If you are planning to go for an ayahuasca ceremony, you must prepare your body in a way to receive the utmost benefit of the ceremony. Following a strict diet is important before and after you take ayahuasca. It prepares your body to grasp the experience more deeply. The diet is important before 14 days you take ayahuasca and after the ceremony you should continue the diet for atleast 3 to 5 days.
What are the foods to avoid before and after you take ayahuasca?
The vine of ayahuasca contains MAOI to block monoamine oxidase enzyme secretion. It increases the tyramine portion in your body. Tyramine is a form of amino acid that maintain blood pressure. While your body is already consuming enough tyramine through ayahuasca vine, it is restricted to eat any outside foods which are rich in tyramine. Otherwise, the increased level of this amino acid will lead to stroke, high blood pressure, and even brain hemorrhage.
Foods containing tyramine are
- Soya sauce
- Mouldy cheese( parmesan, blue cheese, swiss cheese, etc)
- Mature avocado
- Fava beans
Eating certain foods will not only help you to stay focused in the process but also cleanse your body more efficiently. Our body is made up of a heap of foods. So, taking a proper diet will make it sensitive enough to work with plant spirits. In Amazon Shaman culture, the healing process starts with contacting with the plant spirit.
According to Shipibo Ayahuasca culture, the foods and activities that you need to avoid while you are in the process of ayahuasca are,
- Spicy food
- Fermented foods
- Salt, onion and garlic.
- Fried foods
- Sexual stimulation
While you are in the ceremony, the diet will be provided by your shaman. But, before you go for the ceremony try to have simple, organic, and natural food with no added stimulants and spices.
Foods that are included in ayahuasca diet chart
- Cooked or fresh vegetables including broccoli, lettuces, jicama, beets, cucumber, carrots, etc.
- Peas, beans, and legumes
- Rice, oats, buckwheat and other cereals
- Ghee or olive oil
- Organic eggs(but this is not allowed on the ceremony day)
- Fish like tilapia, trout, sole, and snapper.
When you have these foods in your diet, your body responds better while you are in the ceremony. You can’t neglect foods if you want to make your body and mind to be in their best possible state.
Among Amazon Shaman people, the ayahuasca is a traditional method for healing that has been in use for a long time. If you are planning to go for a Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremony, make your body capable of responding in a better way.