Have you heard of seed cycling? It’s a practice that has come back in recent years. I've been doing it on and off for the past year and it has really helped regulate my cycle and balance my hormones. After years of being on Hormonal Birth Control I made the decision to stop, but I had no idea for the next year I’d be battling with my hormones and struggling to get my cycle regulated. Finally after 11+ months my cycle has started to regulate and I attribute this to diet, supplements and seed cycling.
Here's how it works: Seed cycle is a naturopathic remedy that involves consuming sunflower, sesame, pumpkin and flaxseed during certain times of your cycle to help balance and regulate your hormones. By consuming the seeds on specific days of your cycle you help to support your natural production of estrogen and progesterone. You can consume the seeds by eating them or putting them in smoothies, salads, or bite sized snacks. Make sure the seeds are raw and unsalted. Benefits you can hope to see are clearer skin, easier periods and less emotional instability
Days 1-14: First days of menstrual cycle 1-2 Tbsp of Flax Seeds 1-2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds ⠀⠀ • Days 14-28+: 1-2 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds 1-2 Tbsp of Sunflower Seeds ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Do you have a specific practice that helps you keep in touch with your natural cycle?
As always make sure to speak to a licensed doctor first to discuss your options for balancing your hormones and irregular periods.