Stomach growling, also known as borborygmus, is an unpleasant sensation that occurs when food, fluid or gas enters your stomach and small intestine. Borborygmi can often be accompanied by other symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

Most people feel stomach growling at times. It could be your body telling you you are hungry. It could also be an indication of a more serious underlying condition.

Even on an empty stomach, your digestive tract follows a 2-hour cycle. Peristalsis refers to a natural process in which a series digestive muscle contractions brings food, fluid, or gas through your gastrointestinal system. Although peristalsis can be normal, it can cause rumbling sounds.

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What causes stomach growling?

What does hyperactive bowel sound mean? Hyperactive bowel sounds is another name for stomach growling or borborygmi.

Hyperactive bowel sounds can be caused by many things. These are the top causes of stomach growling.

  • Incomplete or slow digestion
  • Indigestion
  • Hunger
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Food allergies (such as celiac disease or lactose intolerance).
  • Infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Cancer
  • Fast eating
  • Overeating
  • Gassy eating
  • Consuming acidic foods

What does it mean if my stomach growsls but I don’t feel hungry?

If your stomach growsls when you are not hungry, it could be a sign that you ate too fast or at an unusual time. An anxiety- or stress-related cause of a growling stomach that doesn’t hunger can be found.

You may also experience other symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation or nausea. It is possible that the intestinal noises are caused by IBS, food allergies or an intestinal blockage.

Are rumbling stomachs signs of colon cancer?

Colon cancer can cause a gurgling sensation in your stomach.

You should immediately visit the doctor if your stomach growsls are accompanied by any of the following symptoms.

  • You can find blood in your stool
  • Gasopless
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Unintentional weight loss

11 Ways to Stop your Stomach From Growing

1. Eat

Stomach growing is often a sign that your body is hungry or has low blood sugar.

Eat away!

Even eating a healthy snack can reduce grumbling and stop stomach sounds.

2. Slowly chew and eat

Slower eating will help you better digest food, which can prevent stomach grumbling from even beginning. This is an important step because your mouth enzymes will begin to break down food before it even begins.

Take more time between bites to make this work. You will eat slower if you chew slowly. However, thorough chewing can also reduce the amount of air that you swallow. This reduces gas buildup in the stomach and decreases the likelihood of stomach growling.

3. Do not eat too many calories

These solutions do not necessarily have to be eating changes. Overeating is another issue you need to avoid.

Overeating can cause digestive problems such as increased stomach growling.

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4. Get water

Water aids in stomach growling and fills the stomach.

Drinking large quantities of water can cause stomach upset. Drinking small amounts of water throughout your day can prevent this. Drinking water between meals is a good idea. It will help digestive enzymes work better.

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5. Relieve stress

Stomach growling and anxiety can be caused by stress and anxiety , along with diarrhea and other digestive problems.

Yoga and meditation are great ways to reduce stress and regain your focus.

To manage stress, a full-night’s sleep (7-8hrs) is essential. You can get better sleep quality by turning off your technology at least an hour before bedtime. This is due to blue emission. Additionally, blue light blocking glasses worn at night after the sun sets helps your body transition to a more restful state. Enter the code PRIMEHEALTH to receive a 10% discount on your favorite blue light blocking glasses from Ra Optics.

It has been proven that spending time outside in the fresh air can reduce anxiety.

It is important to manage stress and anxiety. Chronic stress and anxiety can lead to many diseases, including stomach growling.

6. Reduce the amount of gassy foods

Gas production is different for certain foods. You can reduce stomach growling by reducing your intake of these foods. While you may have thought of beans, there are many other gassy foods.

  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Mushrooms
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Dairy products
  • Carbonated sodas
  • Beer

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7. Reduce the acidity of your food

Stomach growling can be caused by acidic foods like fruits, spicy foods and caffeinated drinks.

Is there anything else? If stomach grumbling is a problem, avoid acidic foods

8. Eat less sugar

sugar consumption can cause diarrhea, flatulence and stomach growling.

9. Reduce alcohol intake

Drinking alcohol can cause stomach irritation, which could lead to stomach growling.

Another potential trigger for stomach growling is alcohol.

Drinking large amounts of alcohol can slow down the stomach’s emptying process. You may feel stomach pain or, you guessed it, stomach grumbling.

10. Go for a walk

Walking after eating makes your stomach empty quicker and speeds up the digestion process.

After eating, walk for 20 minutes in a relaxed and slow pace. This may help lower blood sugar, according to research (though the study was done on diabetic patients).

Being active is good for your overall health and digestive health.

11. Check for food intolerances

Join our 6-week Elimination Program for IBS to uncover food intolerances.

Millions of Americans are affected by Celiac Disease . More than half of the population is affected by lactose intolerance Both can cause stomach cramping that won’t go away soon.

You may be experiencing persistent stomach cramping.

Is your IBS causing your abdominal sounds?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition that goes untreated by traditional doctors. IBS can cause stomach growling and other abdominal sounds.

IBS symptoms include the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal sounds (growling, etc.)
  • Constipation or diarrhea

PrimeHealth treats many patients with IBS. Schedule a free telephone consultation if you think you might have IBS. We believe in empowering patients and not just treating them.

When should you call your doctor?

Stomach growling can be quite normal. However, you should seek medical attention immediately if you have other symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately for testing.

  • You can find blood in your stool
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation persistent
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Constant abdominal pain

Diagnosing Abnormal Stomach Growling

Your doctor or gastroenterologist may ask about persistent or abnormal grumblings in your stomach, small/large intestines or stomach.

  1. Concurrent symptoms
  2. Medical history
  3. Family history

He/she may order additional testing if he/she suspects something unusual. A family history of colon cancer and blood in your stool could be indicators that you have colon cancer. The doctor may order imaging tests or a biopsy.

PrimeHealth will test for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), which can lead to IBS or stomach grumbling. To check for parasites, infections, and irregularities in your intestinal microbiome, we would likely also conduct a functional stool analysis.


A growling stomach can affect millions of Americans, regardless of the possible causes. It is crucial to determine the root cause of your stomach rumbling so that you and/or your doctor are able to address it.

It is normal to feel a little gurgling in the stomach. It is usually harmless. It is important to know when you should visit the doctor.

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— Medically reviewed and approved by Soyona Rfatjah, MD. on June 9, 2020

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