Thyroid 101: Getting Down to Basics

Shaped like a butterfly or bowtie and sitting at the front of your neck, the thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. Weighing in at less than one ounce, the thyroid may be small, but it plays a big role in regulating how your body uses and stores energy from the foods you eat. Because the thyroid gland releases hormones that affect most of the body’s organs, production of too much or two little hormone could harm your health.