If I knew nothing more about Isagenix than that its proponents are exceedingly defensive, it would be sufficient basis for rejecting the product. However based on your common-sense analysis (I did not need to check your credentials) I know way more than I need to know. Indeed, the most damning evidence you presented was simply the ingredients lists! I remember Michael Pollan writing, if it has more than five ingredients, don’t eat it.
Soy protein is not in any of their products. Purified soy lecithin is in some of their products including the Black Sesame shake (but not the french vanilla or dutch chocolate or berry harvest shakes). However the lecithin is not the same as the protein as the author would know. It’s the protein that is the hormone disrupter. More details on why isagenix uses soy lecithin is found on their site http://www.isagenixhealth.net/why-is-soy-lecithin-used-in-isagenix-products/
If you are trying to endorse a whey only supplement as a substitute for a protein based MEAL REPLACEMENT as part of complete program including supplements then you have failed. Isagenix does, in fact, have a whey only NON GMO, UNdenatured product as well called isapro, however, the shakes you are reviewing are not this product (though they are also fabulous if you take the time to find out the source of the ingredients). You are clearly trying to stir the pot because you don’t like programs like this. I believe in real food, but I also find nothing wrong with this particular program. They are not all created equal. If you are going to say that even though the products are stated non GMO that they likely aren’t, then how can you not think the same for the things you eat? If it says non GMO then it should be assumed it is, as far as we know (unless there is a situation like the GMO wheat in which no one is aware, but it is unfair to assume this). In all honesty I think you are trying to use the big name of Isagenix to draw attention to your blog so you can get more sponsorship. Blogs are nothing but marketing tools for your own interest in the same way you are trying to say these programs are.
1. Go for foods that are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They help to neutralize toxins and prevent inflammation and damage caused by overdoing it on less-than-healthy toxin-creating foods and drinks. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods actually help to revitalize cells (think vegetables, [especially brightly colored, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80-90% water and provide potassium and fiber], fruits, beans, fish).
Gastrointestinal issues will create or exacerbate a faulty detoxification system. Improving your digestive system requires removing obstacles that create dysbiosis (gut imbalances) and other problems, but also incorporating the right gut-supporting foods and nutrients. Talk to your chiropractor or other healthcare professional if you suspect intestinal permeability (leaky gut) or other digestive problems.
There are many, many poor people out there desperately looking for a solution to their obesity, and many of these programs will work for different people. Presenting opinion as fact, and robbing these people of the opportunity to try something that may save their life, is immoral. Perhaps your way of life will suit some other people, but maybe others will need to try something different. They deserve to read truly unbiased reviews of products, and try at their own discretion.
You see, every day there are millions of cellular reactions occurring in your body. Some of this activity causes damage within your body. As with any equipment that is used a lot, the daily stress causes breakdown. Fortunately, your body is built for such circumstances and can naturally heal anything that isn’t working at an optimal level. This is autophagy.
I’ve been enjoying this discourse, its nice if we can stick to logic, but I feel that various people are getting emotional on this issue. Just curious where you have the idea that ALL vegetable oils are inflammatory? At what point? Due to what? There are practically centuries recorded use of olive oil…what part makes it unhealthy?? Is not moderation the key? What makes soybean oil rancid and bad?
This is not written to debunk what you have written only but to those super supporters of Isagenix who rely only upon research provided by Isagenix and “third party’ reviews. Sorry, when you look at the third party they also are affiliated with doctors and supporters of Isagenix. What you want to review are Medical Journal totally unaffiliated. Arbonne is another company similar to Isagenix but their ideas are more closely insync with what you are talking about Dani. They also have better third party research to support their products. They believe in 100% natural and organic ingredients combined with a whole food diet. Take a look at it Dani and tell me what you think. I can not take it because they use soy they say NON-GMO soy but soy period causes a reaction for me.
