minutes. Try to hold the enema in for at least 5 minutes to achieve maximum benefit.

Health Concerns Regarding Enemas

Because enemas can cause dehydration, overuse of enemas can create serious health problems. Use of enemas for constipation on a regular basis can lead to an electrolyte imbalance in the body called hyponatremia, in which the blood becomes diluted and its salt content becomes lower than normal. Hyponatremia can cause muscle spasms and swelling of the brain that leads to mental impairment. This is a particular concern when using enemas with plain tap water.

On the other extreme, overuse of phosphate enemas for constipation can lead to a condition called hyperphosphatemia, in which the blood levels of phosphate salts become elevated.

Be sure to consult with your doctor before using an enema, and exhaust all other possibilities first.

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Enema (pronounced EN-un-muh) is used as a verb and noun in English: it is used to denote the enema device and the action of taking an enema. Colonic or high colonic are synonymous with enema.

What is an Enema?

According to those who advocate the use of them, enemas remove toxins and waste from the colon. Many healthy people can eliminate fecal waste without the use of enemas. However, not everyone has the benefit of eliminating waste this effectively. Proponents say that poor elimination can lead to the development of health issues, including skin conditions (e.g. psoriasis and eczema), allergies, sinus issues, bad breath, indigestion, back pain, hemorrhoids, depression, headaches, and fatigue.

Enema for constipation

Many people buy an enema for an occasional constipation. Constipation is a common problem that many people will experience throughout their lives. A visit to the doctor is likely to result in suggestions like, eat more fiber or exercise more. Once you have tried these alternatives, your doctor may recommend a home enema to relieve temporary symptoms associated with a sluggish colon, such as bloating and discomfort. It is recommended to discuss a constipation problem with your medical provider before using an enema. He or she may have additional suggestions to relieve constipation, but enemas are also a great alternative to helping relieve such pressure in your body.
Before engaging a medical professional, prepare a few questions on how to use enema. Although this article will provide you with this information, it’s also beneficial to ask, “How does an enema work?” This will help you get a well-rounded answer since the topic of enema’s can be senstive. He or she may recommend an OTC enema or Enema fleet to resolve temporary symptoms. If you have a specific medical condition, they may ask your pharmacy to fill a prescription.

How Does an Enema Work?

Most people want to know how to use enema. They may be concerned about the insertion of an OTC enema or Enema fleet nozzle, or have questions about how long it will take for the enema to work. Questions about how to use enema may involve disrupting healthy intestinal bacteria. You may also have concerns about whether an enema will disrupt the intestinal microbiome. If the individual has recently taken an antibiotic or chemotherapy, he or she may need to restore healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the average human has trillions of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal microbiome. Although some bacteria will be released with the stool after an enema, it will not affect the bacteria safely nestled in the intestinal mucosal lining.
If your healthcare provider orders a home enema for constipation or to treat your condition, make sure to follow instructions exactly as they are given. He or she may recommend using a little petroleum jelly to lubricate the anus before inserting the enema nozzle. He or she may also recommend that you drink plenty of clear liquids for a period of time before taking an enema.

How to use enema to treat constipation, deliver medicines, or prepare for a medical procedure

An enema introduces liquid, often mineral oil, salt water, or laxative, through the user’s anus to the large intestine. In addition to treating constipation, an enema may be used to administer medicines or barium. An enema may also be used to empty the user’s bowel before a procedure such as a colonoscopy.
In previous decades, enemas were sometimes given to facilitate a woman’s labor in pregnancy or before abdominal surgery. Few patients have questions about how to use enema in modern hospital delivery rooms.

What type of enema will my doctor prescribe?

With the variety of enema’s available on the market, it’s always good to understand the various types available. It’s also best to ask your doctor if you have questions about the best type of enema for you. Typically, your doctor will recommend one of the following types of enemas:

  • Mineral oil: A mineral oil enema is considered a laxative and lubricant. This type of enema is often recommended when the user has constipation or if hemorrhoids are present.
  • Saline solution: Salt water enemas are often recommended to relieve constipation. Do not mix your own saline solution enema with tap water. This is not hygienic.
  • Bisacodyl: A bisacodyl enema is made with a laxative. This type of enema is frequently recommended to prepare for a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or as a remedy for constipation or impacted feces.

Your doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional may deliver the enema or he or she may recommend an enema to be done at home. In either case, you can always ask the professional how to administer the enema for peace of mind and understanding. One thing to note is avoid overuse of enemas. Ask your provider’s advice about the type and frequency of enema use in your situation.

What types of medications are delivered with an enema?

In many cases, the various enemas available deliver different types of medication. Your doctor may recommend the delivery of medicines with an enema:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or ulcerative colitis medicines, such as Rowasa (a 5-aminosalicylic medication) are often administered with an enema at night. These medicines are usually held through the night to provide time for the medicine to work.
  • Probiotics (“good” intestinal bacteria strains) may be delivered through an enema after your doctor recommends a course of antibiotics.

If your doctor prescribes medicine to be delivered with an enema, follow his or her directions with care.

How Do I Use an Enema?

The burning questions of how to use an enema can be straightforward but the experience will likely be different for everyone. Before jumping directly to use, make sure to have clean towels, a place to lie down, and an enema kit on hand. It’s recommended to clear your schedule for at least several hours after taking the enema:

  • Purchase an Enema fleet or OTC enema kit. If your doctor recommends a certain brand or formula, ask your pharmacy for it.
  • Wash the anal area with a clean, warm cloth. If you have concerns about possible discomfort, apply petroleum jelly to the anal area.
  • Keep extra clean cloths and towels available and within reach.
  • Have a timer if you need to retain the enema for a period of time.
  • Remove the protective cover from the enema nozzle tip. Avoid touching the tip with your fingers.
  • Lie on your left side, e.g. on the floor. Bend the right knee and place a rolled towel beneath it for support.
  • Use your right hand to gently insert the nozzle tip into the rectum. Follow the OTC enema or Enema fleet instructions. Note: you may experience discomfort, but you should not experience severe pain.
  • Contact your healthcare provider for advice if you experience severe pain.
  • Squeeze the enema bag to send the enema liquid through the nozzle and into the lower colon, also known as the rectum.Completely empty the liquid in the enema bag by squeezing from the bottom to the top of the enema container.
  • Slowly and carefully remove the nozzle from your rectum.

Wait out the specific period of time to void your bowels. There are many different waiting periods depending on the formulas used in your enema. Typical waiting periods of enema formulas include:

  • Docusate: 2 to 15 minutes
  • Sodium (saline, saltwater): 2 to 15 minutes
  • Mineral oil: 2 to 15 minutes
  • Glycerin: 15 to 60 minutes
  • Bisacodyl: 15 to 60 minutes
  • Senna: 30 to 120 minutes

After you have allowed for the appropriate timing to pass, you’ll want to evacuate the bowels. One of the best tips is to remain close to the toilet for at least 30 to 60 minutes after voiding the bowels. This helps in the case of any accidents occurring.

The enema liquid is typically held in the rectum for a period of time. Most often, it is held until the user experiences the need to move his or her bowels. When it is time, the enema liquid and rectal waste are released by passing a bowel movement on the toilet. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you cannot complete the enema for any reason. It may be necessary to ask your doctor or nurse to administer the enema in his or her office.
Dispose of the Enema fleet or OTC enema materials after use. Never reuse these materials to deliver potentially harmful materials into your body.

What is the Research About Enemas?

There is little scientific proof to support the claims of proponents concerning the promised health benefits of enemas:

  • According to a study published in Colorectal Disease, (2012) researchers studied approximately 500 patients slated to undergo colonoscopy procedures.
  • Patients were given a bowel prep solution before the procedure. Twenty-six of the patients received an enema as well.
  • Twenty-five out of 26 participants receiving enemas had a successful colonoscopy.
  • Authors of the study concluded that administration of enemas may be a successful solution for those patients who did not properly prepare for a colonoscopy procedure.

