I was sick yesterday and today. It’s strange but while I was a somewhat sickly child (school might have had something to do with that) for most of my adult life I have been healthy. The last really major health problem I had was a gall bladder which was removed some fifteen years ago. Yet, twice in the last three months, I have felt sick enough to have to lay down and do nothing all day, which I hate. I hope this isn’t the beginning of some sort of trend.
Meanwhile, it is snowing here in the Ohio River Valley. Two days ago it was almost warm enough to be summer, now we are in winter again. This sort of variable weather isn’t too unusual for this part of the country, but I do wish the weather would settle on a season.
Here is some news we can use, namely how to prevent brain freeze while eating ice cream. It’s not a problem I often have, but it’s good to learn how to stop it.
So what causes ice cream headaches in the first place? It has to do with the nerve receptors above the roof of your mouth. When you take a bite of ice cream, some of it touches the top of your mouth, otherwise known as the hard palate. That in turn triggers the nerves above the palate to cool down — and quick. The nerves send an emergency message to the brain that it’s about to get cold up there, and the blood vessels in the brain constrict to accommodate. When the warm blood rushes through the blood vessels again — presto! You get a searing headache similar to a migraine. Ouch! But don’t worry though, this kind of headache does not signify a serious problem.
So what to do? Well if your ice cream headache has already started, chances are it’ll be over quickly. To speed things up a bit, you can touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth and hold it there, warming up your palate and calming down the brain’s reaction.
To keep yourself from getting the freeze in the first place, try eating cold foods slower than usual and keep that ice cream away from the roof of your mouth if you can.
That’s not so hard, is it? Well for me it is since I love ice cream.