Q. What causes “brain freezes” from eating ice cream too fast? Is there any drug or supplement to prevent these excruciating headaches?
A. Brain freeze, or as doctors call it, “frigid headache,” occurs when nerves running from the palate to the brain get chilled too quickly. Slurping a frozen drink (slush) or eating ice cream too fast can bring on this sudden severe pain.
According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the remedy is “lingual-recoil therapy.” In other words, curl your tongue back and push it against the roof of your mouth to warm up those nerves.