Dr. Harriet Hall writes more below about the junk science behind Isagenix. In short, there are no proven benefits to using the Isagenix products. Users of the products may offer anecdotes about their success with them, but that is not the same as having independent scientific studies supporting such claims. Of course, Isagenix prohibits reps from making medical claims about the products, but such a prohibition never seems to stop the distributors in any company.
I wrote this Isagenix review because I do not want you to fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure). Instead, watch my video on how to make a protein shake that is not only unprocessed but actually good for you.
While your cells constantly detoxify, consider doing a more formal detox as a spring (or fall) full-body cleanse. These plans, which typically last two to three weeks, include all the essentials to help your liver and other organs optimally detoxify, including protein, nutrients, and a detox-minded eating plan. Our Detox System provides all the nutrient support you need to keep your natural cellular and body detoxification in peak, all in one convenient package.
Most diets have a very strict regimen that needs to be followed to see the desired results. This can have a detrimental effect on your health, making the entire purpose of the diet counter-effective. The Isagenix diet eliminates the ill effects and uncomfortable trips to the toilet. This is because the shake and cleansing days work together to improve health and flush out toxins from the body.
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.
So now, I am taking my health into my own hands for the first time in 43 years. I am slightly overweigh but the extra weight is fat and not muscle. I have joined a gym and am working out 4 times a week for the first time in my life. My trainer/nutritionist has recommended Isagenix as a quick and convenient meal replacement to supplement my diet. See, I work in an office all day and don’t have access to blenders, huge refrigerators, cooktops, kitchen utencils. I also have 2 kids and am extremely busy – I don’t want to spend what little free time I have in my kitchen. So when a product is available that isn’t bad for me, and that is easy for me to shake up in my little handheld smoothie maker, I will give it a try.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."
Fasting indeed has a long-standing spiritual tradition. "Almost every religion has some type of fasting ritual -- Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur ... the Hindus and Buddhists fast, too," says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He's author of Alternative Medicinefor Dummies.
The only thing you should be embarrassed about is that you’re a health coach manipulating people into buying an inferior product so you can profit off of them. It’s not me who doesn’t represent “our profession” well. We do two very different things. I coach people to become healthy via an unprocessed diet, whole foods and an overall healthy lifestyle; not relying on a quick fix, meal replacement product that causes people serious health issues.
You said you called Isagenix and asked if they were certified Organic and when you were told “No” you didn’t bother to investigate further or get any other question answered, like your question about ingredients. It’s not that Isagenix choose not to certify their products, it’s that they can not even start the process because there is no organic certification available for some of the ingredients used in the products. That does not mean they are below organic standards. In fact, the Isagenix shakes, that contain Grade 7 Whey Protein (the highest grade possible), actually exceed US Organic Standards.
Dani, bless your sanity. The Iso-maniacs are afraid their get-rich-quick bubble will burst and have sounded the alarm for their trolls to flood your site with ritualize testimonial after testimonial. There’s no magic here, no secret of science and no common sense. It’s water loss, temporary and an unhealthy way to live over extended periods. Nothing more than Stepford Wives pushing temporary weight loss plans. They are a tenacious bunch and some of them, downright clueless.
"We can help our bodies do their job and get rid of toxins and byproducts of metabolic processes by simply eating well," says Kim Larson, RDN, spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. That's good news, since extreme cleanses can be harmful: They deprive you of the fuel your body and brain need, they rid your body of helpful gut bacteria, and they can contribute to an unhealthy relationship with food.
I also was going to have forgo having my daily coffee for the duration of the 9 days. That part had me a bit nervous because I seriously love my coffee. However, I told myself it was only 9 days and this was a challenge to me and I wasn’t deviating from the plan. You are allowed to drink green tea and herbal tea though. However, I do not like either of them!
So, Dani, your world appears to be about being fit and healthy. You take a holistic approach to that. You advocate organic food – and that’s fine as long as we recognise that this food is subject to the toxins in the environment – like fumes for example on their way to market just as we are on our way to buy them. Does the organic farmer check the trucks they use to ensure the fumes from the vehicle itself isn’t polluting the carefully grown crops in organically optimised soil?
I love this review. EVERYTHING is true. Funny how brainwashed are people to believe the LIES of these crap companies who make people think that in order to detox you need x,y,z magic drink. Anyone who is not getting enough nutritional needs eating traditionally is because they are doing something wrong or they have medical issues metabolizing the food..
Oh no, it’s the same old ‘fat burning’ claim. Natural Accelerator throws all of the usual suspects together for the typical ‘metabolism raising’ supplement: cocoa, green tea, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, cinnamon, chromium, and of course, ionic alfalfa! Isagenix seems to be quite fond of ionic alfalfa, even though it has basically zero evidence behind it. Maybe the ‘ionic’ part makes it sound all science-y and effective, even though it probably isn’t.
