I have been doing a lot of extra reading and research on hormonal imbalance in women. I keep running into blogs and articles about seed cycling. I have personally been seed cycling for the past four months. I feel it has positively effected my symptoms and intend to continue doing this. That being said, I thought it might be good to put this natural method out there for our clients to consider implementing. It is very common today, that women are struggling with hormone issues across the board.
Irregular periods, PMS, anxiety, bloating, mood swings, breakouts etc. Many of these are contributed to a women's cycle and are considered to be "normal". However, it can actually be because of an imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone. Two of the main hormones that regulate your cycle. Seed cycling is said to help those who have irregular cycles.
Seed cycling is essentially the addition of two different seeds to your daily diet during different phases of the menstrual cycle to help with balancing hormones in the body. This ranges from progesterone production, blocking excess estrogen and hormone metabolism. This is a natural method. Simply add pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds.
A regular cycle runs for around 28 days and involves a variety of hormones that influence the ovaries and uterus. In that time the development and release of an egg is made from the ovaries and the uterus prepares for the fertilized egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the endometrial lining is lost though mensturation.
During the first phase (Day 1-14) estrogen levels increase. Once they start to decrease, progesterone levels increase (day 15-28). It is the imbalance of these that cause all of those not so lovely symptoms we can experience. Different seeds contain different types of nutrients our hormones need such as lignans (help regulate oestrogen) and essential fatty acids (assist with hormone production).
Phase 1: Follicular Phase
1 Tbsp freshly ground flax seed
Block any excess oestrogen.
1 Tbsp freshly ground pumpkin seeds
High in Zinc= supports progesterone production
Phase 2: Luteal Phase
1 Tbsp freshly ground sunflower seeds
high in selenium for hormone metabolism and liver detoxification
1 Tbsp freshly ground sesame seeds
block excess oestrogen
Everything that I have read has said that it could take up to 3 months to really notice a difference. This is a natural process and not like using medication. Be patient and consistent.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your health care provider before implementing any new changes to your diet or hormone regulation. This is not medical advice.