WHAT IS SEED CYCLING?
Seed cycling works toward benefitting and regulating the menstrual cycle by supporting hormone production over time. The different seeds used (flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower), contain essential fatty acids that promote a healthy balance of estrogen and progesterone. Adding these into your diet can help normalize irregular menstrual cycles, decrease symptoms associated with PMS and improve acne.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEEDS.
Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and contain
lignans to block excess estrogen and support symptoms of
PMS, acne and painful periods.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CYCLE:
A healthy menstrual cycle lasts an average of 28 days and is regulated by 2 main hormones: estrogen and progesterone. During this time a precise balance of these hormones allows for changes in the ovaries and uterus to ultimately prepare the uterus for a fertilized egg (pregnancy). However, if fertilization does not take place, the lining of the uterus gets shed and this marks the first day of your period/menstrual cycle. The cycle is comprised of 2 phases: follicular and luteal. The follicular phase is the first phase of the cycle, it is dominated by estrogen and lasts from day 1 to day 14. The second phase is the luteal phase and is dominated by progesterone lasting from day 15 to menstruation.
HOW TO SEED CYCLE:
Count from the day you start bleeding until the next time you start bleeding to determine the length of your cycle & when to rotate seeds (approximately 28 days).
For the 1st phase of your cycle (days 1-14) take these daily:
1 TBSP freshly ground flax seeds
1 TBSP freshly ground pumpkin seeds
For the 2nd phase of your cycle (days 15-28) take these daily:
1 TBSP ground sesame seeds
1 TBSP ground sunflower seeds