The hypothalamus – an important gland which is located in the brain, regulates human body’s overall homeostasis, including things like blood pressure, emotions, temperature and the hormonal system.
If the hypothalamus does sense too much stress, it’s ability to regulate the hormonal system will be impaired.
A whole foods diet, blood sugar balance and optimal endocrine function are at the basics for hormonal balance.
They are plenty of ways to support the balance of our hormones.
One natural way I am currently trying on myself is seed cycling
What is Seed Cycling?
Seed cycling is eating specific seeds at specific times throughout the month to balance female hormones.
It s believe that by adding flaxseed, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds to our meals at the specific time, we can support our body with binding and eliminating excess hormones and increasing deficient hormones.
Seeds contain nutrients that are the precursors to our body’s hormone production.
Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds support the estrogen dominant time of the month
Sesame and sunflower seeds support the progesterone peaks.
Flax and pumpkin are both full of Omega-3s which allow our hormones to get where they need to be.
Flaxseed contains plant phytoestrogens which act as antioxidants and block extra estrogenic activity in the body. Flaxseed is a great source of soluble fibre that can lower unhealthy (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, balance blood sugar levels and act as a hunger suppressant.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein.
Sesame and sunflower seeds contain Omega-6 fatty acids and stimulate progesterone production and are rich in zinc, which is necessary for overall reproduction.sesame seeds are a good source of vitamin E, which help improve skin condition as well as strengthen the heart and the nervous system.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of B vitamins, especially folate,which help support a healthy pregnancy. They are particularly high in selenium, which is crucial for thyroid hormone and liver detoxification.
For a woman’s cycle it is important to have the right amount of each hormone, not too much, not too little.
Too much estrogen – can cause depression, PMS symptoms and irregular periods.
Too little estrogen – can cause not to ovulate at all.
Too little progesterone – can cause irregular periods as well as fatigue, PMS symptoms, and miscarriage.
We need the right amount of female hormones therefore we can use seeds cycling to help regulate these hormones and try to bring them into balance naturally.
How to Seed Cycle?
We start seed cycling on the first day of our menstrual cycle or if our cycle isn’t regular or we don’t have a cycle we can use the days accordingly to the phase of the moon.
From Day 1-14 of the menstrual cycle (or new moon to full moon)1
– Tbs. per day of ground flax seeds
– Tbs. per day of ground pumpkin seeds
From Day 15-28 of the menstrual cycle (or from full moon to new moon)
– Tbs. per day of ground sesame seeds
– Tbs. per day of ground sunflower seeds
Just like with everything related to hormones, it takes some time of consistency to see improvements.
All materials provided in this article are intended for educational purposes and are not intended to replace or constitute medical advice or treatments.