What are the Side Effects and Safety Concerns of Enemas?

Enemas are known to trigger side effects, such as diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, fainting, or vomiting. Some enema types are associated with heart attack, electrolyte imbalances, and tachycardia (rapid heart rate). Additional risks associated with enema use include rectal perforation. Improper insertion of the nozzle into the rectum can cause damage to the user’s internal organs. An improperly administered or prepared enema may also result in infection. Overuse of enemas may also result in weakened bowel muscles. This may interfere with the body’s ability to pass normal and regular bowel movements. Please keep this in mind when using enema’s.

Are There Alternatives to Enemas?

There are no direct replacements to enema’s but there are some activities you can perform that could potentially help you. Enema’s should not be looked at as a last resort, but sometimes these activities can help you from using one. Make sure to ask your doctor about alternatives to the use of enemas. Some of these suggestions could include:

  • Staying physically active
  • Drinking enough water
  • Boosting fiber intake
  • Practicing mindful eating
  • Managing physical stress levels
  • Getting enough sleep

Before making the decision to use any alternative medicine, including an enema, to treat a chronic or worrisome health condition, consult your medical provider first.

Sources

Understanding Colonoscopy

Medications for Ulcerative Colitis

Probiotics

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Fleet Enema

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A Fleet enema is liquid medicine used to help you have a bowel movement. You may need the enema to relieve constipation. An enema may also be used to clean out your bowel before you have a procedure or surgery. This enema is available at drugstores without a prescription. Your healthcare provider will tell you which kind to get and how often to use it.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

  • You are bleeding from your rectum.
  • You have severe abdominal pain.
  • No liquid or bowel movement comes out of your rectum within 30 minutes after you use the enema.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You do not have a bowel movement within 5 minutes of using the enema.
  • You have symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, urinating little or not at all, or feeling thirsty.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

How to use the enema:

Follow the directions that come with the enema. The following are general steps to follow:

  • Choose a comfortable position. One position is to lie on your left side with your right knee pulled up to your chest. The other position is to kneel and put the left side of your face on the floor.
  • Gently and slowly insert the tip into your rectum. Remove the plastic cover before you insert the tip. Use a side-to-side motion as you insert the tip. It may help to push down like you are having a bowel movement. This can help relax the muscles and make it easier to insert the tip. Do not force the tip into your rectum. The force may damage your rectum.
  • Squeeze the bottle to push the liquid into your rectum. You do not need to squeeze all of the liquid into your rectum. Squeeze until you have a feeling of fullness in the area.
  • Stay in the same position until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. This usually takes 1 to 5 minutes. If you do not feel the urge within 5 minutes, try to have a bowel movement. Do not use another enema if you do not have a bowel movement within 5 minutes. Contact your healthcare provider for instructions.

Safety precautions:

  • Ask your healthcare provider how often to use enemas. Do not use more than 1 enema in 24 hours. Do not use enemas for longer than 3 days unless directed by your healthcare provider. Too many enemas can cause problems with your calcium levels or an electrolyte imbalance. They can also cause your body to become dependent on enemas in order to have a bowel movement. Your rectum may also become irritated.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all your health conditions. Tell him if you have kidney or heart disease, or you have problems with dehydration. Tell him if you are on a low-sodium diet.
  • Drink extra water as directed. Extra water will help prevent dehydration. Ask your healthcare provider how much extra water to drink. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions if you have kidney or heart problems, or you are on a low-sodium diet. He may need to help you balance your fluid levels.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use the enema unless your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about enemas. Do not use an enema on a child younger than 2 years. For children 3 to 11 years old, use an enema made for children. Children 12 years or older may use the adult enema.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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Fair Warning: If you’ve gotten through life up to this point without learning what an enema is, do not read this while eating.

The basic concept of an enema is simple: force some liquid (water or other liquids) up through the anus into the colon. This softens any stools in the colon and triggers the normal muscle contractions that expel feces from the colon. Basically it’s a way of cleaning out the colon really, really well. Usually people use a syringe with a blunted tip to push the liquid in, or they use an enema bag that hangs up above the body and uses the force of gravity.

You wouldn’t think this would be the quack therapy of choice for people trying to make a quick buck off desperate cancer patients, but enemas are the subject of a baffling amount of nonsense and snake oil, especially once you move past ordinary water and get into the exotic stuff like coffee. The idea of “cleansing” the colon must feed into some kind of primal human anxiety or something, because we’ve certainly invented a lot of weird nonsense on that theme.

But even they’ve been abused in the name of “detoxification” and curing everything from AIDS to cancer, enemas do have legitimate uses supported by actual research, and for people with constipation, they can be a valuable tool. Here’s a look.

Enemas and the Problem of Quack Medicine

Before actually getting into the potential benefits of enemas, it’s time to stop and dispel a few myths about “colon cleansing.” Whatever enemas might do, they don’t “cleanse” “toxins” from the colon, and they definitely don’t cure cancer or make you immortal by doing that or anything else.

“Colon cleansing” is a particular branch of alternative medicine that advocates regular enemas as a way to cleanse the colon of “toxins.” This can seem very persuasive: it feels kind of logical that the colon would be full of gunk, especially if you eat a lousy diet. Taking an enema does tend to result in very dramatic amounts of waste, and it’s just uncomfortable enough to feel like it’s really doing something important.

Reality check:

  • Having germs in the colon is not a problem. Most of your fecal matter is dead bacteria. Bacteria are supposed to be in the colon.
  • If you eat a lousy diet, the majority of the damage will be done long before the food reaches your colon, and “cleansing” the colon will have a very minimal benefit. Most nutrient absorption takes place earlier in the digestive process, so you’re not preventing your body from absorbing something dangerous by “flushing” it out. Meat doesn’t “rot for 5 years in the colon” and neither does anything else.

There’s no evidence at all that “flushing” or “cleansing” the colon has any benefit for healthy people beyond your body’s built-in methods of waste disposal.

And in fact, colon cleansing can be dangerous, especially if you use something other than water. Coffee enemas are the most notorious: do you know what it feels like to burn the inside of your rectum? Because with a coffee enema, you could find out! Or perhaps you’d like a lovely case of proctocolitis, painful inflammation of the colon and the rectum. People have died from this stuff, so why does anyone do it?

The claim for coffee enemas is that they “stimulate” the liver or help you “detoxify” more quickly. It’s true that the liver is the major organ of detox in the body, and it’s true that a good diet can help the liver do its job, but “a good diet” as far as your liver is concerned means “healthy fats and minimal fructose going into your mouth,” not “room-temperature coffee going up your anus.” (Read more about Paleo for liver health here.) There’s no scientific evidence that coffee enemas do anything to speed or assist detoxification.

Coffee enemas might make you feel good, because they do contain caffeine. This study found that a coffee enema raised blood caffeine levels, not as much as a cup of coffee, but enough to be notable. Caffeine is a stimulant, an appetite suppressant, and a mood booster. But you know how else you can get those effects? Drinking a cup of coffee. There’s no benefit to putting it up the other end.

The title of this study says it best: the theory of colon cleansing is “a triumph of ignorance over science.”

So What do Enemas Actually Do?

That was the quack takedown. But remember from above that enemas do actually have their uses! It’s just that their uses have nothing to do with “cleansing” “toxins” from the colon, curing cancer, curing HIV, curing obesity, or anything else.

What enemas can do is offer reasonably safe (provided you’re using plain water and not coffee) and effective occasional symptom relief for constipation. Even in people who eat well, chronic stress and other lifestyle factors can cause constipation, and occasional stressors like traveling just make it worse. And constipation can easily become a vicious cycle where hard, dry stools make it painful to defecate, which makes all the muscles in the area tense up, which adds to the constipation. Enemas can soften stools and induce bowel contractions – basically, they break that vicious cycle.

