Jun 18 Seed Cycling: Your Natural Menstrual Cycle Support
Cramps, headaches, unsightly blemishes, fatigue, bloating, and moods that can change at the drop of a hat. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded PMS. Dun dun dunnn.
What if there was a way that you can improve your hormone imbalances with your diet? That you didn’t have to suffer every month? Imagine feeling good in your body every month, all month long just by supporting your body with what it needs through nutrient-dense foods.
There are many foods that can help women balance their hormones naturally but today let’s focus on seeds. You may already know that seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals, but have you heard of a holistic method called Seed cycling? Seed cycling aligns specific seeds with phases of your menstrual cycle to support your hormones naturally.
Who is Seed Cycling For?
Women can benefit from seed cycling at many stages of life. Seed cycling can support those who are:
- Wanting to decrease monthly PMS symptoms
- Recovering from hormonal birth control
- Experiencing Amenorrhea (loss of period)
- Wanting to increase fertility and trying to conceive
- Experiencing early menopause
- Experiencing menopause
- Experiencing post menopause
- Experiencing hormonal acne or skin problems
How to Seed Cycle
The focus of seed cycling is to sync eating of specific seeds to your menstrual cycle. If you are unfamiliar with what your body is undergoing every month during your menstrual cycle, it’s time to get to know your body better. Take a moment to review the above infographic on the four phases of your menstrual cycle.
Syncing Seeds with your cycle:
During days 1-14 of your cycle consume 1 tablespoon each of Pumpkin and Flaxseed.
During days 15-28 of your cycle consume 1 tablespoon each of Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
Suffering from Amenorrhea (lack of menstrual cycle) or an irregular period?
It’s recommended to sync seed cycling with the phases of the moon. There are many similarities between a woman’s menstrual cycle and the phases of the moon. When you are lacking a menstrual cycle or have an irregular cycle, you can turn to the moon to create a rhythm that can allow your body feel safe, give consistent nourishment, and support the body to begin a more balanced menstrual cycle.
Check out these articles for more info on the menstrual cycle and moon cycle:
Seed cycling with the moon:
Starting with the New Moon, consume 1 tablespoon each of Pumpkin and Flaxseed.
At the Full Moon, consume 1 tablespoon each of Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds until the New moon begins a new cycle.
What makes these seeds special?
Besides being packed with vitamins & minerals that are vital for a healthy menstrual cycle such as:
- Vitamin E
The lignans in flaxseed and sesame seeds help to support the cycle. Lignans are a type of natural chemical found in plants (phytonutrient) that are estrogen-like in structure. They help to balance hormones by binding to excess estrogen and aid in the elimination of excess estrogen from the body.
Here is a quote from Dr. Jolene Brighten’s blog on the science behind how lignans support your menstrual cycle:
“For this to be fully understood, we first need to establish that not all estrogens are “bad,” and the one that tends to be high in estrogen-dominant women is estradiol, also known as E2. Excessive levels of E2 have been linked to breast and prostate cancer. Flaxseed does not only suppress estradiol production, but it also nudges estradiol metabolism into a positive direction by generating a higher ratio of the protective metabolite 2-hydroxy-estrone versus the more harmful 16-hydroxy-estrone.”
Check out these articles for more of the science-y stuff behind seed cycling:
- Seed Cycling to Balance Pre & Post Menopausal Hormones
- A Delicious Way To Balance Hormones
- Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance
Best way to consume seeds
Ground. Ground. Ground.
It’s very important that we consume flaxseed & sesame seeds in ground form. Pumpkin and Sunflowers seeds can be eaten raw, but need to be chewed very well before swallowing.
You can easily use a coffee grinder for your seeds. I bought this Krups coffee grinder specifically for grinding seeds.
How to buy?
It’s best to buy your seeds raw and organic. Check your local health food stores to see if you can buy raw and organic seeds in bulk, it’s usually cheaper this way. I have yet to find this in my area so I was very happy to find a super foods brand on Amazon that sells raw and organic seeds at a decent price. I bought all of my seeds for seed cycling with a brand a called Terrasoul and these seeds will last me a while! Links to what I use below:
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How long before results?
Some say as soon as 1 cycle, others say about 3-4 months. It’s important to remember that See Cycling is a supportive regimen and should be combined with a diet of whole foods. Consistency and patience is everything when it comes to healing the body, and creating balance.
Want to try seed cycling for yourself?
Tips for Seed Cycling Success:
Seeds can help support your hormones through your monthly cycle to help you experience less PMS symptoms, regulate your cycle, increase fertility, and help those who are in pre, current, or postmenopausal stages of their life.
Use Pumpkin & flaxseed during the first half of cycle & Sesame/Sunflower seeds during the second half.
Always grind sesame & flax seeds.
Consistency is Queen.
Seed cycling is a supportive natural method and works best coupled with a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods.
My Seed Cycling Experience
I have just begun incorporating seed cycling in my regimen. After 3 months of consistent seed cycling I will do an update of my experience.
Thank you for reading!