Chris and I were heading out for the day and he suddenly announced, ‘I need something to drink.”
So, we stopped at a gas station and he went into the store. I expected him to grab a bottle of cold Perrier, his drink of choice but instead, he strutted out the door with a big smile on his face and an even bigger blue Slush Puppie in his hand.
I have to admit: I thoroughly enjoyed watching him slurp this ridiculous blue mixture of ice, sugar and food coloring like there was no tomorrow. I think it brought him back to his lazy summer days as a little boy. He was playing with the straw and gurgling with the concoction. Although it grossed me out, he particularly shone with boyish pride as he boasted blue teeth and tongue.
The fun times abruptly stopped when suddenly, he put his drink down, put his hand on his forehead and moaned.
I recognized the problem immediately. It was brain freeze. Slush Puppie headache. Too much, too fast.
This kind of intense headache that comes with devouring something really cold is a signal that the body is protecting itself. When cold material moves quickly across the roof of the mouth, the nerves respond causes rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels or a “referring” of pain from the roof of the mouth to the head.
Forget the scientific explanation…brain freeze hurts! We’ve all been there, right?
In Chris’ case, I do believe the pain was well worth it – he just waited until the headache subsided and then went right back to heavy duty slurping – but “too much, too fast” of anything usually has repercussions.
Brain freeze is a great example of “too much of a good thing.” More and faster is often not better. It reminds me of a verse in the Bible, “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10.23 NIV
There are consequences that go along with too much of anything, whether it be a blue Slush Puppie, sleep, food, conversation, exercise, work , play,church involvement or free time – there are always consequences.
I think balance in life is very difficult to obtain.
So, how do you balance out the brain freeze headache? Well, just in case it hits you this summer, here’s a little titbit of information you might want to tuck away.
To get rid of brain freeze more quickly, rub your tongue across the roof of your mouth to create some heat. The sooner your mouth warms up, the sooner your body’s defenses will back down. *
That’s news to me. Good to know.
If only balance in life was so easy to obtain.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143.10 NIV