Did you know?, Education, Medicine, Self-Care

Belly Sounds

My stomach was really noisy last week, and sounded a little different than usual…after (jokingly) asking, “WHAT DO YOU WANT!?”…i did some research…

First, there was this entertaining YouTube video I found. It’s a oldie, but a goodie!

Originally posted in TuftsNow, Business Insider does a great job breaking down why your stomach growls– and it’s not necessarily because you are hungry. Read the excerpts from the article below:
“Turns out your stomach isn’t fully to blame, but also your small intestine. Also good to know: the growling sound is a natural part of your digestive system but is not necessarily related to hunger, although it can be…Think of the digestive system as an enormous tube beginning with your mouth and ending with a trip to the bathroom — a long and winding trail that can be up to 30 feet long in adults…each bite of food you take enters your mouth, travels down the esophagus and ends up in the stomach. The stomach churns up the food with digestive acids. It’s the small intestine that ‘digests the food with enzymes to absorb the nutrients — the good stuff — into your body’…The system relies on a series of contractions known as peristalsis, which are essentially waves that push the churned up food (a combination of liquid, solid, and air) from the stomach into the small intestine and through the gastrointestinal system.”

“Everybody has their own rhythm in peristalsis’..The stomach is classically three contractions per minute. The small intestine is 8-10 contractions per minute’…The peristalsis causes a contraction, squeezing the intestines, and it squeezes up against the air and the fluid, which causes the noise or the growling or the sensation’…The growling may be somewhat more pronounced if you’re hungry, but can actually occur at any time… ‘If you have food in your intestine, it can muffle the sound, but if you have air in there, and that’s all you’re moving, that is what you’ll hear.”

“The experience of a stomach rumble is not related to the passing of gas as this is largely a function of the large intestine, or colon, during the next stage of the digestive process….Flatulence is when the gas comes out the bottom end — and that could be a result of food moving through the gastrointestinal tract…’But the growling comes from much higher up, it comes from the small intestine and sometimes from the stomach. They’re not necessarily the same thing, but both are a consequence that the gut is moving.’

“… your stomach is actually most active when it is empty….The function of the stomach is to grind up food, but when you take in a large meal it has to grind very slowly,” says Moss. “But once that has moved into the small intestine and the stomach is then empty again then it starts to move and expel any small particles. So paradoxically it moves more when it’s empty than when it’s full…. one way to stop the rumble is to put something in your stomach, but this is not foolproof, because your small intestine still makes noises if there is food in your stomach.

Find it interesting? Read the full article here.

Other articles:

“Why does your stomach growl when you are hungry? from Scientific American

Here is an article from How Stuff Works

And here is Dr. Mike Evans video on flatulence

Thanks for reading!

Chelsea

Twitter –> @InPower Coach

Instagram –> chelsea_inpowercoachingllc

To read a comprehensive physical from a med student’s perspective, check out this webpage. Warning: there are many pictures of real human stomachs. Do not click on the site if you never cared for science class.

Thanks for reading!

Chels

Twitter –>@InPower Coach

Instagram –> chelsea_inpowercoachingllc

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