Enemas are very effective at inducing a bowel movement, so they’re a good tool for occasional relief, especially for functional constipation (constipation with no apparent reason – there’s no physical problem, but the person is still constipated). A long-term study found that 34% of patients with functional constipation got relief just by using enemas. That doesn’t sound great, but this kind of constipation is so widespread and so tricky to treat that 34% is nothing to sneeze at!

Enemas can be especially helpful for people with slow-transit constipation or people with constipation caused by nerve damage (e.g. diabetic constipation). Some research actually suggests that using an enema can increase transit time throughout the entire colon.

Magnesium supplements are also a gentler alternative to enemas and help relieve chronic constipation. Magnesium is a better choice for long-term use.

Of course, this is all assuming that you’ve already tried less invasive things like eating more fat, eating more fiber, drinking more water, and getting regular exercise. Obviously, that stuff comes first (for one thing, it’s much easier and less unpleasant than taking an enema). But for occasional times when other remedies just aren’t cutting it, an enema can help break the vicious cycle and put you on the road back to normal bowel movements under your own steam.

On the other hand, there are reasons why some people shouldn’t take enemas – Inflammatory Bowel Disease is one of them, and so are some heart conditions. If you have a serious disease, see your doctor before trying an enema. Taking enemas on a regular basis can cause electrolyte imbalances – if you have a problem so severe that you need enemas constantly, go to a doctor.

Another potential problem is damage to the gut biome, but here it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on. Some studies have looked at the effect of laxatives and orally-ingested cleansing agents on the gut biome, but there’s not much there for enemas.

Summing it Up

If you want a reasonably safe and quite effective treatment for occasional constipation, an enema might be a good solution for you. They’re very cheap, they’re safe to administer at home as long as you stick with water, and they generally do work. There’s some discomfort and cramping involved, but water enemas usually don’t have serious side effects.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a way to “detoxify” your colon…stop. The human body does detoxify itself, but that mostly happens in the liver. There are ways to support that with diet, but they involve eating healthy fats and avoiding excess fructose, not taking coffee enemas. Coffee enemas can be very dangerous and there’s no real evidence proving that they have any health benefits to justify the risks.


I’m a big fan of organic and natural solutions to keep you healthy. While a raw diet is important too, additional methods of getting rid of any toxins in your system so that organs can function efficiently is right up there also.

I had heard about the benefits of enemas, even celebrities have started using them. When I decided to try coffee enema’s to help heal my candida, the results were amazing. I felt as if a weight had been lifted from my stomach and was surprised that I felt the bloat disappearing, my healing process was expediated, and I felt more energetic.

If you’re not sure exactly what an enema is, it’s a process where filtered water is introduced in the rectum through a pipe to soften and expel toxins or accumulated waste from the colon. The colon plays an important part in digestion, and extracting all the nutrients you need from your diet to keep you healthy. The colon also removes water from the digested food to form faeces or stool.

While there are several types of enemas, I chose coffee enemas as they are known to be one of the most effective in getting rid of toxins, especially as there are particular compounds in the coffee when introduced to the liver via the portal vein stimulate the liver to produce glutathione, the master detoxifier, and bind toxins released from the liver and then they are excreted out after holding the enema solution for 15 minutes.

I believe the liver always needs additional detox help, due to stress, modern lifestyle, diet, pathogens, bad bacteria, fungi overgrowth, the liver is easily overburdened, and needs a little help removing toxins and waste.

Benefits of Doing Enemas at Home

One of the advantages of an enema is that it’s a safe and natural process you can perform in the privacy of your home. After your first couple of enemas, you’ll be able to perform the procedure with practiced ease.

Here are some of the health benefits you will experience when performing an enema at home:

Benefit #1: Improves circulation, boosts energy and provides insomnia relief

When toxins are released from your body, less energy is required to force waste out of the intestines. With improved blood circulation, you’ll feel more energetic and enjoy restful sleep.

Benefit #2: Improves concentration

When toxins build up in your colon, your body does not get the nutrients required to function efficiently. An enema colon cleanse allows the nutrients from your raw vegetable meals to be absorbed efficiently, resulting in better focus, alertness and an improvement in overall health.

Benefit #3: Provides the perfect start to a weight loss program

An average human colon can hold about eight meals before the process of digestion begins. An enema colon cleanse can clear the intestinal tract of waste matter quickly, which can kick-starts metabolism, reduce bloating and toxins, and allow for easy weight loss.

Benefit #4: Lowers the risk of colon cancer

The toxins which accumulate in the body through food, drink and skin absorption are processed by the liver and gastrointestinal system. If these toxins aren’t eliminated out of the body they stagnate and can result in polyps, cysts and cancerous growth in the colon. An enema detox is a fast acting cleanse and gets rid of harmful toxins before they can cause serious damage to the body.

Regular use also reshapes the colon which improves waste movement. This reduces the likelihood of faeces being held up and becoming toxic at a later stage.

An important note: Enemas cleanse the lower half of the colon. Colonics provide a full colon cleanse that targets the entire area. So I recommend using enemas weekly at home and booking a colonic monthly with your local colonic hydrotherapist.

Benefit #5: Improves fertility

A colon which is clogged from years of toxic waste exerts pressure on the uterus and causes strain on the surrounding reproductive organs. Excessive amounts of fat in the body make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.

Enema colon cleansing along with fibre-rich food choices, reduces fat levels in the body. Colon cleansing rids the body of chemicals and toxins which interfere with pregnancy. Several naturopaths recommend both partners undertake enema colon cleansing to facilitate pregnancy.

Benefit #6: Clears Your Skin

One of the functions of your skin is to eliminate waste from your body. If the kidneys or liver aren’t functioning well, the skin has to work extra hard to get rid of the toxins. That’s when you find surface eruptions on the skin which are a sign of toxins which are being released.

By cleaning the colon, an enema detox reduces the strain placed on the kidneys, liver, lungs and skin in expelling toxins. With toxins being expelled through the right organs it is most likely the skin will clear up after a few weeks.

Benefit #7: Strengthens Your Immune System

Removing toxic waste material and hardened residue from your colon will rejuvenate immune tissues residing in your intestines. If you have a weak immune system, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of a health practitioner.

So, there you have it. Reasons enough for you to add enemas to your healthy body routine. If you’re the type who travels frequently, you can also carry a Disposable Enema Kit, which is lightweight and easily fits into a bag. Along with raw food diet, get into the habit of a regular enema. You’ll feel healthy, energetic and keep diseases away!

Let me know your thoughts, would you try an enema, or have you tried an enema? If so, did it help with your digestion, healing, weight loss or other? I’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments below. 🙂

Frustrations over weight loss has its time and place and sometimes, a weight loss program needs a little boost every once in a while. Your body is exposed to a wide range of environmental factors and toxins, most of which come from the foods you eat and the liquids you drink. Not to mention, the pollution from the air can cause issues inside the body and with an entire lifetime of exposure, it is only certain to build up inside your body somewhere, to say the least. Over the course of many years, there is a good chance that your body gets overwhelmed by a buildup of toxins, which can lead to possible weight gain from various causes. The location of this buildup of toxins usually occurs in the intestinal tract, which is the main theme for today’s topic.

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Weight Loss Tactics and Options

Before jumping into the topic of enemas for weight loss, I feel it is important to take a few seconds to talk about the fundamentals of weight loss and what the current recommendations are. For starters, weight loss should occur over time, meaning losing 30 pounds in a week is not a good option (and it is unsafe). The current weight loss guidelines recommend losing about one to two pounds of body weight (preferably in fat mass) as a way to lose it and keep it off. The standard way to lose reasonable weight is to incorporate a modest caloric diet that is suitable for your body. Smartphones apps can help you to determine how much you should be eating every day based off simple calculations and goals. Lastly, exercise is the final piece to the standard weight loss programming. Current guidelines suggest that 30 minutes of continuous physical activity every day is needed to maintain weight. In addition, an hour of physical activity is strongly encouraged to assist with weight loss. Keeping these fundamental aspects in mind is important throughout your weight loss journey and I hope you enjoy the information presented ahead.

