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12 Causes and Ways to Relieve Intestine and Stomach Gurgling

Updated on September 9, 2016

Have Intestine or Stomach Gurgling?

There is almost no person that does not feel that from time to time. In some people it is caused by chronic colitis, in others it is just the last meal they had. But the good news is, it is quite curable.

Here are twelve common causes and ways to relieve it:

1. Tap Water

We put tap water everywhere — in coffee, tea, soup, most meals that need boiling, and more.

Tap water means fluorine or chlorine, depending on what part of the world you live. It needs to be left out for few hours in the open, so that the cleaning chemicals evaporate.

  • A good practice to have is to have 5 liters (~2 gallons) put aside for cooking and drinking. Don't be afraid it will go "old" or stale.
  • Put good water filter in the kitchen or buy a water jug with filter.


2. Insomnia or Lack of Sleep

When your body is sleep deprived, it does not function well. Fatigue in the whole body can also lead to digestive problems.

It is proven, that sleep deprivation can make you obese even without changing of your eating habits. Your body tries to replenish the energy missing from good sleep with food.

  • Sleep at least 7 hours, and add 20-30 minutes for falling asleep itself (get to bed a bit earlier with a book or a tablet).
  • Drink warm tea and let yourself doze naturally.

Your body is incredibly easy to program. If you need to get up at 7 and you get to bed at 11 PM, your sleeping pattern will be accepted by your body in less than a week and you will get sleepy around 11 PM.

3. Trauma (from Tight Belts)

You may not believe this, but even a tight belt can make your intestines gurgle and cause your mouth to burp.

  • Relieve your belly by loosening the belt after meals. It is not that gross for the others around you, and your belly will be happy. Leave it some breathing space for at least 2 hours after a meal.

If you are a girl or young woman that is going to deliver soon and your kid is hitting you often with his little feet and elbows, you may get the same effect and even frequent acid refluxes. It is quite normal. Don't worry.

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4. Fast Food

  1. Remove fast food. I mean it. It sucks.
  2. Replace it with homemade sandwich with turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, and cheese between two slices of whole grain bread and season it to your liking. Make enough of these and bring them with you wherever you go.
  3. Eat only one and when really hungry. Let 20 minutes pass, and decide if you need another.
  4. Drink herbal teas such as mint or St. John's Wort (rinse your mouth with warm tea after meals). They are excellent for every day.

This sandwich has everything you need: carbs, proteins, and fat. It also contains dozens of vitamins and enough fiber to make your digestive system happy.

5. Immobilization

Let's admit it. We are cubicle slaves. A normal human needs to be on foot 8 hours every day. Our stomach also works better when we are not bent, sitting or laying.

Meteorism, gurgling, burping, constipation . . . here's how you can prevent this:

  • If your work needs you to stay in the office, you need to stretch and walk every 35-40 minutes.
  • Go get a fax or a print in the farthest office machine.
  • Walk to a colleague for a quick talk about a task instead of mailing or Skyping.
  • Go to a gym or a pool twice a week at least and try to get in a good hour of exercise.
  • Park your car (get off from the transportation) tw blocks away and walk to the office.
  • Stop using the elevator.

I promise you, you will feel the difference in two weeks.

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6. Teeth and Mouth Hygiene

More bacteria in the mouth means more bacteria in the intestines. Rotten teeth = gastritis.

  • Proper brushing is crucial, for one.
  • Your bite may also need to be straightened by a dentist or you may need to chew a bit more before swallowing the food. (The Golden Rule: One chew for every tooth, which is around 36)

7. Parasites

They are everywhere. When a parasite enters your system, the first place is goes is the stomach.

  • Wash your hands every time you are about to eat.
  • Wash them after you visited the bathroom.
  • Wash after you worked with your keyboard.
  • Clean everything you are about to put in your mouth.

8. Pills

Being sick and drinking antibiotics literally kills all the stomach micro flora, and some of the bacteria in the stomach actually helps you with digestion.

You will be amazed with how many small helpers live in peaceful coexistence inside you. Even a harmless E. Coli lives inside you. All the time.

  • Never take a pill that you don't really need.
  • If the damage is already done, have a course with probiotics. They are good even for healthy people.
  • The best and most affordable probiotic is yogurt.


9. Your Diet

  • Diet smart. Very often, a new fad diet deprives you of carbs or fats or proteins. Some are even more restrictive (only fat or only proteins or only carbs).
  • Your diet needs to be prescribed by a professional dietitian and followed for only as long as he tells you to diet.
  • If the diet is bad for your stomach and you feel heavy and tired, you better stop it and speak with a gastroenterologist about the condition.

Not every diet works on all people. We are all different.

The best diet is the one that leaves you still-a-bit-hungry when you finish your meal, but 20 minutes later you are quite well and feel a stream of energy from the food instead of that feeling of sloth, just hanging-there-and-willing-to-do-nothing.

If your meals make you sleepy, then they are not for you.

10. Rapid Weight Loss

... Is unhealthy by all means.

Why do you need to shed 20 pounds in one month? What stopped you shedding five pounds every month this last winter? Excuses!

