The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck, in front of your trachea.
It works directly with the pituitary gland (via TSH) to regulate your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and ultimately your weight.
It does this by way of producing 2 specific thyroid hormones called T4 and T3.
When the thyroid doesn’t function properly (by underproducing or overproducing T4 or T3 hormones), this results in various metabolic health conditions affecting your entire body.
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The Gut-Thyroid Connection
The thyroid gland is the “smoke detector” for inflammation coming from the gut.-Dr. Shapiro
Your gut microbiome is home to trillions of bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. They play a crucial role in processing the food you eat in order for you to absorb essential nutrients needed for you to survive and thrive.
When Dysbiosis (imbalance of gut microbes) occurs, this commonly results in intestinal inflammation and nutrient malabsorption which can directly slow down thyroid function.
In our practice, preventing or reversing thyroid dysfunction is essential to maintaining optimized health and longevity.Book a Consultation
What Is Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid disease is a general term that includes two thyroid conditions, Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is defined as the underproduction of thyroid hormone which may present with these common signs and symptoms:
Less commonly seen, Hyperthyroidism is defined as the overproduction of thyroid hormone which may present with the following signs and symptoms:
- elevated heart rate & blood pressure
- nervousness & anxiety
- hyperactivity or mood swings
- difficulty sleeping
- fatigue or muscle weakness
- sensitivity to heat
Understanding the root cause can help you determine if you’re more at risk. These common causes include:
- Gut dysbiosis (imbalance of gut microbiome)
- Inflammation caused by a virus or bacteria
- Iodine deficiency
- Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune attack of the thyroid)
- Thyroid nodules or goiters
- Cancerous tumors
- Certain medications
- Thyroid surgery or thyroid radiation
Optimizing Thyroid Health
Dr. Jason Shapiro takes a personalized approach to identifying and treating any suspected thyroid dysfunction.
With the help of specific blood work and a specialized DNA stool microbiome test called GI-MAP, Dr. Shapiro is able to identify the root cause of all gut dysbiosis known to cause thyroid dysfunction.
In your private consultation, he will explain all diagnostic testing results and then create a personalized, medical treatment plan.
Dr. Shapiro’s goal is to optimize your thyroid health which is essential to sustained health and longevity.Book a Consultation