Bowel sounds, or stomach growling, refers to noises made within the small, and large intestines, typically during digestion because, the intestines are hollow chambers, sounds that emanate from them during digestion is often similar to the sounds of water moving through pipes.
Bowel (or abdominal) sounds are most often a normal occurrence. However, frequent, unusually loud sounds or the lack of abdominal sounds may indicate an underlying condition within the digestive system.
Causes of stomach growling
Most likely, when your stomach is growling, it is related to the movement of food, liquids, digestive juices, and air through your intestines. One of the most common reason for stomach growling is hunger.
According to an article published by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, when you are hungry, hormone like substances in the brain activate the desire to eat, which then sends signals to the intestines, and stomach. As a result, the muscle in your digestive system contract, and cause these sounds.
After you eat, your abdomen may grumble or growl as your intestines process the food. The walls of the gastrointestinal tract are mostly made up for muscle. The walls contract to mix, and squeeze the food through your intestines it can be digested.
This process is called peristalsis. Peristalsis is generally responsible for the rumbling sound you hear after eating. It can occur several hours after eating, and even at night, when you are trying to sleep. Abdominal sounds may either be classified normal, hypoactive, or hyperactivity.
Hypoactivity, or reduced, bowel sounds often indicate that intestine activity has showed on the other hand, hyperactivity bowel sounds are louder sounds related to increase intestinal activities. These can occur after eating or when you have diarrhea.
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