What Does a Coffee Enema Do?
A morning cup of coffee is a must-have for those who rely on caffeine to get their day going. However, many people also find their morning cup of coffee literally causes them to "go" to the bathroom and have a bowel movement. The same principle is applied by those who use coffee enemas to empty their bowels.
Coffee enemas are an alternative medicine technique that does not have a significant amount of research to back it up. Additionally, there are potential side effects that can often outweigh the benefits.
While coffee enemas may be an option for some people wishing to relieve constipation or prepare for a procedure, doctors do not typically recommend them.
What is a coffee enema? An enema is a practice that involves inserting liquid into the rectum to relieve constipation or to prepare for a procedure to look at the bowel.
Coffee contains components that may offer health benefits
Long-standing constipation can be very uncomfortable and harmful, leading to a possible small bowel blockage and even a hole in the bowel.
People have used a range of substances for an enema. Most commonly, a person will use water, mineral oil, or water with a small amount of soap added to it.
However, some people have tried enemas using other liquids, including coffee. Coffee enemas are reported to have unique health benefits, but can be quite dangerous if used incorrectly or too often.
There are also some components in coffee that are said to offer health benefits. A compound in coffee called cafestol palmitate is said to stimulate the activity of an enzyme called glutathione S-transferase, which opens up the bile duct in the liver. This helps to release more bile from the liver to break down food components and improve digestion.
Three other components of coffee - theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine - are said to widen blood vessels and the bile duct even more, which boosts the flow of bile.Read Full Article