How Does Enema for Weight Loss Work?

When your colon or intestinal tract becomes backed up from toxins and sludge, chances are your energy levels could be zapped, leading to improper nutrient absorption and a slowing of eliminating waste from the body. Typically, this phenomenon is not something that adults pick up on immediately, mostly because there truly is no warning sign that you have some buildup until the weight gain comes about. With that said, enemas have been introduced to adults all over as a way to boost weight loss programs and to aid in the overall efficiency with which you lose weight when you actually intend.

The overall concept of using an enema for weight loss is that by applying this product, you allow your colon to rid and eliminate any excess, which is typically what you would expect to build throughout the years. While it is unlikely that you have 40 pounds of sludge and buildup in your entire intestinal tract, the colon can certainly help to eliminate the excess to allow your body to be more efficient in losing weight.

If weight loss with an enema is something that you are interested in then the first step you need to do is apply the enema according to the directions of the kit. While most all enemas are similar in the application process, you should make sure that you follow along with all the directions as intended by the manufacturer. If you have any additional questions that the labeling of the manufacturer does not cover then you can always consult with a doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Does Enema for Weight Loss Really Work?

The biggest question that everyone wants to know is if enemas for weight loss is real or is it a gimmick. There will be much to this section, as I will give examples as to how and why enemas for weight loss work. You have been given a little bit of information already on what and how enema for weight loss can affect your weight loss program, but now I want to present how well it works. Listed ahead are some variables to consider in your weight loss journey with an enema that you need to consider.

Stool Weight

The first variable in weight loss that you need to consider is your actual stool weight. Of course, all humans excrete and eliminate stool as a way to void contaminants from the body. Typically, a standard stool is about one pound in weight, but this can vary depending on your body size and your diet (sometimes stress can affect this as well). The digestive process including elimination tends to leave behind some residue that can build up over time, which is something that can be cleaned and improved with an enema. Many adults who get on board the enema for weight loss tend to expect large results right away, but usually, the results come about after a short amount of time (not immediately that is).

Hydration

When you perform an enema for weight loss, your intestines excrete a large amount of fluid that is considered normal. Most of this is due to the enema itself, but some of it is liquid from your cells that contain toxins. The typical thinking for enemas is that you are putting fluid into your body, but the misconception is forgotten that the fluid inside you leaches nutrients from your intestines. For those opting for enema, the best thing to do for the treatment is to make sure to remain hydrated and expect any results that immediately occur to be the result of your body losing a little water weight.

What Should you Expect with Enema Use?

I like to tell people that they should expect a small weight loss with the use of an enema, but the amount of weight differs for everyone. The immediate results should yield something that is standard, so expect about a three to seven-pound weight loss immediately after the application (in about a few days tops). Now, if you have a fair amount of build-up, you should possibly expect more, but if you are regular and have a diet that consists of fiber then you may not have as much to flush out. I also like to tell people that the expected results typically are better seen a week or two afterward, because the flushing of the colon with an enema may help to induce better nutrient absorption and it could even help to promote energy building.

How Long do the Effects of an Enema Last?

Perhaps the best thing about the entire enema for weight loss process is that it does not last too long. Typically, it should be expected that the entire process lasts for about five minutes or so, but this is the application process. Some brands vary as well, so expect a varying range depending on what you get. In addition, the application of the enema can vary with each person, as it may take some adjusting to get used to the process. Each manufacturer will vary on the application time; however, if you do not have a bowel movement of some sort within about 30-60 minutes then further investigation should be used.

The Best Enema Kit to Purchase

Aussie Health Co Non-Toxic Silicone Enema Bag Kit

So when it comes to finding the right enema, consider the Aussie Health Co Silicone Enema Kit found here. I like this kit for a few reasons. For one, not all enemas are designed as this one is; it contains the option for replacement tips so that you can use it multiple times. Many enemas out there are single use only, so this is a cost-saving feature for sure. Second, this enema has a unique design in the tubing in that no backflow occurs. This is an important feature because it means that you can continue to use the enema kit for more than one use and it helps to keep the tubing clean and sanitary. Lastly, I like the strong clamp on the tubing as well as the metal hook that it comes with. The hook and clamp both are two features that help make the process a bit easier and the clamp is specifically something that customers asked for in feedback reviews. Overall, I think it’s the best enema kit for weight loss.

What is the Difference Between an Enema and Enema Coffee?

Now that you have a little information about an enema for weight loss, now is the time to indulge in some of the different types of enemas out there. An enema is considered the standard product in the enema weight loss. However, a coffee enema may have some benefits worth hearing. As described above, an enema is used to clean the colon from toxins and build up that accrues over years. The coffee enema takes this to the next level. Let’s take a look ahead at the coffee enema.

Benefits of Coffee Enema

If you enjoy the taste of coffee and understand the amazing benefits that come with this amazing bean then you may be interested in a more effective version of the enema. The use of a coffee enema for weight loss is still in much debate, but there are plenty of benefits that you can get from its use. For starters, coffee enemas are widely accepted and known for helping to rid the body of harmful bacteria, toxins, and others harmful germs that could cause your body to not perform at its peak. The end result of the coffee enema is that it can help to detoxify your liver and colon by releasing compounds called alkaloids, which help to draw impurities from your cells and towards the enema flow. The use of a coffee enema is similar to that for a regular enema, but there are slightly more health benefits of the coffee version. If weight loss and optimal health is what you are after then the coffee enema may be for you.

Combined Approach

The use of enemas for weight loss is something that can help to lose a bit of weight immediately after use, but the results can be more magnified in the week or two after use. In addition, a weight loss program that incorporates a proper diet and exercise program can help to boost the effects of the enema. Typically, the standard adult should aim for a moderate caloric intake blended with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. However, this concept sometimes is not the best combination. Adults can expect maximal results when the enema for weight loss is combined with Phen375, which is another weight loss-promoting supplement. I think this is a good option for anyone looking to really reach goals and the use of Phen375 should really help boost your results. You should check it out!

So What is the Difference between an Enema and Coffee Enema?

Quite simply, the difference is in the preparation and the product in itself. Typically, an enema contains fluid of many varieties, but a coffee enema is coffee in an enema. However, the difference is most notable in the health benefits, as the coffee enema appears to have a bit more health boosts than just the regular enema, but this may be more of a personal decision on your end.

Which Works Best: Enema or Coffee Enema?

There are some arguments that can be made for both varieties and some non-existent points for both as well. Staying on the positive end, it appears that both have great merit. The standard enema works nicely to cleanse your colon, intestines, and help to improve energy levels and lose weight. However, a coffee enema can do the same, and then some. The combination of coffee and the enema help to eliminate a fair share of environmental compounds that may be slowing you down. In essence, this should cause some weight gain depending on how much it slows you. If you are looking to lose some weight and want a little health boost then the coffee enema may be right for you. However, if you are not interested in the coffee variety and just want to perform a colon cleanse then the standard may be the best option.

What Kind of Coffee is Best for Enema?

The Real Deal ENEMA Coffee

The misconception is that you can reach into your pantry and use the coffee that you use to drink through your mouth. I recommend the The Real Deal coffee is designed specifically for enemas and detoxing, so the caffeine in this coffee tends to be stronger. In addition, the coffee is finely ground so that chunks do not clog the enema line. The one thing I like about this coffee is that it has a different color from what you are used to drinking. Dark coffee that we drink on a regular basis tends to have lower levels of caffeine (surprisingly), which is more beneficial when consumed orally. However, the lighter color of the Real Deal coffee suggests that it contains more caffeine and is to be used therapeutically. Consider this brand of coffee if you feel the coffee enema is for you.

Epsom Salt for Enema

For starters, Epsom salt is a common product used in foot soaks and it can help to promote a relaxing foot spa environment. Epsom salt, which is also known as magnesium sulfate, can also be used for wound healing, home remedies, as well as a powerful laxative. Let’s take a closer look at Epsom salt for the use of enema.

