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Dr. David Yamini, Westside Gastro Care, is a strong advocate for his patient’s health. In doing so, he hopes to educate his patients on how they can prevent digestive problems throughout their lives. Gastrointestinal education is vital to your health, if you’re hoping to avoid or prevent gastrointestinal diseases and issues.

Taking care of your stomach and digestive system is extremely important. Many people live with digestive health conditions that they have difficulty controlling. However, for most people understanding the nature and cause of gastrointestinal disorders and diseases can provide greater control over your overall health.

Digestive pain can make you feel overwhelmed, scared, and debilitated. However, there are numerous healthy habits that you can increase, and unhealthy habits you can decrease, that can help you feel better.

  • If you are overweight or obese, meeting with a nutritionist or losing weight can alleviate digestive pain.
  • Smaller more frequent meals can assist with digestive issues.
  • Do you feel tired after eating? You may be consuming too much food per meal. Try not to be tempted to lie down right after eating. It’s better for your digestive system to sit up.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Increase exercise. Walking more throughout the day is a great start!
  • Limit coffee and acidic drinks.
  • Try not to eat 3 hours before bedtime.
  • If your symptoms persist, call Dr. David Yamini for a more comprehensive evaluation.

Food can bring people together, is fun to eat, and nurtures our bodies. However, every individual has a unique digestive system. Meaning, everyone digests various foods differently. Different meals may cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, heartburn, acid, indigestion, abdominal pain, or constipation. Knowing how your body responds to certain foods can save you a lot of pain.

The most common foods people have a hard time digesting are:

  • Processed foods
  • Salty or sweet foods
  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Fried food
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee, caffeine, or other acidic drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spicy food
  • Dairy

Colon Health

Having a healthy colon is vital to optimal digestive health. There are many detoxification tips and habits that can prevent illness, alleviate discomfort, and reduce bloating. A healthy colon can prevent Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and even colon cancer.

  • Fiber: Increasing your fiber intake and consuming foods like bananas, peas, prunes, beans, broccoli, and whole wheat can cleanse the body. Fiber prevents colon blockage and helps move food along your digestive track.
  • Vitamin D: This important vitamin can prevent colon cancer and maintain a healthy colon. Naturally, everyone gets Vitamin D from the sun. However, you can also consume Vitamin D is bread, fatty fish, cereal, and milk. Vitamin D supplements are also a great way to absorb the vitamin.
  • Water: Drinking water is so important for your health. Poor hydration allows for toxins to build up throughout your body. This leads to constipation, gas, IBS, fatigue, and bloating.

Healthy Habits for Your Colon

  • Have a bowel movement coming? Don’t hold it! Head to the bathroom immediately. When you try and hold your bowel movements for an extended period of time it can build toxins in your body which can lead to bigger digestive issues.
  • Get moving! Exercise helps your entire body. Most important it can keep your colon healthy. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen and can prevent serious colon and digestive issues. Exercise does not have to vigorous to be affective.
  • Get a colonoscopy. Dr. David Yamini and his team understand colonoscopy’s are not fun. However, they are vital to understanding the health and potential issues hidden within your digestive system. If you’re over the age of 50 it is crucial that you receive a colonoscopy. This is even more important for individuals suffering from frequent constipation, diarrhea, blood in the stool, unintentional weight loss, change in stool caliber, and other digestive pains.

If you have any questions about these tips and tricks, or would like to discuss your digestive health with Dr. Yamini, call our office today at (310) 453-1871. We look forward to helping you achieve greater digestive health.

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Our Patient Reviews

David P. Yamini, MD

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 58 reviews

Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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