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Bowel Sounds

Bowel sounds can tell us a lot about what’s going on in the digestive system. We can hear some sounds from the outside while other sounds are audible only through a stethoscope.

Causes of Digestive Sounds

We can probably all recall a time or two when we heard our tummies rumble from hunger. The abdomen also makes noises when the organs are busy processing food. Bowel sounds are also called Borborygmus and are created by gas traveling through our systems. You can picture your intestines sort of like an empty hallway that echoes when something passes down it. When the digestive system is activated due to hunger or to process new food, stomach acids, saliva glands, and digestive muscles all begin “warming up” in anticipation.

When people go for long periods of time without eating, their digestive systems begin sending electrical impulses to their brains to communicate the idea of “hunger.” When we start eating thereafter, bowel sounds can be created while food is being processed. Noises can also occur within the bowels long after a meal is finished because digestion has not yet ceased.

Variations in Bowel Sound Activity

The total absence of bowel symptoms can signify a problem. The absence of sounds or the presence of very loud sounds accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, bloating, heavy gas, or cramping can help a doctor determine if something is hindering the digestive process. By listening to the stomach with a stethoscope, a doctor can often make a guess at what’s happening inside. We can produce overactive or unusual bowel sounds due to diarrhea or internal trauma (such as trying to digest something that is harmful of indigestible) as well. The absence of sounds could point towards an obstruction or a variety of digestive diseases.

The absence of bowel sounds (hypo-activity of the bowels) can be caused by conditions such as:

  • Ileus
  • Bowel distention
  • Blood clots
  • Obstruction
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Surgery
  • Medicines slowing down the bowels (such as Codeine)

The complete absence of bowel sounds is a cause for concern, especially if symptoms such as constipation or rectal bleeding present as well. Your doctor may perform tests such as a CT scan, X-ray, endoscopy, or blood work to narrow down the underlying cause.

Hyperactive bowel sounds can be caused by:

  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowl Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

Treating Bowel Sounds

The digestive system is the lifeline to overall health. It would be quite difficult to listen to our own bowel sounds with the naked ear; but we can certainly describe own personal sense of wellness to the attending physician. If you’re producing regular, easy bowel movements and feel pretty good, you probably have nothing to worry about. If you suffer from regular gas pains, diarrhea, constipation, or feelings of bloating, however, you might want to examine your diet and exercise routine to see if improvements can be made.

Diet and Exercise

Consuming fast food and following a sedentary lifestyle are at blame for many of our modern health problems, including many digestive disorders such as constipation or IBS. Sometimes you just feel sluggish and don’t know why. Your body attempts to process a lot of food and liquids daily, and not all of it goes willingly into the fray so to speak. Many people are trying to eat better and exercise more often but still wish they could find something to help keep their digestive system working in peak order.

Organic Colon Cleansing

If you’re experiencing regular bowel sounds (such as a loudly rumbling stomach), colon cleansing with an oxygen-based product like Oxy-Powder® may help alleviate the unwanted noise. If you consider the most common bowel related problems, many of them can be traced back to bad habits of neglecting your health. Many people feel much better after completing a thorough colon cleansing program.

Oxy-Powder® is safe for regular maintenance doses as a method for helping your digestive system perform optimally. Oxy-Powder® doesn’t actually cause you to have a bowel movement like chemical laxatives, but merely liquefies old waste matter so your colon can flush it out naturally. Oxy-Powder® is formulated with only all-natural components such as citric acid and oxygenated Magnesium. These effective ingredients also contribute to your health by aiding internal systems in regulating pH balance and by oxygenating the blood.

Your bowels will make a little noise as part of the normal digestive process. Excessive auditory distress of any kind (or silence) might indicate your body is communicating loud and clear that a problem is developing. Again, if you suffer from recurrent bowel problems, speak to your doctor and work together to arrive at a sensible solution.

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