Body Language Growling Tummy

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April 07, 2010

What it means: Usually it's just stomach and intestinal muscles contracting, which is a normal part of digestion, but stress can make muscle contractions more intense.
What to do: Track you symptoms by writing down what you eat and when you start to feel (and hear!) growls. Certain foods-such as dairy products and items high in carbohydrates-might increase the noise factor. Try taking 250 milligrams of magnesium at bedtime for a few days before your period. This can help ease the gas and constipation that often contribute to gut gurgles.

When to seek help: If abdominal noises really bother you in social situations, work on eliminating stress through yoga or meditation, or ask you doctor about antispasmodic medication.

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