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How Your Hormones Are Affecting You At Every Phase Of Your Cycle


Three Menstrual Cycle phases


Our hormones affect everything, from our energy levels and food cravings to feeling more frisky, triggering hormonal breakouts, and even making us more likely to be sick. Hormones have a huge impact on our skin and mood.

Let’s understand how, why, and when they are affecting us. By understanding your monthly cycle you can make sure that you’re living your best life every day.


The Three Hormones

When it comes to understanding your monthly cycle, you first need to be aware of the three hormones that influence your cycle.

Donna explains, “each phase of the menstrual cycle is a reflection of the different levels of the “big three” hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Not only are we designed to have these levels fluctuate, but their relationship varies in each phase as well, influencing how we look and feel. The key is to understand why they fluctuate and what we can do to take charge of these variations.

 The stages of the  Menstrual Cycle explained


Menstrual Phase = Days 1-5

What your hormones are doing:

According to Donna, on day 1 (which is the day that you start your period) “the three major female hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) are all low.” However, on the third day of your period “estrogen and testosterone slowly will begin to rise.”

How it makes you feel:

Donna explains that these three hormones support not only your mood, but your metabolism, and to some degree, your immunity.” This means you’ll tend to be “a bit weaker early in the period, and the days leading right up to it.”

So, maybe period flu isn’t a myth after all! As Donna says “many women are more prone to colds and other viruses right before and early on in the period due to the low hormone levels, but this begins to repair itself by cycle day three.” 

Your hormones will affect your skin too: “estrogen’s low at this point, particularly in phase 1, which leads to less stimulation of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid – that dewy substance that gives us the glow.” Oh, and you can feel extra emotional too”.

PhaseBlend 1 Key Ingredients: 

Shatavari is a key herbal extract used in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition for generations. It is traditionally used for women’s health and may help to help to balance hormones and ease cramping.

Bacopa monnieri plant extract, another herb common in the Ayurvedic tradition, has been associated with a wide range of cognitive health benefits. Triumph contains a very high-quality extract for maximum benefit.

• The Olive leaf extract used in Triumph contains more antioxidants than the finest virgin olive oil, which is such a key component of the Mediterranean diet.  This abundance of antioxidants has been long associated with optimal health.

• A strong ginger extract is included where the active constituents promote and support good digestive health, very important for women at certain times of the month. Ginger has also been traditionally used for alleviating occasional motion sickness.


Pre-ovulatory Phase = Days 6-16 

What your hormones are doing: 

Your “estrogen and testosterone levels are rising together just prior to ovulation (around days 14-15).” According to Donna, this time is often referred to as ‘The Venus Week’ as “the hormonal recipe is designed to encourage confidence and romance.” Oh, la la!

How it makes you feel:

During this time “the power hormones: estrogen and testosterone, increase romantic and positive thinking, as well as confidence and desire.”

Donna explains that the reason you feel like this is due to an “increase in dopamine and endorphins which boost your mood and energy.” This period is sometimes also referred to as the “skinny jeans days” as your metabolism is boosted and your skin has a youthful glow.

What to do:

Although you may be majorly feeling yourself, Donna reminds us not to get lazy with our nutrition. Around ovulation time sore boobs and mild cramping can strike. 


PhaseBlend 2 Key Ingredients

Citrus bioflavonoids along with vitamin C helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and also supports the immune system.

Lycopene is a very strong antioxidant thought to be very beneficial for heart health and is to be found in it’s highest concentration in ripe tomatoes. The lycopene extract in Triumph contains a wide range of carotenoids. The product also contains lutein.

• Triumph contains a strong grape polyphenol extract, which been shown to combat oxidative stress which can result in premature cell ageing. It also supports optimal cardiovascular health in the body.

• Our green tea polyphenol extract contains flavonoids, antioxidants which may support cardiovascular health.


Post-ovulatory Phase = Days 16-30

What your hormones are doing: 

“After ovulation, estrogen and testosterone take a dip as progesterone, the hormone Mother Nature sends out to protect the assumed pregnancy, takes charge.

Progesterone’s job is to encourage rest and eating,” which is why you feel like you could eat everything and anything in sight and your energy also decreases.

During this time, “the mood can be a little more inwardly directed” so it’s the ideal time for “focusing on individual goals and increasing meditation and organization.”


How it makes you feel:

As your estrogen and testosterone drop so does your energy and sexuality, in contrast, Donna explains that “progesterone rises, and has a calming effect on sleep, but it makes metabolism a little sluggish, so the cravings and calories result in more bloating, a tendency to gain weight, and more breast tenderness.”

Donna continued that “as the cycle progresses even progesterone begins to fall, and the mood takes even more of a dive as in response to the “Big Three” dropping. Since the hormones support feel-good brain chemicals the sudden drop causes dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin to all fall as well.”

What to do:

Even though you may not be in the mood, Donna assures us that “for a negative mood and poor metabolism get some exercise.” Donna recommends doing at least “22 minutes every day (2.5 hours a week) combined with meditation!” Thankfully, she assures us that “even brisk walking counts” while pilates or core-focused yoga is great for both the mind and body.


PhaseBlend 3 Key Ingredients

Chromium is included and contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels which may reduce cravings, a very distinct symptom of the menstrual cycle. Triumph also includes cinnamon bark extract which has been long studied as a complement to chromium in dietary formulations.

Pomegranate seed extract is added which contains a wide range of potent antioxidants including tannins, flavonoids, and anthocyanins.

French maritime bark extract has been studied widely and has been shown to support circulatory, joint and skin health. It works synergistically with vitamin C and E, also present in Triumph.

Oat straw extract is included in Triumph as studies have shown it may support cognitive health.


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  • Since i born my son I suffer awful migraines on my first day of my period they are so strong I am unable to look after my child. I decided to try your product and i hope it will help me


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