The human body is a very extraordinary machine, and at any time will do something to remind you that something is wrong. Abdominal sounds are one of the many reminders. Hard, soft, slow, sometimes without reason at all. As much as our stomach wants to say.
When you are hungry, your stomach sometimes rings. We usually refer to this as rumbling. However, it cannot be justified that if the stomach rings it is a sign of hunger. Because not when hungry, the stomach often sounds. Often the stomach sounds when the room is quiet. So that people near us can hear clearly. Imagine during a quiet and solemn meeting atmosphere, and suddenly our stomach sounds without cause. Duuhh … shame.
Actually, the stomach does not have a timing sensor or means to sabotage you by sounding at the wrong time. However, there are logical reasons why the stomach sometimes feels the need to be heard. Abdominal sounds occur in the stomach and small intestine.
Causes of Stomach sounds
Digestive System Contractions
The digestive system is a long channel that starts from the mouth to the anus. This channel is associated with various organs that play an essential role in the digestive process. The most important thing that must be known in the digestive system is how it works to push and move food.
The waves of muscle movements contract which push and move food are called peristalsis. In addition to pushing food into the digestive system, this contraction also helps in mixing food, fluids, and others into a sticky dough. Abdominal sounds are the result of this process.
Food, liquid, and the sticky mixture will move including gas and air in the intestine. All of these ingredients will be pushed and broken into parts that are easily absorbed; the collection of air and gas will also be suppressed and cause the sound we hear.
Sounds to the stomach can occur at any time, but if there is food in the stomach or small intestine, the sound becomes softer. You may wonder, if the stomach is empty, why does the muscle contraction movement digest food, what is digested if there is no food? The reason is related to appetite and hunger.
About two hours after the stomach is empty (the food is digested), the stomach will produce hormones that stimulate the local nerves to send messages to the brain. The brain replies by ordering the muscles to start peristalsis. Two things happen.
First, contractions sweep away all leftover food left in the first process. Second, vibrations from an empty stomach will create hunger. Muscle contractions will come and go every hour.
Then can we prevent the stomach from sounding? Say that the stomach is not sound when we attend a meeting, or when there is no need for additional disturbances, such as stomach sounds. One tip to minimize stomach sounds is to eat small, frequent meals rather than large ones. The digestive system will have fewer opportunities to produce ‘noisy’ peristalsis. Moreover, reducing gas-eating foods can also reduce the frequency of stomach sounds.
In some cases, abdominal sounds may be a sign of an upset stomach or a medical condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). However, of course, in this case, several additional gastrointestinal complaints accompany it.
Continuous noise, at any time
The stomach sounds continuously at all times. The senses of hearing humans cannot catch the sound of the stomach without the help of special tools. There are several types of abdominal sounds that you need to know.
Hypoactive abdominal sounds are abdominal sounds that are not heard by the ears because of the very low frequency so that it requires a special tool to listen to hypoactive stomach sounds.
The second is a hyperactive stomach sound. The stomach sounds very loud and can be heard without the help of special hearing aids. Hyperactive stomach sounds occur because of the activity of the digestive tract. However, if the stomach sounds are very loud and continuous, it can indicate that you have a diarrhea attack.