What is the thyroid?
Your body is comprised of a number of systems that are meant to work together. One of these systems is the endocrine system, which has various glands in the body in charge of moving chemicals and hormones throughout the body. The thyroid gland is one of those very important glands. It’s a butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the neck below the Adam’s apple. It releases the hormones that control metabolism, which in turn controls the way your body uses energy. The hormones in your thyroid regulate body temperature, breathing, heart rate, weight, mood, and much more. In a normal functioning body, hormones are tightly regulated and in control. When the balance is disrupted, a number of problems can occur as the endocrine system has an effect on nearly every cell, function, and organ in the human body.