Can you really help balance your hormones by eating seeds?

Yes, you can! Believe it or not by eating a few tablespoons of different seeds daily you can make an impact on hormone regulation and menstrual cycle balancing. Food is medicine and there are so many great ways to make changes to your internal environment by making changes to your diet. I love supporting nutrition changes that involve ADDING things in as opposed to enacting strict limitations. Seed cycling is a great way to add things into your diet that can enhance your body's hormone balance.

First, let's take a look at the follicular and luteal phase of your menstrual cycle. The follicular phase starts on day 1 and lasts until about day 14. It is the proliferative or estrous phase of your cycle and involves the egg containing follicle maturing for release at ovulation. The pituitary gland releases FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to prompt the ovary to grow follicles that contain eggs, one of which will be released at ovulation. The pituitary gland also releases LH during the follicular phase which stimulates estrogen production to aid in follicle development and ultimately successful ovulation. This stage of your cycle is very estrogen reliant.

Following ovulation, the luteal phase begins. The luteal phase lasts until your next period starts. In this phase, the follicle that released a mature egg at ovulation becomes the corpus luteum and produces progesterone (and a little estrogen). The progesterone causes your uterine lining to thicken so that it can accept a fertilized egg. If you do not become pregnant, the corpus luteum shrinks, and the drop in progesterone triggers the uterine lining to shed. Progesterone levels are important during this phase so that the uterine lining thickens enough to support a pregnancy if that is the goal, or so that your period is triggered at the appropriate time due to the progesterone drop associated with no pregnancy.

So how do you seed cycle and what do the seeds do exactly?

Follicular phase,