Ok are you ready for one of my TOP (& so simple) hormone balancing tips?
^ If you are rolling your eyes, hang with me…I totally thought seed cycling was voodoo nonsense before I committed to doing it for a few months and WOW was I shocked by the benefits.
Seed cycling totally transformed my hormones and was finally the cherry on top after a rough postpartum season with my first sweet child—it finally helped regulate the timing of my cycles and decreased many of the not-so-fun hormonal symptoms!
Best advice (and what I tell ALLLL my hesitant clients)…just jump in, fully commit and DO IT! You’ll notice a difference if you fully commit for a few months.
I also started syncing my skincare routine to my cycle and it’s a GAME CHANGER!
What is seed cycling
Seed cycling for hormones is a holistic and nutrition based method of eating certain seeds during the phases your menstrual cycle to balance your estrogen and progesterone! In a balanced hormone cycle, estrogen should rise during the first half and progesterone should rise during the second half.
A proper balance of estrogen and progesterone is key to a healthy, regulated cycle as well as decreasing those not so fun symptoms!
The specific nutrients in seeds—flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame—contain the right nutrients each phase of your hormone cycle needs!
Seeds are rich in vitamin E, omega 3 + 6, zinc, selenium and lignans all of which regulate estrogen and progesterone and help support the liver and hormone detoxification process too that happens throughout the month.
Seed cycling benefits
This will clearly look different for each person, and seed cycling is just one tool in your holistic toolkit‚ it’s not a magic solution! Some seed cycling benefits I’ve personally noticed
Seed cycling helps…
- regulate monthly hormone cycle
- decrease hormonal acne
- decrease in period cramps
- less frequent + severe hormonal migraines—the worst and I truly suffer
- boosted fertility—I am NOT saying seed cycling will make you fertile or easily conceive by any means, but a regulated cycle is one key component of fertility, and seed cycling does help regulate cycles!
How to seed cycle
Learning how to seed cycle properly is the first step! Like with anything holistic, this isn’t an overnight fix. On average it takes about 3-4 cycles to start to see the results. Personally, I saw results after just 2 cycles!
Phase 1: days 1-14 of your cycle (start of menstruation)
- 1-2 tbsp flaxseed per day
- 1-2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds per day
Phase 2: days 14-28 of your cycle (start of ovulation)
- 1-2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds, daily
- 1 tbsp raw sesame seeds, daily
*the exact days will really come down to your unique cycle and timeline. If your cycle is not regulated that’s ok…keep the phases in relation to start of cycle and start of ovulation!
What to do if you don’t have a cycle?
Go with the moon cycle until your menstrual cycle when it returns. Phase 1 or “day 1 of your cycle” would be the new moon.
How to actually eat all those seeds?!
^^ This can seem like a lot of seeds to eat but just do your best. Usually I just add a spoonful, so don’t stress on exact measurements. Done is better than perfect!
You want to avoid (to the best of your ability) eating the seeds not in your time cycle during the other phases. For example, if you are in the first half of your cycle, try to avoid adding sunflower seeds to your salad. Life happens but do the best you can!
Choose organic, raw fresh when possible. Fresh seeds have the most bio-available nutrients. I personally love seed cycling with sprouted seeds because they have the best taste and texture and are slowly dehydrated so not roasted, thus preserving more nutrients! Grinding them also increases fatty acid absorption so feel free to blend them into smoothies.
You can add these to oatmeal, granola, salads, yogurt bowls, smoothies or make energy balls.
Where to purchase the best seeds
The bulk section at your local grocery store is a great place to start!
I get mine from:
- Thrive Market (they have the best sprouted pumpkin seeds)—this link will save you 25% on your first order!
Oil supplements to add for an extra boost
You also want to increase your fatty acids (through supplementation) according to your cycle.
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- 2 capsules Fish Oil, daily
- 2 capsules Evening Primrose Oil, daily
Have you tried seed cycling?! I’d love to hear your experience! And don’t forget you can sync your skincare routine to your cycle too!