Admirable to all your replies there Dani. A lot of energy put back into many ignorant and opinionated people from all walks of life. Great you preach good health and warnings of damage to oneself. In the end people either want fast results with no knowledge of whats happening on the inside and live the “physical” rewards in life over internal happiness thru an “organic” lifestyle or as simple as a “spiritual” outlook in life. Hey sorry Im not a scientist or nutritionist with facts nor am I a crazy hipi spiritual person. Just find all debates against you very interesting and defensive. Lab food vs Earth food. Depends where in the world your harvesting too. I know NZ is awesome. Especially the seafood I get to go free diving for.Thats my 10c worth haha one love People!
Not sure if you are familiar with online marketing, but looking at all the comments in defense of the product, the number of urls they posted as reference and the professional language used to disprove your post; my gut tells me most come from the company themselves. They simply used your blog to their benefit; posting urls and mentioning the brand helps them improve their online scores with the search engines. This is why its so hard to find an honest or negative page talking about this and all other weightloss gimmicks. Next time don’t follow their lead.
In the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.
Instead of using Isagenix products whether it is for weight loss or for muscle gain or energy & performance, what would you recommend to be a healthier option or diet to begin with, just say to feel more energised? I myself have gone to incredible lengths to gain more energy and still haven’t been able to find an answer. Whether its changing what foods i eat (carbs/fats) or keeping hydrated by drinking up to 1 gallon (3.785ltr) of high alkalised (9.5PH to be exact) water per day or getting more sleep. I am a pro. footballer from Australia and still being quite young, my aim and dream to play overseas has never been higher. I came across your blog as i am just about to get started on Isagenix and i wanted to add a little more research to gain a better understanding about the product because to be quite honest, i am unsure as to how all of their products will effect my body/health. I have spoken with plenty of health professionals about what foods i should be eating, when i should eat them, all the where’s and how’s and to be honest, I’m sick of wasting my time/money going around in circles not finding any results. I have also done a bit of research by myself (not a lot or else i would probably be as qualified as you are haha) and still no luck. How can i find what will work and be beneficial for me, with out “trialling” products for 30 days and “hoping” it will be right? To put it straight, i am sick of this trial and error BS and honestly would love to know something, anything that will help assist my performance playing football and feeling more energised. If there is any chance you are able to provide any websites that I can take a look at, that would be incredibly helpful not only to myself, but to everyone reading through your blog as it would give a number of different, healthier alternatives but very similar results.
Quite a stimulating thread you have here! I just found your site doing some other research and stumbled upon it. I use Isagenix products (among others…of course, there are other fine products out there) in my nutritional regimen. My mother has been taking their flagship product, Product B for a couple years now. During this time (after 1 1/2 yrs), she was able to get off virtually all her medications for pain from a spinal condition and a digestive condition. Product B was the only new thing she introduced in her daily regimen. She feels younger and has more energy than before. She is now 93. But, this is mainly what I wanted to clarify. Your call regarding your question about their products being certified as GMO free. I made a similar call myself early on asking if their ingredients are all organic. (At the time, I was inquiring just about Product B). I was given a more in depth answer than you were. I was told that some of their ingredients are sourced from outside of the U.S. where other countries don’t have the same organic certification process that we have here, so it would not be possible to declare them as “certified” organic. However, she gave me their very detailed site where it declared that the step-by-step process for PB met or surpassed organic standards. As an example, the co-founder and master formulator, master botanist and master herbalist, John Anderson, happens to own land in the Himalayas where his herbs that he uses for PB are very well protected at their pristine source. So, unfortunately, when getting answers from a customer service individual, sometimes they may be just the short answer, the one you might want to hear, but not the whole answer. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that if something is organic, it is not allowed to be GMO.
The ingredients in Isagenix Cleanse for Life are known to promote weight loss and to have a cleansing effect on the body. There is some question regarding the amounts of the ingredients, and even the safety of some of them to the overall health of the consumer, but as a whole, it appears as though most consumers have found Isagenix Cleanse for Life to play a positive role in their journey to their weight loss goals.
Many of the commenters seemed to think that doctors know nothing about nutrition. Doctors just put bandages on problems: they sell pills that mask symptoms and wreak havoc on your body instead of treating underlying causes. They only want to make money. They want to keep people sick so they won't lose their kickbacks. [What kickbacks?] There are lots of malpractice suits.
Ancestral Nutrition Robbie Bianchi Pray I have found nowhere on the Isagenix website that the whey they used is from grass-fed cows. I’ve found this on sites affiliated with Isagenix, but I think it’s highly suspicious that it’s not on their website. Plus, the milk is denatured, like non-fat dry milk powder, milk protein concentrate, etc. They also contain maltodextrin (often GMO derived, a food additive), they contain synthetic vitamins, isolated fructose (which is toxic to the liver), “natural” flavors, etc. I mean, technically MSG and aspartame can be labeled as natural flavors. I agree that protein shakes can be helpful for some people, which is why I recommend this one: http://amzn.to/1ayypJN (affiliate link).
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.”
