Ayahuasca Diet and Preparation
The Ayahuasca Diet
You are about to participate in the ancestral Ayahuasca Ceremony! Like many sacred ceremonies, there is a preparation. There are certain foods that should be avoided within the days before an Ayahuasca ceremony. Different experts, different opinions. Some people would say that the diet is not that important and some others wouldn’t accept you in the ceremony if you had not followed every step of the sacred preparation before it. Certainly, there are some good and scientific health reasons why you should avoid certain foods such as those that contain tyramine (see below), because taking tyramine in conjunction with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, can trigger a hypertensive crisis and migraine (but there aren’t any fatalities’ cases). In Naturalia, we are to follow the traditional and sacred journey, and truely respect the diet. This diet is made to prepare and cleanse your body for it to welcome and facilitate the process of the sacred medecine. The sooner you start, the better it is. We recommend you to begin this preparation at least from3 to 5 days before the retreat begins. 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 soy sauce/Tamari, soy beans paste/curd (like Miso or Tofu), beer, vermouth, wine, 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... - It is very important not to drink alcohol or take any street recreational drugs for at least a week before,during and after the retreat. It is also strongly recommended that you don’t engage in sex or masturbation for several days before and after the retreat, and of course, not during the retreat.
Even if we believe that Ayahuasca is safe for most of people, there are certain health issues you need to be aware of before you consider drinking the sacred medecine. To our knowledge, there hasn’t been any recorded evidence of physical or psychological damage caused by ingesting ayahuasca in a responsibly held retreat environment.That is the reason why our ceremonies are performed with highly experienced Shamans and facilitators, and with very small groups (up to 4 people). However, as a precaution, you should not drink ayahuasca if :
- You are taking antidepressants/SSRIs drugs like Prozac, Seroxat, Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Welbutrin (bupropion), or other similar drugs that are MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors). If you wish to take ayahuasca you have to stop taking MAOIs and SSRIs at least 5-7 weeks before coming to the retreat.
- You have a chronic heart condition or severe blood pressure.
- You have a history of mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and/or suicidal tendencies.
- You are currently on – or have recently finished an antibiotic treatment.
- You suffer from diabetes.
If any of the above applies to you, you will have to consult your doctor and ask for his approval and a medical certificate before joining an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Prior to the retreat you will be filling up a Medical Questionnaire. It will be sent to you at the time of the booking to make sure you have a great and safe experience.