Can You Use Epsom Salt for an Enema?

Known for being a laxative and a foot bath product, Epsom salt can also be used for enema use. In fact, Epsom salt has many household functions and its use in an enema is quite effective. It is generally safe to use and typically the process lasts for about 10-15 minutes depending on how long you keep the fluid in your colon. Some manufacturers suggest you heat the mixture up when you go to prepare the enema, so be sure to only heat to about 100 degrees or less to avoid any burning.

Benefits of Using Epsom Salt Enema

I like Epsom salt enemas for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the best benefit of using this amazing salt is the effects on weight loss. Enemas typically help to cleanse the colon to improve efficiency with your intestines, not to mention it may help to bring you more energy throughout the day. Similarly, Epsom salt is a laxative, so it really can clean you out in a hurry. Since an enema is a direct route to your colon and intestines, the laxative takes good use on your digestive tract to help you get the most out of the product. People have been using Epsom salt for weight loss for a while now, but the definite research on how effective it still remains to be seen.

Caution with the Use of Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate, which is a mineral that is used to relax the body, calm the nerves, as well as promote heart health. However, magnesium sulfate in high doses may not be safe for every adult, so caution should be taken. You should always follow the directions of the manufacturer and consider asking any questions to a pharmacist to help clarify anything you need. Most manufacturers recommend doses for use so be sure to follow with close attention as needed.

Best Epsom Salt for Enema

Epsoak Epsom Salt

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is found quite easily in grocery stores, wellness stores, and online. Fortunately, I have a particular brand that I enjoy most, simply because the brand is quality. If you are considering an Epsom salt enema, consider the Epsoak Epsom Salt product found here. It is a large, bulk package that will definitely last you a good amount of time. This particular product boasts the best quality by creating smaller salt sizes, as a means of improving faster dissolving rates. With that said the absorption in your body and in the colon should be quicker and give you more effective results.

What is the Safety of Enemas

Generally, the use of enemas is safe for use for a short period of time, but chronic use could have mixed results. If you are like many people out there looking to give enemas for weight loss a try then you should generally have no worries on the safety. However, prolonged use of enemas to cleanse the colon can cause constipation (ironically). Generally, this is the biggest concern when it comes to regular use of an enema, but when it comes to the safety of infrequent uses simply for the use for weight loss then it should be safe for you to use. If you have any doubts, you can consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

How Often Should I Use an Enema?

There are mixed results on the frequency with which you should use an enema for weight loss. For a coffee enema, a frequency of no more than two times per week should be maintained. However, for safety, one per week may be more effective. The frequency of the enema use should not be an everyday thing, but you will need to find a happy balance that works well with your body. If you use an Epsom salt enema, you should be mindful of how much magnesium sulfate you add to your enema to ensure proper safety. If you use a coffee enema, consider doing this earlier in the day, because your body will absorb the caffeine very quickly. Lastly, the standard enema can be used no more than two days per week as well. Some protocols suggest an every other day use, but the effectiveness may not be the best with this method.

Are Frequent Enemas Bad?

As with most any healthcare related product and program, there are some potential side effects from frequent enema use. While there is still debate as to how much is too much, it seems that regular use may be ok, but frequent use may be a bit overboard. Some of the risks of enema use include rectal perforation, which can lead to a myriad of health issues. While this is typically an extreme risk, it is still something that you ought to be aware of with the use of enemas.

In addition to potential perforation, frequent use of enemas has the potential to lead to nutrient absorption problems in your body, which can lead to malnourishment and dehydration as a result. If you notice that your body is acting a bit off and you have been performing quite a few enemas, it is important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that everything is physiologically ok with your body.

The Conclusion on Enemas for Weight Loss

I strongly recommend giving the products that I listed in the article above a chance because these tend to be trusted brands and specifically designed for the enema self-care treatments. Consider giving each a chance if you are undecided as to which enema process is right for you.

There are a few types of enemas to select from and typically if you go the route of enemas for weight loss efficiency then you should understand that each variety has its own benefits. For example, some enemas include saline or mineral oil, which can help to cleanse the colon. There are some that contain coffee, which was described in detail before. There is Epsom salt enemas, as a method to help ease things along in your intestinal tract. Regardless of the option that you select you are likely to be satisfied with the results.

Fleet Enema (rectal)

Generic Name: sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate (rectal) (SOE dee up bye FOS fayt and SOE dee um FOS fayt)
Brand Name: Disposable Enema, Fleet Enema

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Apr 3, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is rectal Fleet Enema?

Fleet Enema are forms of phosphorus, which is a naturally occurring substance that is important in every cell in the body.

Fleet Enema is a combination medicine used in adults and children to treat constipation and to clean the bowel before colon surgery, x-rays, or endoscopy examinations.

Fleet Enema may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period. If you do not get any results within 30 minutes after using Fleet Enema, call your doctor before using another dose.

Using too much of this medicine can cause rare but life-threatening side effects on your kidneys and heart.

Call your doctor at once if you have little or no urinating, drowsiness, or swelling in your leg, ankles, and feet.

You should not use this medication if you have severe kidney disease, congestive heart failure, a perforated bowel, paralytic ileus, megacolon, active inflammatory bowel disease, a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), rectal obstruction, or other intestinal disorders, or if you are dehydrated.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe kidney disease;

  • congestive heart failure;

  • blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), rectal obstruction, or other intestinal disorders;

  • paralytic ileus, megacolon, active inflammatory bowel disease;

  • perforated bowel; or

  • if you are dehydrated.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of kidney disease;

  • liver problems such as cirrhosis, or ascites (fluid around your liver);

  • heart disease;

  • a colostomy;

  • ongoing stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting;

  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low levels of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, or magnesium in your blood);

  • if you have used any laxative within the past 7 days;

  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or

  • if you are 65 or older.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine within the advice of a doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without the advice of a doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medicine in a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use rectal Fleet Enema?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take the rectal enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.

When using this medication in any child, use only the forms that are specially made for children.

Never use an adult-strength enema in a child younger than 12 years old.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

To use the enema, lie down on your left side with your knees bent. Remove the cap from the applicator tip and gently insert the tip into your rectum. Slowly squeeze the bottle to empty the contents into the rectum.

For best results, stay lying down and hold in the enema until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. This should occur within 1 to 5 minutes. Do not hold in the enema for longer than 10 minutes.

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period. If you do not get any results within 30 minutes after using Fleet Enema, call your doctor before using another dose.

Using too much of this medicine can cause rare but life-threatening side effects on your kidneys and heart.

To keep from getting dehydrated, drink plenty of liquids while you are using medication. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink for at least 24 hours after using this medicine.

Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You may need blood tests to check your electrolyte levels.

Do not use for longer than 1 week unless your doctor has told you to.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Throw away any leftover medicine after your treatment ends.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose or do not finish all doses required before your surgery or examination.

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking rectal Fleet Enema?

Avoid taking any other sodium phosphate product.

Rectal Fleet Enema side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Fleet Enema and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • rectal bleeding or bright red bowel movements;

  • no bowel movement after use;

  • dizziness, vomiting, little or no urinating; or

  • if you feel very thirsty or hot, are unable to urinate, and have heavy sweating or hot and dry skin.

Common side effects may include:

  • rectal pain or discomfort.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect rectal Fleet Enema?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Fleet Enema if you are also using any of the following drugs:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate are forms of phosphorus, which is a naturally occurring substance that is important in every cell in the body.

Sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate is a combination medicine used in adults to treat constipation and to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy.

Sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

You should not take sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate if you have kidney disease, a bowel obstruction, a perforated bowel, colitis or toxic megacolon, or a history of gastric bypass surgery or stomach stapling.

Do not use more than 1 dose in any 24-hour period. If you do not get any results within 30 minutes after using this medicine, call your doctor before using another dose.

Using too much of this medicine can cause rare but life-threatening side effects on your kidneys and heart.

