Biohacking your hormones with seed cycling

Biohacking your hormones with seed cycling

What if you could hack your hormones? In this blog we explore biohacking your hormones with seed cycling. Biohacking is all about self-improvement. It is the study and experimentation of altering our chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation in order to energize and improve ourselves. If you're looking for a biohacking technique that restores your hormones naturally without side effects or the Pill then seed cycling might be right for you! The seed cycling technique has been used for generations to balance a woman's hormones. These four seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds) are consumed throughout the 28-day menstrual cycle in order to provide natural oils, vitamins and minerals that help women experiencing hormonal issues. It is an all-natural approach that combines nutritional and naturopathic practices with seed cycling to restore hormonal balance.

What can seed cycling help with?

Whether it’s coming off the contraceptive pill, trying for a baby or going through menopause, seed cycling can guide you gently through some of those key transitional hormonal periods of your life. Wondering how seed cycling helps with fertility and conception? Seed cycling has been found to balance the two main hormones affecting pregnancy (Progesterone and Estrogen), which can assist with falling pregnant.

About The Seed Cycle - Australia's first seed cycling solution

Mel's patients frequently came to her when dealing with hormonal problems such as mood swings, acne, weight gain, and difficulty getting pregnant. These health-conscious women did not want to use quick fixes like The Pill or other medicines that could be hazardous to their health. Mel thought ‘there has got to be a better, more natural way to help these women find relief’. She discovered her solution after conducting extensive study: Seed cycling! In the US, this menstrual biohacking technique uses nutrients (not artificial hormones) to balance hormone levels. After learning everything there was to know about this ground-breaking method, Mel helped her EFT clients build a bespoke seed cycling routine around their unique hormonal needs. Within a few weeks, she witnessed improvements that were nothing short of incredible. A client who had struggled to conceive for over a year became pregnant in just weeks. Others who had tried everything to alleviate their acne or lose weight regained control for the first time in years. There was only one problem. As busy women, Mel’s clients struggled to keep up with their daily seed routine. Amidst their chaotic schedules, they would often forget to take them or run out before they had a chance to buy more. This led to Mel’s lightbulb moment - ‘What they really needed was a done-for-you solution — tailored to their individual hormonal needs — delivered to their doorstep every month’. It was from that moment that The Seed Cycle bloomed, and here we are now thrilled to bring this revolutionary Australian-first solution to you.

How Do I Start Seed Cycling?

To best understand how to start seed cycling, let’s first explore hormones, our menstrual cycle and why hormones go out of balance. Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers. They affect many different processes including growth, development, metabolism, mood and reproduction. In particular, female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone have a major influence on woman’s health. These are the two key players that help regulate the menstrual cycle. During the first half of the cycle (days 1-14, first day being the day you start your period), which is called the follicular phase. During this time, estrogen levels rise, and prepare to grow, thicken and mature the lining of the uterus and help mature the egg prior to ovulation. The second half of the cycle is the luteal phase (days 15-28). This is where progesterone levels start to rise. Progesterone is our natural ‘relax hormone’ and works in the second half of the menstrual cycle to thicken and maintain the endometrial lining and help fertilise egg implants in the wall of the uterus. If pregnancy doesn’t take place, progesterone levels begin to fall which brings on your period.

Phase 1 Blend

Crafted using organic pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds, this blend delivers a powerful dose of Omega 3 fatty acids and essential nutrients including zinc and selenium. Together, these seeds naturally support healthy hormone levels. Plus this blend provides a great source of fibre and lignans which foster healthy estrogen metabolism and may prevent estrogen dominance. Ideal for women during the Follicular phase of their cycle. The pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds contained in this blend may be beneficial for women experiencing PCOS and may lower the occurrence of excess hair growth and acne. Plus, these seeds can assist with pre-menstrual breast tenderness.

How to use:

From day 1 to day 14 of your cycle, add 1 scoop (two tablespoons) of this blend to your morning smoothie, yoghurt bowl, porridge or even your salads and soups. Alternatively, if you follow the lunar calendar, start taking this blend on the first day of a new moon.

Phase 2 Blend

A curated mix of both sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, this blend naturally supports healthy hormone balance. Each seed is brimming with lignans and Omega 6 fatty acids that work together to keep our estrogen levels in check. Plus, the sunflower seeds in this blend deliver a great source of selenium and Vitamin E which may assist with liver detoxification. Our Phase 2 Blend is perfect for women during the Luteal phase of their cycle. These seeds are rich in Vitamin E, playing a big role in balancing our nervous and endocrine system to restore optimal hormone levels in the body.

How to use:

From day 15 to day 28 of your cycle, add 1 scoop (two tablespoons) of this blend to your morning smoothie, yoghurt bowl, porridge or even your salads and soups. Alternatively, if you follow the lunar calendar, start taking this blend on the first day of a full moon.

Moon Cycling

If your menstrual cycling is irregular you may like to try the alternate approach which is just as effective. Rather than commencing our signature Phase 1 blend on the first day of your menstrual cycle, seed cycling can commence on the first day of a new moon cycle (lunar cycle). Historical studies over time have shown that the lunar cycle can be used to regulate a womans’ cycle and that the moon’s influence on our bodies can include things such as promoting the release of neurohormones, sex hormones and melatonin. Learn more about moon cycling here.  headshot Melissa Kovacevic, pink top, jeans, brown hair, white background Mel Kovacevic Founder and visionary behind The Seed Cycle. Melissa is a Functional Nutrition Consultant and a Certified Clinical EFT Practitioner. Since starting her EFT and functional nutrition clinic, Mel has helped hundreds of clients release limiting beliefs and mental blocks and find optimal health and happiness.
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