I’m seeing more and more women with estrogen dominance and this is one of the biggest factors when it comes to symptoms such as belly fat, poor sleep, infertility, irregular periods, headaches and heavy or painful periods.
Remember, estrogen levels can be within range and you may still be estrogen dominant due to very low levels of progesterone.
The good news is that you can begin to use seed cycling to help regulate your hormones. Certain seeds have different nutritional properties so having them at different times of the month can be quite magical to support the balance of certain hormones.
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
In an ideal cycle, Day 1 is the first day of menstruation and Day 28 is the day before menstruation.
The follicular phase takes places during the first 14 days and this is when the brain sends signals to the ovaries to prepare the body for ovulation. This is when follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland to stimulate the ovaries to produce mature eggs.
As estrogen rises sharply and FSH drops we get a spike in luteinizing hormone (LH) which triggers the release of an egg. This happens right before ovulation.
Estrogen then drops during the second half of the cycle (Day 14) and progesterone will then increase and peak around days 21-24.
This is what is needed for ovulation to occur but for many women nowadays this either takes place later or they don’t ovulate at all.
HOW TO TAILOR IT TO YOU
If you don’t have a 28-day menstrual cycle, you can adjust the length of time you consume each seed combination based on your cycle length.
If you have irregular/missing periods, follow the phases of the moon instead of the phases of the cycle.
Take the flax and pumpkin seeds from full moon to new moon, and the sesame and sunflower combo from new moon to full moon.
The moon controls the waves in the ocean which affect our centre of gravity. This can then have an effect on the menstrual cycle, so the moon really is powerful!
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START
I’ve worked with women with very irregular periods whether it was having a cycle every two months or not having had one in two years!
Obviously, seed cycling is the icing on the cake when it comes to balancing hormones and this is something we do AFTER working on the underlying root causes.
First, we need to figure out what hormones are out of whack and the imbalances in the body that are impacting hormones.
Once we work on that, we can then add seed cycling and this is when I’ve seen the best results!
Remember, it takes about 3 cycles to start seeing the effects of seed cycling so please be patient!
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