Stomach gurgling causes, symptoms, and home remedies

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | Colon And Digestive | Monday, June 13, 2016 - 03:00 PM

Stomach gurglingStomach gurgling is a sound that can spring up at any moment – sometimes causing embarrassment. Stomach gurgling is often associated with digestion, but sometimes they could indicate something more serious. It’s important to recognize when your stomach gurgles and how often to help you narrow in on the possible cause.

Here we will outline the many different causes for stomach gurgles along with some home remedies you can try in order to minimize stomach gurgling.

Causes of stomach gurgling

Hunger: Sometimes stomach gurgles are your body’s way of telling you it’s time to eat. More so, these stomach gurgles can be louder if you don’t consume food but rather fill yourself with coffee or alcohol. When your stomach speaks, it’s important that you listen.

Intestinal disorders: Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome could cause stomach gurgling. You may also experience accompanying symptoms like abdominal pain.

Lack of sleep: When you don’t sleep, your body becomes stressed, which can trigger overeating and thus an increase in stomach gurgling.

Nervousness: During the times of anxiety or nervousness, we experience what is known as “butterflies in the stomach.” Well, those “butterflies” can also cause for your stomach to get noisier, thus contributing to gurgling.

Food intolerance: When a person is intolerant to a certain food – for example, dairy – your stomach becomes more distressed, which triggers gurgling. You may also notice the accompanying gas or pain when you consume a food that your body can’t process.

Sedentary lifestyle: Regular exercise and activity boosts digestion, and lack thereof can cause a sluggish digestion and slower intestinal motility, which can result in constipation.

Carbonated drinks and fast food: Carbonated beverages and fast food combined can increase stomach distress along with gas and acid production. The high fat food coupled with carbonated beverages leads to indigestion, heartburn, and stomach gurgling after eating.

Eating too fast: If you’ve ever scarfed down food, you may find you experience more stomach gurgling after the meal. When you eat food too quickly, you don’t chew it properly. As a result, your food enters the stomach in larger pieces, leading to stomach distress. Remember to always chew your food properly for easier digestion.

GERD: In acid reflux, or GERD, acid washes up through the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain, and rumbling. If not well managed, it can lead to esophageal cancer.

Overactivity in the gut: Common causes of overactivity in the gut include food poisoning, gastroenteritis, anxiety, medications, and alcohol. These factors can stimulate the gut to overwork, producing loud gurgling sounds.

Blockages in the gut: Gurgling sounds can indicate a blockage in the gut that doesn’t allow for food and waste to pass through. The narrower the passageway, the louder the sounds.

Excessive gas and fluid: Digestion of certain foods, swallowing air, and bacteria overgrowth often produce gas. Along with stomach gurgling, one may also experience flatulence and belching.

Symptoms associated with gurgling stomach

Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) relatedWhat kind of symptoms a person may experience depends on the cause of stomach gurgles. For starters, a person will hear a characteristic noise from the stomach, which can resemble a deflating balloon or air being moved around.

Some gastrointestinal symptoms that can follow stomach gurgling are nausea, decrease in appetite, vomiting, disturbed sleep, headaches, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, and belching.

Stomach gurgling may be associated with a more serious cause of stomach gurgling when it becomes chronic, when you begin to pass blood, when you lose weight, and if your bowel habits have altered for at least five weeks. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek out medical attention.

Home remedies for stomach gurgling

Uncovering the exact cause of your stomach gurgling noises is the best means to help treat it, but if you don’t know what’s causing it, here are some home remedies to ease the noises.

  • Ensure you are drinking plenty of water
  • Change your diet, avoid fast food and carbonated beverages, avoid foods you may be intolerant to, ensure you are eating regularly
  • Have smaller, more frequent meals
  • Chew your food properly, avoid swallowing excess air
  • Try drinking herbal tea after the meal
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Partake in regular physical activity to promote motility
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Avoid wearing tight belts
  • Manage stress
  • Stop smoking

By following these tips, you can prevent and even treat stomach gurgling at home.

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