Do you have issues with your menstrual cycle? Cramps, Back aches, PMS, Low energy, Irregular cycles, Low mood, Skin breakouts, Digestive Issues?
Hormonal imbalances can play a very big role in these symptoms; in particular an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.
The good news is that hormonal imbalances can often be helped with seed cycling. Seed cycling works to help with the regularity and health of the entire cycle by supporting hormone production, binding and metabolism.
Different seeds contain different types and amounts of lignans and essential fatty acids. Lignans help our body bind up excess hormones and fatty acids help with hormone production. Together they work on balancing hormones throughout the entire menstrual cycle.
But first a little about what may be going on. The recipe for seed cycling is at the end of this article.
MENSTRUAL CYCLE HORMONE BALANCE
The female reproductive cycle involves an interplay of hormones that normally results in cyclical changes in the ovaries and uterus. Each cycle takes anywhere from 20 – 35 days, with the average being 28 days, to complete and involves the development and release of an egg from the ovaries and the preparation of the uterus to receive a fertilized egg.
If fertilization doesn’t occur, the endometrial (uterine) lining is lost through menstruation (day 1). Estrogen and progesterone are two of the key hormones that regulate this cycle. Estrogen levels increase during the first part of the cycle; whereas, progesterone levels increase while estrogen levels slowly decrease during the last part of the cycle. It is the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone throughout the cycle that contributes to the symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps and irregular cycles.
THERE ARE TWO MAIN PHASES OF THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
From the time menstruation starts until ovulation is Phase 1. The production of estrogen is essential during this phase. Phase 1 begins on the first day of menstruation and lasts until you ovulate, which is around 14 days.
From ovulation until menstruating is Phase 2. Progesterone is being made and utilized during this 2nd phase. Phase 2 is from when you ovulate, day 14 until the say your menstruation starts.
HOW TO SEED CYCLE
- 1 cup Flaxseeds
- 1 cup Pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1 cup Sesame seeds
- In a blender or coffee mill grind the Flaxseeds and Pumpkin seeds. Combine, put in a jar and keep in fridge.
- In a blender or coffee mill grind the Sunflower and Sesame seeds. Combine, put in a jar and keep in fridge.
HOW TO TAKE AND SERVE
- Day 1 to 14: Take 1 tablespoon daily of your ground flax and pumpkin seed mix.
- Day 15 to menses: Take 1 tablespoon of your ground sunflower and sesame seed mix.
The easiest way to have your ground seeds is to add to salads, with your coconut yoghurt, granola or in a smoothie. Understanding that the raw aspect is so important and taking them daily equally as important.
It usually takes about 3 months before you will start noticing the improvement in your menstrual related symptoms. So no instant miracle 😉
SO WHY ARE THESE SEEDS SO GOOD??
- Flax and sesame seeds are full of lignans, which block excess estrogens.
- Sunflower seeds are high in selenium, a trace mineral essential for liver detoxification.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which supports progesterone release.
Try it out, it’s real food, real safe and you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain 🙂
It’s a good idea to keep a diary so you can track your cycle and see if there is a difference.
Let me know how it worked for you by commenting below 👇👇