There is a really simple hormonal health hack that I would love to share with you. Seed Cycling is easy, contains many beneficial nutrients and is essentially eating hormone friendly foods synched with your menstrual cycle.
These 4 easy to find seeds are not only great hormone balancers but also very nourishing and good for fertility too.
Pumpkin seeds are full of minerals and Zinc and are especially great eaten in the follicular phase of your cycle (the first 14 days) as they promote healthy oestrogen levels and progesterone production ready for the luteal phase of your cycle.
To really ramp up the hormone benefits you add in some flax seeds during the first 14 days of your cycle as these contain omega 3 and phytoestrogens which help decrease or increase oestrogen levels depending on your bodies needs.
Pumpkin and flax seeds help you to create the right type of oestrogen for healthy ovulation and egg formation. It takes 100 days to create healthy eggs so nourishing your body should be seen as a long term project.
Whether you want to get pregnant or not ovulation is an important indicator of your hormonal health.
In the Luteal phase of your cycle, the 10-14 days after ovulation leading up to your period, sesame seeds contain calcium, omega 6 and are said to stabilise progesterone and stop oestrogen levels increasing too much. Incorporate these seeds on days 15-28 of your cycle.
Sunflower seeds provide a Vitamin E hit and are high in magnesium and vitamin B6 to help boost your progesterone levels and are also eaten on days 15-28.
Progesterone is really important as you need sufficient of it to build up a healthy uterine lining for the implantation of an embryo. It is also an important calming hormone. If you are not pregnant, levels will drop again in readiness for your period.
Eating one ground tablespoon a day of each of the freshly ground seeds for example sprinkled on soups, salads and porridge or put into a healthy smoothie will provide the nutrients you needs for a healthy cycle or to boost your fertility.
Who knew that humble seeds could be such amazing hormone balancers?