Tami Meraglia, M.D., is author of The Hormone Secret, published by Simon and Schuster (April 14, 2015).

Women's Secret Anti-Anxiety Ally

Did you know that you have a natural anti-anxiety hormone?

Women have a hormone that is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands that is like Valium bathing the female mind.

It helps reduce anxiety and is known as the peaceful hormone.

It also helps us sleep soundly through the entire night.

What is this amazing hormone? Progesterone.
Progesterone acts on the gamma amino butyric (GABA) receptors in the brain (the same receptors sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and even alcohols act upon), producing a calming effect.

GABA is the primary inhibitory transmitter in the brain. If you wake between 2am and 4 am wide awake, you likely have a progesterone deficiency.

Progesterone also affects the elasticity of our skin, memory, is anti-inflammatory, is a natural diuretic and helps normalize blood sugar. It also stimulates that cells that make new bone called osteoblasts.

Unfortunately progesterone leaves our bodies first and leaves us quickly. You can have a low progesterone level as early as your late 20's!

Many women think that their increased irritability, loss of enjoyment of life and trouble sleeping if from their 24/7 lifestyle but it is likely more often due to a progesterone deficiency

Here are 7 common symptoms associated with low progesterone:
  1. Anxiety
  2. Waking at night
  3. Fibrocystic breasts
  4. PMS
  5. Bone loss
  6. Low libido
  7. Infertility or irregular periods.
Here are 3 simple and natural things you can do to help your own body produce more progesterone:
  • Vitamin C. A dose of 750-1000 mg has been shown in studies to raise progesterone in women.
  • Selenium. 200-400 mcg/day was shown to boost production of progesterone in an Italian study.
  • The spices turmeric, thyme and oregano are also useful for progesterone. Use in cooking whenever you can.
Topical progesterone is also available over-the-counter.

If you find that it takes a bit more energy to keep your cool or that you are no longer sleeping through the night I encourage you to look to progesterone as a way to help.

Remember, fine is a four-letter word. You deserve to feel FABULOUS!.

About Tami Meraglia, M.D.
Dr. Tami (as her patients call her) is a double board-certified M.D. in both Aesthetic Medicine and Integrative Naturopathic Medicine and the author of The Hormone Secret.
She is on the faculty of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and a keynote speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
As a leading expert in the cosmetic and natural medicine industry, she speaks nationally and internationally and has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox National News and has hosted multiple radio shows.
Tami lives in Seattle and is the owner and Medical Director of Vitality Medispa and Medical Clinic.
She is the author of The Hormone Secret published by Simon and Schuster and currently available on her website www.drtami.com.