Balancing hormones for your monthly cycle
Many women experience painful periods, PMS and general a general feeling of being unwell before and during their periods. Society has led us to believe that these symptoms are just part of being a woman - it is not!
If we are hormonally balanced our monthly cycles should gently come and go, without pain, mood swings, or illness.
A concept called 'seed rotation' involves eating certain hormone helping seeds at different times throughout the monthly cycle. This method is particularly useful for those experiencing problems with fertility, miscarriage, irregular and heavy flows, or the symptoms previously mentioned.
Seed rotation works by naturally boosting oestrogen levels in the first two weeks of our cycle, and boosting progesterone in the last two weeks.
High stress, environmental toxins, poor diet, food sensitivities, digestive issues, high coffee or alcohol consumption can all contribute to irregular, painful periods or even infertility. They can also play havoc with our hormones.
How do I know if I'm out of balance?
Symptoms of high oestrogen = tender breasts, mood swings, hair loss, weight gain, fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts and even breast and ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of low progesterone = similar to above plus feeling anxious, not able to stay/fall asleep, menstrual headaches. Infertility and miscarriages.
What is the method?
Day 1 to 15
More oestrogen is required to build up the uterine lining (follicular phase).
Take one tablespoon of flaxseed or pumpkin seeds each day to naturally support your oestrogen.
Day 15 to 30
Progesterone thickens the uterine lining preparing for implantation of the egg (luteal phase)
Take one tablespoon of sesame and one tablespoon of sunflower each day to naturally support progesterone.(Zinc in sesame seeds and vitamin e in sunflower seeds have been shown to boost progesterone)
But don't we all already have too much oestrogen?
The oestrogen found in flaxseed is not the ‘bad’ oestrogen (estradiol) that we are all high in. Flaxseed actually supresses estradiol.