I was genuinely curious about Isagenix and its ingredients when I discovered your website as my wife has been using it for a few years now, thanks for the reminder that people justify eating whole foods don’t actually use any science to back up that belief. Word to the wise, any vitamins your body doesn’t use are excreted which at worst gives you expensive urine.
I think sometimes people in your profession forget just how much most regular people do not know, and condemn products that may be a far better choice when compared to what they are currently eating, as in my case. What that does, is confuse people even more and they throw up their hands in defeat and return to their good old American Processed diet. An entire generation plus, has been born and raised into this over processed, convenience food country….Perhaps the all or nothing approach to better nutrition with them will not work? It does appear to be failing, as American’s keep getting heavier and heavier, and far less healthy than say 45 years ago. But wait, not true, we have pharmaceuticals to keep us alive in our unhealthy state even longer 🙂
Apple and cinnamon seem to go hand-in-hand for whatever reason. This is another one of those infused water recipes similar to the cucumber water. These water detox drinks are actually quite trendy because they provide tons of flavor minus the calories and artificial flavors. Apple and cinnamon are another two awesome ingredients that make for a terrific weight loss cleanse.
Proponents say a juice cleanse can purify your body, remove toxins, and kick-start your weight-loss efforts, but many health professionals say that’s nonsense. “Cleanses can be helpful or harmful, depending on the type of cleanse and how aggressive it is,” says Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, a mental health expert and certified eating disorder specialist. “Done properly, they are an excellent way to improve focus, energy, and mood.” Jantz adds that a healthy cleanse involves getting plenty of nutrients through fruit and vegetable juice, not depriving your body of calories by fasting.
I appreciate the information you have brought to the forefront. I have been a practicing healthcare provider for over 14 years now. I have used high quality supplements throughout my career in efforts to help people become more healthy. I have the ability to see health from the inside using objective data. We use blood, urine and other clinical testing to assess sickness and toxicity. I am someone that does their due diligence in order to put my name on that recommendation for my patients. This is precisely the reason I use the highest quality supplements from high quality companies, this one included. If I feel one company uses a superior product, I will use that particular supplement for that goal. I have always said I would not be married to any one company and feel that I have some of the best companies at my disposal for my patients. With regards to the deep cellular / molecular cleanse I have not seen anything work nearly as well as Isagenix, using objective data.
You misunderstood my point. I’m not saying tricalcium phosphate is inherently bad. It’s bad when it’s synthesized as it is here. Are people going to overdose on it? No, likely not. But the fact that it’s an ingredient in a product that is touted as all-natural, the best available and healthiest shake is something that needs to be identified. I was trying to highlight the fact that there are synthetic ingredients present.
One of the most popular bottled cleanses today is the BluePrint Cleanse, which offers different juice options depending on how often you use cleanse systems. The standard Renovation Cleanse (recommended for beginners) has six daily juices for a total of about 1,070 calories. If you’re not ready to go all-juice, BluePrint also offers the Juice ’Til Dinner plan. On this diet, you’ll drink fresh juices all day, and have a dinner of a salad or another raw-food meal, along with two snacks. Jantz says that this food-and-juice cleanse is a healthier option because you're not starving yourself completely. But J.J. Virgin, a nutrition expert in California, points out that it still has drawbacks. “With the exception of the cashew milk, all of the juices have just 1 to 2 grams of protein but as much as 10 teaspoons of fruit sugar. With all that sugar and almost no protein or fat, you’ll crash, feeling lethargic and hungry a few hours after you drink the juice.”
I was overwhelmed a bit at first, but quickly figured out how it all worked. They include lots of literature in the kit so I was able to read more about the products and how they work and when I needed to take them. I was ready to begin! I started on a Thursday and I got up that day and weighed and measured myself (ugh!). The kit provides an area for you to record both your starting weight and measurements and even included a tape measure. I knew this weight had to go and I was excited to finally have some direction!
