No matter if you are trying to get pregnant or if you aren’t looking to add any more members to your family, it’s important to be aware of your bodies natural rhythms and cycles. This way, not only will you know when something is wrong, but you can also implement practices that help your body function at its very best. One all-natural practice you can bring into your life is seed cycling or the act of rotating specific seeds into your diet at certain times of your menstrual cycle to boost and balance out hormone production. By balancing out the hormones your body produces throughout your cycle, you can help bring back your period, reduce symptoms of PMS, boost your fertility (therefore increasing your chance of getting pregnant naturally) and improve side effects of menstrual disorders such as PCOS, Endometriosis and Ovarian Cysts.
So how does seed cycling work? First, it’s important to know when your typical cycle starts and how long each phase lasts. If you frequently skip your period or have an irregular cycle, or if you are pregnant, it’s best to start seed cycling with the phases of the moon to give you a more consistent schedule to work with. During the follicular phase or the first stage of your cycles, ground pumpkin and flax seeds should be consumed every day to help release estrogen and produce progesterone, which your body needs for the next phase of your cycle. The luteal phase is next and begins after ovulation. Ground sesame and sunflower seeds should be consumed on a daily basis during this phase to balance out your fluctuating hormone levels and mood, as well as aiding in the reduction of leftover estrogen in the body.
There are a variety of reasons to incorporate seed cycling into your wellness routine, but it’s not for everyone. If you are currently on hormonal birth control seed cycling is not recommended as your body does not go through the same phases when on a pill-induced cycle. However, if you aren’t on birth control, seed cycling is a great, all-natural way to help your body perform at it’s best. Check out Snap Kitchen‘s guide on how to seed cycle below and get started on your journey to a better period today!