why is my stomach gurgling all the time
Our bodies make noise all the time. We snore, burp and pass gas, and sometimes our joints crack. But are our internal soundtracks normal or unhealthy? Dear Dr. Manny,
My stomach makes the loudest and strangest gurgling noises all the timeБ even when I'm not hungry! Should I be worried and visit a doctor, or is there a simple way to prevent it? Thanks, Becky A noisy abdomen does not necessarily mean you are hungry. The digestive system causes stomach sounds, known as Borborygmi, when air or fluid is moving around the small and large intestines. During a process called peristalsis, stomach muscles and the small intestine contract and move contents forward in the gastrointestinal tract. БThese sounds occur both when the stomach is full and when it is empty. Б, a gastroenterologist in New York City, told FoxNews. com. БAbout two hours after your stomach empties, there is signaling from the brain for the digestive muscles and peristalsis to begin again. These contractions and vibrations of an empty stomach may make you hungry, and the growling may be louder in this case because your stomach and intestines are empty so the noise created is not muffled.
Б People who swallow a lot of air, usually caused from eating too fast or talking while eating, may experience more rumblings than others. Another common cause for a chattering stomach is poor digestion. Fructose and artificial sweeteners, which are often found in sugarless gum and diet sodas, contain sugar alcohols that can be difficult for intestines to absorb. People with a lactose intolerance or celiac disease are also more likely to have increased intestinal noise. Although these noisy gurgling sounds can be uncomfortable or even embarrassing, they are generally a sign that your intestines are working well. However, stomach noises can also signal a bigger problem. БAlthough stomach gurgling can be completely normal and part of healthy digestion, if accompanied by symptoms, this should be looked into a little bit closer,Б Khodadadian said.
БFor example, excessive gurgling together with cramping, abdominal pain and possibly nausea and vomiting may be a sign of an obstruction in the bowels. Б Khodadadian added that growling could be a symptom of a food intolerance or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. БIn this scenario, the growling can be associated with gas, flatulence and distention of the abdomen,Б he said. To help reduce the natural gurgling of your stomach, Khodadadian suggests two simple tips: 1. Avoid excessive carbonated drinks because they can cause buildup of gas in the intestines. 2. Take a walk after meals to aid in digestion and keep your bowels moving along. If your stomach noises are accompanied by symptoms, Khodadadian advises speaking with your doctor. Do you have a health question for Dr. Manny? Please send it to. When people hear their stomachs make noise, most of what they hear is gas and intestinal motility, the normal movement of the intestines.
Even when youБre not eating, your gut is moving. If you have food in your intestine, it can muffle the sound, but if you have air in there, and thatБs all youБre moving, that is what youБll hear. Some people are more sensitive or have a heightened sense of whatБs going on inside their bodies, so they hear it or feel it more. Some people have more gas than others, and there are a variety of reasons for this. One is a common problem that many people donБt even realize, which is swallowing air. You can swallow a lot of air into the esophagus and the stomach by eating too quickly or talking while eating, and that can cause belching, bloating or rumbling. You can minimize this by eating more slowly and not talking or exercising while chewing. Another cause of stomach noise is air produced in the intestinal tract, which is most often due to poor absorption of nutrients. The most common example is lactose intolerance. When lactose in dairy products doesnБt get absorbed into the intestine because the enzyme lactase is missing, bacteria instead break it down and liberate gas.
When gas is liberated in the intestines, you hear a lot of noise. Other foods that can cause intestinal noise are fructose, a sugar that can be difficult to absorb, and artificial sweeteners, such as those in sugarless gum or in diet sodas. They contain sugar alcohols that can be difficult for our intestines to absorb; bacteria in the intestines break it down and liberate gas as a byproduct. Many of my patients have cut down on artificial sweeteners, and that has helped to eliminate the problem. Intestinal noises can be bothersome, uncomfortable and socially awkward, but theyБre more of a nuisance than anything else. However, there are situations where a serious problem could be present if stomach growling is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. In those cases, you should see a doctor. Submit a question to БAsk the Expert. Б Previous БAsk the ExpertБ questions:
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