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What is it & why should you be doing it?
When we think of hormonal problems it’s not often we think of anything other than drugs to try rectify it.
How many times have you been prescribed food over drugs from thedoctor or gynaecologist? That’s what Ithought.
This is where seed cycling comes in.
Supporting the mantra of ‘food is your medicine’ seed cycling (rotation) can be used to bring back the balance of estrogen and
progesterone for menstruation, menopausal and post-menopausal women.
The technique of boosting your estrogen levels in the first part of the cycle and progesterone levels in the
second part is done by eating certain seeds during your cycle. The evidence supported
here is based on a 30 day cycle. Only 10 to 15% of women have cycles that are exactly 28
days, most tend to run between 25 & 36 days.
How to incorporate seed cycling....
Day 1 is counted as the first day of your period.
From day 1 to day 15 we need more estrogen in order to build up or endometrium (uterus lining).
With seeds such as flaxseed pumpkin seeds we can naturally increase our estrogen levels.
Add 1 tablespoon of each to a smoothie.
From day 15 to 30 the corpus luteum begins to release progesterone. This sex hormone
well help thicken the uterus lining and prepare it for implantation or shedding. The high
contents of zinc in sesame seeds and vitamin E in sunflower seeds have been shown to
stimulate progesterone production.
Now there is no need to go and eat the seeds by the spoon full without anything else they
can be added to smoothies, salads, soups and anywhere else you can think to add them in.
We are going to give this a test run ourselves at Supplement your Health and let you know the outcome in the coming months.
For more detailed information on seed cycling follow the link to the article written by Dr. Jolene
Brighten. You will also find an amazing seed cracker recipe by Magdalena Wszelaki.