Seed cycling for hormone support

Pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds.
Pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds.

These past couple of years, I’ve definitely noticed my hormones going out of whack. The second half of my cycle is often a rollercoaster of uncomfortable physical symptoms and emotions.

A naturopath had recommended seed cycling a few years ago as a food-based way to support my hormones and I did it for a few months but quit because I didn’t feel like I needed it at the time. If only I knew then…

According to the Herbal Academy, seed cycling:

“… integrates different seeds into the diet at different times in the menstrual cycle to support optimal hormonal balance. The idea is that seeds carry certain oils, vitamins, and nutrients that can help support the body’s production, release, and metabolism of hormones. The seeds used in seed rotation are flax and pumpkin seeds, and sesame and sunflower seeds.”

So here’s the routine…

Day 1 to 14

  • 1 tbsp freshly ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground pumpkin seeds

Day 15 to 28

  • 1 tbsp freshly ground sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground sesame seeds

And so my smoothies will include two more ingredients as of tomorrow 🙂

I’m also going to keep supporting my hormones in other ways using clary sage essential oil and magnesium supplementation.

Hope this helps!

M.

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