Would you be surprised to know that the biggest obstacle to weight loss could be your hormones?

For me, what is always frustrating and depressing is following yet another weight loss or lifestyle plan, or adding a new supplement to the list and still not being able to shed those extra pounds.

Salivary Cortisol Testing -- Single Versus Multiple Daily Tests

Salivary cortisol testing is the preferred clinical method for measuring human cortisol levels. It has several obvious advantages over blood tests, such as greater validity for tissue levels of cortisol, the convenience of home testing, non-invasiveness, and zero risk of infection. But arguably one of the most important features it offers is the ability to take multiple test samples during the same day.

The two main sex hormones in women are estrogen and progesterone. Both are produced in men and women, although in different quantities. Progesterone is made from pregnenolone, which in turn comes from cholesterol.

Production of progesterone occurs at several places. In women, it is primarily produced in the ovaries just before ovulation and increases rapidly after ovulation. It is also produced in the adrenal glands in both sexes and in the testes in males. Its level is highest during the ovulation period (day 13-15 of the menstrual cycle).

Dr. Richard Shames


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