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An Ideal Diet for Scoliosis Patients

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  • Scoliosis patients must refrain from eating excess amounts of salt and sugar too, and consume moderate to little amounts of healthier alternatives like sea salt or Himalayan salt, or stevia or raw honey
  • Generally, whether you have scoliosis or not, it would be wise to consume this diet that’s ideal for most people such as healthy fats, low amounts of net carbohydrates and moderate portion of high-quality protein

You should carefully watch what you eat if you have scoliosis, as there are certain foods that can worsen the condition and intensify the pain. This page will enumerate the foods you can and cannot eat if you have scoliosis.

What Should You Avoid Eating If You Have Scoliosis?

Generally, avoid eating these foods if you have scoliosis:1,2


White flour

Soy products (including soy milk)

Greasy and fried foods, such as fast food

Trans fats

Refined grains

Corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, crystallized corn syrup and agave

Chocolate (try consuming very little amounts of raw cacao nibs instead)

Packaged luncheon meats that contain food additives and preservatives


Soft drinks

Caffeinated coffee and tea, because caffeine can dehydrate the body3

Scoliosis patients must refrain from eating excessive amounts of salt and sugar too, and should consume moderate to little amounts of healthier alternatives like sea salt or Himalayan salt, or stevia or raw honey.

Furthermore, when buying packaged food from your supermarket or grocery store, read the ingredients list first and look for these substances that are considered no-nos if you have scoliosis. Not only are these artificial and lack any nutritional value, but they can worsen your health in the long run:

Artificial sweeteners

Monosodium glutamate and monopotassium glutamate


Calcium caseinate and sodium caseinate

Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins (HVP), textured protein, hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP) and autolyzed plant protein

Glutamate and glutamic acid

Yeast extract, yeast food or nutrient and autolyzed yeast

The Best Foods to Eat If You Have Scoliosis

Generally, whether you have scoliosis or not, it would be wise to consume this diet that’s ideal for most people:

  • High quantities of healthy fats (high-fat) from avocados, coconuts and coconut oil, organic grass fed butter, pastured egg yolks and raw nuts like macadamias, pecans and pine nuts
  • Low amounts of net carbohydrates (low-net carbs) from organic, GMO- and pesticide-free and fresh low-net carb vegetables
  • Moderate portions of high-quality protein from organically raised, grass fed or pastured animals

Apart from the foods mentioned earlier, you can eat these delicious herbs, too:4

Collard herbs: These are abundant in calcium and magnesium that serve as basic building blocks for new cells. Plus, natural calcium and magnesium from food sources are often assimilated by the body better than synthetic varieties. These minerals can help address damage to the spine curvature and inhibit degeneration to some extent caused by scoliosis, alongside physical therapy and back braces, if needed.

Kale: It helps increase bone mass and promotes production of an elastic fiber-like structure called collagen that assists with binding bone, cartilages and/or skin. Collagen delivers an elastic property to the bone mass, and increased elasticity to bone mass is known to help reduce bone brittleness.

Eventually, enhanced bone health can help a doctor put pressure on the bone by using a brace or performing physical therapy. Increased and sustained pressure and physical therapy will allow the spine to slowly bend in the reverse direction, helping reduce the curve to some extent and relieve discomfort.

Alfalfa: This contains silica and vitamin K, and this combination makes alfalfa a strongly recommended herb for scoliosis patients. Alfalfa’s vitamin K content assists with “close knitting” of the bone cells when used in combination with vitamin D, and helps bone mass maintain calcium levels. Consuming alfalfa regularly may help a patient reverse the spinal curvature to some extent.

Lastly, make sure to drink plenty of liquids, such as high-quality filtered water, if you have scoliosis. These can be helpful in flushing out toxins from the body and assist with relieving constipation, especially in the event that you end up taking painkillers as a last resort because of the pain.5

Other good beverage options include herbal teas and fresh vegetable juice made from fresh and organic produce. A cup of brewed black coffee made from organic and shade-grown beans, without creamers or sweeteners, is also a good choice, but make sure to consume very little to moderate amounts only, because excessive caffeine may lead to unwanted health risks.6

If you plan on drinking fresh fruit juice, do so only in moderation, because fructose in the juice can lead to worsened insulin resistance. Avoid juices made from citrus fruits, including tomatoes.


Scoliosis: Introduction

What is Scoliosis?

Types of Scoliosis

Severe Scoliosis

Scoliosis Symptoms

Dealing with Scoliosis-Related Pain

Scoliosis Causes

Scoliosis Side Effects

Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis Back Braces

Yoga for Scoliosis

Exercises for Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis Surgeries

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