Everyone's stomach growls at some point or another, and it's usually nothing to be concerned about. The stomach and intestines can make noise before, during and after eating. The sound is the result of gas in the digestive system and the muscles of the stomach and intestines contracting as a result of hormones released by the brain. Sometimes just thinking about food, and certainly seeing or smelling it, can trigger your stomach to growl. A vociferous stomach can be embarrassing in public situations, even though everybody experiences it. Fortunately, there are reliable ways to quiet your tummy.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ginger ale or 7-Up
- Acid inhibitors
- Olive oil
Eat a few crackers or other bland snack food. Stomachs often growl because they are empty, so having a little snack will usually tide you over between meals so that your stomach doesn't make so much noise. Choose a snack that's simple and easy to digest.
Drink some Ginger Ale or 7-up. Some clear soda helps to eliminate stomach noises caused by gas because they encourage you to eliminate gas or burp, thus releasing the gas in your digestive system. Clear carbonated drinks can help with mild stomach pain, as well.
Try taking an acid inhibitor. Some stomach noise is caused by hyperacidity in the digestive system, so this may be a good solution.
Take a teaspoon of olive oil before meals. The fatty acids produced by oils and fat in the digestive system can help minimise stomach and intestinal contractions.
If your stomach growling is accompanied by diarrhoea and stomach cramps, try taking some Pepto-Bismol, the digestive cure-all that works as a good temporary solution.
Talk to your doctor if the stomach noise is accompanied by severe pain, bloating, excessive, gas and diarrhoea. You may have a more serious condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Stomach ulcers can also cause excessive noise and stomach pain.
Tips and warnings
- Try not to feel too embarrassed when your stomach gurgles. Everyone's stomach makes noise.
- Don't ever starve yourself or deprive yourself of certain food groups. Stomach pain and noise as a result of not eating means you should eat soon.
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