Seed cycling your way to better hormones
Written by ALEXANDRA LUCCIANTONIO BHSc Naturopathy
Many of us ladies have issues with our two main menstrual hormones: Oestrogen & Progesterone. Dysregulation of these hormones can often present with symptoms such as acne, PMS, irregular periods, anxiety, breakouts, fatigue, bloating, fluid retention, food cravings – the list goes on and on and on…
These symptoms are NOT a normal part of your cycle ladies and there are definitely things you can do to regulate oestrogen and progesterone to reduce the above symptoms.
For ladies ready to conceive, seed cycling can be a great way to improve fertility. Seed cycling can improve ovulation, remove excess oestrogen from the body and increase progesterone – the hormone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy.
Most women want a natural way to balance their hormones, rather than opting for a ‘band-aid effect’ (hello oral contraceptive pill).
Seed cycling aims to rotate seeds at certain points in your menstrual cycle.
Understanding Your Cycle
An average cycle length is around 28 days.
Day 1 of your cycle is the FIRST day of your period.
Days 1-14 is the Follicular phase. This is when oestrogen increases.
Days 15-28 is the Luteal phase. This is when oestrogen decreases and progesterone increases.
How To Seed Cycle
During your Follicular phase (Days 1-14) it is recommended that you increase seeds high in phytoestrogens, zinc and omega 3’s to regulate oestrogen levels.
Consume 1 tbsp of freshly ground flax seeds and pumpkin seeds daily
During your Luteal phase (Days 15-28) consume seeds high in omega 6s and selenium which are shown to support progesterone, block excess oestrogen and enhance liver detoxification of hormones.
Consume 1 tbsp of freshly ground sesame seeds and sunflower seeds daily
How To Prepare
Freshly grind 1 tbsp of each seed per day. To prepare in bulk leave freshly ground seeds in the fridge. You can add seeds to smoothies, oats, cereals, salads, soups or oven-roasted veggies.
Go seed cycling ladies!