Druidry and detox

I’m fascinated by the way detox has become an activity that you set apart time for, buy things for, and ‘do’ if you’re fanatical about health and/or beauty. In reality all of our bodies are engaged in detox activities on a daily basis. I’m no kind of expert in matters of human biology, but I think the way we consider these processes, and the industry around them, stands some thought.

Things come into the body in our food and drink that we don’t want or need and do us no good if they stay around. Our bodies generate waste products that we need to get rid of. We have to get the Co2 out of our lungs. We breathe out. We shit, and piss, and sweat and by these means we remove the things that we need to be shot of. Every day.

For me, the Druidry in this is about recognising that getting the crap out (in all senses) is part of nature as it manifests in the body. We are meant to piss, shit and sweat, and we need ways of living that let us get on with this. Social pressures not to go for a much needed wee, workplaces that restrict comfort breaks – these things impact on us. Sweating is something we’re encouraged not to do. Smearing chemicals onto our skin to close our pores and keep the toxins locked in… it can’t be good for us. Nature is here and in my body, and it doesn’t always smell of roses.

Druidry, for me, is also about challenging mainstream capitalist assumptions. We value things when they are for sale (detox programs) we devalue them when they just happen (sweating). Of the two, sweating is probably doing you more good, but people only make a profit out of your sweat when they can persuade you to inhibit it.

The body things that cause most shame tend to relate to the revealing of our animal selves. If we can embrace our animal selves, we can challenge the body shame. Bringing Druidry into the bathroom works for me at many levels. What happens when we honour, or even celebrate our natural processes?

To support a healthy body, there’s not much point investing in ‘detox’ a few times a year. It’s much better to be supporting the process every day. Having enough water going in to flush everything out is important. Eating enough roughage to carry the toxins through the gut at a decent pace so that it can leave. Making spaces where we are allowed to sweat regularly. It’s also worth trying to avoid putting too much rubbish in to begin with, but costs and the farming industry don’t collaborate to make that easy.

Making waste removal taboo has everything to do with wanting to deny our animal state. It comes from a mindset that wants to set us ‘above’ nature and thus needs to hide and deny that we sweat and piss as well. Let’s pause to remember the chap who exploded because he would not fart at the dinner table, and did not feel able to leave it.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

13 responses to “Druidry and detox

  • In The Autumn Of My Life

    All true and a valid point about needing to appear to rise from our animal state. I suppose we have to put it down to being socially acceptable but I guess if we weren’t it would make a few of those boardroom meetings shorter which could be another plus side to detoxing the natural way in a small room.

    P.S. I was doing fine until I read that last sentence and then the giggles started. I am NOT letting my partner see this, he finds enough excuses as it is, bless him 🙂

  • juliebond

    I’ve been thinking about this too recently. I’ve realised that the bits of us we absolutely have to keep covered up are also the bits that so obviously point to our animal nature.

  • lostinlindsey

    Every time I see people going on about the benefits of some detoxing products I resist the urge to comment. People don’t get the joke when I say I’ll thank my liver for saving me money.

    • Nimue Brown

      🙂 There would be an argument to make for interventions if something wasn’t working – kidney dialysis would be a case in point.

      • lostinlindsey

        True, in that case assistance is essential, and should be freely available, but most of the time when people go on about ‘detoxing’ it’s not a medical matter but a social points scoring/ignorance about how mammalian bodies actually work/money making activity, and there’s nothing wrong. The ignorance irritates and amuses me in equal measure, and the fear of acknowledging that we’re animals baffles me.

  • locksley2010

    Personally, I think Mr. Creosote had the best idea. 😉

  • Martin

    As someone who makes and sells compost toilets for a living, I’m pretty familiar with talking about and dealing with my own shit and piss. It also makes great compost and fertiliser and makes you realise that in nature (and we are all nature after all), nothing is wasted. But people make money from convincing you otherwise…

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