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The Worse Things to Eat If You Have Tourette

Many people are curious about the effect of diet on tics. While there is little published information on this subject, parents and clinicians have reported that dietary changes can help reduce tic symptoms. Some individuals even say that they manage their symptoms solely through diet. This sounds promising. The question is – which foods should you avoid or even cut out altogether? Here’s where things get a bit tricky.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive list of foods that make tics worse. Different foods affect people in different ways. Hence, experts like Sheila Rogers encourage people with TS do some experimenting in order to determine which foods cause problems for them.

One reliable way of doing this is to try an elimination diet. This type of diet requires an organized effort on the part of the individual and their family. The diet involves not eating particular foods (in any form) for several days and then reintroducing the food to see if it causes any symptoms. There are two caveats to this. If you are somebody who already knows that they have a bad reaction to particular foods, do not test your reaction to that food. Those who are prone to significant reactions due to food consumption, should consult a physician or nurse for assistance before trying an elimination diet.


So how do you know which foods to try eliminating? Check out the list below. These foods are most often reported as causing negative neurologic reactions.
1. Milk
2. Wheat
3. Egg
4. Corn
5. Chocolate
6. Beef
7. Potatoes
8. Coffee
9. Citrus
10. Beans

Have any of the above foods ever bothered you or triggered your tics?
Wondering why sugar isn’t on the list? That’s because there is a whole blog post coming up next week devoted to sugar and TS.
To learn more about tics and nutrition, check out Sheila Rogers’ book, Natural Treatments for Tics & Tourette’s: http://www.amazon.ca/Natural-Treatments-Tics-Tourettes-Patient/dp/1556437471


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  4. Becky lum says:

    Hello my son has slight autism and diet is impossible he doesn’t like anything good for you. We are trying to monitor what he eats he will be 12 next week, he doesn’t like fruits and veggies. I would love to be on your web sight.

    • There are a variety of healthy crackers that taste good and are good your your health. Some healthy food can taste like junk food if you tell them to imagine a great food, your brain will get confused on the taste and what it’s supposed to taste like;so whatever there thinking how it taste your brain will interprete that thought of taste into actual taste. Just a trick I thought I’d share with you. Have a great life!

  5. Symptoms often get better as children grow up. For some people, they go away completely. Causes. Tourette‘s has been linked to different parts of the brain, including an area called the basal …

  6. Alison Pack says:

    May we read the rest of Dan’s Feb. 28th comment, please? It looks helpful.

    • I wish I could help you there, but that’s all that was submitted. I’m not sure what happened with the rest.

  7. I think other than obvious stimulants which don’t hurt everyone this is placebo effect. No controlled study has ever shown foods that exacerbate tics except caffeine and in the aggregate was only a lot for a minority. Studies have shown
    Iron, magnesium, b6, folinic acid, fish oil to have a modest positive effect

    • John Kasimatis says:

      Sadly, you’re mistaken. I have lived with tourette’s all my life and dairy products, especially milk, make them a lot worse. It’s not a placebo. Wish it was.

  8. I’ve found for me, stress and lack of sleep are major contributors, but MSG is 10 times worse than both put together. I don’t usually notice my tics much, but if I eat a considerable amount of MSG, my tics even drive ME nuts!

  9. Conor Cleary says:

    Sugar, coffee, Dairy and fried foods! Just absolutely forget it. My whole nervous system just goes haywire if I eat any of those four and I love all of them. Cigarettes are the absolute worst, they literally make me crazy and I gave them up. Alcohol initially stops it and then the rebound is beyond cruel. I eat one boiled egg in the morning and salmon and broccoli for dinner and that’s it. It’s an absolute sickener but it’s better than being a twitchy nervous wreck all the time. I’m really cynical when it comes to alternative medicines but I’ve learned that most doctors if not all are every bit as clueless and inept, they don’t have a clue when it comes to anything to do with the nervous system

  10. Son has tourette, yet to figure out what triggers it.

  11. Joseph Sturman says:

    Cut down on dairy, supplement w Omega 3 gummies also a multivitamin for the kiddos. Extra magnesium is great. Fiji water. Plenty of exercise and sunlight. 10-11 hours of sleep nightly for the lil ones. These all should help. Food allergy test wouldn’t hurt, either.

  12. Tameka Lee says:

    what about almond milk

  13. Thanks for the write up. Will work through the list. Are there any kids who have Tourettes that haven’t been fully vaccinated. Some point the finger at this for everything but I’ve seen to much to simply disbelieve without evidence. Bit of out touchy subject for some but just curious.
    Thanks again

  14. Hi
    Do B6 work

  15. Meg Arentz says:

    Chocolate! My whole life has been a story of eat chocolate-tics! Don’t eat chocolate- no tics and feel a calmness inside! The tics I experience are eye blinking and/or audible noises.

  16. Why citrus fruits are bad? i thought oranges are healthy but should i stop eating oranges and grapefruit juice?

  17. Would drinking more water help dilute and reduce the harmful triggers and help reduce my tics?

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