ALthough I appreciate a well written article with information about good and bad clean healthy eating, I have to disagree with your blog. I’m not too sure which isagenix website you visited but your information is inaccurate, and you do not have a referenace to and actual isagenix website in your resources. Isagenix is SOY FREE, and GLUTEN FREE. I just think if you are going to give people advice on health and wellness then you should do your true due diligence in your research. If you did get this information straight from isagenix.com i would like to know where? I just searched their website and could find nothing that said they use soy or gluten. I also read this on their website as a straight descritpion copy and pasted “Available in Creamy Dutch Chocolate, Creamy French Vanilla and Black Sesame, our shakes are also low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol with added enzymes that break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to maximize the absorption of key nutrients. What’s more, IsaLean Shakes contain 24 grams of high-quality undenatured protein from New Zealand dairy cows that exceed USDA organic standards. Best of all, at only 240 calories, 6 grams of fat and less than $3 a meal, an IsaLean Shake is the perfect, well-balanced meal, no matter your lifestyle.
I believe everything you have said. I too fell for the lose the weight feel great marketing pitch. After I bought the product I realized that I had made a big mistake and promptly returned it. I am still on thier fb page for support. They need all the support they can get cause they are starving to death!!! One girl was having Niacin flush which is what I was experiencing and other people were encouraging to keep at it, one supporter told her that Niacin flushes were good for you, well I mentioned that this sort of thing leads to liver failure and they all pounced on me but telling a factual truth. It almost resemblies cult like behaviour. Scary. Well the truth will prevail in the end.
My brother is pushing this ISACRAP stuff and I am extremely concerned. I warned him about the mlm- pyramid scam and was attacked by all of his “cult” so called friends. I have tried looking for negative feedback and finally found some using bing rather than google as a search engine. Found website where folks had some major medical issues. Hope this helps anyone trying to research before trying. Bottom line..eat healthy and exercise
Also you should know Isagenixs is not just a weight lose product. It is used by athletes of all sorts. If you want to have some more credibility, explain how body builders are to obtain there needed nutritional intake just on whole foods and organic foods? The amount of protein needed in one day is almost impossible to eat, thus the shakes are very helpful.
After water, fuel yourself with food! It will jumpstart your metabolism after a night of sleep. When doing a mini-cleanse, the advice I give to clients is to skip the bread, cereal or any version of them at breakfast as they will cause your body to retain more water, and instead focus your attention on protein, which will provide satiety. An egg-and-salmon scramble is a perfect combo of protein and metabolism-boosting omega-3s to start the day. Or if you’re on the go, opt instead for an easy gut healthy smoothie.
When you get rid of the toxins in your body you are allowing your body to repair itself. When you use cleanse products you purify your body of inhibitory toxins and create a perfect environment for your body to do what it does naturally. Your body fixes itself when your cellular system is working as it’s supposed to work. Want an easy cleanse solution that is healthy for you?
Dani, Thank you for performing the due diligence in researching Isagenix. I was unaware of its existence before tonight when an acquaintance hit me up and invited me to the FB group. I began first by reading the ingredients of the Isagenix shakes, and then worked from there. My shakes typically consist of only a few ingerdients: Almond milk, kale, spinach or other leafy greens, dates, a few berries, sometimes I’ll add add a dash of maca powder, Hemp hearts and occasionally Chia seeds. So I’m naturally on my guard with any food source that contains so many ingredients that are synthetic.
For me this is hugely off putting, and totally disgusting. I am not someone who just follows blindly, I did my research into in for almost a year and was very hesitant to try it, I spoke to alot of people read alot of articles, and also did as much ingredient research as possible, but the whole thing seems so filtered, that only certain things get through, as long as they approve.
thorough and informative review- nothing but straight facts.. Thank you! As a Chiropractor (and a CNS) I had an Isagenix rep approach me a few months ago about selling the products to my patients in the practice. I researched the products and chose not to be a part of the Multi-level marketing scheme because of the ingredients (besides it not being very professional) and many of the same reasons stated here. Whole foods is the only sensible way to go and there are plenty of products out there that are made with whole foods (I use standard process in my practice). Isagenix and the ingredients artificially added during production defeat the whole purpose of a cleanse!