Kidney failure may be more likely if you have: kidney disease, congestive heart failure, severe constipation or stomach pain, inflammatory bowel disease, if you are over 55, or if you are dehydrated. Using certain other medicines can also increase your risk of kidney problems.

In rare cases, this medicine can cause kidney failure. This effect may be more likely if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • congestive heart failure;
  • severe constipation or stomach pain, inflammatory bowel disease;
  • if you take certain medicines to treat high blood pressure or heart disease;
  • if you take an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug);
  • if you are older than 55; or
  • if you are dehydrated.

You should not use oral sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • kidney disease (or if you have ever had a biopsy showing a kidney problem caused by too much phosphate);
  • a bowel obstruction;
  • a perforated bowel;
  • colitis or toxic megacolon; or
  • a history of gastric bypass surgery or stomach stapling.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • inflammatory bowel disease;
  • trouble swallowing, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
  • heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, recent heart attack or heart surgery;
  • a seizure disorder;
  • recent withdrawal from drug or alcohol addiction;
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low levels of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, or magnesium in your blood);
  • if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual;
  • if you take certain medicines to treat depression, seizures, or kidney problems;
  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or
  • if you have used any laxative within the past 7 days.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to anyone under 5 years old without medical advice.

To Enema or Not to Enema

Coffee enemas have been making headlines recently after a Florida couple caught national attention by allegedly using coffee enemas up to four times a day to cleanse their colons. But the debate about whether enemas are helpful has been ongoing since the early 1900s. The concept of colon cleansing for better digestive health or reduction of body toxins might sound appealing, but there’s little medical evidence to suggest that enemas actually help your digestive tract or relieve constipation.

Enemas for Digestive Health?

“Your body is designed to process your waste effectively,” says gastroenterologist David Greenwald, MD, a professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. That doesn’t mean it’s a perfect system or that you’ll always enjoy the results. Everyone has occasional bouts of constipation and diarrhea. But according to Dr. Greenwald, you don’t need to invest in enemas. Treatments such as enemas could be an easy sell because society tends to view defecation as “dirty,” so giving the body a helping hand in the process of cleansing might seem like a good thing. Not so, he says.

Those who promote the use of enemas might be capitalizing on these thoughts by emphasizing that enemas are cleansing or, in some cases, contain natural or herbal ingredients such as chamomile or caffeine, Greenwald says, but he stresses that there’s no medical support for the use of herbs or other materials in an enema.

Enemas are also touted for weight-loss purposes, but Greenwald disputes their usefulness for this purpose as well. “We are not carrying around pounds of unprocessed waste,” he says. There are also some practical reasons to forego an enema:

  • Cost. “They’re expensive,” Greenwald points out, adding that people can expect to pay $100 or more for a boutique enema. If you’re going to fork out that much, pay for something you’ll be sure to find relaxing, like a massage.
  • Side effects. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are all possible side effects of an enema, warn the researchers who covered the risks of colon cleansing in a clinical article for The Journal of Family Practice.
  • Risks. Enema risks include perforation of the rectum, which requires surgery to repair and possible damage to internal organs. Furthermore, the “washing” out of the rectum and intestine can interfere with your body’s normal absorption of nutrients and fluids, leading to chemical imbalances.
  • Dependency. People can develop a habit of using enemas to create bowel movements, but you can (and should) break this habit. Talk to your doctor about how to do so and what should be a realistic expectation for your bowel movements.

Take a Pass on the Enema Fad

If you’re wondering whether you’ve somehow missed out on the digestive benefits by choosing to drink your morning coffee in a mug instead of inserting it in an enema, fret not. Thai researchers tested the effects of hot coffee drinks and hot coffee enemas with 11 men and found that there was no difference in the measures of antioxidant benefit between the two groups. So if you want the health benefits of coffee, stick with drinking your morning cup of Joe.

Additionally, there’s no reason to think you’ll get a caffeine high from an enema, at least not a greater high than you’d get from drinking it, says Greenwald.

Enema Alternatives

The medical use of enemas to treat constipation is recommended for severe cases only and ideally with the consultation of your doctor. Alternatives to enemas abound. If you’re troubled by constipation or other digestive problems, you should consider changing your diet to include more fiber, drinking more water to move things along, and being physically active.

If bowel movements become painful or are interfering with your quality of life — either because they’re too frequent or not frequent enough — talk to your doctor.

How Often To Take Enemas

Regular colon cleansing with home enemas for general health maintenance can be a very effective lifestyle choice for many.

Of course, there is no single prescription for everyone. A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a useful tool which gives you a picture of what toxins are stored in your body and what toxins you need to remove. Using the hair analysis on a seasonal basis will help guide you to the colon cleansing program that will most suit your detoxification needs.

More information on how to detox is available on our product website.

If you don’t choose to utilize the hair analysis, know that most people find that after an enema experience, they feel much better. It is this renewed vitality that is your guide. Keep it in mind. As soon as you find it diminishing, give yourself a series of enemas. You’ll find that in doing this, you might feel better instantly. And, if you find that you don’t feel better after a colon cleansing series, take a break for a period of time.

Because colonic peristalsis* occurs only intermittently (one to three times per day), unlike the continuous rhythmic contractions of the small intestine, the colon cleanse can be used safely and with regularity without disrupting a healthy peristaltic rhythm.

* Peristalsis: successive waves of involuntary muscular contraction passing along the walls of the colon, forcing the contents onward

In my clinical work, most people benefit greatly from cleansing their colon at least one time per month. Some people find that an enema series taken more frequently, up to once a day, is a vital tool in achieving particular health goals and/or maintaining an overall feeling of well-being. If you are chronically ill or working through a therapeutic program which involves a significant lifestyle change, you may find that taking an enema series up to once a day is essential. The most important thing is to listen to your body when determining the enema frequency that best serves you.

I wish you good health!
Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

DISCLAIMER: When you purchase any product from Optimal Health Network, we must presume that it is for personal use under the direct supervision of a medical doctor. We make no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any specific symptom, medical condition, or disease when using any of these products.

For a more comprehensive review of how to take an enema, view our instructional video on DVD, Cleansing, Coffee Enemas, and Colon Tubes, or please refer to our book, Kristina Amelong’s Ten Days to Optimal Health: A Guide to Nutritional Therapy and Colon Cleansing.

‘This is what happened when I used a $9.95 disposable enema kit’

You want me to put what, where!?

Yes, coffee in your colon. We’re talking about enemas.

Once undertaken only by those experiencing chronic constipation or needing to cleanse their bowel before a medical procedure or examination, enemas are now going mainstream, championed by those obsessed with “purification” and “detoxification.”

An enema is a “cleansing” process by which you insert up to two litres of liquid into the colon via the anus to flush out waste (if we’re getting real here, it’s faecal matter). It induces bowel movements and advocates say it leaves you feeling cleaner and lighter almost immediately.

Enemas can involve all sorts of liquids such as apple cider vinegar or lemon mixed with water, tea and even coffee. Some people do it multiple times a week, others multiple times a day. In fact a recent episode of My Strange Addiction featured a couple who underwent four coffee enemas A DAY and swore they couldn’t live without them.

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Advocates of enemas promise that by ridding your body of non-eliminated waste, you’ll feel better, reduce toxins in the body, combat sluggishness, increase your energy levels, improve your digestion, ease bloating and improve your mental clarity.

That’s a lot of promises. Most of which I might add are medically unproven, but more on that later.

So all in the name of research, I very, verrry reluctantly decided to give it a go.

I bought a disposable enema kit online which sets me back $9.95 plus postage. It comprises of a bag, a hose and a nozzle with a clamp to control the flow.

I boil two litres of distilled water with a handful of organic coffee beans, and let it cool to room temperature. (That’s important so it’s not too hot for your hiney).

I pour the cooled coffee into the 1.5L bag and seeing the sheer amount of liquid going in there absolutely terrifies me. How the hell will that all fit inside me?

