What Causes Brain Freeze?
It turns out that brain freeze isn’t just your brain getting back at you for all those hours spent scrolling TikTok, it’s an actual physiological response. When you consume something cold, the blood vessels in your mouth rapidly constrict and then dilate again, causing a surge of blood flow to your brain. This sudden increase in blood flow can trigger a headache-like pain that we all know and love as brain freeze.
So How Do We Cure Brain Freeze?
So how can we cure this frozen misery in our skulls? Well, there are a few options. You could try pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth to warm it up and reverse the blood vessel constriction. Or, if you’re feeling daring, you could try a round of brain freeze roulette, where you eat more cold food to trick your brain into thinking the pain is normal and eventually get used to it. But let’s be real, that’s probably not the best idea.
But why bother trying to cure brain freeze when you can prevent it in the first place? Here are some tips to help you avoid this icy nightmare altogether:
- Don’t inhale your frozen treats like they’re about to disappear off the face of the earth. We know it can be hard when diving into a Frios pop but try to slow down and savor the flavor. Taking small bites will give your mouth time to adjust to the cold.
- Keep your cold treats away from the roof of your mouth, which is where the blood vessels are most susceptible to constriction. Try letting the frozen confection sit on your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing.
- Embrace the brain freeze and turn it into a competition with your friends. Who can withstand the most brain freezes in a row without crying? Loser buys a 12 pack of Frios to take home!
To sum it all up, brain freeze may be a pain in the head, but it’s also a hilarious and strangely satisfying experience that we all know and love. So go ahead, indulge in all the frozen treats your heart desires, and embrace the brain freeze with open arms (or at least a sense of humor). And if all else fails, just remember that it’s temporary and will be gone before you know it. Happy freezing!