For women with 28-30 day cycles, start your follicular seeds from day 1 (the first day of your period) to around day 14 (ovulation ).
This is the estrogenic part of your cycle. You eat 1 tbsp daily of either Flax or Pumpkin seeds to support estrogen. You can enjoy remembering this with ease by using my little memory trick. The first letters of these seeds F and P are the first letters of First Part. Flax. Pumpkin. First. Part. Just try to forget than now! lol
We switch to the luteal phase seeds after ovulation (day 15 to day 28 or 30).
This is the progesterogenic part of your cycle and 1 Tbsp a day of Sesame seeds or Sunflower seeds supports this progesterone phase. The S’s are for the Second phase! Simple … (-:
Grinding the seeds fresh is best. A $20 electric coffee grinder that you only use for seeds is optimal.
The Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and nutrients like Selenium and Zinc found in these seeds is excellent for gut and hormonal health - which of course are linked!
Fun Facts on these lovely seeds …
GROUND FLAX SEEDS - Contains lignans, which help to bind excess estrogen so that it can be eliminated via the bowels from the body and they have estrogenic balancing properties. Flax for the hormone balance win!
PUMPKIN SEEDS - High in Zinc. Important for hormonal health and tough to get in our foods.
SESAME SEEDS - Lovely lignans once again to support the gut-hormone connection balance. This seed is considered progesterogenic.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS - High in Selenium, which is good for general hormone balance including thyroid hormone balance which ties into our cycle as well.
Some ways to incorporate these are in oatmeal, on salads, in smoothies, in other nut butters and in stir fries.
Ok, I think you are good to go! xo
If you would like more support balancing your hormonal cycle reach out to me at the office number (403) 609-8385 where you can book in and we can through acupuncture, diet and herbs get your hormonal health back on track.