Balancing Hormones with Seed Cycling
I have been using seed cycling for several months and I can say that I have seen drastic changes in my period. Most notable are that my cycle is longer, I bleed fewer days and I bleed less. My cramps are not gone but have reduced greatly.
Seed cycling is a practice that involves consuming different types of seeds at different times of the menstrual cycle to support hormonal balance and promote overall health. This practice can benefit both men and women, as hormonal imbalances can affect both genders.
Here's how seed cycling works:
During the first half of the menstrual cycle (the follicular phase), which is typically days 1-14, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are consumed. Flax seeds contain lignans, which can help to balance estrogen levels in the body, while pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which supports healthy progesterone levels.
During the second half of the menstrual cycle (the luteal phase), which is typically days 15-28, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are consumed. Sesame seeds contain lignans, which can help to balance estrogen levels, and sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, which supports healthy progesterone levels.
To utilize seed cycling, simply add one tablespoon each of the appropriate seeds to your diet daily during the appropriate phase of your menstrual cycle. Seeds can be eaten raw, ground, or in the form of seed butter or seed milk.
So, what are the benefits of seed cycling?
Seed cycling can support hormonal balance, which can have a wide range of benefits for both men and women. Balanced hormones can lead to better energy, improved mood, clearer skin, better sleep, and more regular menstrual cycles in women. In men, hormonal balance can support healthy testosterone levels and prostate health.
Overall, seed cycling is a simple and natural way to support hormonal balance and promote overall health. If you're interested in trying seed cycling, be sure to speak with a naturopathic doctor or other healthcare provider to ensure that it is right for you.