Digestive health plays an essential role in maintaining your body’s overall health. If your body can’t absorb the key nutrients it needs to survive and thrive, every organ system is negatively affected. This includes sex hormone production, thyroid function, immune system health, and even brain function, just to name a few.
Maintaining a healthy gut is the key to disease prevention.
The microbiome is the global community of all microorganisms located within your gut (GI tract). These trillions of microorganisms (microbes) influence the way your gut and body operate. They include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even parasites which coexist peacefully in a healthy gut.
However, a healthy, balanced gut is commonly susceptible to Dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) due to poor diet, stressful lifestyle, various diseases, prolonged antibiotic use, and various medications.
Poor gut health frequently presents with symptoms not directly associated with your digestion.
In your consultation with Dr. Shapiro, he will identify all key indicators of dysbiosis and gut dysfunction, the most common of which include:
Dr. Shapiro has created a comprehensive, data-driven approach to helping his patients optimize their gut health.
This initial workup includes specialized blood work panels and a state-of-the-art stool test called the Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI MAP).
The GI MAP is an innovative clinical tool that detects harmful microbes known to disrupt the gut microbiome and contribute to illness.
The GI MAP also identifies key indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function.
At TribecaMed, Dr. Shapiro takes a functional medicine approach to identifying and treating all gut-related health issues with a focus on disease prevention.