17 Sep Seed Cycling For Hormone Balance
Have you heard of seed cycling for your hormones, girl?! It’s amazing and super easy to do if you struggle with yucky PMS, irregular periods, and hormonal imbalance (especially estrogen dominance!). Let’s dive into the rules first + then, we can talk about why you do it.
Seed Cycling- How To
From the first day of your period to your ovulation day (around day 14), you eat TWO tablespoons of RAW, ground up flax seeds + pumpkin seeds daily.
From your ovulation day to the last day of your cycle, you eat TWO tablespoons of RAW, ground up sunflower + sesame seeds daily.
You definitely want to make sure that it’s raw seeds, so they can’t be roasted, baked, salted, etc. We do not want to lose the precious nutrients. You want to grind them, so you can actually digest them. These seeds have really hard outer layers, which is hard for our digestive system to break down. It can literally pass right through you – you don’t want that. I prefer that freshly ground up is the best, but if that is a lot of work for you to do (which I totally understand!), you can grind them up and store them in the freezer and take what you need each day. I use a coffee grinder for doing this!
Buying organic is always beneficial too, so you aren’t burdening your body with pesticides. You might be asking yourself, “how the heck do I eat these?!” You can…
- Throw them in smoothies
- Top them on salads
- Make no-bake energy bites
- Mix them in a yogurt (I prefer goat milk yogurt or a non-dairy yogurt)
Why Should I Seed Cycle?
The seeds that are recommended during seed cycling helps hormone production in that certain time of your period. The flax seeds and pumpkin seeds help estrogen production + proper metabolism (and create estrogen balance by binding up estrogen where needed), which we need during the first half of our cycle to help LH (luteinizing hormone) production to stimulate ovulation. Not only is ovulation needed to make babies, but we NEED ovulation to happen to make progesterone.
After we ovulate, progesterone becomes the main player! This is where sunflower and sesame seeds come in. These seeds help progesterone production by the nutrients, like zinc, as well as their fat content! Healthy progesterone levels can decrease nasty PMS symptoms, creates a healthy environment to help a possible new baby grow, gives us great sleep, protects against cancer + other chronic health issues, and gives us a natural mood boost.
What About Menopause?
If you are going through menopause, you can definitely still use these seeds to benefit your health! Instead of going by your cycle, just do two weeks of the first set of seeds and then, switch over to the other set of seeds (sunflower + sesame) for the following two weeks. Keep rotating every two weeks!
When you start seed cycling, don’t expect results to come overnight. If you have had a hormonal imbalance for awhile, you HAVE to give yourself grace because your body just doesn’t fix overnight. Do this consistently for a couple of cycles + you should start seeing the benefits!
I also recommend working with a nutritionist, like myself, to get the rest of your lifestyle in order to promote healthy hormone balance for life! Making sure your daily meals are nourishing + satiating for you, as well as improving your sleep, stress, and exercise for the ultimate hormone balancing experience. Feel free to book a FREE 15 minute phone call with me to see how we can help you!
Expect some recipes coming up for you to incorporate these seed cyclin’ rules! Have you tried seed cycling before? Are you interested in trying this out to help out with your hormone balance?