Enema for Constipation Relief: KEY TIPS// An enema for constipation relief is an old health practice that is easy and accessible. In this video, learn some key tips …
Today, I'm going to talk about key tips for 
using enemas for constipation. So stay tuned. 
Hi, there. If you're new here, welcome. My 
name is Amanda Malachesky. I'm a Certified  
Functional Nutrition Health Coach and a Digestive 
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Enemas are a safe and relatively easy way to 
manage either chronic or short-term constipation.  
But a lot of you have asked me quite a few 
questions about how and when, and how often to use  
them. So by the end of today's video, you'll know 
a little bit more about how often it's safe to use  
enemas for constipation. I have several clients 
who are using enemas really pretty regularly  
to manage their constipation. So let's get your 
questions answered and get some of that challenge  
out of the way so you can be feeling better.
First of all, if you're enema curious,  
but you haven't ever actually tried doing 
an enema, or you don't know how to do one,  
I did make an earlier video called How to 
Do an Enema at Home. I will leave a link for  
that below this video. So if you're at that 
stage in the journey, go ahead and check out  
that video when you're done watching this.
All right. Now, for those of you who have  
done enemas before, let's talk about some of 
the questions that you might have about when  
to use enemas for constipation. The most frequent 
question that I get from viewers is, "How often  
is it safe to do enemas?" Or, "Can I do it this 
many days a week?" Or, "Should I only do it this  
amount of days a week?" So let's talk about that.
There's really a range of options about this,  
so bear with me while I talk about 
some of the nuances of the situation.  
As a general rule of thumb, I like to consider two 
to three times a week, kind of a regular maximum  
for doing an ordinary enema for constipation use.
Now, if you're somebody who is really backed up  
and you are never able to go to the bathroom 
on your own without any outside support,  
and you're not already using some 
kind of either over the counter or  
prescription medication from your doctor to 
help make sure that you're eliminating daily,  
daily enemas might be a good idea, as 
long as you don't have any negative  
side effects from doing them that frequently.
So ultimately the thing to pay attention  
to is how is your body responding to that 
frequency of enemas? Are you feeling lighter,  
more energetic, clearer in the head, 
your belly feels less bloated? You feel  
good and you're not too hungry? Sounds like 
you're tolerating those enemas pretty well. 
On the other hand, if you are experiencing 
an increase in digestive symptoms, pain, or  
bloating or sensitivity in your belly, or gas, or 
worsening of your constipation, or also if you're  
feeling really fatigued and hungry all the time 
from the frequency of your enemas, that's a pretty  
good sign and indicator that your body would 
like a little bit less frequency. Or it could  
also be a sign that you need to focus a little bit 
more on hydration before and after your enemas. 
Okay. So a lot of you have asked me about 
enema additives and what should you or should  
you not add to your enemas? I did make an 
earlier video where I talked a little bit  
about antimicrobial additives that you can add to 
your enemas. That video is called Parasite Home  
Remedies. I will leave a link for that below 
this video, if you want to check that out. 
But for general purposes for ordinary enemas, 
I really like to stick with plain water,  
sea salt, or Epsom salts as additives. I don't 
really see any reason to add anything beyond this,  
unless you're doing a really particular protocol. 
A couple of people have asked me about using  
things like goat milk soap or Dr. Bronner's soap 
or things like this. I just really think that soap  
is pretty irritating for the mucus membranes and 
probably, though it might help clean things out,  
it might also be really irritating for your skin 
and really thoroughly change the environment and  
microbiome in your gut. So I'm not sure that 
I would recommend soap as an enema additive. 
The enema additives that I mentioned in the 
other video, which for example, included  
things like making a tea out of eucalyptus 
leaves as an anti-parasitic enema additive  
are really things that you should probably be 
undertaking with the support of a practitioner  
who knows a little bit about what they're talking 
about. Either a naturopath or a health coach or  
somebody who's knowledgeable about that.
That step would really be something to be  
working on after you've already taken on the 
foundational steps of dealing with your diet,  
making sure your diet's really well and cleaned 
up, and that you've already incorporated some of  
the other foundational digestion practices that I 
talk about in the Roadmap to Gut Recovery. These  
include things like chewing really well, reducing 
your stress levels, handling things like enzymes  
and stomach acid and probiotics. So handling gut 
infections is kind of something you really want to  
handle after you've laid that foundation in place.