The how-to guide tells me to place a towel down on the floor near a shower screen or towel rail that I can hang the bag from so the liquid will flow downwards and I can “relax”. Yeh, right.

I then add some coconut oil to the nozzle to make it easier to umm, insert…

I lie down. I, umm, insert.

Using the clamp to control the flow, I allow the coffee to enter my bottom. I’m concerned it’s going to dribble out. It doesn’t. Everything’s pretty snug down there. You know how you involuntarily clench when you’re scared? I’m scared. So the clench is tight.

Immediately, I feel the water filling up down there. But it’s a completely different sensation to feeling full in your stomach. There’s something freaky about feeling the pressure of water in your lower intestine.

As a first-timer, I immediately want to get rid of it but I’m told I need to empty the bag and hold it in for up to 15 minutes.

Half of it has gone in. 750mL. That’s a bottle of wine. The equivalent of a whole bottle of chardonnay in my colon. I’m proud and I wimp out. No more. Please, no more. I feel like a goon bag down there and my butt is the leaky nozzle.

I watch the clock. Three minutes. How can I only be at three minutes? I calculate that I’m only 20 per cent of the way through.

I’m alone and I’m on the bathroom floor and I have a bottle of wine worth of coffee in my butt. What the hell am I doing?

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I reach five minutes and I think I’m going to burst. I feel SO full. I make it to six minutes and I launch myself up and onto the toilet and it comes rushing out like they’ve just opened the flood gates of Warragamba.

Sorry dear reader, but you clicked, not me.

I feel immediate relief. It’s out. My bathroom stinks of putrid coffee.

But do I feel better? Not really. Only better that it’s out.

Plus I think I kind of chickened out with half the liquid for half the time. But baby steps, right?

Would I do it again? Probably not. There’s something nice about having my coffee the traditional way with a croissant and a newspaper, that doesn’t involve lying on the bathroom floor with a hose up my butt trying to transition from floor to toilet as quickly as possible.

I’m sure it gets easier every time as you learn to relax and get used to the sensation. But I couldn’t imagine doing this every day, let alone multiple times a day. Who has time for that?

And, as someone who has no problem doing daily number twos on the regular, I’m not sure I’ve seen the same immediate feeling of “lightness” that other advocates swear by. I think my colon is doing A-OK on its own.

But if I had chronic constipation, then sure, fill me up.

Dr. Michael Picco, a gasteroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, cautions against regular enemas saying there is no evidence they are beneficial.

“Colon cleansing can sometimes be harmful. In fact, coffee enemas sometimes used in colon cleansing have been linked to several deaths,” he said. “Colon cleansing can also cause less serious side effects, such as cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting.”

It’s true. In 1980, the Journal of American Medical Association reported two fatalities in “Deaths Related to Coffee Enemas.”

Dr Picco says there is no need to cleanse colon via an enema because the colon does a very good job of cleansing bacteria on its own.

“There are billions of bacteria in the colon, and they work in a symbiotic way to help with various different colon functions. The colon does a good job of changing its lining. It basically works quite well and does not need a periodic colon cleanse to get rid of any toxins.”

Further to this, Dr Ben Kim says while he has no issue with a one-time enema to relieve chronic constipation, it is not something that should be done regularly.

“I don’t believe that enemas are good for long term bowel health. Consider that whenever your colon is filled with water during an enema, the walls of your colon are stretched to a larger degree than they are with normal amounts of food and liquids that you eat and drink,” he says. “If you have enemas done regularly, then over time, the stretch receptors in your intestinal walls may recalibrate to this greater degree of stretching and even become numb to the stretching that occurs with regular amounts of food and liquids that you ingest.”

Repeated unnatural stretching of your bowel walls with regular enemas can also lead to weakening of the muscles in these walls, making it difficult for you to have bowel movements without an extraordinary amount of stimulation in the future.

Dr Kim says that the best way to naturally maintain a healthy bowel and healthy bowel movements without needing to resort to an enema is to:

• Chew your food thoroughly to take the burden off your stomach and intestines

• Avoid exercise for an hour after eating to allow your food to digest

• Drink water before and after a meal, not during to avoid diluting stomach acids and digestive enzymes

• Eat fresh, minimally processed plant foods which contain fibre

Good advice, Dr Kim.

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Is Colon Cleanse The Best Weight Loss Therapy? Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 December 26, 2019

Have you ever felt that you weigh more but you eat less? One of the reasons we weigh more than our actual weight is the presence of waste on the walls of the colon that does not get flushed out of the system. Cleansing your colon would instantly make you feel lighter. Also, a healthy colon ensures better digestion and absorption of nutrients. When your body absorbs a good amount of nutrients, you will feel less hungry all the time.

Let’s check out in detail about colon cleansing and why it will help you lose and manage your weight:

Colon Cleanse For Weight Loss

1. What Is Colon Cleanse?
2. How Does Colon Cleanse Work?
3. How To Cleanse Your Colon For Weight Loss?
4. How Much Weight Can You Lose By Colon Cleanse?
5. Natural Colon Cleanse Weight Loss Recipes
6. Benefits
7. Side Effects
8.Dos and Don’ts
9. FAQs

1. What Is A Colon Cleanse?

Colon cleansing is a weight loss and detoxification method practiced by doctors or trained professionals to flush out toxins from the colon. The colon or the large intestine helps to remove water, salt, and other nutrients. When we eat foods that contain low fiber or more fat, they move slowly through the colon, which results in the production of excess mucus. The toxic waste does not get flushed out of the body completely as the excess mucus weighs it down. The waste accumulates on the walls of the colon, which makes you weigh a few pounds more.
Colon cleanse helps you to get rid of this harmful toxic waste by triggering bowel movement. There are various ways to cleanse the colon such as colon cleansing powders or liquids that you can take with lukewarm water. You can also go for an enema, which is painful, and the procedure should be done by a trained professional.

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2. How Does Colon Cleanse Work?

The colon cleanser formulations increase the fluid content in the colon to soften the toxic wastes and help them move out of the body. A typical colon cleanser contains polyethylene glycol, sodium, and sulfate. The components increase the fluid volume in the colon without altering the secretion and absorption of salts, water, or any other compound. However, colon cleansers that contain sodium phosphate increase the colon fluid volume by altering the secretion and absorption of salts and fluids in the colon.

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3. How To Cleanse Your Colon For Weight Loss?

Cleansing your colon will not only help you lose a few pounds but also improve your overall health. Flushing out toxins ensures better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Here are the steps to follow for cleansing your colon.

a. Balanced Diet

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  • Kick start your day with detox drinks. Have the detox drink on an empty stomach. You can also start your day by drinking warm water.
  • Never skip breakfast. You can have fiber and protein-rich foods like brown bread, eggs, milk, fruit juice, oats, wheat flakes, etc.
  • For lunch, have a carb or starch-free diet. You can eat whole grain bread, and chicken/ mushroom/ veggie sandwiches.
  • Fruit juice, yogurt, buttermilk, salads, soups, etc. will be perfect for you. Steer away from fried and greasy foods.
  • If you feel hungry post lunch, you can snack on any fruit.
  • For dinner, eat foods that are high in fiber content. Try to eat small portions. Also, eat before 8 pm.

b. Keep Yourself Hydrated

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It is very important to keep yourself hydrated. Try to drink enough water. You can also drink fruit juices or detox/flavored water. Detox waters are easy to make at home, and you can carry them easily anywhere with you. Make sure not to add sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you want to add artificial sweeteners, add in small quantity.

c. Supplements For Colon Cleansing

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Colon cleansing supplements can be taken orally or rectally. These are available in the market. You should always consult your doctor before deciding to take any of them. Here are a few colon cleansing supplements:

  • Laxatives
  • Herbal teas
  • Colon cleanse capsules
  • Enema

These supplements are found either in the powder or liquid form. You can add two tablespoons of colon cleanse powder to a glass of water and drink it. If you are not comfortable drinking the powder, you can opt for capsules or herbal teas.
You can also opt for an enema, but this procedure can be very uncomfortable. A trained professional will insert a tube into your rectum and pass a colon cleanser solution into your colon. The tube will then be removed, and another tube will be inserted. A trained professional will massage your abdomen to flush out the toxins in your colon through the tube.

