In our society, I can almost bet my bottom dollar on the fact that women struggle. They struggle with their hormones, and in turn so do their husbands, hahaha! All joking aside, hormonal imbalance is a huge epidemic in our society. In my last post, All About Your Hormones, we chatted about how dysfunction from the adrenals, pituitary, thyroid, and digestion negatively impact hormonal production and function. Today, we are going to chat about the female cycle and how to start fixing these hormonal imbalances through hormonal balance with seed cycling!
Two Phases Of The Cycle
There are two phases of the cycle. Half of the month the body concentrates on creating a mature egg, which is called the follicular phase. The second phase, called the luteal phase, is when the body preps for pregnancy. The average amount of days each cycle should be is 28-32 days. When the body steers away from these amount of days, or has drastically different days each month (outside of this 28-32 days) it’s a sure sign there’s an imbalance happening.
Four Weeks In The Cycle
As most know, there are an average of four weeks in the cycle. Each week something different happens with hormones. The ups, the downs, the sideways! All the feels you feel each month are because we as women live within a hormonal roller-coaster! Estrogen rises and then falls. Progesterone levels go up and down. Each week the differing of hormone levels can leave you feeling tired, anxious, short with your husband, popping a few zits, and hunched over with a heating pad on your gut in hopes that the cramps will just go away! It’s so much, and men will just never understand!
So, what can we do about all of this craziness?! We can practice some self love, that’s what we can do! Seed cycling can be a great thing to implement into your daily regimen. It’s easy, and does take a whole lot of effort honestly.
Seed cycling is exactly what it sounds like! It’s eating different seeds each week of your cycle. But, why seeds? Seeds have natural and organic makeups of estrogen and progesterone. So, when your estrogen is low you can eat a certain seed that contains estrogen and it will cause the level to not plummet but to stay stable. It is truly a powerful thing and if done correctly you can gain some true hormonal balance with seed cycling!
The first thing you will want to do is to purchase organic and raw flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Use the above chart to take each seed during the appropriate week of your cycle. Each day take one tablespoon of seeds. No, you do not swallow them like a supplement (I have had peeps ask)! Add them to your food, or just eat plain. Below are some easy ways to get seeds in your daily life.
- Eat plain, right off a tablespoon
- Add to smoothies
- Add on top of salads
- Add on top of cooked veggies
- Saute spinach with olive oil and vinegar, add seeds and goat cheese on top
- Add seeds to omlets
- Add on top of rice at dinner
- Add into home-made protein balls or bars