You might have noticed that a lot women talk about how amazing they feel after taking Essential for Women (EFW). Helping women feel their best is at the core of our mission, but improving your long-term health is about a lot more than just how you feel. That brings us to a common customer question: what if I don’t feel anything? Does that mean that Ritual isn’t working for me?
The Perception Puzzle
While many people feel a difference within 1-2 weeks of taking Ritual, some don’t feel anything at all and that’s okay. The benefits you feel—happier mood and maintained energy—are just bonuses when it comes to improving your long-term health. Perception is different for everyone; it’s easy to go from feeling good to feeling slightly better without even noticing.
How you feel is not an indicator of whether Ritual is actually working inside your body. In fact, by the time the nutrients in EFW reach your neurons—the cells in your brain that signal mood and other feelings—they’re already helping many other cells in your body (heart, immune, bone, and more!)
What’s Actually Happening Inside
While feeling better right away is amazing, we’re more focused on keeping you healthy as your body ages and changes. When it comes to your long-term health, it’s what’s happening inside that really counts.
As soon as you start taking Ritual, the water-soluble nutrients in EFW start working to support your heart, nerves, and more. Fat-soluble nutrients take longer—except for D3, which helps your brain the next day if you have low levels. All in all, it takes 3-4 months for your whole body to reach a healthy new equilibrium. Then, it’s all about keeping that equilibrium steady. Maintaining a constant intake of essential nutrients without dropouts just keeps helping parts of the body that are slower to change, like bones and joints. For those tissues to maintain themselves, it takes one year for bones and two years for cartilage to fix half of their needs! See what we mean about health being a long game?
Let’s Talk Benefits
Because of the whole subjective perception thing, we can’t guarantee that Ritual will make you feel different. What we can guarantee is that Essential for Women will help a whole host of your body’s healthy functions. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s happening on the inside because of Ritual.
Healthy Aging: Aging is about a lot more than just the little lines on your face. Every part of us changes as we get older, and our nutritional status determines how healthy those changes will be. By filling the nutrient gaps in your diet, Ritual ensures that your body has all the nutrients it needs to repair tissues, build new cells, and maintain its daily functions. It might not sound exciting, but the difference Ritual makes in your daily health can help ensure that you’re still healthy and active when you’re old.
Heart Health: Research continues to provide evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids in Ritual support heart health by keeping your cell membranes fluid. Plus, the folate MTHF and vitamin B12 in Ritual help support a healthy heartbeat—especially when you’re sweating in spin class.
Bone Health: Essential for Women helps support healthy bones thanks to two key nutrients: vitamin K2 MK7 and vitamin D3, both of which help keep calcium in your bones where it belongs instead of letting it wander around your circulatory system. More calcium in your bones = stronger bones as you get older. This is especially important for women as we tend to lose bone mass over the years.
Skin Health: The skin is your body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that what you put in your body has an effect on your skin. The vitamin E in Ritual helps provide antioxidant protection for your skin cells so that they’re more equipped to fight free radicals. Vitamin E also helps reinforce your skin’s natural barrier, an important factor in keeping your skin protected from external irritants.
Brain Health: Your brain is in charge of nearly everything that happens in your body, so we need to keep it healthy. Folate, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, omega-3 s, and vitamin D3 all work together to keep your brain cells in tip-top shape.
We’ve honestly just scratched the surface when it comes to Ritual’s benefits. Everything from your blood to your immune system benefits from better nutrition. By taking Ritual every day, you’re investing in a healthier future. And that’s something you should feel really good about.