The Ayahuasca Diet

The Ayahuasca Diet

The experience of participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony is an extraordinary one. It has positively changed the lives of many people, showing us the immense beauty of the cosmos and ourselves through overwhelmingly, enchanting and emotional visions and visualizations. An experience capable of phenomena with such magnitude needs to be valued and respected for what it is. This means that part of drinking ayahuasca is preparation. Everyone should find out what his or her preparation is. We do not recommend taking ayahuasca without some preparation.

As a guideline, we recommend the following diet.

There are certain foods that are beneficial to avoid in the days before an Ayahuasca ceremony. If you speak to different practitioners, you will probably hear varying opinions on the importance of the diet. Some are of the opinion that much of the diet is not very important at all. Others are religious about it! Certainly, there are some good and scientific health reasons why you should avoid certain foods.

You may begin the diet at least 24 hours before your ceremony begins; however, we strongly recommend you start the diet at least 3 days before (or even longer if you wish).

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

Food containing stimulants such as Alcohol, caffeine, spices, chili, fats, oil, salt, and sugar. Also Red meat.

Avoid fermented foods for 24 hours before and after the ceremony, such as Soya sauce/Tamari, Soya beans paste/curd (like Miso or Tofu), beer, Kombucha, kefir, yogurt, pickles, vermouth wine, aged/ moldy cheese, yeast, etc.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding the Diet. Please don’t let this be any source of anxiety for you, just follow it as best you can.

Please note, there are certain health issues you need to be aware of before you consider drinking Ayahuasca which is safe for the vast majority of people. To our knowledge, there has been no recorded evidence of physical or psychological damage caused by ingesting ayahuasca in a responsibly held environment. However, as a precaution, you should not drink ayahuasca if the following applies to you:

  • If you are taking antidepressants/SSRIs drugs like Prozac, Seroxat, Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin (bupropion), or other similar drugs that are MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors). If you wish to take ayahuasca you must have stopped taking MAOIs and SSRIs at least 5-7 weeks before coming to the ceremony.
  • If you have a chronic heart condition or severe blood pressure.
  • If you have a history of mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and/or suicidal tendencies.
  • If you are currently on antibiotics or have recently finished an antibiotic treatment.
  • If you suffer from diabetes.
  • If you do have a health condition and are unsure if drinking ayahuasca will be safe, then you should consult with your personal physician.