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Why Does Your Stomach Growl When You Are Hungry?

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Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which to most of us signals hunger. However, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding No. Let’s take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume.

How your body digests the foods and beverages you consume.

Your digestive tract connects with all of your various organs such as your gallbladder, and stomach.  Food is mixed with a variety of digestive juices. These juices help your body transform liquids and solids into a gooey mixture known as chyme.

Source of the Rumbling Sounds

Thus, this is where the growling noises factor into the process. The sounds are caused by pockets of trapped air and gases that are compressed as your body churns food particles. Typically, stomach growling is no cause for concern.

The growling sounds can happen at any time not just when you’re hungry. Sometimes the noises are less noticeable because of the presence of food in your body.

Diet is Key

While there is nothing you can do to curtail your body’s digestive noises, you can take proactive steps to prevent a more serious intestinal issue.  One of the best and least expensive ways to do so is to begin by eliminating sugar and processed foods from your diet, while adding a variety of fermented foods.

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The beneficial bacteria in fermented foods will aid your digestion and provide detoxification support. Consuming a variety of fermented foods and beverages is important because each food will inoculate your gut with a mix of different microorganisms. As such, your digestive tract will be stronger and more resilient against bacteria and other toxic invaders.

If, for whatever reason, fermented foods are not an option for you, consider taking a daily probiotic supplement. Probiotics are supplements designed to increase your beneficial bacteria, the largest concentration of which is found in your gut. By supporting the health-promoting bacteria in your body, probiotics help keep harmful microbes in check.

If you recently have taken or currently are taking an antibiotic, be sure to also take a probiotic to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria. This is necessary because most antibiotics kill not only the target organism that might be causing your infection which is a good thing, but also your beneficial bacteria. Keep in mind that many prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary and may inflict more harm than good. As such, I recommend you carefully weigh your options before taking them. Given the risks of antibiotic resistance, be selective and, if possible, restrict antibiotic use to only the medical situations that mandate the use of them.

For sure, your body will continue to make growling noises. As always, your best defense against more serious digestive issues is to act now to proactively maintain your health.


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