When you are trying to get pregnant, no matter if you just started or have been trying for months, timing out your cycle and ovulation dates can be difficult and often frustrating.
This is especially true if you are suffering from a hormone imbalance or infertility, as it can make getting pregnant even harder. Fortunately, there are a variety of practices you can get started on to help balance out your hormone levels and boost your fertility. And the best part is they are all-natural, so no prescription is required!
One of the top, all-natural ways to boost your hormones and increase fertility levels is seed cycling. By adding in specific seeds to your diet during each phase of your menstrual cycle, you are helping your body function at it’s very best, improving your chances of not only knowing exactly when you are ovulating, but also improving your chances of getting pregnant.
Below is a break down of what to do during each phase of your cycle.
Follicular phase:This is the first phase of your cycle, lasting an average of 14 days, beginning the first day of your period and lasting until ovulation begins.
To help your bodies processes during the follicular phase, here are the seeds to consume and other things you can add into your lifestyle:
- Eat 1 tbsp of ground pumpkin and flax seeds every day of your follicular phase for increase estrogen release and aiding in your bodies production of progesterone, which it needs for the next phase of your cycle.
- Focus on foods rich in vitamin-E and omega-3 such as red bell pepper, fatty fish and avocado
- High-energy workouts can help you detox
Luteal Phase:During the second half of your cycle (average 12-14 days long), your body begins the luteal phase, directly after ovulation. The lining of your uterine wall begins to thicken, for fertilization or eventual shedding. To help your body perform at it’s best during this phase, it’s important to implement some of the following tips into your daily life:
- 1 tbsp of ground sesame and sunflower seeds each day will help regulate mood swings ad fluctuating hormone levels, as well as aid in your bodies natural detoxification of leftover estrogen.
- Root vegetables and calming, low-impact exercises will help to calm the body.
- Avoiding high-sugar and high-carb foods during this phase is key to reducing hormone and mood swings.
The expert team at Snap Kitchen put together a helpful graphic so that you can easily get started seed cycling for improved hormonal health and reduced PMS. Check it out below and let us know how it goes!