Last reviewed by Dr. Raj MD on January 12th, 2022.
What is stomach growling?
This is normally a part of the digestion process but in some instances in stomach growling after eating it could indicate some other cause. Your stomach never fully stops its digestive work so this why your stomach will growl at various times. In fact, your digestive juices will continue to work even after you die. Your stomach is not the only part of your digestive system that growls. Your intestines also growl but most do not hear those growls because your body muffles the sound from being heard outside. The technical word for it is borborygmi which mean growling. This word was developed by the Greeks because the issue of a growling stomach was of such an interest to them. .
Stomach growling Causes
There are several different reasons why you have stomach growling after eating or growling at any time. Some of these causes can include:
- When your stomach is empty and you are hungry which is the main reason you hear stomach growling
- Having Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Due to the process of squeezing gases, fluids, and food through your digestive tracts after eating also known as muscle contractions
- Having large amounts of gas and air in your intestines and stomach
- Food that is not completely digested
- Having intolerance to certain types of food
- Having undigested food remaining in your intestines and stomach and bacteria devours it, producing gas with can lead to stomach growling after eating along with bloating
- Swallowing of air
- Stomach ulcers
- Hyperacidity which is when the acids in your stomach exceed the normal limits of stomach acids
- Irritation in your stomach due to Crohn’s disease or some type of fungal infection
- Eating too many foods that are high in proteins
- Not eating your meals at specific times a day and skipping meals
- Not drinking enough water throughout the day
- Drinking too much coffee, especially caffeinated coffee
- Being under a lot of anxiety and stress
- Taking antibiotics because taking antibiotics can change the flora in your intestine and the antibiotic kills not only the bad bacteria causing the infection but also some of the good bacteria that your intestines need to function correctly.
The treatment for stomach growling after eating will depend on what the underlying cause is. If your stomach growling after eating is causing pain, bloating, is consistent, causing excessive gas, etc you should visit your physician to find out what is causing the growling and then the physician will know how to treat it.
There are also some things that you can do at home to help with stomach growling after eating which include:
- Eat smaller meals every couple of hours to help offset hunger along with stomach growling after eating
- Avoid food like beans, artificial sugar substitutes, and vegetables that can produce gas
- Dairy products and milk can produce excessive gas and stomach growling so if you are lactose intolerant you should stay away from these products
- Eat more slowly, avoid excessive talking while swallowing and chewing so you are not swallowing air and causing stomach growling
- Keep bland food such as crackers handy because in case you become hungry because your stomach seems to growl louder because you are hungry and your stomach is empty. Having a small snack between your main meals will help you keep hunger away until you have the next meal. Make sure that you are choosing a snack that is easy to digest and light
- If your stomach growling after eating noises is caused by gas you can drink some clear soda to eliminate these noises. The clear soda will help you to release the gas trapped in the digestive system by either burping or eliminating the gas in other ways. The soda can also help if you are also experiencing mild stomach pain
- Before eating try to take some olive oil because the fatty acids that are produced by olive oil can help to minimize intestinal and stomach contractions in your digestive system. All you need to take is a teaspoon
- Exercising on a daily basis especially the exercise in which you lie down on a flat surface and then lift both of your legs at a forty-five degree angle. Do this several time and in a few days you will notice that your stomach growling as stopped.
- Sip herbal or green tea after eating
- Go for a walk after eating