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How to Avoid Ice Cream Headaches

Beat the Brain Freeze and Stop the Ice Cream Headache

If, while celebrating National Ice Cream Month with one of my guilt-free frozen treats, you've ended up with a brain freeze, take heed: I have tips to help prevent that awful sensation.

It is believed that the short but intense headache is caused by referred pain from the nerves on the roof of your mouth. You want to keep the nerves from getting too cold by doing one or both of the following. First, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth, or better yet, curl your tongue and place the bottom of it, since it will be warmer, on the roof of your mouth. My second tip sounds like a bit of dieting advice, but it works well. Learn it when you read more.

Eat your frozen treat slowly. Savoring each bite allows your mouth to warm up in between bites. This technique will also help you avoid overindulging, since you will actually be tasting your treat.

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