Ayahuasca Diet & Why It’s Important

by | Dec 5, 2022

Ayahuasca Diet

Ayahuasca is an ancient medicinal plant native to the Amazon rainforest.

It has been used in rituals and ceremonies for many years and is now gaining popularity around the world as a way to promote healing and spiritual growth.

The Ayahuasca diet is essential to preparing oneself for this experience and it is important to understand why it is necessary.

This article will explore the components of the Ayahuasca diet, its purpose, and how following the diet can lead to a successful ayahuasca experience.

What is Ayahuasca Diet?

An ayahuasca diet, known as “dieta” in Spanish, is an important part of preparing for an ayahuasca ceremony or retreat.

The dietary restrictions are intended to help participants get the most out of their experience by avoiding certain foods that could interfere with the medicine’s effects.

For example, it is recommended to avoid aged cheeses, as they contain tyramine which can inhibit monoamine oxidase activity and prevent a full psychedelic experience.

Similarly, any food high in tyramine—such as soy sauce, cured meats, pickles, and sauerkraut—should be avoided.

It is also wise to abstain from processed and junk foods during the dieta period before an ayahuasca retreat.

These foods provide little nutritional value and typically contain additives that can cause irritation when consumed with ayahuasca tea.

Adhering to this ‘dieta’, which translates to ‘committing oneself to a certain lifestyle’ in Spanish.

It requires one to abstain from eating any processed or cooked foods, limiting their intake instead to natural ingredients like nuts, seeds, fresh fruits, and vegetables that have been fermented in salt water or vinegar brine.

Even drinking coffee or alcohol is discouraged during this period in order for the body and mind to be free of any toxins that could interfere with the ayahuasca experience.

Ayahuasca Diet

What to Eat on an Ayahuasca Diet

The ayahuasca diet involves eating fresh, unprocessed foods and avoiding fermented foods, dairy products, fatty meats, salt and sugar.

A strict dietary regimen should be followed for at least one week before the day of the ceremony.

This will allow ample time for toxins to leave your body and help you to connect more deeply with the plant spirit of Ayahuasca.

Additionally, prior to consuming Ayahuasca, it is important to fast for 12-18 hours as this will provide your body with rest while allowing you access to deeper states of consciousness.


Why It’s Important

It is known to provide antidepressant effects, and many cultures have found it to be beneficial for mental health.

For this reason, the ayahuasca diet is an important part of preparing for the sacred brew.

The ayahuasca diet is high in tyramine, an enzyme involved in releasing neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.

Eating foods that are rich in tyramine helps improve mood and increase energy levels before drinking ayahuasca, making it an essential part of the preparation process.

The diet also must include avoiding certain foods, like those with artificial additives or preservatives as well as certain types of fish and cheese that contain MAO inhibitors which can interact negatively with ayahuasca’s active ingredients.

Dietary Rules: What to Avoid whilst doing an ayahuasca diet

When used in proper contexts and with the right preparation, ayahuasca can offer powerful insights and healing potential.

To ensure maximum benefit from such a journey, it’s important to follow certain dietary rules while on an ayahuasca diet.

Individuals preparing for an ayahuasca ceremony should avoid all forms of sexual activity, including masturbation, as well as the consumption of any recreational drugs or alcohol.

Following a strict diet is also essential for anyone considering using ayahuasca.

This includes avoiding spicy food and common allergens like dairy products and gluten-containing foods for at least two weeks before the ceremony.

In order to get the most benefit from an ayahuasca ceremony, it is essential that one adheres to these dietary guidelines.

Sexual activity should be avoided completely, including masturbation, as well as any recreational drugs or alcohol consumption.

Additionally, it is important to stick to a clean diet that’s free from sugar and processed foods.

Ayahuasca Diet



The Ayahuasca Diet is a set of dietary restrictions that are followed prior to participating in certain plant medicine ceremonies.

Originating in Brazil and other parts of South America, the purpose of the diet is to purify both physical and mental health before engaging with the powerful effects of ayahuasca.

These restrictions include avoiding salt, sugar, dairy products, spicy foods, pork, and alcohol for up to three weeks before a ceremony. 

For many people these restrictions can be difficult to adhere to; however, there are some alternatives that have been used successfully by participants before engaging with ayahuasca.

Instead of following the strict Ayahuasca Diet, it is possible to eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding processed grains such as white breads or pasta.

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Namaste 🙏✨


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