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Could adding spoonfuls of seeds to your daily diet combat PMS, regulate your periods and even boost fertility?
Words Niamh Leonard-Bedwell. Photographs Stocksy, iStock

A source of heart-healthy fats, fibre and important vitamins and minerals, seeds are a nutritionally dense ingredient, perfect for adding to a smoothie, or sprinkling over your lunchtime salad. But, according to a naturopathic practice called seed cycling, they might have an influence over your hormones, too.

Seed cycling is based on the idea that certain seeds should be eaten at specific times of the month to help regulate your hormones through the menstrual cycle. In her book Beyond The Pill, naturopathic doctor Jolene Brighten claims that seed cycling can restore hormonal balance after coming off birth control, reduce period pain, combat mood swings and even improve fertility. But if you’re hoping that yesterday’s chia seed pudding will be enough to work hormonal wonders, think again. Seed cycling prescribes specific daily dosing over the course of a typical 28-day menstrual cycle.

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Welcome to the October/November issue of healthy. Our nutrition issue is here and in the latest edition, we look at why healthy diet is important for your physical and mental health. Plus, we’ve got some delicious seasonal recipes for you to try. We’ve all heard the phrase: ‘You are what you eat’, but to what extent is that true? Writer Charlotte Haigh attempts to give a definitive answer in our cover story, by looking at the nutrition tips we can all take to improve our health, despite the differences in our genetic makeup. In our recipe section, we’ve got a range of delicious seasonal dishes that are perfect for early autumn, along with immunity-boosting recipes to see you through the colder months. We also revisit the fermenting trend with some tips for having a go yourself. And that’s not all. In addition to our nutrition content, writer Laura Potter takes a thoughtful look at the potentially negative impact of fertility reporting, while controversial expert Ronald Purser gives powerful arguments against mindfulness in our ‘Fresh thinking’ franchise. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.