Flax seeds have so many health benefits, it’s truly a wonderful seed! If you do not already use it in your diet, then I bet you want to incorporate them into your diet more after reading about the benefits of flax seeds! 🌿
Flax seeds are full of Nutrients
Just one tablespoon of flax seeds provides you with a good amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of fat!), and is also a rich source of some vitamins and minerals.
Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 Fats
Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fats, the good kind of fat that we do want to get! Good fats, omega-3 helps reduce inflammation, can help with lower risk of heart disease and stroke and helps with better heart health.
Flax seeds are rich in Dietary Fiber
Flax seeds are rich in dietary fiber, and not only does this help with slowing down your digestion, which helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. It also allows more water to bind to the stools, which increases their bulk and results in softer stools. This can help prevent constipation, and can be especially helpful for those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Flax seeds might help to Balance Hormones
If you are experiencing that your hormones are out of balance, it could perhaps also be that you aren’t eating enough healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids). As flax seeds are high in these, it’s such a good thing to add to your diet! Especially if you’re a vegan/vegetarian and don’t eat fish, then it’s important to add enough healthy fats to your diet for optimal brain health and balance of your hormones.
Tips for adding Flax Seeds to your Diet
- You can use flax seed oil in your smoothies or on salads
- You can sprinkle grounded flax seeds on your oatmeal
- You can sprinkle grounded flax seeds on your yoghurt
- You can bake bread, cakes etc. with whole flax seeds
*Nutrition tip! 🌿🌿
It’s best to ground the flax seeds before ingestion, as they are easier digested in this way. Whole flax seeds can still be good to use when fx baking, but you won’t reap as many health benefits from the whole flax seeds, as your intestines cannot break down the tough outer shell of the seeds. The best is to ground them in a coffee grinder and use the grounded flax seeds.
Flax seed oil is very sensitive to heat and light, so once opened a bottle of it, it usually only lasts for 4-6 weeks. And you should store it in the fridge in a dark bottle, to keep it preserved as good as possible. I personally love to use it in my smoothies – after I’ve blended the smoothie I put it in afterwards and just mix it around with a spoon.
Today we are going to talk about a new concept I’ve come across lately, and that is: Seed Cycling! Just for your information, this is next-level-health-stuff, so some might find this to be a bit too over the top, but if you are like me then you love everything health related, and you are probably constantly looking for new ways to optimise your health, merely out of pure interest, and if that is the case, then this post is for you!
So, what exactly is seed cycling?
Seed cycling is about eating different seeds during the different times in your cycle (btw, we are talking about the menstrual cycle). Seed cycling is a way to eat your way back to hormonal balance. By adding seeds like pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds to your diet at different phases of your menstrual cycle you can encourage your body to produce, or metabolise hormones which promotes hormonal synergy in the body.
You are very simply using foods to either promote oestrogen detoxification, in the first half of your cycle, or to increase progesterone production in the second half of your cycle. So the concept of seed cycling is simply to eat different seeds for the 2 different phases of your monthly cycle because they help to restore estrogen and progesterone in the body.
Which seeds to eat and when
Follicular phase (start of menstruation to ovulation, around day 1-14)
- During your follicular phase you eat these seeds daily:
1 tbs of flaxseeds (Dansk: 1 spsk hørfrø)
1 tbs of pumpkin seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk græskarkerner)
Luteal phase (start of ovulation to menstruation, around day 15-28)
- During your luteal phase you eat these seeds daily:
1 tbs of sunflower seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk solsikkefrø)
1 tbs of sesame seeds (Dansk: 1 spsk sesamfrø)
*You should either grind the seeds, or soak them in water a couple of hours before consuming them, otherwise it might be too hard for your digestive system
*If you have absolutely no clue which ‘phase’ you are in during your menstrual cycle, then I can recommend using the MyFLO app to keep track on this, and if you want to learn more about the different phases then I can recommend you to read the book ‘Womancode’ by Alisa Vitti
How to eat them
I have found the easiest way to eat the seeds is to simply add them into my daily green smoothie. But, I have also read about others who add them into their breakfast, fx in their oatmeal. You can also choose to add them onto different salads.
Why I want to try it out
As mentioned, this concept can be used to help balance out your hormones if they are a bit out of control, fx if you have gotten off the birth control pill, which is the case for me. As you might know if you have followed along in here, I stopped taking the birth control pill in November 2017, and my hormones are still a bit out of balance, which I can see due to smaller hormonal breakouts around my chin and mouth. So, I’ve been trying to search for natural ways to balance out my hormones, and then I came across seed cycling which I am now trying out (along many other things) to try to better my hormonal acne, and just in general restore my health and get my hormones back to a good place again.
Do you seed cycle, and if so what has your experience with it been like so far? Or, do you want to try it out with me?