Dr. Rosemary Leonard answers a question on recurring colds in the company of Emma Howard.
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Host: Hello! We are answering questions on health and medical problems. I am joined by Dr. Rosemary Leonard. Hello! Dr. Rosemary Leonard: Hello! Host: I got a question here Rosemary from a woman who is concerned about recurring illness. I seem to get colds quite often, she says, sometimes any minor colds, but they keep coming back. Could this be to do with my diet or daily routine? She works long hours, and she says, from 10 until at 9 at night and usually dinner around 9 p.m. Are there any foods which I should be avoiding or could I be anemic? Then she says really thanks for your time. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: It sounds like she is working longer than she should, and she could well be stressed. And we know that stress affects your immune system. Now there are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Unfortunately, once you have had one, your immune system has been busy fighting that and is less prepared to fight the next one that comes along. So the first thing she should do with this is to see what she can do about those working hours. I mean, working 11-12 hours a day is too long and it's too long for most people and make sure she takes regular holidays. The other thing she needs to do is actually make sure she is eating the right diet which is actually just a good balanced diet, but with a minimum of those magical five portions of the fruits and vegetables a day. We know that the majority of the people in this country don’t eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables, your minerals, the micronutrients and taking a supplement, a multivitamin supplement just isn’t the same as eating good fresh food. So that’s what she also needs to do. Host: Is the time relevant? She mentioned she eats dinner around 9 at night, is that too late or is it irrelevant? Dr. Rosemary Leonard: It’s not really relevant to her getting colds, but there are lots of people who say it's actually better to have your main meal in the middle of the day rather than just before you got to bed at night, because it gives you a heavy feeling on the stomach. But in terms of her cold, I don’t think it's relevant. Host: But her hours are… Dr. Rosemary Leonard: Her hours are and she needs to start looking after herself a bit more, not working quite so long. Host: And if you have a similar problem we hope we might have given you some help, but remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor medical advice. Thanks for watching! We will be back with more health questions and answers.