Glowing hormonal health

I am absolutely intrigued by the idea of decoding the hormonal stages of our monthly cycle.

I love seed cycling! This is a clever little method used to support different phases of our monthly cycles to balance hormone levels, relieve PMS and pre-menopause symptoms, stimulate menstruation (if absent), increase fertility and support the body in healing more serious conditions such as ovarian cysts, PCOS and endometriosis.

Seed cycling is a natural and inexpensive tool used to support the female body, plus its easy to follow. I encourage healing foods as well during this time, to support healing modality and alleviating the need to use other therapists or supplements.

Painful cramps, heavy bleeding and bad mood don’t have to be your monthly thing!

I believe our period is a feedback we receive monthly on how our body is responding to our nutrition, exercise, environment and overall lifestyle. There are often underlying issues, I want to teach you how to detect those underlying issues.

Our cycle should be 23-35 days long

35 days or more? Not the end of the world, due to lower levels of follicle stimulating hormone been stimulated especially in younger women. It may indicate thyroid issues, nutrient deficiencies, elevation in prolactin or issues like Endometriosis.

Less than 21 days

It could be related to low hormone levels or anovulatory cycles, this is normal in premenopausal women.

Our menstrual bleed should be between 3-7 days

No belled at all or a little shorter than 3 days? It may indicate low hormone levels, under eating, over exercising, nutrient deficiencies or thyroid problems.

Bleeding 7 or more days

May indicate estrogen excess, thyroid issues, fibroids, Endometriosis. May also be a side effect of certain hormonal birth control or IUDs.

We should experience minimal bloating, cramps, weight gain or any other PMS symptoms

Experiencing massive weight fluctuations, severe changes to mood, painful cramps, nausea or vomiting? All clues to dive into nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and environmental changes.

What a healthy period should look like

Bleeds should be mostly clot – free- if you get blood clots. This can be a sign of estrogen excess. Anovulatory cycles/ low progesterone, fibroids, ovarian cysts, Endometriosis or Adenomyosis.

We should lose about 30-50 ml of blood

I love using environmental friendly menstrual cups. If you’re having to change products every 2 hours or bleeding too much, this is something to pay attention to.

Greater than 50ml a day may indicate estrogen excess, thyroid issues, fibroids, polyps. Endometriosis or Adenomyosis. May also be a side effect of hormonal birth control usage or from having an IUD.

Menstrual health is not looking too great

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Often irregular or painful periods happen, but let me just say, they are not normal.

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Naturally improve your hormone and menstrual health

The easiest and healthiest way is seed cycling. A low risk way to potentially improve your menstrual cycle with real foods. These include, flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. These seeds are tiny powerhouses that may be able to improve symptoms relating to irregular periods, moods, cramps, etc.

For postmenopausal women or those experiencing amenorrhea (no periods), seed cycling can be done by following the full moon cycle.

Look up the phases of the moon and cycle with the moon phases. Use the new moon as your day 1, eat flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. When the full moon arrives, switch to the sunflower and sesame seeds.

Consult with a holistic practitioner if you have severe hormonal imbalances and need individualized support

About the author

Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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