Support your cycle with seeds & basic lunaception

Did you know that your period is a direct reflection of your overall hormonal health. Think of it as your body’s report card you which is telling you how things are going under the surface.

A healthy menstrual cycle should be around 28 days in length, delicately balancing between the two main reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone leads to irregular periods, PMS, symptoms, acne, short luteal phases and an ovulation. The first phase of your cycle would be Days 1-14, with Day 1 being the first day of your period. During this phase you want to support the estrogen dominant part of your cycle with Omega-3s. The second phase of your cycle would be days 14-28 which would be from ovulation to the day before menses. During this phase you will want to support the progesterone dominant part of your cycle with Omega-6 fatty acids.

Complimenting your menstrual cycle with certain seeds is a great way to support the estrogen and progesterone pathways that our body needs for hormonal balance. The seeds contain a great source of fiber which contain chemicals called lignin’s which bind up excess hormones (BONUS for gut support!!) as well as excellent sources of Omega-3 and Omgea-6 fatty acids which provide building blocks for making hormones (ANOTHER bonus for our gut- and really all inflammation in the body).

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WHOLE TIP: It is best to use organic and raw seeds and omega oils. 

Seed Facts & Tid Bits: 

Flax Seeds- high in B vitamins, manganese, and magnesium, fiber and protein. Only consume these as ground up powder form.

Hemp Seeds- easily absorbed complete protein

Chia Seeds- high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. You can eat these as whole seeds or you can grind them into powder.

Sunflower Seeds- high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, zinc and calcium.

Sesame Seeds-high in copper, manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, selenium, and dietary fiber.

Pumpkin Seeds- high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, protein, phytosterols.

WHOLE TIP: Add seeds to smoothies, salads, muffins, pancakes, cereal, vegetable, overnight “oats”/seeds, add chia seeds to water, or even add with a little almond milk. 

You can implement seed cycling to compliment your normal menstrual cycle rhythms or you can compliment the manipulation of seeds to follow basic lunaception which is something I recommend if you particularly have irregular periods or amenorrhea.

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Basic lunaception and connecting more with nature via your menstrual cycle! 

Back before technology was invented and we were much more connected to nature, woman would ovulate and menstruate with the pattern of the full moon and new moon. Women would ovulate during the full moon, and then menstruate at the dawn of the new moon. This is fascinating to me- as someone who is just itching the surface with astrology and our interconnectedness with the universe- this was my first taste of knowledge on how our undisturbed rhythms in their most natural form mirrored what is in our universe and the moon is truly such a strong force. Seriously it gives me chills!

Before I go into the some basic lunaception practices I want to say that I wouldn’t want anybody to obsess over “perfecting” their cycle exactly with the moon. Perfectionist and obsessiveness is something I protect myself from because I have dealt with the negative consequences of it. So, take these simple practices as something to bring you more connected to the universe and more in tune with your body. Something else I want to bring up is that there is actually some women who ovulate and menstruate completely opposite of the moon/new moon and back in the day they were the seen as the nurturers and we would call them cycling with the “red moon”.

WHOLE TIP: Download a moon calendar to your phone, or print one online to keep track of when the new moon/full moon occurs. 

 

I have been seed cycling for 2 years now and when I first started I would cycle completely opposite of the moon, naturally, which was totally fine for me. Since weaning Brooklyn I follow the new moon cycle. I am also at very different season in my life which Is interesting to be aware of how our cycles change based on that.

WHOLE TIP: If you are pregnant/breast feeding and have not had a period yet- I suggest that you follow the progesterone dominant phase seeds until menses starts. If you have weaned and have not had a period, I suggest you follow the moon cycle. 

A little about the pineal gland: 

Located deep in the center of the brain, and is sometimes referred to as the “third eye” is a gland called the pineal gland. This gland is most known for being responsible for the production of melatonin and our circadian clock/rhythm. Research also shows that (1) that dysfunctional melatonin levels may be involved in pathogenesis of several disorders of the menstrual cycle. Therefore it is super important we take of that sweet, sweet, powerful little gland.

Here’s how you can do this- sleep in complete darkness- literally remove all sources of light (outside light, night lights, electronic lights, etc). If this is not possible, I recommend sleeping with an eye mask. When there is the slightest bit of light in our rooms, even when our eyes are closed, our pineal gland is still “on” detecting and sensing that light. Red spectrum lights are the only light that doesn’t disrupt the pineal gland.  Complete darkness/ or a sleep mask will give your pineal gland to reset and rejuvenate.

The day before, during and day after the full moon/or ovulation remove your eye mast and sleep with a white night light.

WHOLE TIP:  Don’t be surprised if you wake up feeling SO much more rested when you wear a sleep mask- I am serious, this is like my secret weapon. 🙂 

In the comments- tell me if you have tried seed cycling and coupled it with basic lunaception practices- I would love to hear your insights!Seed cycling

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(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1304554

4 Comments

  1. April 30, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Mind blown!! Just signed up for your newsletter and excited to start seed cycling!

    • May 1, 2018 / 3:25 am

      I am excited for you! I know you will reap so many great benefits from it. Keep me posted!

  2. Cara
    May 2, 2018 / 6:16 am

    Hi, Ive started seed cycling and notice on the second half of my cycle, the omega 6’s make me so oily! My hair gets oily so fast and I break out a little bit on my face. Do you know if this is normal?
    Thanks!

    • May 4, 2018 / 2:50 am

      Hi Cara! Great Question- it may not be the Omega 6 that is giving you the oily hair and skin. The luteal phase- 2nd half of your cycle is when progesterone and estrogen will peak as well as levels of androgen hormones (like testosterone) which leads to a surge in sebum (oil) production and since our hair and skin have a lot of oil glands you will notice it there first. I would also suggest making sure that you are taking a small dose of the EPA/DHA.

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