On sleep and buttermilk

I went back to the doctor (a week after being prescribed iron tablets) because I had no energy – less than before – severe constipation and was falling asleep at work.

A quick urine test later and I was written off work for a week, prescribed antibiotics and told to see a kidney specialist for an ultrasound.

My work-free week went hand-in-hand with instructions to rest, sleep as much as my body wanted, drink lots of water and eat ‘light food’. No drafts. No swimming. Nothing physically strenuous allowed.

She also recommended I drink half a litre of buttermilk every evening before bed and take ‘stomach-soothing-medicine’ before meals.

Oh yeah, and to give the iron tablets a break.

On taking the doctor’s advice with a pinch of salt

I don’t eat a lot of salt.

Approximately 15 years ago, my dad was diagnosed with high blood pressure and told he should cut down his salt intake.

My family had always made a point of cooking one meal and eating it together, so it was something like a group sentence: we no longer used salt in cooking, and after a stretch of getting used to not using it, we stopped bothering to put it on the table. In other words, we practically cut additional salt out of our diet altogether. ‘Additional’ because you would have to make everything yourself in order to ensure that you were eating none, and as amazing as homemade bread/pasta/marinated meat/etcetcetc is, there are time restraints placed on good intentions.

15 years later, the low-salt habit has well and truly stuck.

I went to see a doctor for a blood test and it turns out I don’t eat enough of the stuff. This causes various problems, especially when it’s the main source of dietary iodine in Germany.

It seems I have iodine deficiency (among other deficiencies*).

Yay! Bring on the salt!!

She prescribed me iron tablets and told me to rest more drink less milk and eat more salt.

* iron, transferrin, vitamin b12, organisation, punctuality. …. The list goes on.