Can taking a group seeds really help with my hormonal health?
I heard about something called Seed Rotation about 18 months ago and thought it sounded like a lot of hassle and hard work and really could taking 4 different seeds really make that much difference?
So 3 months ago I thought I will have to try this out for myself and see if there is something in it. Honestly I am impressed and surprised that I am seeing improvements. I am in the peri-menopause stage and was having dramatic drops in mood in the last half of my cycle and around this time having some hot flushes. 3 months on, my mood no longer drops off like that and feels really level which is nice and not had one hot flush!
So what is Seed Rotation?
In its most basic form it used to balance women’s hormones. It boosts oestrogen in the first part of your menstrual cycle and then in the second half it boosts progesterone levels. It can help with irregular, heavy and painful periods, PMT, endometriosis, fertility and peri-menopause and menopause.
In peri-menopause and menopause it can help with sleep and help reduce hot flushes, mood swings and fatigue.
Day 1 to day 14 of your cycle you include a 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds and 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds (oestrogen producing).
Day 15 to 28 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds.
So what about for those women who do not know where they are in their cycle or are in the menopause?
Well you can just start anytime and choose which combination you want to go with first.
How to use them
The flaxseeds and sesame seeds are already quite fine but the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds need to be ground down. This is the part that did put me off! But honestly it is pretty easy. I bought a coffee grinder put a handful of the seeds in which then grounds them down to a fine powder. This lasts a few days so you don’ t need to be grind every day. You can just then add to your cereal, porridge is best but you can add them to any cereal, or you can sprinkle them on top of soups or into smoothies.
If you follow this link there is more information and some great recipes on how to incorporate the seeds into your diet.
Hope you found this information useful.