During a normal menstrual cycle, your estrogen and progesterone levels ebb and fall in a predictable rhythm. As you approach menopause, your hormone levels may start to fluctuate more erratically. After menopause, production of both hormones settles at a significantly lower level.
Theoretically, seed cycling either enhances or inhibits the production of estrogen and progesterone in the body (depending on what is needed), thereby balancing and optimizing your hormones and relieving symptoms due to hormonal imbalance.
In a typical seed cycling protocol, you eat two tablespoons of ground seeds every day. You can mix the seeds into a smoothie or sprinkle them on your oatmeal. Purists insist that the seeds be raw and freshly ground.
If you’re still menstruating, you’d start phase one (pumpkin and flax) on the first day of your period and switch to phase two (sunflower and sesame) on day 14. If you are no longer menstruating, you can start phase one on the first of the month.
Phase I: During phase one, which lasts two weeks, you eat a tablespoon of flax and a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.
Phase II: During phase two, which also lasts two weeks, you switch to sunflower and sesame seeds.
This adds about 100 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber to your day.
Source: Scientific American
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Naturopaths advise that it can take up to three to four months before you realize the full benefits of seed cycling. I’ve been seed cycling for about 18 months and have experienced some pretty significant benefits that have made the process worth the effort.
· No premenstrual acne
· Fewer chin hairs
· Shorter period with lighter flow, i.e., four days w/light spotting from five days w/significant spotting)
· Noticeably less hostile during tail end of period – just about everyone in my orbit has noticed to the point of commenting
· Thinking about and planning for when you’re going to have your seeds everyday
· They sometimes ruin/detract from your meal
· Grinding seeds is messy
· Cleaning the grinder is a pain
· Absolutely NO effect on my night sweats