I like to believe the “thinking” person prefers to make informed choices and decisions about what they put into their bodies, or not. So, I can’t comment on the reasons for the choices people make though I do question the validity and reliability of those reasons from a researcher’s perspective. I can share why I found Isagenix appealing (quick easy fix) and equally unappealing. I’m an early adopter of many things, however, when no (proven) independent clinical studies exist to support something, I tend to smell a rat. I know there is anecdotal evidence and millions of photos to support Isagenix. That’s called the perfect marketing strategy.
Most responsible dairy owners do not continually milk their cows year round. Often, after the calf is born, the farmer waits 2 – 3 months before breeding the cow back, another 2 – 3 months, either weaning the calf off or sharing the milk with the calf, then during the last few months of the cows pregnancy, the farmer will dry her off and let her body concentrate on growing that new baby and prepare itself for the birth and milk for the new calf. Even small farmers sometimes have two cows and breed them for alternating winter/summer or spring/fall calves so that they will always have one freshened (in milk).
It teaches them to be dependent upon their products so they have repeat business every month. That’s what an MLM does. If these were miracle products whose ingredients could be proven healthy, Isagenix would make a hell of a lot more money selling in mainstream. If so great why aren’t they endorsed by the cancer society for patients needing a healthy diet through chemo… or as an alternative to life altering lap band or gastric bypass surgery? It is very unhealthy to drink 2 meals a day… our bodies were designed to chew and digest… and if you are going to drink meals for convenience a Nutri Bullet and fresh fruits and veggies will do the trick with more nutrition. Sorry – I’m a health coach too… food will always prevail with me as well.
Hell, the last time I visited my doctor she recommended going vegan and avoiding whey – so who is right? My doctor or Isagenix doctors? Why do you think there is so much debate in scientific and doctoral fields? Because people disagree! Because people are paid to promote one thing over the other, people are paid to skew studies. There are doctors that say GMO’s are safe, even healthy!
Thank you for posting this information. I have been on quite a journey the past two years making many changes to my diet. The biggest change is eating a paleo lifestyle. I stopped eating most of the food offered through isagenix because I do believe it is too processed but I have still been consuming the shakes because I find it difficult to eat the amount of protein I need to eat everyday without supplementing somehow. I am an avid crossfit participant and would like to build some more lean muscle. In order to do this I need to eat at least 1g per lb of bodyweight, in my case, 160g of protein. I just ordered the protein you recommended above to give it a try. I am just starting a program to get my masters in human nutrtion and functional medicine. I am sure I will come across information about the ingredients you listed as I move through the program. It is a shame there is not better labeling requirements so people can really understand what they are getting. I truly believed Isagenix was organic, sourced from new zealand gras fed cows without artificial ingredients or preservatives, although I often wondered how it could have such a long shelf life without preservatives! My internal alarm bells have been ringing which led me to do a search that landed me at your post. So here I sit feeling overwhelmed and I feel sad because as educated as I am still believed what the company told us. I wanted you to know your blog has reached a current Isagenix user in a positive way. I started with Isagenix because of the science of what they tell us is behind their products. It is because of this science I got an appetite to know more and that led me to complete my health coaching training through IIN and now enter a masters program to further my studies. For that, I will be grateful to Isagenix. I believe the science they tell us is solid, but it appears their products do not fulfill the requirements to achieve the results the science warrants.
Our bodies have the natural ability to detox itself of these toxic impurities, however our organs are so overloaded with impurities and overworked which often lead to health problems as the ability for our bodies to detox these toxins and impurities is weakened. The Isagenix detox cleansing system is a deep nutritional cellular cleanse that helps to gently and naturally remove toxins and impurities from the body with the highest quality, no-compromise products and support the body's natural processes to allow it to function optimally.