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Why Does Your Stomach Growl?

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  • The rumbling sound in your stomach is the result of muscular contractions of your intestinal wall combined with the presence of liquid and gas
  • Stomach growling is a normal function and one that occurs most of the day, although most of the time you can’t hear it
  • Your intestines tend to quiet down when you’re sleeping but a complete absence of bowel sounds can be a sign of a medical emergency, especially if it’s accompanied by severe abdominal pain

By Dr. Mercola

If asked why your stomach growls, many people would answer, “Because I’m hungry!” This is somewhat of a myth, however. Your stomach may make noise when you’re hungry and lacking food in your stomach, but it can also growl when you’re not hungry and your stomach is full.


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