How to Prevent a Stomach From Growling


It may seem that your stomach chooses to growl at the worst possible times: In a quiet church or in a business meeting, or even in the quiet doctor's office. Without a doubt, it can be embarrassing. The good thing is that it happens to everyone, so there is no need to dwell on that embarrassment. If a growling stomach is a persistent problem, there are things you can do to try to prevent it from happening.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Bland Food
  • Doctor

How to Prevent a Stomach from Growling

Cut down on gassy foods. Most of us know the effects certain foods have on us, but cutting down on the ones that are known for being gassy is a good defense to a growling stomach. Cabbage, broccoli, and beans are the most well-known for being gassy, however, some people may also get gassy from dairy products. If you are going to be somewhere where you know ahead of time it will be quiet, steer clear of these foods. Go for a light, bland meal instead.

Drink water. Try sipping on some water before any event where you wish for your stomach to remain quiet for you. If it is an event where sipping water is appropriate, then by all means, sip away. Just make sure you are close to a restroom. Sipping water for a long period of time is likely to make you need one.

Reduce anxiety. Sometimes nervousness can cause us to sigh more than usual leading to air being swallowed. This extra air in our system can cause extra rumbling sounds to occur. If you seem to be overly anxious or nervous, talk to your doctor about possible treatment methods. Just being able to relax can sometimes prevent your stomach from growling.

Limit your alcohol intake. Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause burping, hiccuping and gas, all leading to excess air in your system that can cause loud sounds to erupt from your stomach. It is good to know how much alcohol your system can tolerate and stay below that. While small amounts of alcohol don't present a problem in most people, excessive amounts of alcohol can cause a whole host of other health problems as well. Bottom line is, try not to overdo it.

Discuss it with your doctor if your stomach growling seems excessive to you or seems to worsen. There are prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help settle down your stomach. If the problem is bothersome, talk to your doctor about these options. He will be able to offer you solutions that will help.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although embarrassing, every person's stomach growls at one point or another. Try not to let it make you feel worse than it should.
  • Eat many small meals throughout the day.
  • Always talk to your doctor about any excessive gas you may be experiencing. It can be a sign of a health condition and should be reported.

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