Diet and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

Fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies

The cause of most cases of scoliosis is a mystery, hence the term “idiopathic” scoliosis, so it can be tempting to grab onto any explanation that could possibly make sense of why scoliosis happens.

Some, um, “interesting” hypotheses I’ve heard over the years about what causes scoliosis include:

“Scoliosis usually affects girls because society tells girls they should be small, so they begin slouching and trying to make themselves small once they hit puberty so they won’t grow ‘too tall,’ but they just give themselves scoliosis.”

“Scoliosis victims usually have experienced some childhood trauma, causing them to physically lean away from the heart, which results in scoliosis.”

“Scoliosis in young girls is caused by doing too much ballet.”

There are some suggestions that sound more reasonable, like neurotransmitter imbalances, too much copper causing scoliosis, too much calcium causing scoliosis, and others.

So far, nothing has quite answered the question, and unfortunately, there are very few dedicated researchers focused on scoliosis.

However, there are several theories as to how to reduce and manage scoliosis, which is where we are left for right now. As the sources I linked to above suggest, there have been a number of studies conducted on the role of vitamin and mineral deficiencies and overabundance, and how scoliosis could be managed through diet. For example, I read this blog post (“The Best Diet for Scoliosis“) by Sylvie at Hollywood Homestead, and I have to agree with her on several points. She talks about drastically reducing sugars and other inflammatory foods to help  prevent bone loss and weaker muscles, and anecdotally, I’ve noticed that when I’m eating more vegetables, grass-fed meats and eating little to no gluten or dairy, I do feel stronger and more supported.

It certainly can’t hurt to eat more healthily, even if we aren’t sure if it will or will not affect our scoliosis, but I’m curious to know if there is anyone out there who might have a story about how eating better improved (or worsened!) their scoliosis? I’d love to hear from you, and find out your story. Since we don’t have reliable research (heck, barely any research to begin with) about scoliosis, we are sort of forced to rely upon our experiences and others’ to find new avenues of healing to explore, so don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts.

Check out Sylvie’s article above and the other articles I linked to, and weigh in!


3 Comments on “Diet and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

  1. Hey greetings!

    So excited to find your website this morning! I am currently working on my own web page regarding the same topics, as I had yet to find another one on the web! I have scoliosis & am working to cure mine through healing my feet via Katy Bowman’s works, which I believe will inform the rest of my posture to take a healthier position (especially how ones legs are situating in the hip sockets). I have also adopted a 100% Raw Vegan diet, & I have been eating only 2 meals a day for almost a year now. I believe that I will heal myself 100% of scoliosis. That is my goal. I also do some stretching, & plan to do more as Raw, high water content foods help my muscles to loosen up some on their own. Stay in touch!

    ~ Tom

    • Ah, that’s awesome! I’m a big fan of Katy Bowman’s work, and I’ve had the same thought: If I focused more on restoring my feet to their proper “primal” function, would it maybe help with my scoliosis? Ironically, I’ve also been investigating becoming a “weekday vegan” for better health, so it sounds like we’re tracking along with a lot of the same ideas!

      I’d be really interested to read your website, so definitely let me know when it’s up and running. I’m also curious to know if you might be interested in writing a guest post for Young, Wild & Pain-Free about your scoliosis journey, especially about your focus on your foot health. Check your email–I’m going to reach out to you there.

      Thanks for the comment, and I wish you the best!

      • Hey! Yes thank you for the reply! I’m not sure if you emailed me or I just missed it but I only now saw your response. I did get my website up and you can find it at:

        As for the guest article, I’d be more than happy and honored to! Send me an email at and we can discuss it more! I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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