February 26, 2020
Why do you feel brain freeze from eating ice cream?
“Why do I get a headache after eating ice cream or shaved ice?”
CheckCheckCin: It is common to get a brain freeze when you eat frozen foods such as ice cream and shaved ice too quickly. The mouth and head are affected by the cold which causes blood vessel constriction, and the body then speed up the transfer of blood and cause headaches. From Chinese medicine perspective, ice cream and shaved ice are cold/raw foods, which damage the body’s yang qi and affect the qi and blood circulation, and cause qi stagnation and blood stasis body condition. People with this body type are prone to headaches, menstrual pain and even body aches. The cold/raw food affects the spleen functions to circulate fluid smoothly, then phlegm and dampness will be formed. When the phlegm and dampness affect the head, it will cause tension and swelling, or even dizziness and chest tightness.
To prevent headaches, it is advisable to eat less cold/raw foods such as ice cream and shaved ice, especially during menstruation and when the body is weak, otherwise headaches and various pains may happen. If you feel headache and discomfort after eating cold/raw food, you can drink ginger tea with cinnamon to relieve the discomfort. Cinnamon can dispel cold and relieve pain. Ginger can promote perspiration and dispel cold.
Ginger tea with cinnamon
Effects: warms the channel to dispel cold, and relieves pain
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. of cinnamon powder, 4 slices of ginger, 2 tbsp. of brown sugar
Preparation: rinse ginger. Combine cinnamon powder and ginger with 800ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add in brown sugar to taste.
Note: not suitable for those with heat-related symptoms and pregnant women