The mechanism making your stomach gurgle isn’t a hunger cue, but waiting for it to finish its job could help you avoid bloating, gas, and other symptoms.

A coordinated cleanup that happens in the gut in between meals might have big implications for anyone who struggles with digestive issues.

After eating, a mechanism called the migrating motor complex sends special contractions to rid the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract of debris, such as bacteria and mucus.

These aren’t the same contractions as those used in gastrointestinal peristalsis, which involves waves of muscle action to move and mix food throughout all the digestive organs. The migrating motor complex (MMC) has been described as a sweeping process, much like a street cleaner following behind a parade.

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