HOW DOES SEED CYCLING WORK?
Seed cycling is a gentle way to nourish your hormones to reduce PMS symptoms, regulate the menstrual cycle, increase fertility, and stimulate a weakened or absent menses.
Hormonal imbalances can occur when the body isn’t getting adequate nutritional nourishment. Seeds are naturally rich in fibre, good fats, and essential nutrients that can help to balance hormones at various stages of your cycle.
Seed cycling can be done at any stage within a woman’s life. However, it can be especially beneficial to people suffering with PMS or coming off hormonal birth control.
SEED CYCLING FOR THE FOLLICULAR PHASE
Day 1 to 14
During the follicular phase (approximately days one to 14 of the menstrual cycle) oestrogen should ideally begin to rise. Flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds help to boost oestrogen, while simultaneously preventing oestrogen dominance.
To support healthy oestrogen production and metabolism, incorporate one tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseeds and one tablespoon of pumpkin seeds into your daily meals.
SEED CYCLING FOR THE LUTEAL PHASE
Day 15 to 28
During the luteal phase (approximately days 15 to 28 of the menstrual cycle) oestrogen begins to decline and progesterone begins to rise. Sesame seeds are rich in zinc, which supports the rise of progesterone. Sunflower seeds have high concentrations of selenium, which assists the body to clear excess oestrogen.
To support healthy progesterone production during the luteal phase, incorporate one tablespoon of sesame seeds and one tablespoon of sunflower seeds daily (instead of the flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds from the follicular phase). It’s really that simple!