A grumbling stomach can be a bit embarrassing in some situations.

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The human body is an amazing machine, and every once in a while it will do something to remind you that it's working hard to keep you alive and well. The stomach growl is one of these reminders. Loud, soft and sometimes for no good reason at all, your growling stomach has a lot to say.

Whether you call it grumbling, rumbling, gurgling or growling, from time to time everybody's belly chimes in. These noises might sound like they should be coming from a noisy pot of bubbling stew rather than your stomach.

­But the big question is, why does it growl in the first place? And why does your stomach seem to growl the moment a room grows quiet?

­Your stomach doesn't have such perfect timing or such a malicious sense of sabotage. But there is a perfectly logical explanation why your stomach sometimes feels the need to be heard.

Let's examine this age-old question on the next page and discover why Winnie the Pooh isn't the only one with a rumbly in his tumbly.