Everything you need to know about seed cycling

Everything you need to know about seed cycling

The Free Soul Guide to Seed Cycling

Here at Free Soul we’re big on hormones. With all of our products specifically designed to support the female body, many of our ingredients are chosen with their hormone balancing properties in mind. Aside from our products, there also small lifestyle tweaks, hacks and trends with promising results to support you on your hormone balancing journey. 

Seed Cycling has been around for a number of years, with many hailing it for its benefits including helping to regulate your period and balance your hormones throughout your cycle. But what does it involve? How do you begin to try it? And most importantly, does it actually work? We’re breaking it down…

In a nutshell (pun intended), seed cycling involves adding four different types of seeds to your diet depending on which phase of the menstrual cycle you are in. 

These are pumpkin, flax, sesame and sunflower seeds. All of which contain a whole host of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that support ovarian hormone production, in particular oestrogen and progesterone, and in turn help your body to stabilise the all important sex hormones and improve overall menstrual health. 

With some nutritionists suggesting that seed cycling works particularly well for irregular or non-existent periods, a short luteal phase, anovulatory cycles and heavy or painful periods, it’s also thought to help with issues including fertility, subsiding pain from female-specific conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis and those who are are coming off hormonal birth control, or are pre-menopausal. 

Sound like something you could benefit from? Here’s how to get started…

 

Day 1 - Day 14

Add a tablespoon of pumpkin and ground flax seed to your diet in the first half of your cycle, also known as the follicular phase. Flax seeds are a source of phytoestrogens, which to help naturally balance our levels of oestrogen, the hormone needed to help build our uterus lining at this point in our cycle. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, this helps to prepare your body for the secretion of progesterone which happens in the next phase.


Day 15 - Day 28

Your body is moving on to the luteal stage, now is the time to switch to a tablespoon of sesame seeds, which help to support our body’s progesterone levels and regulate oestrogen levels, and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds, high in selenium which will help to support our liver breakdown oestrogen more effectively.

From topping salads, mixing into smoothies, and adding to your daily essentials like homemade granola or avo on toast, there are simple, delicious and effective ways to incorporate seed cycling into your diet.