What if you could optimise your hormone health by eating seeds daily?
No pills. No fussing with nutrition supplements. No expensive products or worrying about supply.
Want to learn how to easily shift from a modern highly processed diet that contains no fiber and too much inflammatory excess protein, to a Seed Cycling diet?
If so, then this article Seed Cycling; for the 80% of women who suffer from hormonal imbalance is for you.
Let's get into it...
4 Seeds you need to start: Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds
Flaxseeds can lower your risk of breast cancer
Flax seeds can be considered a superfood as they are one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Benefits of flaxseeds
- Flaxseed can reduce cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and neurological disorders.
- Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of a-linolenic acid and lignance
- Source of soluble fiber, antioxidants and high quality protein
- Flax protein helps in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and supports the immune system.
- Can clear undigested food in the gut
- They have lignans that balance estrogen, whether there is an excess (or dominance) or a deficiency.
- They may even help to prevent estrogen-driven cancers.
- They moisturize the body and are useful to treat dry skin and dry eyes.
- Flax seeds and oil can be used to ease hot flashes. They can also help lower blood pressure
2 studies involving 18 women who included flaxseed in their diet, showed this:
- All women had their periods (In the non-flaxseed study 3 women didn’t get their period)
- There was a longer luteal phase (week before your period starts), which is very healthy
- Progesterone was higher. Progesterone is what triggers the lining of your uterus to thicken & prepares the endometrium for the potential pregnancy.
- Flaxseed had no effect on follicular phase
- Risk of Hormonally dependent cancers (i.e breast) dropped significantly
How to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet
- Buying whole flaxseed is often cheaper and easy to use.
- Ground them in a coffee grinder or by hand in a Morter & Pestal until it is fine.
- Add a tablespoon into salads, dishes, smoothies or water once a day.
Sesame seeds, have been used as a health food for disease prevention in Asian countries for several thousand years
Sesame seeds are an ancient oilseed crop, cultivated in the subtropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America.
Benefits of Sesame Seeds
- Rich in calcium, vitamin E, healthy fats as well as lignans similar to flax, which are believed to prevent human aging-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease
- They are relatively high in copper, which is a mineral that acts as a precursor to estrogen
- Sesame seeds contain the most oil of any other oilseed
- Sesame seeds are phytochemically rich
- Have potent antioxidant and anticancer activity
- Acts as a potent drug against carcinogenesis
- Sesame seed oil is acclaimed for its long shelf life of all the oils - 6 months in the pantry and 1 year if stored in the fridge
- The hull of the sesame seed contains antioxidants
Good to know: Long-term sesame seed oil causes the antioxidative effect to decrease and possibly reverse the positive effects. To avoid this, stick to sesame seeds in their natural state.
How to incorporate sesame seeds into your diet: Sprinkle on top of salads, vegetables and meat or add into smoothies. Too easy!
Sunflower seeds, are a rich source of selenium which is needed to support thyroid health
Benefits of Sunflower seeds
- Sunflower seeds are also rich sources of Vitamin E, as well as copper.
- Sunflower seeds help to control blood pressure and diabetes
- Protects the skin protection, and lowers cholesterol
- The extract from sunflower is known to be a potential source of antimicrobial, anti‐inflammatory, antitumor, and antioxidants agents that protect human cells against harmful reactive oxygen molecules and pathogenic microorganisms.
50%-80% of women suffer from premenstrual acne
Higher than usual levels of hormones can cause oil in lower areas of the face to produce more oil than usual. Premenstrual acne is common due to the highly processed western diet we are accustomed to. However, adding sunflower seeds might assist in protecting the skin from premenstrual acne.
How to incorporate sunflower seeds into your diet: Sprinkle on top of salads, vegetables and meat or add into smoothies. Too easy!
Pumpkin seeds, along with sunflowers, are rich sources of Zinc
Zinc acts as a precursor to progesterone, which is the dominant hormone during the luteal, or second phase of the menstrual cycle.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds help reduce estrogen dominance while increasing progesterone.
- Roasting can increase antioxidant properties & protein of pumpkin seed
- Pumpkin seeds may assist in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, promotion of brain and nervous system development
How to incorporate pumpkin seeds into your diet
- Sprinkle on top of salads, vegetables and meat or add into smoothies OR
- Just toss pumpkin seeds with a little olive oil and spices, and roast in the oven for 20-30mins at 180 degrees or in the air-fryer at 200 for 10 mins—it's that easy!
It can take 90 days to regulate your cycle through seed cycling
It takes an egg 90 days to mature before ovulation, which means that it can take three months for you to balance hormones and improve symptoms of PCOS, irregular periods, and endometriosis.
Seed cycling is Ketogenic
Seed cycling is a method of ketogenic fertility dieting that works by mimicking the ovarian cycle.
The ketogenic diet may be effective at promoting weight loss and improving blood sugar regulation in women.
Weight gain is usually due to water retention, overeating, sugar cravings, and skipping workouts due to cramps.
Adding seeds to your diet can help you lose weight and gain your health back!!
Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance [Cheat Sheet]
All seeds contain protein. If you ate enough seeds every day for a year, you would get all the protein you needed for life-you wouldn't need any more.
Seeds contain a full set of essential amino acids: they're about as nutritious as beans or lentils or rice or any other grain. There's no reason not to eat them.
First, purchase these seeds:
Then add them to you diet like this:
Day 1-14: Menstrual & Follicular Phase
- 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds daily
- 1 tbsp of pumpkin seed daily
Day 14 - 28: Ovulation & Luteal Phase
- 1 tbsp of ground sunflower seeds daily
- 1 tbsp of sesame seed daily
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That's it! Super simple!
"Let food by they medicine, and medicine be thy food" ~ Hypocrites
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