First of all - What is a hormone?
A hormone is a chemical messenger for every single cell and tissue in our body. It's important for hormones to be in balance for proper functioning of all the body's systems.
Women can easily become imbalanced during their time of the month if they are not taking care of themselves or are not in touch with their body. We are exposed to many hormone disruptors in our daily environment and lives that contribute to common symptoms many women face like PMS, acne, sleep disturbances, endocrine imbalances etc. An improper diet can also result in hormonal imbalances, inflammation, weight gain and nutrient deficiencies that all contribute to PMS.
Most women don't even realize they are suffering from imbalanced hormones or PMS symptoms because they are so use to the feeling they simply think it's normal.
Seed cycling can help balance these hormones (estrogen and progesterone) that become imbalanced during your time of the month. The raw nutrients, oils and lingams in these seeds help keep female hormones balanced throughout your cycle. There are numerous scientific studies that show how seed cycling supports less emotional disturbances, more regular menstruation, reduced cramping and breast tenderness, and less headaches. It can also reduce hot flashes in pre-menopausal women.
These seeds are used in rotation at different times during the menstrual cycle to balance estrogen and progesterone levels. Preferably eat the seeds raw and on their own without other foods, or grind them up into a powder for maximum benefits. I would recommend using organic seeds if possible.
Day 1-14 (or until ovulation):
Everyday consume 1 tablespoon of flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.
Day 15-28 (or until period):
Everyday consume 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds.
I would love to know how you make out or if you have questions!