Weight loss of 6-8 pounds per month is the only good and healthy diet plan. More can be done only with surgery or starvation, and this is far from healthy. Your body will complain instead to conform with you.

11. Drinks

A glass of wine is okay. A bottle is not.

  • If you are heavy drinker, try to quit or limit the drinks.

Digestive enzymes and stomach micro flora are destroyed by excess drinks.

It is really up to you.

12. Laxatives and Purgatives.

Use only natural ones and remember that your intestines will still gurgle like a water fall. But this is what they are supposed to do in this case.

  • Fig fruits.
  • Plum fruits.
  • Also, if your system can take it: senna fruits and leaves. They are a very potent purgative, so use with care.

Enough said. If you know more ways to relieve upset intestines and stomach, please feel free to comment.

Don't remember who said it, but: "Truth is born in the arguments" ;)


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      Skylar 2 years ago

      I don't understand why these things are not working for me...

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      Ashlyn Beck 3 years ago

      Thanks, this helped a lot. I was up all night with the most uncomfortable stomach gurgle that Continued after breakfast the next day. Thank you for the tips, hopefully it will get better. It may of just been all the junk food from the holidays.

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      Stoill Barzakov 3 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Peter, I live in Bulgaria - to it is very easy for me to make my own yogurt at home.

      Did not knew, it is so hard to be found in bigger quantities. Generally a good yogurt has 9-10k units of Lactobacilus bacteria and a cup of this should be more than enough to help your intestines work better.

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      Peter 3 years ago

      Great write up!

      Just have something to add. Yogurt is a great source of healthy bacteria but it is very hard to get a dose that is enough to help you in the short term. I recommend acidophilus. You can get this in pill form or a powder at any drug store. It's a probiotic that contains all the live cultures needed for a healthy digestive system. My doctor puts me on 3 to 5 billion cultures whenever I go on antibiotics. Most drug stores sell it in a single 1 billion culture pill and it is totally ok to take up to 15 if you like with no threat of overdose. But I would get a higher dose pill since 15 of those pills would be very inconvenient to take. I would suggest taking it for at least 5 days after antibiotics are completed. This way you know the remnants of any antibiotics don't kill the good bacteria. It's a harmless pill and if you don't take my word for it ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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      Vanna 3 years ago

      Thx I will try that. :) :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 3 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      You can try the changes described in the article above. If nothing helps, you may try some harmless chemistry.

      Have a look at this

      There are brand names per country below the main text. It helps a lot. Just don't overdo it.

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      Vanna 3 years ago

      Hey, m0rd0r I am 13 and my stomach rumbles in class all the time. How do I make it stop doing that ? Plz help its really embarrassing.

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      Stoill Barzakov 3 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes, and for the lungs as well. It produces protective mucus.

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      Ros 3 years ago

      Camomile tea soothing for the stomach

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      Stoill Barzakov 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Glad to be of help Kim.

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      kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your advice....I have been worried for the past month with this gas and rumbling thing and I feel relieved to know that it is a common thing and have started eating yogurt and it has helped with the daily walking that I now do.

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      Stoill Barzakov 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      You are welcome Hailey.

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      Hailey 4 years ago

      thanks for this article!

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you Jennifer and stay healthy!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      These are really helpful and easy easy steps to follow, thank you very much. I will share with all my friends and relatives.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Abdi. For fastest results try eating a cup of yogurt each morning (just yogurt).

      The probiotic bacteria inside will help digesting your food completely and there will not be gas inside your intestines producing this sound.

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      abdi 5 years ago

      I hear gurgling sound in my stomach and am very embarrassed by the disturbing sounds. Can someone help me what ho do plz...


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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I am glad I helped Sally. Thank you for reading!

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      Sally 5 years ago

      Just went through 3 rounds of antibiotics for H Pylori and my digestive system is all over the place you're info. was very helpful Thanks

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      Richard 5 years ago

      yeah i drank a double espresso right before a had a nap and my stomach has been rumbling all night it is quite annoying :(

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for stopping by Lyric Writer.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. Great article M0rd0r. I have been having issues on my left side under the tip of the rib cage. Doctors say everything looks and tested normal. Oddly, I get stomach rumbles on my side and since this has occurred, I have been having issues sleeping. Starting to wonder if it is because I barely sleep. Awesome article friend. Very useful and informative.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for reading Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful tips and not difficult to follow.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      aloe in combination with garlic is a powerful antibiotic. aloe does help recover from any medicinal use.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Rasta, by the way - I am sure Aloe also helps recover faster from antibiotics.

      Not sure, because I use them for body cleaning only.

      Thank you for visiting. I need some more research.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      antibiotics do kill the good bacteria, I am glad to have learnt this. learnt other tips and tricks too.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes Kris, having a walk helps bloated belly a lot.

      Thank you for reading.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Great tips! I know personally, getting up and moving helps a lot:)

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for reading Tammy. It was fun collecting the data :)

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      Tammy Frost 6 years ago from Oregon

      Great Hub. Most things you mentioned above will help me. Exercise and Diet being the top two.