I forgot how annoying it was to wake up, take your thyroid med, and wait one hour before eating anything. And basically I have to hold off on all other supplements to be safe because absorption can compete with this med. Mary Shoman has a great blog that explains all the details about how to take your thyroid med here. I wondered if there was a better way. So I looked up taking thyroid meds at night and found a research study that demonstrated that when people took it on an empty stomach at night, they had higher levels of thyroid hormone in their body than when they took it in the morning. They did not show a significant change in quality of life however. Mary Shoman’s blog to the rescue! I’d like to experiment myself and try this. I have a habit of snacking late at night which is not a great thing anyway. So I decided to make sure to stop eating two hours before going to bed. There was no explicit instructions on what they did in the study to take the med at night, so I’m going to make my own executive decision to make sure I have not eaten in two hours, and then take it!
I hope that more research is done on long term benefits, if there are any, by taking these meds at night. This study was based on three months of taking it the morning, and three months of taking it at night for a total of six months. I decided to take it based on not having to wait to eat or take my supplements when I wake up in the morning. Hopefully, I will see if this works for me. I think three months is enough time to determine this.
Our livers are amazing at detoxing our bodies every second of the day. It is one of the hardest working organs in our body. They also go through a barrage of assaults all the time due to our environment, our lifestyles, and our stress levels. Whether its excess alcohol, prescription drugs, poor diet, too much sugar (candida), viral infections, autoimmune disease, toxic chemicals, or air pollution, we need to give it up for the liver! We are even fighting cancer every single day, every single one of us! What a job it has and does for us. Dr Sandra Cabot , “The Liver Doctor” says these are the vital functions of our liver:
• Fat metabolism – this helps with your weight and cholesterol levels
• Detoxification and filtering of your blood. This helps your energy level, plus ability to think and concentrate
• Destruction of unhealthy cells and bacteria
• Manufacturing of essential proteins which are necessary for healthy immune function
• Maintaining hormonal balance; especially breaking down excess estrogen
• Generating the energy and warmth to keep you alive
If you have 4 or more of the following symptoms, you may have a sluggish liver according to Dr Cabot.
Do you suffer with?
Discomfort or pain over the liver (the liver is situated in the right upper abdominal area)
Accumulation of abdominal fat with a “pot belly” and a roll of fat around the upper abdomen known as the “liver roll”
Indigestion and/or intolerance of fatty foods
Reflux and heartburn
Fatty yellowish lumps in the skin and often around the eyes – these are called xanthelasma
Overheating of the body
Red itchy and/or dry eyes
Skin rashes such as dermatitis and psoriasis
Brown liver spots on the skin
Acne rosacea on the face
Redness of the palms of the hands
Hot and/or burning soles of the feet
Headaches, especially associated with nausea
Unexplained weight gain
Inability to lose weight even whilst dieting
High blood pressure
High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
Do any of these sound like you? I could say 6-7 fit me, including inability to lose weight even while dieting! This has been the bane of my bikini competitor goals because I have tried for the last five years without success, only go put on fifteen lbs in the face of working out and eating well. So the next question is, what can we do about it? Although the answer is complex, the focus of this blog post is coffee enemas which are a great way to get a sluggish liver going.
MindBodyGreen breaks it down well. Here are 10 reasons why you should try a coffee enema:
Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%.
Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalis.
Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood.
Helps with depression, bad moods, sluggishness.
Helps eliminate parasites and candida.
Improves digestion, bile flow, eases bloating.
Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver.
Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet).
Helps ease “die-off” or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing.
Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally
You will not absorb the caffeine like you would taking it orally. But you must use regular caffeinated and organic coffee, never decaf or you will not receive any benefit!
How to do a coffee enema?
Look to amazon to purchase your coffee enema kit first. Although there are many kinds and different prices, I use this one, and it cost only $4! You can even just brew regular organic coffee in your coffee maker as usual for the first time, just to get your feet wet. But I’m going to recommend purchasing the organic coffee especially made for coffee enemas, which is not roasted completely so it’s still green. Using this coffee is better, because it has more caffeine and palmitic acid in it. So you will get even more benefits from better quality coffee. You can also get this on amazon too right here. Read about this particular coffee enema coffee brand SA Wilsons right here. You also need to get lubricating jelly, or use coconut oil to lube the end of the enema tube.
Use 2 TBSP of coffee and add it to 3 cups filtered water in a pot. Get it boiling, then bring the heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Let it cool down. Then strain it. I pour it into my vitamixer for easy measuring and pouring into my bucket. I also add large ice cubes to hurry the cooling process down. Just enough to melt so don’t go crazy and make the whole batch ice cold. Your final amount will be 6 cups of fluid. Use a clean finger to touch and feel if the coffee is cooled to touch.
Pour it into your enema bucket but make sure your clamp is clamped off so it does not come right out. I use a kid’s size hanger to hang the bucket on a towel rack in the bathroom. It needs to be elevated while you lay on the floor so gravity will pull it in. I also set up a yoga mat on the floor, with a towel on top, and a pillow to lay on.
For the first time, I would have some chill out music on, meditation music from youtube nearby, and maybe diffuse some essential oils too. You will need to relax as much as possible.
You will need to take your bottoms off and if you are cold, keep some socks on. Sit on your towel, and after lubing the end of the enema bucket, insert the tube into the rectum and go in about 1 inch. It’s all an estimate. It should not hurt! If it hurts, reevaluate what you are doing wrong because it should not hurt. Lay on your right side. Get comfortable, and unclamp the clamp.
You will feel the fluid go in and may start cramping. If you do, clamp it. Then when it subsides, go at it again. Repeat this until the fluid is all in. This may take up to 5 minutes. After it’s all in, clamp it and take it out. I cap it, or wrap a tissue around the end. You can rub your tummy for comfort, or even do some yogi upside down moves like a handstand or just lay on your back with your hips in the air (like a hip thrust) for as long as you can. You WILL have waves of cramping that will subside. You may not be able to hold it for 15 minutes the first time, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Try your best to hold it in and deep breath slowly. Relaxing is key. You will hear your tummy make some wild noises, and that’s a good sign that the gallbladder is releasing bile. You are stimulating the liver! Yay!
After you held it in, go to the bathroom and it will be an orgasmic release you have never had before! I say this in jest, but it is true. You will feel lighter and cleaner. You may have to sit a little while, or go now and maybe 10 min later to get it all out. Sometimes it does not fully come out right away, but generally it will not be something like you are going to the bathroom for hours. You will probably be ready for a shower after this.
Clean your bucket with some good dishwashing soap, let the hot water run through the tubing. I also rub the end with the soap and rinse really well. Make sure it’s dry before putting it away. You did it!
You can do these everyday, but realistically once a week is good. Cancer patients doing the Gerson therapy protocol are even doing this 6x a day! So it seems to me that you cannot become addicted to enemas, although mentally, you might!
Use filtered water only.
Use organic regular caffeinated coffee only.
Make absolutely 100% sure the coffee is not hot before proceeding with the enema.
Try whatever modalities relax you. Like 4-7-8 breathing from Andrew Weil, MD.
Do it knowing that you love yourself, and you are worth the trouble.