One of my favorite ways to balance our reproductive hormones (the ones that run your cycle) is with something called seed cycling.
The seeds are strategically used based on the nutrients we need at various parts of our cycle.
I use this trick to help regulate my reproductive hormones, reduce PMS symptoms, clear skin, and improve my cycle.
Just like anything with hormone balancing, it can take up to three months (think three full menstrual cycles) to see and feel the difference.
How it works:
You strategically cycle flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds to your cycle phases.
It looks like this:
Menstrual & Follicular Phases: consume one tbsp. of each flax and pumpkin seeds each day starting the day your period begins. Flax binds to excess estrogen and pumpkin seeds, loaded with zinc, can lower inflammation which leads to menstrual cramps.
Ovulation & Luteal: consume one tbsp. of each sesame and sunflower seeds each day starting when you ovulate. Sesame can balance estrogen and sunflower seeds, loaded with selenium, can support the liver, which is needed for proper hormone balance.
I get sneaky with this and add them to smoothies, soup, salads, sauces, and even baked goods!
It's best to grind the seeds and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
This is just one of my many hormone hacks shared in the Balanced Bombshells Lifestyle Plan! You can view this in "Food for Your Hormies" on page 16.