As a functional health coach, detoxification is an important part of the protocol that we set up for most of our clients. With chronic exposure to toxins from chemicals in our food, cleaning products, personal care products and environment, as well as the need to detoxify overburdened organs such as the liver and gallbladder, finding the best path to detoxification is a must in order to help our clients feel healthier and more energetic.
But what if one of the best forms of detoxification also has one of the biggest “ick” factors? Coffee enemas are a simple and effective way to help detoxify an overburdened liver and gallbladder quickly. But talking about enemas and colon health is uncomfortable for many, particularly in the US, where they are not commonly used. In Europe, enema kits are found in most homes and used far more often. But if you have mostly North American clients, talking about enemas may be uncomfortable and embarrassing, particularly for those who are shy or reserved.
So what can you do with a client who is reluctant to follow through with recommendations to do coffee enemas?
- Talk to them about the benefits that come from doing a coffee enema. Removing toxins and supporting an overburdened liver and gallbladder can reduce some symptoms quickly. Some of the benefits that they need to be aware of include:
- Reduction the levels of toxins throughout the body
- Increase in energy
- Decrease in brain fog
- Clean out and begin helping the colon to heal
- Helps to eliminate many types of parasites
- Reduces Candida infection
- Detoxifies the liver quickly
- Improves digestion
- Can help to improve anxiety, depression and other mood issues
- Can lessen some types of pain
- Eases bloating
- Reduces heavy metals in the body
- Reduces the detox effect that can occur when starting their health protocol
- For face to face clients, you can have a enema kit available to show the different components of the kit and show them what to look for when they purchase a their own kit. If your clients meet with you via Skype or telephone, create an enema kit demonstration video or find one that you can share with them. Youtube.com is a great place to find videos like this if you don’t wish to make your own.
- Talk them through the process of doing an enema and what they can expect while doing one. While most FDN-P have experience with coffee enemas from having done them personally as part of their own health protocol, if you have not experienced one, then it may be a good idea to experience one yourself. If you have health or other issues that prevent you from being able to do a coffee enema on yourself, then if possible, connect your client with someone who does have personal experience with them. This allows your client to be able to ask questions that only someone who has been through the process can answer. Many clients are reluctant to do a coffee enema for the first time because they don’t know what to expect and they have misconceptions that need to be addressed. Having the ability to talk through the process with your clients and answering any concerns or questions that they have from your own experience will go a long way to remove fear and will help them to feel more comfortable about trying a coffee enema.
Coffee enemas are contraindicated for women who are pregnant, children and for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis patients who are having an active flare. These groups may however benefit from a gentle water enema. They can add a small amount of sea salt or probiotics to the water for added benefits. A water enema can also be done to help flush the colon before doing a coffee enema, and is particularly valuable if your client has not had a bowel movement yet that day.
Being completely open and communicating with your clients about all aspects of coffee enemas is a big step towards client success in detoxification and living a healthier life.