May 2nd, 2017 (actual date written)
I started Seed Cycling 5 days ago in an effort to help regulate my menstrual cycle. Since I battle with PCOS, this is an area that is never completely normal and gets off balance very quickly.
Seed Cycling is a gentle way to help your body balance your hormones naturally by adding different seeds into your diet at different phases of your menstrual cycle. Simply adding seeds like flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds to your diet at different times in your cycle can promote healthy hormones by encouraging your body to either produce or detoxify certain hormones. It is literally using foods to either promote estrogen detoxification, in the first half of your cycle, or to increase progesterone production in the second.
This is an inexpensive and simple way to re-establish rhythms in your body. Since I have no clue where I am with my cycle, I am following the full moon cycle. I have been adding these seeds to my breakfast or salads. It adds a nice extra crunch to my meal.
Day 1 – 14 (Follicular phase):
1 TB flax seeds
1 TB pumpkin seeds
Day 15 – 28 (Luteal phase):
1 TB sunflower seeds
1 TB sesame seeds
The pumpkin and flax seed combo is a potent one to help your body detoxify the extra estrogen that can plague this time of the month (the lignans especially from the flax seeds bind to excess estrogen and help your body to eliminate it). High zinc levels in pumpkin seeds prevent the estrogen from converting to harmful forms of testosterone and also prime your body for progesterone production which will happen in the second half of the cycle.
The sunflower and sesame combo used in the luteal phase of the cycle has a much lighter dose of lignans from the sesame seeds, but is rich in zinc and selenium which helps progesterone production. These seeds are also a rich source of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid which can convert to gamma linolenic acid, which also helps the balance between progesterone and estrogen.
Not only is Seed Cycling good for PCOS and irregular cycles, it can also help with acne, PMS, infertility, too light or heavy bleeding, peri-menopause, and post-menopausal symptoms. Give me a shout if you have questions and need some guidance with trying Seed Cycling. Stay tuned for my results.