The very last part of the colon, before reaching the rectum, has an “S” shape and is called the sigmoid colon. By the time stool gets to this part of the colon, most nutrients have been absorbed into the bloodstream. Because the stool contains products of putrefaction at this point, a special circulatory system exists between the sigmoid colon and the liver.
This special, direct circulatory communication system of veins is called the enterohepatic circulation. Have you ever felt sick before having a bowel movement, when stool material has just moved into the rectum for elimination? And as soon as the material is evacuated, you no longer feel sick? This is because of the toxic quality of the material; the enterohepatic circulation has come into play. For this reason, it is important to evacuate when you feel the urge! The rectum should be kept empty.
This circulatory system enables toxins to be sent directly to the liver for detoxification, rather than circulating them through the rest of the body and all of its vital organs, including the brain. This system of veins carries rectal/sigmoid toxins directly to the liver for detoxification.
When a coffee enema is used, the caffeine from the coffee is absorbed into this system and goes directly to the liver where it becomes a very strong detoxicant. It causes the liver to produce more bile (which contains processed toxins) and moves the bile out toward the small intestine for elimination. The process seems to free up the liver to process more incoming toxic materials that have accumulated in the organs, tissues and bloodstream. The coffee should not go into the systemic circulation.
The coffee contains some alkaloids which also stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, an enzyme used by the liver to make the detoxification pathways run. It is pivotal in the formation of more glutathione, one of the main conjugation chemicals, enabling toxins to be eliminated via the bile into the small intestine.
In summary, a coffee enema speeds up the detoxification process.
Sharon V.B. Roulhac is an integrative nutrition health coach and an internationally certified colon hydrotherapist at the advanced level. She is affiliated with Relaxing Alternatives Wellness Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Studio 226 in Denver, Colorado.