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Foods to Avoid for TIC Disorder

Tic disorders are characterized by repetitive, painless, involuntary and rapid movements or sounds performed by the patient. Adults or children can be afflicted with a tic disorder. The most common known tic disorder is Tourette’s syndrome. Studies have shown there are certain chemicals that affect someone with a tic disorder more than others. These foods should be avoided so as not help the person control their tics. Read on.

SALICYLATES: Many fruits and vegetables contain salicylates, some examples are: apples, blueberries, kiwis, peaches, grapes, strawberries, cauliflower, cucumbers, broccoli and more. Salicylates can also be found in aspirin and other pain relieving medications.

AMINES: Amines are nitrogen based and are found in some fruits and vegetables. Amines also increase if a food has been sitting out instead of being stored properly or in the case of fruits and vegetables if it is going bad. In high amounts, amines have been found to affect children and adults with tic syndromes. A list of foods to avoid: chocolate (especially dark chocolate), soft bananas (fresh bananas are better), spinach, eggplants, mushrooms, tomatoes, plums and more.

MSG: Monosodium glutamate is not healthy for humans anyway, but it is often very detrimental to someone with tic syndrome. Like the other previously mentioned ingredients, MSG can lead to increased tic reactions and the subject being harder to control. Other signs to watch out for if you believe MSG is in food you’re eating are headaches, nausea and shortness of breath.

ADDITIVES: Additives such as food dyes and preservatives are also detrimental to the health of those afflicted with tic disorders. Many who have tic disorder are also afflicted with food intolerances of other kinds so avoiding the foods mentioned as well as some additives can help with control. Some condiments to be avoided: meat extracts, soy sauce, Worcester sauce, vinegar and more.

ANTI-OXIDANTS: Anti-oxidants, which are usually used to keep people healthy, are sometimes attributed to tic disorder. Anti-oxidant rich foods are often the vegetables and fruits that have been previously mentioned and should be avoided if someone you know has tic syndrome.

Discussion: Do you have TIC disorder? What are some other ways you've found to reduce the effects?


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