Diet is a very crucial component of aiding in helping to control Tourette Syndrome or Tics
Nutrition changes include:
1. Reduce Sugar and white starch from the diet That includes white bread, rice, potatoes and sugar. Bread or gluten is not necessarily the enemy. You can eat good quality high fiber bread.
Here is how you determine a good quality bread.
Subtract fibers from carbs. If this number is above 50 it is not good. The lower it is below the 50 the better. For example you find a bread with 60 carbs and 20 fiber = 40 (that is a good quality bread). This based on 100 grams of bread. So if the bread is 33 grams take that X 3 to get 100 grams. This you would also times the carbs X 3 and the fibers x 3, then subtract the two to determine how many fibers the bread contains.
Sugar should be reduced. I know this can be hard for young kids to stay away from sugar. A good trick is to buy a healthy sweetner flavoring to help to enjoy water. The two brands that I have found to be no sugar (sweetened with Stevia) are Stur and Sweet Leaf brand. My kids enjoy there water and drink much more with this trick. You can also use Stevia of Xylitol. Make sure the Stevia is from pure Stevia leaf (there are many impostors out there.). You can easily substitute Xylitol or Stevia for cooking sweet treats.
2. Eliminate trans-fat and high omega 6 vegetable fats (processed foods)
The American staple of soda products, chips and cookies is not good for anyone, let alone someone with tourettes. The best oil to cook with is Coconut oil. Olive oil is a good, but can go rancid if cooked at too high of temperature. Olive oil is still good in salad ect.
3. Increasing the consumption of Omega 3 EPA+ DHA (Fish oil) + a good quality Vitamin E is very important to brain health All Omega 3 is not created equal and many you find do not have the right amount of EPA and DHA to be effective. Also many Omega 3 or fish oil is not stored properly and exposed to heat and elements and if no longer effective and can even be rancid. (I have attached a link in my "store" where you can purchase good quality fish oil from a person I have gotten to know well and trust.) It is coming from Israel, but is more affordable that the good quality American versions I have found.
4. Avoid artificial colors, flavor and sweetners These can be triggers for tourettes and tics.
5. Video gaming and computer time The fast moving nature of video games can trigger tics or tourettes in many individuals. If you are going to play video games and computer screen time there should be limit if you notice there is an uptake in symptoms.
6. Stress effect symptoms If you notice an increase in symptoms look at what is going on in our life. Stress of a test, major life change or ect. I have found during these times increasing Magnesium Taurate by 100 mg for 3 days can be very helpful in reducing these symptoms to get through a stressful time.
7. Chemical triggers Fresh new paint at school or home can be a trigger, cleaning supplies, candles, air fresheners can also be problematic.