Longevity Increased by Having Healthy Intestines

Walking is an easy exercise for healthy intestines
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The two most vulnerable organs in the human body are the small and large intestines. Healthy intestines will bring you better health and a longer life. The intestines are the largest organs in the human body, and they absorb nutrients and eradicate toxins from the body.

4 ways to have healthy intestines

1. Chew food slowly

Chewing your food slowly is very important for good digestion. This not only helps the body absorb nutrients, but also guarantees that food does not stay in the same place in the body and generate gas after it breaks down, which might induce constipation, diarrhea, and food intolerance.

2. Let the intestines rest

Keep some time between two meals so the intestines can rest. Do not eat too much before sleep to avoid adding a burden to your intestines and interrupting your rest.

3. Persist in exercise

Exercise can improve the movement of the intestines and hasten the removal of stool, while delaying aging of the intestines. Even low-impact exercise can help. Middle-aged and elderly people can do exercises such as walking, qigong, etc., for one hour each day.

4. Drink a cup of water every morning

A cup of warm water every morning is the easiest and most effective way to clean the intestines.

Drink warm water every morning to keep your intestines healthy.
Drinking warm water every morning is an easy step for healthy intestines. (Image: Photopal604 via Dreamstime)

Four foods most beneficial for healthy intestines

The following foods can be added to the daily diet to benefit the intestines.

1. Peanuts

In traditional Chinese medicine, peanuts follow the spleen meridian and nurture the stomach and spleen, which benefits the intestines.

2. Seaweed

Seaweed is rich in fiber, which acts like a broom in the intestines to remove waste and toxins quickly, thereby helping prevent colorectal cancer and constipation.

3. Black fungus

Black fungus is rich in gelatin and helps collect waste in the digestive system and remove it from the body. It is especially effective in cleaning the stomach and the intestines.

4. Yogurt

The probiotics in yogurt can harmonize and balance the bacteria in your intestines, remove toxic and harmful materials from your body, and assist the intestines in fighting harmful germs.

Seaweed is rich in fiber to keep the intestines clean.
Seaweed is rich in fiber to keep the intestines clean. (Image: Reika7 via Dreamstime)

Signs of unhealthy intestines

If you have these symptoms, consider changing your habits and diet to improve them.

1. Constipation

The intestines are responsible for eradicating toxins. Unhealthy intestines are too weak to remove the accumulated stool from the body by a wave-like movement, and therefore, constipation easily develops.

2. Diarrhea

Healthy intestines move in a wave-like fashion. Weak movements cause constipation, while strong movements cause diarrhea. Foods that are not clean frequently cause diarrhea.

3. Bad Breath

When the intestines become blocked, foods cannot move along the digestive tract and remain in the intestines until they ferment, producing an unpleasant smell in the mouth. An uncontrolled diet of food and drink tends to cause trouble for the intestines and cause intestinal diseases.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translated by Audrey Wang

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  • David Jirard

    David was born in the Midwestern section of the U.S. during the turbulent sixties. At an early age he took an interest in music and during high school and college played lead guitar for various local bands. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he left the local music scene to work on a road crew installing fiber optic cable on telephone poles in various cities. After having to climb up a rotted pole surrounded by fencing, he turned to the world of I.T. where he now shares laughter with his wife and tends to his beehives in between writing articles on Chinese culture and social issues.