Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What is, and how to stop, a Brain Freeze

The esteemed British Medical Journal published an editorial on the science behind brain freezes. Good news: you don't have to give up ice cream.

The most common cause of head pain is ice cream - occurring in 1/3rd of a randomly selected population. When something cold touches the roof of your mouth, blood vessels in your head dilate. The dilation may be due to contact with a nerve center in the roof of your mouth.

Whatever the case, if you want to avoid brain freezes don't give up ice cream or cold drinks. Instead, just avoid having anything cold touch the roof of your mouth.

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