The Ayahuasca Diet

There are certain foods that are beneficial to avoid in the days before an Ayahuasca ceremony. We’ve written an article about why we think the ayahuasca diet is important which you can find here.

If you come to Iquitos and speak to several different Ayahuasca experts you’ll probably hear varying opinions on the importance of the Ayahuasca diet. Some people are of the opinion that much of the diet is not very important at all. Others are almost religious about it!

Certainly, there are some good and scientific health reasons why you should avoid certain foods such as those that contain Tyramine, because taking tyramine in conjunction with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, can trigger a hypertensive crisis and migraine.

It is our recommendation that you take the diet seriously, if nothing more for the reason of showing respect for the sacred journey you are about to embark on.

You should start the diet at least 24 hours before retreat begins; however, we strongly recommend you start the diet at least 3 to 5 days before the retreats begins (or even longer if you wish).

Here are the foods you should avoid as much as possible:

  • Food containing stimulants, caffeine, spices, chili, fats, oil, salt and sugar.
  • Fermented foods like Soya sauce/Tamari, Soya beans paste/curd (like Miso or Tofu), beer, vermouth wine, aged/moldy cheese (cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss cheese, blue cheese), yeast
  • Foods that are a potential source of tyramine, like mature avocados, eggplants, figs, grapes, pineapples, plums, raisins, prunes, broad beans, fava beans, lentils, peanuts, dried milk, sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk, chocolate, Vegemite and sauerkraut.

Also it’s important not to drink alcohol or take any western street drug for at least a week before and after the retreat.

It is also strongly recommended that you don’t engage in sex or masturbation for several days before the retreat, and certainly not during the retreat.