Seeds for Health

how do they help your hormones

Dr_Alisha_MoadabDid you known that both men and women have hormones that circulate throughout the month [1]  and can correlate with nature's cycles, such as the moon? A woman's 28 day menstrual cycle, often syncs with the 28 day moon cycle. What happens during the month for women is that 4 main hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH), and Lutenizing Hormones (LH)) are waxing and waning just like the moon during that time. When these hormones aren't in harmony symptoms such as PMS, infertility, low libido, hot flashes, mood swings, and more, and again both men and women can suffer from some of these hormonal fluctuations.

The New Moon, often on a calendar is indicated as a black circle, ideally women should be on day 1 of their cycle, or menstruating. At this time estrogen and progesterone are low and FSH is on the rise trying to prepare this follicle to turn into an oocyte. Around mid-cycle, approximate day 14-15, ideally would correlate with the full moon, indicated on a calendar as an clear circle, and a woman would be ovulating, and the LH would be high, causing the release of progesterone, which is helpful to prepare and maintain a pregnancy. When pregnancy does not occur, progesterone drops and the unfertilized egg gets shed, and that is back into day 1. [2]

One way to help regulate this cycle of hormones is through your diet, both men and women can benefits from what a variety of seeds have to offer. Seeds have a constituent called ligans and are high in essential fatty acids, both of which help with hormonal pathways. The month is divided up into two phases and you eat a mixture of freshly ground  (at home in a coffee grinder) according to what phase it is, new moon to full moon, or full moon to new moon. Consider adding to a smoothie, protein shake, applesauce, salad, etc. You can grind up a few days worth and store in a closed jar in the refrigerator. Seeds can be purchased in the bulk section of stores.

For women days 1-14 of their cycle (if regular and known) NEW MOON TO FULL MOON: (Hint: think out with the “old” i.e. endometrium lining is shedding and menstruation is beginning with the preparation of the “new”): 1-2 Tablespoons per day of a combination of ground flax and pumpkin seeds.

Days 15-28 FULL MOON TO NEW MOON: (Hint: this is time of ovulation, perhaps a “full” feeling with possibility of pregnancy): 1-2 T per day of a combination of ground sunflower and sesame seeds

For men, the schedule is opposite of the women's: NEW MOON TO FULL MOON: 1-2 T per day of a combination of ground sunflower and sesame seeds. FULL MOON TO NEW MOON: 1-2 Tablespoons per day of a combination of ground flax and pumpkin seeds.

When it comes to your health, remember everything is intertwined. Hormonal problems don't just effective reproductive problems, they also have a great impact on your brain function, bone health, and cardiovascular system. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!

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In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

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