Seed Cycling: A Natural Approach to Hormonal Balance

July 10, 2024

Seed Cycling: A Natural Approach to Hormonal Balance
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Cycle syncing with seeds (“seed cycling”) is a natural method designed to support and balance a woman’s hormones throughout her menstrual cycle. This practice involves consuming specific seeds at different menstrual cycle phases to promote hormonal harmony. Let’s dive into seed cycling, how to do it, who could benefit from it, and the potential benefits.

What is Seed Cycling?

Seed cycling is a holistic approach that uses the power of seeds to support hormonal balance. The method involves incorporating flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds into your diet in a specific pattern aligned with your menstrual cycle. This practice aims to regulate hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which are crucial in female reproductive health.

How to Seed Cycle

Seed cycling is divided into two main phases of the menstrual cycle: Follicular & Luteal

Follicular Phase: Day 1 of bleeding until ovulation (around day 14)
Seeds: Flax and Pumpkin
How: Daily, consume 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax and pumpkin seeds by incorporating them into foods like salads, soups, and smoothies. These seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which can help balance estrogen levels.

Luteal Phase: From ovulation (around day 14) to next bleed
Seeds: Sesame and Sunflower
How: Daily, consume 1-2 tablespoons of ground sesame and sunflower seeds by incorporating them into foods like salads, soups, and smoothies. These seeds are high in zinc and selenium, which support progesterone production.

Who Could Benefit from Seed Cycling?

Seed cycling can be beneficial for women experiencing hormonal imbalances, such as those with irregular periods, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), or menopause symptoms. It can also be a supportive practice for women looking to naturally enhance their overall hormonal health.

Potential Benefits of Seed Cycling:

Hormonal balance: May help regulate estrogen and progesterone levels and support healthy ovulation throughout the menstrual cycle.
Menstrual cycle regulation: May support more regular menstrual cycles and reduce PMS symptoms like cramping and bloating.
Skin health: May improve skin conditions related to hormonal imbalances like acne and eczema.
Mood support: May help stabilize mood swings and reduce anxiety and depressions symptoms related to hormonal fluctuations.

RECIPE:

Enjoy this delicious and nutritious tahini date shake during your luteal phase to support your body with the necessary nutrients.

Simple Tahini Date Shake for the Luteal Phase

Ingredients:
– 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
– 2 Medjool dates, pitted
– 1 tablespoon ground sunflower seeds
– 1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
– 1 banana
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– A pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:
– Combine all ingredients in a blender
– Blend until smooth and creamy
– Pour into a glass and enjoy!

In summary, incorporating seed cycling into your routine is a simple and natural way to support your hormonal health. Whether dealing with specific hormonal issues or just looking to optimize your menstrual health, seed cycling offers a promising, food-based approach. Speak to your practitioner to see if seed cycling is right for you!

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Posted by Keira Kroin, MS, CNSc
Keira is a functional nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner. Her approach revolves around assessing an individual holistically to determine potential root causes of disease. Keira emphasizes the integration between physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Photo by Charlotte May on Pexels

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This article is for informational and educational use only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Consult your health and wellness provider for more information.


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