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Written by: Dr. A Janse van Rensburg

Wintertime always carries an increased risk of colds and flu and contracting a cold or flu could keep you away from valuable dance practice for weeks at a time. I’ve tried and tested several useful ideas to aid in preventing these irritating illnesses. However, it’s important to remember that flu poses a significant danger for a person’s heart muscle so don’t think you’ll be able to “exercise it off”. If you do fall ill, rather recover fully and start your exercises again when you’re completely healed.

Here is a practical 3-step approach to fight that flu!

STEP 1: Remove the stuff that is helping you to get sick!

No matter what people, magazines or textbooks say, dairy is not a health promoting food! Dairy is an allergen and it irritates the mucosal membranes of the respiratory tract. I would strongly advise anyone who wants to avoid colds and flu to avoid dairy as well.

The other baddie is sugar. Sugar is an immune suppressant and falls in the same category as dairy as a “best to avoid” food during winter (or the whole year for that matter!).

For dairy: Rice milk, Soya milk, palm and potato milk, oat milk. Goat’s milk is fine for smaller children. Goat’s milk yoghurt and cheeses are acceptable substitutes for bovine dairy for a person of any age.

For calcium: Take enough raw fruits, raw vegetables and raw nuts to supplement calcium levels in your body in a healthy and effective way.

For sugar: Use Stevia (a natural sweetener). For non-diabetics you can also use honey or fructose.

STEP 2: Basic prevention tips

- Drink adequate amounts of water (most people drink less water in winter).
- Wash your hands regularly and learn the habit of not touching your face (viruses are transmitted through touching other people and then touching your own face).
- Exercise regularly (frequency rather than intensity).
- Maintain a healthy sleep pattern (6-8 hours per night).
- Learn to manage any stress in your life.

STEP 3: Supplements

The following supplements are useful for the prevention and treatment of colds and flu:
1) Buffered Vitamin C
2) Olive leaf extract
3) Colostrum capsules
Check with your doctor if you can use these supplements.

Further information about Dr Anton and the treatment protocols mentioned in this article can be obtained from


The information contained in this article is not intended to replace the attention or advice of a physician or other health care professional. Anyone who wishes to embark on this dietary or supplement protocol should first consult a qualified health care professional.


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