Seeds: how women can make the best of them

The right foods regulate hormone levels, help with the process of self-awareness, and bring a better life for women.

Self-knowledge also lives in this look at physiological processes, not only psychic and emotional ones. That’s why we’ve prepared a short guide to help you understand how your menstrual cycle works and how food can be your best partner in this path of discovery of your body.

To begin with, it is important to remember that a regular menstrual cycle is not necessarily the 28-day cycle, but one that has a behavioural pattern. That is, you can have cycles with more or fewer days. Irregular cycles are those where there is no pattern; The woman experiences different cycle days each month.

When these two hormones are unregulated (something common!) We have symptoms like:

  • PMS (emotional instability, colic, excessive bleeding, over-desire for sweet, anxiety, fluid retention, breast pain, headache, insomnia)
  • Easy weight gain, especially in the hip and thighs
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • acne
  • irregular cycles (too short, too long or absent)
  • hair loss or thinning
  • anxiety
  • infertility
  • premenopausal symptoms
  • the tendency to breast, uterus and ovarian cancer

How to cycle the seeds?

The seed cycle consists of rotating four seeds – flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame – throughout the month according to their hormonal variation.

Stage 1 – Follicular Stage

The first phase of your hormonal cycle is the follicular phase and starts on the first day of your period and lasts until approximately 14 days (if you have a 28-day cycle).

At this stage you should consume daily:

  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed soup (without shell)

In this hormonal period, the predominant hormone is estrogen. But both it’s excess and lacks cause unwanted symptoms in women.

Excess is known as estrogen predominance (very common!) And the lack can occur in premenopausal periods, polycystic ovary syndrome or menstrual absence (amenorrhea).

Using the seed cycle will help in both cases, lack and excess!

Notes: ** If you have low estrogen levels and are of childbearing age, flaxseed should be reduced or eliminated. Increased omega 3 consumption at this stage (in proper balance with omega 6 sources) improves the health of cell membranes, allowing better signalling of hormones, and reduces inflammation, reducing unwanted PMS symptoms.

Phase 2 – Luteal Phase

The second phase of your hormonal cycle is the luteal phase and begins after ovulation (when it happens), which would be approximately on the 15th day of the cycle (if you have a 28-day cycle).

At this stage you should consume daily:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed (shelled)
  • 1 col sesame soup

The purpose of this phase is to stimulate and maintain natural progesterone production. Progesterone keeps the uterus layer “thick” for possible fertilization. When this does not happen, she falls and promotes menstruation.

But what few know is that progesterone is essential for regulating mood, memory, anxiety, bloating, caloric expenditure, thyroid and excess estrogen. Progesterone also has a muscle relaxant function, so its proper levels reduce menstrual cramps and improve bowel function.

The benefits of the so-called seed cycle outweigh the nutrients mentioned: they have phytohormones, plant components that simulate our hormones. They are therefore useful in cases of endometriosis, menopause, hormonal acne, polycystic ovaries and infertility.

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