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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredStomach noises can be embarrassing but are harmless most of the time. In this video, Dr. Oz discusses when stomach noises can be a problem.
Stomach noises like gurgling and growling are typically signs of normal digestion. They can occur before, during or after meals. When the body is hungry, the stomach and intestines begin to contract and release acids and digestive fluids into the digestive system, which causes the noises. The thought, sight or smell of food is enough to trigger the digestive system to act. Sometimes excessive stomach noises can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but IBS is usually accompanied by other symptoms like bloating, cramping or diarrhea. Stomach noises are thus a phenomenon that is generally of no concern.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.