The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the middle of your neck just below your chin. It does a lot for you as it is second only to the brain in the number of functions it is involved in! Its main function is metabolism, making sure all the chemical reactions in the body are running properly. When the thyroid gland is not working optimally, metabolism can be slowed. Signs of a sluggish thyroid are weight gain, brain fog, fatigue, hair thinning, anxiety, depression, irregular periods, infertility, joint pain, and constipation. This is known as hypothyroidism. If the thyroid is running too quickly, symptoms include unintentional weight loss, menstrual changes, hot flushes, night sweats, diarrhea, and anxiety. Your thyroid is a big player in achieving optimal health. Thyroid testing and treatment is a key area naturopathic medicine shines. If you are wondering about your thyroid or you have thyroid symptoms despite “normal” lab tests, come in for a health evaluation with one of our naturopathic physicians.