What Your Growling Stomach Is Really Trying to Tell You

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.06 - 2024 10:34 AM CET

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Ever found yourself puzzled by the symphony inside you?

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Amidst the daily soundtrack of keyboard clicks, radio tunes, and conversations, one particular sound often manages to stand out, occasionally accompanied by a blush: the unmistakable rumble of a growling stomach. While many of us have been quick to interpret this as a straightforward cry of hunger,

Dr. Karan Raj, a physician with a significant TikTok following, reveals a more intriguing and slightly eerie reality behind these abdominal anthems, reports Mirror.

The Tummy's Tale: More Than Just Hunger

Imagine squeezing the last bits out of a toothpaste tube; that's akin to what's happening inside us constantly, yet this internal orchestra typically remains unheard beyond the body's soundproofing.

For those slightly alarmed by this inner cacophony, Dr. Raj prescribes a simple yet effective remedy: peppermint tea. With menthol acting as a natural muscle relaxant, this herbal brew can quiet the noises from the intestines.

Dr. Raj clarifies a common misconception, explaining,

"When your stomach growls, it's not actually your stomach. It's your intestines, specifically your small intestine. This demonic wailing is the sound of your intestine contracting and squeezing digested food, known as chyme, through your internal plumbing system. It's the human equivalent of squeezing the bottom of a toothpaste tube to get everything out."

Hence, it's the small intestine that orchestrates this music by compressing digested food through the body's intricate mazes.

A Sign of Life's Complexity

Dr. Raj asserts that these sounds occur independently of our hunger sensations. In fact, the rumbling is amplified in an empty digestive tract, creating the impression that the stomach is 'complaining' about the lack of food.

So, the next time your stomach begins its rumbling chorus, remember it signifies much more than mere hunger. It's evidence of life unfolding in all its complexity within us.

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