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4. How Much Weight Can You Lose By Colon Cleanse?

Realistically, you can lose up to two to six pounds, depending on the amount of waste present in your colon. Do not depend on or make colon cleansing an obsession for losing few pounds as it can be harmful. I would advise you to eat healthy, keep yourself hydrated, get proper sleep, and exercise. Being active will not only make your physically healthy but also improve your mental health.

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5. Natural Colon Cleanse Weight Loss Recipes

Here is the list of a few natural foods that will help cleanse your colon. These natural colon cleanse recipes are super easy to recreate.

a. Triphala

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Triphala (Tri: three, Phala: fruit) is an Ayurvedic formulation consisting of three fruits – Amlaki, Bhibitaki, and Haritaki. It is a natural laxative that has been used since ancient times for treating constipation.

What You Need
  • Triphala Powder
  • Water
How To Prepare
  1. Buy Triphala powder available in any pharmacy.
  1. Add one tablespoon of this powder to a glass of water.
  1. Drink this every morning without adding any sugar or artificial sweeteners.

b. Lemon And Honey

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Lemon has vitamin C and helps in cutting down extra body fat by mobilizing bile from the liver to the small intestine. Honey has a good glycemic index and promotes better digestion.

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Water
  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (you can use the juice of one whole lemon as well) in a glass.
  1. Add honey.
  1. Add warm water, stir well, and drink every morning.

c. Senna

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Senna is a powerful laxative and is a colon stimulator. The leaves and the pods of senna contain anthraquinones that help in metabolism and digestion of food.

  • Senna leaves Or Senna tea bag
  • Water
  1. Take five to six senna leaves and crush them. You can use senna tea bags.
  1. Boil some water and let it cool down.Pour the water into a cup and add the crushed senna leaves or the senna tea bag.
  1. Let the goodness of the senna leaves infuse in the water for about 10 minutes.
  1. Strain well and drink it.
  1. You can also steep senna leaves in cold water for about 12 hours and drink it in the morning, or take senna supplements.

d. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera contains a host of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. It has antibacterial properties and is a good laxative.

  • Aloe vera leaf
  • 2 tablespoons lemon Juice
  • Water
  1. Take an aloe vera leaf, split it, and take out the gel.
  1. Take two tablespoons of aloe gel and put it into the processor.
  1. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  1. Give it a spin.
  1. Add it to a glass of water and drink it.

e. Fiber-rich Food

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Fiber-rich foods improve bowel movement by softening the wastes present in the colon. Here are few fiber-rich foods:
Fruits – Papaya, banana, apple, oranges, berries, pears, etc.
Vegetables – Broccoli, artichokes, carrots, spinach, etc.
Bread – Brown or whole grain bread.
Nuts/Seeds – Almond, walnut, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
Whole Grains – Brown rice, black rice, oats, etc.

f. Ginger And Apple Juice

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Ginger is used in many food recipes and is a good source of antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties and soothes the gastrointestinal tract. Apple contains vitamin A and is rich in fiber, which makes it an excellent laxative.

  • 2 apples
  • Ginger
  • Water
  • A pinch of black salt
  1. Cut two apples in wedges and throw them into the blender.
  1. Add a small amount of ginger root or ginger powder to it.
  1. Add a little water and give it a spin.
  1. You may add a little black salt for taste.

g. Papaya And Mint Smoothie

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Papaya is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps in the smooth flow of bile from the liver to the small intestine, where bile helps in breaking down fats. Mint also relaxes the stomach muscles, and, of course, adds flavor.

  • 1/2 papaya
  • Mint leaves
  • A pinch of black salt
  1. Cut half a papaya into cubes and throw it in the blender.

  1. Add a few mint leaves.
  1. Add a little black salt and spin it.
  1. You may add ice while drinking.

h. Vegetable Juice

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Vegetables are a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Here is how to prepare a mouthwatering vegetable juice at home.

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • Spinach
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Roasted cumin powder
  • Coriander leaves
  1. Cut a carrot into small cubes and throw it in the blender.
  1. Cut one tomato and one cucumber in cubes and put in the blender.
  1. Add two lettuce leaves and a handful of spinach.
  1. Squeeze one-fourth of a lemon, add a pinch of salt and spin it.
  1. Add a pinch of ground roasted cumin powder and few coriander leaves before drinking.

i. Flaxseeds And Milk

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Flaxseeds help you lose weight and are also a good laxative. Here is how to make your milk more tasty and healthy:

  • Add two tablespoons of flaxseed powder to a glass of warm milk and stir well.
  • Add a pinch of cocoa powder before drinking.
  • You can also add the flaxseed powder added milk to your bowl of wheat flakes.

j. Water

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Last, but not the least, is water. Drinking water in the right amount every day can keep many diseases and conditions at bay. For cleansing your colon, there can be nothing better than drinking enough water to keep you hydrated and to keep your bowel movement unhindered. Drink warm water first thing you wake up in the morning. Remember to keep a bottle filled with water at your workstation and take few sips intermittently.

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6. Benefits Of Colon Cleanse

  • Helps to get rid of the toxins in the colon, helping the colon to absorb nutrients more efficiently.
  • Colon cleansing can improve your brain health and improve concentration.
  • Helps you to sleep better.
  • Will energize you. You will feel more active and alive.
  • It helps to fight off colon cancer.
  • Helps to maintain the body’s pH balance in the bloodstream.
  • Excess waste in the colon can press the uterus. Therefore, cleansing the colon can increase your fertility.
  • Helps to prevent constipation and improves digestion.
  • Improves your overall health.

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7. Side Effects

  • You may experience nausea, dizziness, and cramps.
  • It can lead to a perforated bowel.
  • May lead to infection.
  • It may wash out the good bacteria in the colon.
  • On the day of the cleanse, absorption of nutrients or medicines might get hindered.
  • There can be an imbalance in minerals present in the body.

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8. Dos And Don’ts

Dos Don’ts
Drink adequate water every day. Avoid foods that are high in fat content.
Start your day with a detox drink. Do not get a colon cleanse done without consulting your doctor.
Exercise. Do not opt for enema frequently.
Eat veggies and fruits.
Get good sleep.

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9. FAQs

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Is colon cleansing safe?

Before deciding to lose weight by cleansing your colon, you must consult your doctor. Depending on your medical history, your doctor will be able to give you sound advice. Colon cleansing can have adverse effects if your medical condition doesn’t allow you to opt for it. Even if you want to take Ayurvedic capsules or powders, you must consult your doctor. If you opt for an enema, make sure it is done by a trained professional. Do not get enema done very frequently.

Can I have my colon cleansed during pregnancy?

It is better to wait it out. You may get it done after your delivery, but do consult your doctor.

Can I have a colon cleanse right after childbirth?

You may have a colonic after two months. However, if you had complications during pregnancy or childbirth, it is better to wait until you feel healed totally. Consult your doctor if you want to get the colonic done sooner.

Is enema more effective than laxative capsules?

If you are comfortable with enema, and if you get it done by a trained professional, it can show good results. However, I prefer the Ayurvedic laxative powder or capsules. If you want to get your colon cleansed, consult your doctor first.

Will colon cleansing hurt?

Colon cleansing is uncomfortable for many people. If you opt for an enema, you will feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but the trained professional will use massage therapy to make you feel comfortable. With supplements, you will not feel uncomfortable, but you may need to go to the bathroom to get the junk out of your system.

How much weight will I lose by colon cleansing?

You may lose up to two to six pounds. However, this depends on many factors such as your current weight, eating habits, medical history, etc. Also, the weight loss will be amplified if you exercise regularly.

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What according to you is the best colon cleanse for weight loss? Share your experience with us by commenting below.

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Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.

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