Benefits of Seed Cycling for Women’s Hormonal Health
Hormones play a very vital role in the basic function of the human body. It affects the human body and helps the human body to keep the balance between emotions and moods. More importantly, it helps to control the reproduction system. It is extremely important for women to keep their hormone levels balanced and healthy. In this modern age, it is very easy to find medicines to treat hormones. But following natural and organic method is always beneficial for the overall health. In Ayurveda, we have a term known as “Seed Cycling”. As the name suggests, seed cycling means the cycle of seeds in which you use inculcate different seeds into your diet to balance your hormones and keep them healthy. Seed cycling is a supernatural and healthy way to balance hormones. The seeds used in the cycle are flax and pumpkin seeds, and sesame and sunflower seeds. These particular seeds help to cleanse the body and provide it with the essential vitamins and minerals.
Two Basic Hormones
These two hormones are responsible to control and normalize the menstrual cycle.
In the first of your menstrual cycle, the estrogen levels are high and in the second half of your menstrual cycle, the progesterone levels are high while estrogen levels start decreasing gradually. Few of the issues can be seen if the estrogen and progesterone levels are not kept in balance. Some of the prominent issues are mood swings, menstrual cramps, acne, irregular cycles, and any emotional or physical stress to the body. They may differ from person to person and each individual shows different symptoms.
Rules to Seed Cycling
To start following seeding cycle you need to track your menstrual period. If the menstrual period is regular, you can follow the phases easily but if you have irregular or no menstrual period then follow the moon cycle. It’ll be the same as the regular periods phase but you start your phase-1 on the first day of new moon and phase-2 after the moon is full which is nearly after 14 days.
Phases of the Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle is divided into four phases, which are:
- The menstrual phase
- The follicular phase
- The ovulatory phase
- The luteal phase
In the first two phases (the menstrual and follicular) the body needs estrogen. So, taking flax and pumpkin seed in this phase helps the body to produce estrogen. In the last two phases (the ovulatory and luteal) sesame and sunflower seeds boost the production of progesterone in the body. Sesame and sunflower seeds contain a high amount of vitamin E and selenium which helps to boost progesterone production.
How to do seed cycling?
So, you have finally decided to incorporate seed cycling into your diet? Good!
Below are the two phases of your cycle in which the days will be divided:
Day 1 – 14 (While waiting for Ovulation)
Day 1 is the first day of your menstrual cycle. In this phase the estrogen levels are high and your body needs estrogen. This is also known as the follicular phase.
Consume the following daily
- 1 Tablespoon of ORGANIC, RAW and GROUND FLAX seeds.
- 1 Tablespoon of ORGANIC, RAW and GROUND PUMPKIN seeds.
Day 15 – 28 (While waiting for Periods)
Day 15 means the start of the ovulation phase in which the body changes from estrogen to progesterone phase and needs high progesterone. This is also known as the luteal phase.
Consume the following daily
- 1 Tablespoon of ORGANIC, RAW and GROUND SESAME seeds.
- 1 Tablespoon of ORGANIC, RAW and GROUND SUNFLOWER seeds.
Following seed cycling is easy and you will be amazed to see the results in just a little time. Every human body responds differently to the same treatment. Some might see effective results in a month, for some it’ll probably take 3 or more months. Keep the patience and follow it religiously!
Written By: Syeda Saira