The Ancient Art of Balancing Hormones with Seeds
Many of us have trouble with our hormones. Irregular periods, PMS, fatigue, anxiety, bloating, mood swings, insatiable food cravings, breakouts, ugh. Sound familiar? Many of these thought to be normal to a woman’s cycle can actually be because of an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone – two of the key hormones that regulate your cycle. If you have an irregular cycle, this is where seed cycling comes in. It’s essentially the addition of different seeds to your diet daily during different phases of the menstrual cycle to promote a healthy balance of hormones in the body. This ranges from progesterone production, blocking excess estrogen and hormone metabolism.
This is one of the most natural ways to balance hormones, and this style works by simply adding pumpkin, flax, sunflower, or sesame seeds.
During the first phase of the cycle (days 1-14) estrogen levels increase. Once they start to decrease, progesterone levels increase (days 15-28). It’s the imbalance of these that cause all of those not so lovely symptoms we can experience such as irritability, PMS, mood swings and more.
The good news is that seed cycling has been used to help this balance in some women. Different seeds contain different types of nutrients our hormones need such as lignans (that help regulate estrogen) and essential fatty acids (that assist with hormone production). They work in perfect synergy to balance hormones throughout your entire menstrual cycle.
How to Begin
On days 1-14 it’s best to begin with:
1 tbsp. freshly ground flax seeds: full of lignans that block any excess estrogen.
1 tbsp. freshly ground pumpkin seeds: high in zinc which supports progesterone production.
On days 15-28 of your cycle begin with:
1 tbsp. freshly ground sunflower seeds: high in selenium for hormone metabolism and liver detoxification.
1 tbsp. freshly ground sesame seeds: full of lignans that block excess estrogen (you can also get this from tahini).
You can easily add these to smoothies, porridge, raw bars, granola, yogurt or sprinkle in dips or salads– the options are endless! Because seed cycling is a natural process, it’s not a quick fix and doesn’t work like medication. It can take up to 3 months to start noticing any changes, so if you do try adding seeds to your menstrual cycle, be patient and consistent.
To learn more about how you can balance your hormones naturally, contact the office here to begin.