Hormonal imbalances are plaguing so many women of all ages, it's not just your mother or grandmother's issue anymore. Ladies in their teens all the way up to 80 are dealing with hormonal imbalances that are wreaking havoc on reproductive systems, as well as how our bodies function as a whole. I have dedicated my education and practice to hormonal balance in women and finding solutions for women with various issues of hormonal imbalance, from PMS, infertility, PCOS, post-natal problems, and more. I've discovered that seed cycling helps many women, and is actually a very cheap and easy to do system. Aside from the seeds, a little charting is needed, but if you're concerned with hormones and fertility, you probably are already doing this anyway.
MENSTRual cycle & Hormone balance:
The female reproductive cycle involves mainly progesterone and estrogen balance, of course there are others that play a role, in the menstrual cycle of a woman, but estrogen and progesterone are the main. Each cycle usually takes 28 days to complete and involves the releasing of an egg from the ovaries and prepares the uterus for fertilization of the egg. If this doesn't take place and no pregnancy is indicated, the uterine lining is lost through menstruation, which is day 1 of your cycle.
Estrogen levels tend to increase during the first part of your cycle and progesterone tends to increase throughout the last half of your cycle. When these two hormones are not in balance, the symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps, and irregular cycles occur.
Luckily, seed cycling, has been shown to help regulating your menstrual cycle as well as relieving PMS symptoms. While there is no "evidence" of seed cycling working, throughout the holistic health community, it has been shown to help women! Sometimes we don't know why something works, we just know it does.
Seed cycling helps the body find its natural balance in the women's menstrual cycle. The idea is that incorporating certain seeds throughout your cycle, will give your body the nutrients it needs to fall into better balance. The seeds also help in binding excess hormones that are not needed by "flushing" them out of your system, natural as well as environmental hormones that enter your body.
By adding pumpkin, flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds throughout your cycle at appropriate times, the seeds can assist your body in producing more of a hormone or less through elimination. The different seeds have different lignans and essential fatty acids; lignans bind up excess hormones and the essential fatty acids help with hormone production. Together they help with balancing out the hormones, thus resulting in a routinely appropriate menstrual cycle.
Day 15 of your cycle starts the luteal phase, which is also known as full moon or time of ovulation.
This also marks the production of more progesterone rather than estrogen in the first phase.
Sunflower and sesame seeds are needed in this phase to support natural balance and hormone pro-
- 1 tbs raw, organic, & ground sunflower seeds
- 1 tbs raw, organic, & ground sesame seeds
These seeds are high in omega-6 essential fatty acids, Sesame seeds are also high in lignans, which block excess estrogen. Sunflower seeds provide the body with selenium, a trace mineral that supports that body in liver detoxification, which in turn helps the body in overall hormonal balance.
During this phase, you can additionally take Evening Primrose Oil, which contains GLA, that inhibits inflammatory prostaglandins that can cause menstrual pain. Again, I like Nordic Naturals, and recommend having at least 500mg of Evening Primrose Oil.
When can i expect results?
TIPS & TROUBLE SHOOTING:
- If you do not have a menstrual cycle or have irregular cycles I recommend starting your Day 1 of your cycle on the new moon, using lunaception. I recommend reading this article and ordering Honoring Our Cycles by Kate Singer. Also, charting your cycle would be a good idea.
- You can use nut/seed butters, women have spoken of good results doing this, however, I think it works best with grinding your seeds.
- Whatever happens, if you get your period sooner or later, still follow the seed cycling protocol as follows. Your menstrual cycle should fall into sync. I wouldn't give up the seed cycling for awhile after balance is restored, give it an additional 3 months and then stop using seed cycling for a month to see if everything is back in balance again, if not, start back up.
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