Do you run to the fridge every time you hear a weird ass growling side coming from your stomach ??
. . is it really because you’re hungry?
GROWLING HAPPENS ON AN EMPTY OR A FULL STOMACH
When your stomach hasn’t had food for a while, your brain sends a signal to your stomach muscles to start contracting (peristalsis).
These are the SAME contractions that happen when your digestive tract is full.
The contraction is what sends you hunting for food.
You hear the growling a LOT more when you haven’t eaten because your stomach and intestines are empty so it’s easier to hear the movement of air and gas, which accounts for the growling.
Greeks call this "borborygmi” . . meaning rumbling.
INTOLERANCE TO FOODS
When you eat a certain food that your stomach cannot fully digest it remain undigested in the stomach and creates large amounts of air and gas (growling) while the bacteria works away to get rid of it.
If you’re stressed or anxious, you may be a habitual air swallower . . if you drink a lot of carbonated drinks . . chewing gum . . talk too much while you eat . . these all can cause a lot of air to be swallowed . . leading to “borborygmi”.
HOW TO AVOID THE GROWL
- Prevent Hunger - eat small meals every few hours
- Avoid carbonated drinks
- Avoid gassy foods - (green beans, artificial sweeteners)
- Milk/Milk products – a lot of people tend to be lactose intolerant
- Eating more slowly