Bowel sounds

"Bubbling, growling, mumbling: Stomach and intestines like to make themselves noticeable. How does this actually happen, and are particularly loud intestinal noises directly after a meal a cause for concern?"
What you can note is:
 
 
Usually, a few noises in the abdomen simply show that bowel and intestines work. But to listen carefully makes sense anyway. In combination with other symptoms, intestinal sounds also reflect the health of the digestive tract.

How do intestinal noises develop?

Causes of intestinal noises are gases and liquids in the stomach and intestines. These two organs regularly contract to digest food, moving the gases and liquids they contain that cause the noises. That gases are contained in the digestive tract is quite normal, by the way. On the one hand, we swallow air all day long, and on the other hand they are produced by digestion. Carbohydrates, for example, are broken down into carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane.
The typical bubbling that you hear sometimes is exactly what it sounds like: Gases meet liquids in the intestine and move through them in the form of small bubbles. The gastric growl, which we associate mainly with an empty stomach and hunger, is also caused by gas. Air that is in the empty stomach is pressed downwards into the intestine during contraction, where it encounters chyme and makes the typical noise. Sometimes, however, it is caused by the interaction of gastric gas and gastric acid; in any case, it is nothing unusual.
For most people, the most annoying thing about intestinal sounds is probably that they cannot be suppressed. If gas wants to leave the body, you can usually control it, but if it moves in the intestine, you are helpless. This is because we have control over the sphincter muscle and the stomach entrance, but not over the intestine. Of course, this is only a small consolation when the abdomen is loudly speaking in an inappropriate situation.

Intestinal noises and diseases

Intestinal noises and the microbiome

If you are worried about your intestinal noises or if they may even be accompanied by pain, you should observe them more closely. In the nutrition diary you can also note which other symptoms accompany the intestinal sounds. It is also instructive to find out what the intestinal flora - also known as microbiota - is like.
With the self test of BIOMES you can find out which microorganisms live in your intestine and whether there is a tendency to intolerances. BIOMES prepares the results for you in a way that is easy to understand and makes individual recommendations on how to balance your microbiome. Maybe even a slight change in diet will lead to less rumbling. In any case, after the test you will have more clarity about what is happening in your intestines.

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