In our heart of hearts, there is no downside to eating ice cream. But, that said, we’re also aware that the dreaded ice cream headache is a reality. A quick way to turn an ice cream smile into an ice cream grimace is by eating your ice cream way too fast, but learning a little about the biology of an ice cream headache can help you combat them in the moments when your ice cream consumption simply cannot be slowed.
Firstly, the blast of cranial discomfort is caused by the rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels in the roof of the mouth, and, as we all know, is typically triggered by an accelerated ice cream eating experience, i.e., eating your ice cream way too fast.
The ice cream headache (also known as Brain Freeze) is a result of all the quickfire cooling and heating (contracting and swelling) of our sinus capillaries which then sends pain triggers to our trigeminal nerve. Ice cream headaches are scientifically known as trigeminal headaches.
The simplest way to relieve an ice cream headache is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth, normalizing the temperature of your besieged sinus capillaries.
Voila, you now have the cure for the common ice cream headache!
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