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Why Seed Cycling is a MUST

Why Seed Cycling is a MUST

OMG, what is on my chin??? Oh, wait… my period is next week great.  Sound familiar?  Or maybe you yelled at your best friend and cried and then realized it was probably PMS.  Or perhaps you are so bloated you skipped that pool day with your friends.  PMS sucks bottom line.  But did you know PMS is not natural or “normal”?  When our bodies are running correctly, and our hormones flow properly, PMS doesn’t happen.

So how do we get our bodies flowing without chemicals and pills that further block the cycle?  We Seed Cycle!

So what is Seed Cycling?  Seed cycling uses food (flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds) to work with your body and support your hormones - more specifically, estrogen and progesterone.  


So why should I Seed Cycle? Seed Cycling supports your cycle - your period should not hinder your day to day life.  Bc, we live in a stressed out world filled with processed foods, crazy bosses, and busy families estrogen and progesterone can have large fluctuations during your monthly cycle, which can cause nasty PMS symptoms like moodiness, cramps, cravings, sore boobs, and hormonal acne.  


Okay, I get it, it is useful for me - but how do I Seed Cycle?  Seed cycling is as easy as eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack!  First of all, these ground seeds taste AMAZING, and second of all, they can be added to the meals you are already eating.  You don’t have to change a thing!


Being a dietitian, I ALWAYS look at the science. Here is what I found out: 

Pumpkin + Flax = Nurture Mix

Magnesium 

→ Proven to support mood-boosting + stabilizing 

→ Proven to support migraines and headaches 

68% of Americans do not get enough Magnesium1

→ There is a linked relationship between magnesium and anxiety.

Zinc 

Decreases period pain related to abdominal cramping.

→ Direct role in immune support

Vitamin E

Decrease the severity of PMS related boob pain

Lignans

→ Decreased breast pain

→ May decreased hot flashes. 

Vitamin B1 

--> Decrease in severity of both mental and physical PMS symptoms

--> Supports PMS related anxiety, depression, and poor sleep.



Sesame + Sunflower = Radiate Mix

Vitamin B6

 Decrease general PMS symptoms such as altered mood, breast tenderness, and cramping. 

Zinc

Decreases period related to abdominal cramping

→ Direct role in immune support


Vitamin B1

--> Decrease in severity of both mental and physical PMS symptoms

--> Supports PMS related anxiety, depression, and poor sleep.

Vitamin E

Decrease the severity of PMS related boob pain

Lignans

→ Decreased breast pain

→ May decrease hot flashes 

Magnesium

→ Proven to support mood-boosting + stabilizing 

→ Proven to support migraines and headaches 

68% of Americans do not get enough Magnesium1

→ There is a linked relationship between magnesium and anxiety.


Conclusion: 

If you are one of the 90% of women that experience PMS each month Seed Cycling is a plant-based natural way to manage your nasty symptoms and take control of your cycle.  I mean who wouldn’t want to eat their vitamins instead of swallowing a pill?




The Research: 

    1. Boyle NB, Lawton C, Dye L. The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2017;9(5):429. Published 2017 Apr 26. doi:10.3390/nu9050429
    2. Rosolowich V, Saettler E, Szuck B; BREAST DISEASE COMMITTEE. Mastalgia. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2006;28(1):49‐57. doi:10.1016/S1701-2163(16)32027-8\
    3. De Souza MJ. Menstrual disturbances in athletes: a focus on luteal phase defects. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003;35(9):1553‐1563. doi:10.1249/01.MSS.0000084530.31478.DF
    4. McGregor C, Sau A, Ruddy SC, et al. Novel ligands balance estrogen receptor β and α agonism for safe and effective suppression of the vasomotor response in the ovariectomized female rat model of menopause. Endocrinology. 2014;155(7):2480‐2491. doi:10.1210/en.2013-1976
    5. Gold EB, Wells C, Rasor MO. The Association of Inflammation with Premenstrual Symptoms. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016;25(9):865‐874. doi:10.1089/jwh.2015.5529
    6. Abdollahifard S, Rahmanian Koshkaki A, Moazamiyanfar R. The effects of vitamin B1 on ameliorating the premenstrual syndrome symptoms. Glob J Health Sci. 2014;6(6):144-153. Published 2014 Jul 29. doi:10.5539/gjhs.v6n6p144