Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance

I want to delve into the topic of seed cycling, its claims, and how you can incorporate it into your life. Seed cycling is a simple yet potentially powerful method of consuming different seeds at different phases of your menstrual cycle to support hormone balance. In this blog post, I’ll explain what seed cycling is, its potential benefits, and how you can try it out for yourself.

What is Seed Cycling?

Seed cycling is a nutritional practice that involves eating specific seeds during different phases of your menstrual cycle. These seeds, including pumpkin, flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds, contain compounds called phytoestrogens, which can interact with estrogen receptors in the body. During the first half of your cycle (menstrual and follicular phases), you consume a tablespoon each of flax and pumpkin seeds to help balance estrogen and progesterone levels. In the second half (ovulation and luteal phases), the seeds of choice are sunflower and sesame seeds, which continue to support hormonal harmony.

The Claims and Potential Benefits

Phytoestrogens in seeds can play a crucial role in hormone regulation. For those experiencing estrogen dominance, seed cycling may help lower estrogen levels, while for others going through menopause, it could assist in increasing estrogen levels slightly. By consuming the right seeds at the right times, seed cycling aims to support the delicate interplay between estrogen and progesterone, promoting a healthier menstrual cycle.

How to Incorporate Seed Cycling into Your Life

Seed cycling is a straightforward practice that can easily be integrated into your daily routine. Whether you prefer snacking, salads, smoothies, or other dishes, these seeds can be versatilely enjoyed. To make the seeds more easily digestible and maximize nutrient absorption, you can grind them before consumption.

This is not medical advice. Always consult your healthcare practitioner for discussions and diagnosis.

First Half (Menstrual and Follicular Phases): Consume a tablespoon each of pumpkin and flax seeds daily.

Second Half (Ovulation and Luteal Phases): Continue with a tablespoon each of sunflower and sesame seeds.

For those with irregular cycles, seed cycling can still be beneficial. Alternatively, you can sync your seed cycling with the lunar cycle, as the average lunar cycle closely aligns with the average menstrual cycle. Start with pumpkin and flax seeds on the new moon, and transition to sunflower and sesame seeds on the full moon, continuing until the next new moon.

Supplementing Your Seed Cycling

To enhance the effects of seed cycling, some individuals choose to incorporate specific oils into their diet. During the first half, omega-3-rich oils like fish oil can be beneficial, while evening primrose oil, high in Omega 6, can be added during the second half.

Seed cycling is a fascinating approach to supporting hormone balance through nutrition. Whether you have a regular or irregular cycle, or even if you are going through menopause, seed cycling might be worth exploring. Remember to consider any allergies or sensitivities you may have before trying this practice. Always listen to your body and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

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