Enemas 101: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

What better way is there to start off Friday than to talk about poop.  If you’re not interested in talking number 2, I suggest you don’t read any further….

…unless you’re really intrigued with why I would post about anything like this!  I’ve never been shy when it comes to talking bathroom talk.  Let’s just say it was a “poopy” habit I picked up from my mom’s side of the family.  But, hey, admit it…everyone poops.  You remember the book, right?

Let me preface all of this in saying that I have zero training, I’m not a doctor/nutritionist/health professional in any way, shape or form and anything I list from here on out is just my own *personal* experience so take from it what you will.

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So, why am I posting a blog at, like, 6:30 in the morning when I haven’t posted in so long?  Well, we’ve been busy.  And, I started this new thing where I get up super early in the AM to dry brush, oil pull, workout, and meal prep…but, this week has been the only week in which it happened all five days.  Go me!  My internal clock, however, is waking me up at like 4:30 now so I have a lot of down time…

Anyways….I’ve been alluding to the enema talk for some time now.  I have been doing it weekly for about three months now, and I don’t do it anymore than once a week.  When it comes to enemas and colonics (which is different, btw and I won’t talk about that here), there are definitely different camps that people generally fall into.  There are those who believe enemas are the end-all-be-all to superb health and should be done daily, if not MORE THAN ONCE a day.  Next, there are people who think it is a crock of poo.  Then, there are others who believe it should be done every once in a while to help clear out waste that is compacted or just not moving quickly enough from the body’s system.  There are various other takes on enemas, but I happen to fall into the last camp.

Including enemas into my weekly routine has helped me feel less bloated, regular, and “lighter.”  Here are some of the other benefits that come along with regularly scheduled enemas:

  • Liver cleansing
  • Relieving constipation
  • Promoting regularity and actually STRENGTHENING the muscles
  • Detox for the skin
  • Relieving headaches
  • Uplifting mood (get the “bad” out, right?)
  • …and a bunch of other things that you can find in others’ testimonials

Enemas can help eliminate waste you’re moving from your system when you’re doing a juice cleanse which makes total sense to me now. I would sometimes get headaches while juicing, and I come to find that many TCM practitioners say that a headache is sh*t on the brain.  Waste is not being removed quickly enough and release toxins into your system.  So, the last time I had a headache I did an enema and felt SO much better after!  Vice grip, gone.

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So, how do you do enemas?  Believe me, I was SUPER nervous at first that I was going to do something wrong and, like, wreck my insides.  But, it’s really quite easy.  And!  Get yourself all relaxed and have a long, salt soak bath before or after.  Make it a pampering thing.  And, if you’re still REALLY unsure, you can find images online or Youtube videos of people doing it.  For real, you can find this.  Here’s an 11-Step guide taken from the Organic Authority on how to safely perform an enema:

  1. Purchase an enema bag. This Cara Fountain Syringe enema kit is perfect for regular use. It costs only $12.31. Prior to administering the enema, read all instructions in the enema kit package so you understand how to put together the enema bag and tubes.
  2. Make sure it is done first thing in the morning, after a natural bowel movement if possible. You should have nothing in you stomach or should be hours away from your last meal, otherwise the process will be uncomfortable and not as effective.
  3. Assemble a couple of large, old towels, one quart of filtered water at room temperature and coconut oil for lubrication.
  4. Find a place in your largest bathroom or near the bathroom where you can hang the enema bag about 2-3 feet above the floor and where you can comfortably lie on the ground. It is important to be near a toilet in case you have to eliminate immediately.
  5. Fold towels on the bathroom floor, with the enema bag hanging above your feet. Lubricate your bum and the first few centimeters of the insertion tip on the enema tube with the coconut oil.
  6. Pour water into the enema bag and seal the bag before hanging it up. Let the water pour out of the tube and once it comes out steadily, clamp the tube tightly so the water no longer flows. It is important there are no air pockets in the tube.
  7. Lie on your back or on your left side on the towel. Draw your knees to your chest and insert the nozzle about 3 inches into the anus. Stop if you feel resistance.
  8. Once comfortable, release the clamp to allow the flow of water. Keep your hand on the clamp so you can control the speed of the water as it enters your body. Let the water slowly enter and try to relax your anus and midsection. Breathe deeply and pay attention to your body’s reaction. If you begin to feel cramping, slow or completely stop the water flow.
  9. After your have taken as much water as you can hold, try to sit with it for as long as possible – 2-3 minutes – and then remove the nozzle and sit on the toilet to release.
  10. Repeat as many times as necessary for the next 30-45 minutes, or until you are satisfied with the results.
  11. Afterwards, take a probiotic to replenish your colon with healthy bacteria. Avoid repeating an enema too often, or else your body could become too dependent on it to have a bowel movement. Enema benefits are incredible, but going overboard can put your health at risk. Talk with your doctor for more support in your use of enemas to improve your digestive health.

I happen to believe an enema can benefit you at any time of day.  I believe later in the day you’re going to eliminate more than once (ie. you’re laying there, get up to go, more water, go again, etc.).  When I first started I thought I needed to finish the whole bag, but it’s really all about what you’re feeling comfortable with.  When I’m lying there, I like to rub my stomach in a circular motion and this also promotes the releasing of toxins.  I got my bag and numerous tubes on Amazon for really cheap, but it is advised to get a metal bucket designed for enemas as to avoid using plastic.

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There are numerous “detox” enemas like the coffee enema, but I haven’t tried any of these just yet.  I use distilled water at room temperature and that’s as far as I’ve dipped my toe into this venture.

Enemas can be done safely, but there are those out there who believe that are totally unnecessary and can harm you if done too often.  If you’re thinking about adding enemas to your routine, do research online and grab some holistic health books.  This may be just what you need to feel lighter and less bloated….or, you may think it’s one big load of sh*t.

Hoping your holidays are warm and loving.  Stay safe out there 🙂

 

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