As a woman, balancing your hormones is very important for your overall health and fertility. You can use nutrition to help with this, and seed cycling is one of those secret weapons. As women, when our hormones are imbalanced, we can experience infertility, cyclical breast pain, mood swings, and more. If your estrogen and progesterone levels are in balance, you support conception, and you will simply feel good all month long. Let’s give seed cycling a try together, and get those hormones balanced.
What is Seed Cycling?
Seed cycling introduces different types of seeds into the diet at different times during the month to support optimal hormonal balance. The seeds carry essential fatty acids, oils, vitamins, and nutrients that promote a balance in hormones by producing, releasing and metabolizing hormones.
We can use seeds to help balance our hormones because different seeds contain different types and amounts of essential fatty acids and lignans.
Essential fatty acids which come from the seeds oils, help the production of hormones, whereas the seed hulls contain lignans, which are chemicals that help bind up and release excess hormone.
To seed cycle you will need four types of seeds: Pumpkin, Flax, Sesame and Sunflower.
All seeds should be raw, organic and ground. Store whole seeds in an airtight container in the fridge to help keep them fresh. Take out the amount you will grind and use immediately. Grind seeds right before use, as ground seeds are susceptible to oxidation and may become rancid. To grind your seeds you can use a simple coffee grinder.
How to cycle the seeds:
Day 1 is the first day of your menstruation.
From Day 1- Day 14 of your cycle, or until ovulation is noticed, is called your Follicular Phase.
1 Tablespoon of raw, organic, ground Flax seeds
1 Tablespoon of raw, organic, ground Pumpkin seeds
From Day 15- Day 28 of your cycle, Post Ovulation to Period is called your Luteal Phase.
1 tablespoon of raw, organic, unhulled, ground Sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of raw, organic, ground Sunflower seeds
You can add seeds to soups, oatmeal, yogurt, salads or smoothies. And if you need a quick fix, you can add your ground seeds to a glass of juice, nut milk, or water. Stir it up and drink quickly, the seeds will settle and you will need to keep giving it a stir.
You can also visit us to learn more about balancing your hormones for health, and or fertility. All women will find balance and relief when they are using tools like Seed Cycling. We have many other tools and are here to help.
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