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27 Sep 2006

Dairy and respiratory diseases
Dear Doc, can you please explain why we should stay away from dairy products when having sinus or hayfever or flu? My children and I always drink Milo or eat yogurt before going to bed, which we were told is good for calcium intake and also find is good for sleep. With recent upper respiratory infections we were told however not to take in any dairy. What now about the calcium intake?

On the other hand, why is yogurt good when children take antibiotics?

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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Marlena
I don't know who told you to avoid dairy products, but this is only necessary if you and your children are sensitive or allergic to such foods. To find out if you or your children are really allergic to dairy products, you would need to have allergy tests done which your dr can arrange. If you do cut out all dairy products, then you will all have to take a calcium supplement like Calcium Sandoz or Caltrate to supply you with the 1000 mg of calcium you need every day to prevent osteoporosis in later life. Yoghurt is recommended when anyone takes antibiotics because the antibiotics kill off the good 'bugs' or microorganisms in the digestive tract and yoghurt if it contains live cultures of organisms like Lactobacillus will recolonise the gut. You can also take probiotics ('good bugs') like Bifidoflora or Bifidoforte which you can buy at health shops to keep your good microorganisms healthy at all times.
Best regards
DietDoc
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