Hellloooooo! It's time for an (on-time) Brain Droppings post!With all the talk about stomach acid last week, I ended up doing a bit of research on the digestive system...
When you're hungry and your stomach hurts, it's because of the waves of muscle contractions along the digestive tract, called peristalsis. These contractions move food along and mush up food, drink and digestive juices into a ooey-gooey mess called 'chyme'.
The noises your stomach makes when it growls are called borborygmi (from the greek borborugmos, which is an early example of an onomatopoeia!)
Your stomach can potentially growl at any point but it's louder when your stomach is empty. I liked the example this article gave comparing an empty stomach to shoes in a dryer (loud!) vs. a fuller stomach which is more like shoes PLUS some towels (muffled).
The size of someone's stomach is in no way related to their weight (i.e. larger people don't have bigger stomachs). And stomach sizes don't change... If you've ever experienced the feeling that your stomach has shrunk when you repeatedly eat less food for some time, what's really happening is you're resetting your appetite thermostat.
Wasn't that enlightening?
Do you know any other interesting facts about the
stomach (or digestive system in general)?
Leave 'em in the comments below!
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