Ever Wondered Why Stomach Rumbles When It’s Empty?

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We all are familiar with the situation of stomach growling that occurs normally to everyone and certainly in not-so-normal situations! LoL.

Stomach rumbling is commonly heard and generally, it’s been associated with hunger and an empty stomach. Do you want to know the reason behind it? I’ve compiled some scientific facts and beliefs that we have on noises that our stomach makes.

The main reason behind a rumbling noise that your stomach makes.

The main reason behind a rumbling noise that your stomach makes.

Basically, the gastrointestinal tract is a hollow tube which operates from mouth to anus, and its walls are primarily made up of layers of smooth muscles. When the walls start operating and squeeze the tract’s content to mix and propel food, that pockets of gas, fluids and air which reside through the stomach and intestines are the main reason behind a rumbling noise.

The physiological origin of this growling involves muscular activities in the stomach.

The physiological origin of this growling involves muscular activities in the stomach.

The contraction of the muscular walls is named as peristalsis. Though the rate and force of this process typically enhances when food is present and this activity gets increased even after the stomach has been empty and that too for approximately more than two hours.

Did you know this noise which your stomach makes may last for 10 to 20 minutes once initiated?

Did you know this noise which your stomach makes may last for 10 to 20 minutes once initiated?

The contractions in your tummy also produce vibrations and the rumbling noise, is been associated with your hunger and your hunger contractions might continue for 10 to 20 minutes and then repeat every 1 to 2 hours until you take the next meal.

If you think your empty stomach plays a vital role in stomach growling, here is an answer!

If you think your empty stomach plays a vital role in stomach growling, here is an answer!

When your stomach is empty, the sound that your stomach makes is much more noticeable. That’s why we probably associate stomach rumbling with hunger. After your body takes some food, your stomach starts sending signals to your brain which helps to get your digestive system muscles working again. Indeed, this process is meant to clean any food that was missed earlier and the muscle contractions also make you feel hungry.

Stomach growling, it can occur at any time no matter whether you are hungry or fully stuffed with loads of food.

Stomach growling, it can occur at any time no matter whether you are hungry or fully stuffed with loads of food. 

The noise you heard does not only come from the stomach but also from small intestines. It’s just the intensity of the noise gets lower when you’re full.

The ancient Greeks has an interesting name for this weird stomach situation: ‘Borborygmi’

The etymology of the term ‘Borborygmi’ reckons on onomatopoeia and it is rather an attempt to put the growling sound into words, which actually translates as “rumbling”.

Let’s not feel embarrassed when it occurs in front of somebody. It’s a natural thing that can happen to anybody, you see!

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You might have seen or heard many times when the person sitting next to you start feeling awkward when his/her tummy makes some noise loudly in public. Don’t worry, it’s a natural process that everyone’s body goes through.

Ahhh! Not again…grrrrr…

Ahhh! Not again...grrrrr...

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