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What is seed cycling?

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What is seed cycling?

I am going to be 39 this year.

If you are reading this and, in your twenties, you probably think that is a long way away and that I am freaking old. I get it. When I was in my twenties, I thought 39 was old, or at the very least incredibly adult.

The way I know this is somewhat true is that a lot of my friends are in the throes of reproduction. They are either making babies, doing their darnest not to make babies or turning to science to try to encourage babies into their uteruses.

We used to talk about what we were doing on Friday night, or the hangover we were having. Now we talk about hormones and sleepless nights from night sweats and newborns.

With this shift, a lot of my friends have considered all of the possible avenues to make them fertile. They change their diets, lower their exercise and get sleep. They refuse a glass of wine even before egg has met sperm. They are ON it, because when it comes to most areas of life, ambition means that they will get ahead.

Fertility is a lot more complex than doing the right thing and reading the right books and breathing the right way. However, there is a new trendy thing cycling through the fertility market. Seeds.

While seeds may have been seen as the thing to throw on top of oatmeal and have within your trail mix, now they are being considered as a fertility booster.

The cheat sheet is as follows:

Day 1-14 of your cycle (starting the day your period begins, aka the follicular phase). You eat 1-2 tablespoons of ground pumpkin or flax seeds.

Day 15-28 of your cycle (starting the day after you ovulate, and tweaked to include the number of days in your particular cycle, also known as the luteal phase). You eat 1-2 tablespoons of freshly ground sesame seeds or sunflower seeds. (1)

At the moment, there is little scientific evidence to support the direct relationship between seed cycling and improved hormonal balance in women. (2) However, nutritional properties in the seeds have shown to promote hormonal balance in the cycle. In particular, flax seeds have been shown to lengthen the luteal phase.

More ovulation, more chances for babies.

 

1.     Seed cycling: the trendiest (and weirdest) tool for better hormone balance. MindBodyGreen. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/seed-cycling-benefits-and-how-it-works Retrieved 29 April 2019.

2.     Should You Try Seed Cycling For Hormone Balance? Parsley Health Articles. https://www.parsleyhealth.com/blog/seed-cycling-for-hormone-balance/  Retrieved 29 April 2019. 

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3.     What Is Seed Cycling And Can It Really Help With Your Period? Shape. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/what-seed-cycling-pms Retrieved 29 April 2019

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