Are You Hungry?


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I know you've been sitting somewhere at least once, if not daily like me, when your stomach begins to growl. It can be pretty embarrassing sometimes. Well what causes your stomach to make such bizarre sounds?

On one website I learned that stomach growling is the end result of the digestive system. For those that forgot what exactly the digestive system is, it's the track that starts in the mouth and ends in the anus. Along the path your food is churning and mixing due to small contractions and ends up in a state called chyme. About two hours after your stomach is empty again it begins to produce hormones that stimulate your nerves and sends a message to the brain. On howthingswork.com they said next the stomach will first begin to contract again, to sweep up any food left in there, and once it's empty your stomach begins to vibrate and growl until it recieves more food.

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On discoverynews.com I watched a video on why the stomach growls. This source says it growls after your stomach empties because what's left is liquid and air. Dr. Michael Weinstein, of the Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group, said these two things moving around inside your stomach causes it to make the bizarre growling noises. He said they either need to be "empty with a litlle bit of water or have some form of air fluid levelin the stomach because that's what makes it have that noise".

The name of this growling sound is, as defined one wikipedia, borborygmus. Borborygmus can also be due to disease. Such as irritable bowel syndrome, carcinoid neoplasm and celiac sprue.

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I have most definitely been in the middle of class when my stomach starts growling, and it can be quite embarrassing if it is loud! Sometimes my stomach even starts experiencing pain if I let my stomach growl for a long period of time. On days I have this science class, I start classes back to back in the early morning so by the time it is afternoon, I am starving. Often times, I feel that I cannot concentrate as well in class if my mind is focused on my hunger.
Contrary to my beliefs, apparently growling can occur on a full or empty stomach. Scientific American taught me that growling comes from other intestines in the body as well as your stomach. The only reason our stomachs growl louder when we are hungry is because our intestines are empty.
Upon doing some research on Health Hype, I might be one step closer to finding out why my stomach begins to hurt when it is growling. Hunger pangs; a term I have heard used here and there a few times, but never really knew what it was. Hunger pangs are, “intense gastric contractions that occur when the stomach is empty for many hours. The stomach is exactly like one would image on the outside; a hollow organ when it is empty. Apparently it can hold up to 1.5 liters of food. When someone constantly eats more than there stomach can intake, is when that someone starts to gain weight. Muscles in the walls of our stomachs begin to break down when our stomach is empty for too long, which can be damaging. That is how people with eating disorders decompose their health so fast; their body is not in taking the nutrients it needs to survive, so it starts decomposing itself. Hunger pangs, also known as hunger pains, can also be described with cramps that last about 2-3 minutes.

Next time your stomach starts making noises in class, I suggest taking deep big breaths and drinking water is possible. Water is a great way to fill up yourself temporarily!

I have most definitely been in the middle of class when my stomach starts growling, and it can be quite embarrassing if it is loud! Sometimes my stomach even starts experiencing pain if I let my stomach growl for a long period of time. On days I have this science class, I start classes back to back in the early morning so by the time it is afternoon, I am starving. Often times, I feel that I cannot concentrate as well in class if my mind is focused on my hunger.
Contrary to my beliefs, apparently growling can occur on a full or empty stomach. Scientific American taught me that growling comes from other intestines in the body as well as your stomach. The only reason our stomachs growl louder when we are hungry is because our intestines are empty.
Upon doing some research on Health Hype, I might be one step closer to finding out why my stomach begins to hurt when it is growling. Hunger pangs; a term I have heard used here and there a few times, but never really knew what it was. Hunger pangs are, “intense gastric contractions that occur when the stomach is empty for many hours. The stomach is exactly like one would image on the outside; a hollow organ when it is empty. Apparently it can hold up to 1.5 liters of food. When someone constantly eats more than there stomach can intake, is when that someone starts to gain weight. Muscles in the walls of our stomachs begin to break down when our stomach is empty for too long, which can be damaging. That is how people with eating disorders decompose their health so fast; their body is not in taking the nutrients it needs to survive, so it starts decomposing itself. Hunger pangs, also known as hunger pains, can also be described with cramps that last about 2-3 minutes.

Next time your stomach starts making noises in class, I suggest taking deep big breaths and drinking water is possible. Water is a great way to fill up yourself temporarily!

I almost blogged about this today! I guess I won't anymore but it is a very questionable topic and I am curious as to why my stomach growls so thank you for writing about this. But I like how Paulina expands upon how to get rid of the growling. I also read this article which is another blog about stomach growls. In the end, he basically just says it is a fact of life and that it is going to happen every now and then and there is no way to prevent that. He also says that just because our stomach is growling doesn't mean that we are hungry. He says to wait a little while to see if it continues because if we always respond to our growling stomach with food, weight will be gained because we might not even be hungry.

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