Preventing and Fixing Memory Glitches (How I Fixed Mine)

by Nils Osmar. Dec. 14, 2022 Medical Disclaimer

I started having memory issues about twelve years ago, both with my short term memory and my ability to recall names. At one point I was having several memory glitches a day.

I would be working on an article at my computer, click on a bookmark to open up a reference page, and by the time the page popped open (a second or two later), I’ve have forgotten why I’d opened it.

I would get up to go into another room and forget why I’d done so – not just once, but several times a day.

These may sound “normal”, but they were occurring more and more frequently. I was having a cascade of problems. It was alarming and I started looking for things that might help.

What fixed my memory

My first impulse was to try to “fix my life”. I was experiencing a lot of stress, and realized I needed to figure out ways to minimize it. This helped a bit, but didn’t stop the memory problems.

The things that I found which not only improved my memory issues – but completely resolved them – were:

These days

I don’t have memory problems like I used to. But now and then I might have a slight issue.

For example, a couple of weeks ago I was teaching a class and found myself forgetting one of my student’s names. I have a lot of students (a lot of names to remember), but it was still irksome to forget. And I felt a little dull in that class, not as sharp as I like to feel when I’m teaching.

I upped my dosage of liquid sunflower lecithin and B12, and the issue immediately resolved. I felt clearer and sharper, and had no memory issues, when teaching the subsequent classes in that series.

I routinely eat fish and take both fish oil and krill oil, and eat a lot of wild organic blueberries. (The ones I buy are sold at a local Trader Joe’s; I stock up on several bags every month or two, and eat them several times a week.)

Fasting, blueberries and fish

In the anti-aging community, it’s common for people do a lot of fasting, hoping for benefits to both their bodies and brains.

Though this may seem counterintuitive because fasting deprives us of nutrients, intermittent fasting has generally been found to be helpful to brain health and cognition. According to a 2019 study, Fasting as a Therapy in Neurological Disease:

Fasting improves cognition, stalls age-related cognitive decline, usually slows neurodegeneration, reduces brain damage and enhances functional recovery after stroke, and mitigates the pathological and clinical features of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis in animal models.

With that said, it is possible to overdo fasting, and this can be a greater danger when we’re older and our ability to absorb nutrients is on the decline.

I do a lot of fasting (and generally like it). I often do ADF (alternate day fasting) or OMAD (one meal a day). But I do so with an awareness that when we fast, we’re slowing our intake of the nutrients the brain of nutrients may need for optimal brain functioning. To compensate for this, I eat higher nutrients than I normally might during my “feasting” hours. For example, I might eat a full cup of wild blueberries instead of a half cup, or take krill and fish oil plus eating some sardines or salmon, if I’ve been fasting that day.

Speaking only for myself, I’ve found that my brain functions best when I include some animal-based foods in my diet. My first experience with memory glitches took place when I was eating a vegan diet. These days, I go out of my way to include some animal-based food such as salmon, sardines, eggs and grass-fed beef in my diet.

I also try to keep my blood glucose low. The lower it is, the sharper I tend to feel.

Not medical advice

This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component.  See full Medical Disclaimer

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