If you rush to the part of dealing with the  
parasites or other things, assuming that 
they're there, you often end up in a  
situation where you feel worse and you're 
just not able to overcome those infections  
without those foundational steps in place.
Okay. Now, if you're someone who is really,  
really, really backed up and you just 
really need some help clearing out your gut,  
you might want to consider something called Colon 
Hydrotherapy. Colon Hydrotherapy is basically  
large volume enemas that are done in an office 
with a Colon Hydrotherapist. You can just get a  
lot more liquid into the colon at one time than 
you can with an enema. They're usually done in  
a series of 10 to 12 visits, ideally weekly. In 
this way, you're able to really work on clearing  
out the backlog of stored material in your 
colon, if you have a really backed up colon. 
Last year, I made a video interviewing my local 
Colon Hydrotherapist so that you all could have  
a front-row seat to understanding a little 
bit more about what that's really like.  
So if you're curious about Colon Hydrotherapy, 
you can check out that video. I will leave a  
link for that below this video. It's called 
Colon Hydrotherapy Benefits for Digestion. 
Something else people ask me about is what to do 
if you want to include probiotics in your enema  
to implant probiotics in your large intestine. 
I think that the best way to do this is to use  
a small volume enema. Normally you might use one 
and a half to two quarts of water, but I might  
go with just a couple of cups of water, open up 
your probiotic capsule and empty it into the enema  
water, give it a stir around to help it digest, 
and then put the enema water inside yourself  
and try and hold that enema as long as 
you possibly can before releasing it.  
I think that's probably the best way to 
introduce probiotics into your colon with enemas. 
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about 
coffee enemas, because a lot of people are  
very curious about coffee enemas. The purpose 
of a coffee enema isn't necessarily really to  
clean out your colon and move waste along. 
The purpose of a coffee enema is to really  
stimulate the release of bile from the gallbladder 
and the liver. A lot of people report actually  
experiencing a sensation like squeezing in 
that area when they do the coffee enemas. 
Indirectly, that of course, may help stimulate 
your digestion and move things through. But if  
the purpose of your enema is really for cleaning 
out constipation and backed up fecal matter,  
the coffee enema's not really the thing 
that you really want to be focusing on.  
You want to be working more on just a 
plain water enema with higher volume. 
I will be making a video on coffee enemas soon. 
So if you're curious to hear more about that, you  
might want to subscribe and click the bell so that 
you get a notification when that video comes out. 
Do you have a question about enemas for 
constipation that I didn't answer? Please be sure  
and leave it in the comments below. I will be sure 
to reply to you and try to answer your question. 
So that's the scoop on enemas for constipation. 
Generally two to three times per week is a general  
rule of thumb, but over and above everything 
else, as always, do listen to your body's  
feedback and adjust your strategy accordingly. 
If you're struggling with constipation and you're  
ready for some professional-level help, 
there's two main ways that I can help you. 
First, I invite you to download my gut 
guide called The Roadmap to Gut Recovery.  
It talks a lot about how to handle some of these 
foundational steps that I was mentioning earlier  
in the video that need to be handled before 
you can move on to some of the more intensive  
approaches to resolving things like constipation.
I also include access to some of my key tools  
for how to work through this and map out 
the process of where you need to go to  
resolve your gut symptoms from the source.
If you'd like to grab a free copy of that,  
you can head to confluencenutrition.com/roadmap 
and I will leave a link for that  
below this video for certain.
Or if you've already tried a lot of things  
to try and improve your constipation and other 
digestive challenges, I'm an expert at helping  
you sift through all the details and come out on 
the other side with a doable contextualized plan. 
If you would like to meet with me to talk more 
about working one-on-one with me, please schedule  
a free 30-minute assessment session. I will take 
a look at your situation and have a sense of what  
might be the next best steps for you. You'll have 
a chance to ask me questions about what it might  
be like to work together. You can schedule that 
by going to confluencenutrition.com/contact and I  
will also leave a link for that below this video.
All right. I hope this video helped you feel more  
comfortable using enemas for your constipation 
and helped you better understand how to use them  
and in what context. If you liked this video, 
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it. I will see you next time. Take care.

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