Hormone imbalance is a very common issue among women, as all sorts of factors can easily knock them out of whack.
Hormone imbalance causes an abundant of nasty symptoms like acne, changes in metabolism, inability to lose weight, mood swings, migraines, PMS, painful breasts, infertility, and a disrupt of the monthly cycle.
Keeping your hormones balanced is extremely important to your overall health and in my opinion, quality of life (because who the heck wants to suffer daily with symptoms like those!?).
There are many ways to balance hormones whether that be naturally or medically. Seed cycling is one method I use to help keep my hormones balanced.
Seed cycling is where you consume different types of seeds during the menstrual cycle to support the balance of estrogen and progesterone for menstruating, menopausal and postmenopausal women.
Why It Works:
Seeds carry certain oils, vitamins, and nutrients that can help support the body’s production, release, and metabolism of hormones.
Lignans in seeds have gentle phytohormone activity which helps to eliminate excess estrogen and help to encourage healthy hormone balance. Seeds are also a great source of essential fats which your body uses to naturally produce hormones.
The four seeds used in seed cycling are flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
How it Works:
Day 1 to 14 – Follicular Phase
This is the first half of the menstrual cycle, starting on the first day of your period and ending when you start ovulating. Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are used in this phase to balance excess estrogen and encourage progesterone production for normal ovulation.
Flax seeds are rich in lignans that bind to excess estrogen helping the body to eliminate it. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fats and zinc meaning they aid in progesterone production.
For this phase of the cycle consume 1 tablespoon each of ground flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Day 15 to 28 or 30 – Luteal Phase
This is the second half of the menstrual cycle, starting after ovulation and ending at the end of your monthly cycle. In this phase, switch to consuming sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.
Sesame seeds balance assess estrogen but with lignans that are less potent than flax seeds. Sunflower seeds are full of selenium which aids in liver support and hormone regulation needed as the menstrual cycle comes to an end.
Consume 1 tablespoon each of ground sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, during every day of this phase.
Cycle less than 28 or 30 Days
Not all women share the same length of their cycle so the length of each phase may vary. You can still follow the seed cycle method you will just need to change the number of days in each phase based on your specific follicular and luteal phase patters.
Women with irregular cycles are suggested to begin phase one starting on a full moon then switching to phase two 14 days later.
For women no longer menstruating, seed cycling still provides its benefits, as you still have hormones that can be knocked off balance. Since you do not have a cycle to follow you can start phase one at any time and stay in that phase for two weeks before switching to phase two. Stay in phase two for two weeks then restart the cycle of seeds at phase one.
Hormone imbalance is not a joke, take the time to read your body and understand the signs it’s showing you. If you notice any symptoms give this method a try. Good luck!