1. Millions of people on countries throughout the world have experienced profound reversals in the steady decline of their health due to the Isalean shakes. This is factual. There are, to date, no recorded cases of long-term users of the products experiencing a decline in their health. So, how can this be if the shakes contain toxic, rancid or other ingredients that are dangerous to one’s health? Here is the answer: Most people who reach for Isagenix as a system of overall health, weight loss, detoxification, etc., are people who have been addicted to simple carbohydrates, fast food, and the “typical” American diet, which as we know is way more toxic and carcinogenic than Isagenix. Most users of the product lose weight, and experience a dec rease in their CRPs, and other inflammation markers because the products are *replacing* frozen dinners, grab’n’go meals and snacks, vending machine “food,” and just about anything that can be purchased in a drive-through. While a micro- and macro-nutrient balanced, whole, organic food diet is by far a better option than any processed or fabricated meal replacement, the sad truth is that virtually every user of an Isagenix shake is incapable (for whatever reason, i.e., socioeconomic status, lack of understanding of food choices, peer pressure, lack of portability, etc.) of doing “better” than they have been — until they are told to simply consume 2 scoops of this powder twice a day. What I have seen, time and again, is constant improvement in health…and even the elimination of debilitating physical and emotional symptoms….when a person adhere’s to the Isagenix shakes, the cleanse liquid, and one meal per day of whole, preferably organic, macronutrient balanced foods. What I have seen, time and again, is that overweight people were consuming 1000s of empty calories of literally toxic food, yet were malnourished! Vitamin and mineral deficient, with leaky gut syndrome and the full gamut of dysbiosis-related syndromes and conditions.
The greatest number of comments were testimonials: “I took it and I lost weight.” They claimed not just weight loss, but a variety of improvements. It allegedly cured fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and hemorrhoids. It facilitated getting off sleeping pills and caffeine, balanced brain chemistry (what does that mean?), improved focus and mental clarity, allowed running longer marathons with less fatigue, saved a failing marriage, stopped irritability and crankiness, kept arm from getting sore after pitching, “Made my son interact appropriately with peers, take care of himself, and want to be hugged and kissed,” and “I made money selling it.” One said, “My out of control Irritable Bowel Syndrome disappeared and I had the healthiest BM in about 6 years! … you can’t brainwash POO!!” Two commented that the Isagenix program provides motivation; one said he needs “structer” (structure?) to stay on a diet.
But the psychological or spiritual effect can't be discounted, says Dillard. "People love the idea of cleansing, of purification rituals, going to the Ganges, to the spa. It has powerful psychological, religious, spiritual meaning. That has its own positive effect on health. But we need to separate that from saying this is science or good medicine."
People who are involved in the nutrition field are far more knowledgeable, they have vast amounts of education on this subject, and a huge advantage over let’s say a car mechanic when it comes to figuring out the good from the bad at the local grocery store (which is where the majority of Americans shop for their food) Label reading is extremely hard, especially if you do not know all the bad things to look for as a trained professional would know like the back of their hand, such as yourself. A great portion of Americans know the simple pit falls in eating, like, do not eat at McDonalds, don’t eat donuts for breakfast lunch and dinner. I am not saying it is the total education of the individual, but nutritional education which not that many people have, is key here.
Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
Luke, Doctors of Naturopathy are registered practitioners and their recognized services are covered under group health insurance plans in Canada. In Europe, where they are even more highly esteemed, and specifically in Germany, they work alongside oncologists to help battle cancer by using multi-disciple approaches to saving lives. On the other hand, while my husband endured 6 months of chemotherapy for stage 3 cancer, the hospital dietitian provide a toxic list of antiquated notions of supposedly healthy foods. It was the 1950’s all over again. Thanks to our naturopathic doctor, who helped fortify and sustain my husband’s immune system and the elimination of inflammatory foods, he is, at the moment, cancer free. I think that if you have had the good fortune to be “thrown in to the same category as a naturopath”, your reputation will benefit.
Thanks so much for standing your ground. I have just been introduced to Isagenix from a friend as my body weight had plateaued. In the last 12 months I have lost over 20kgs from eating organic and whole foods, no red meat and little dairy. We can still eat foods that our body will love and respond well to. Your blog supports all my thinking towards toxic eating, especially of GMO products.
Wow, took about an hour, but went through all the reviews. I have tried all sorts of “fad-diets”, some successfully and some not so. Always ended up with same result, back to being unhealthy. I agree Dani, that the truest form of weight control is controlling what we put in our mouths. Putting chemicals in the body will give a short-term result, and if able to stick with on longer periods of time, one will achieve longer results. At what cost though, have we forgotten that in the 80’s chemicals that body builders were legally putting into their system was killing them? Yes steroids, but this is off topic. From what I am reading in the article is that the ingredients that are listed in their product is what Dani is trying to convey that are harmful to our bodies. For some unknown reason the people using these products are bashing her like she p**ped on their holy bible! Look, if you do not like her review ignore and go on. No sweat of her back, she is just trying to inform you of HER findings. I like Fords, but when Chevy guys criticize my vehicle I ignore them and move on, I don’t try to convince them that their choice of vehicle is worse or mine is better. Reading this article has informed me about their product and I will make my decision based on that choice. Which to me, is putting cleaner food into my system than chemicals. Thank you Dani for a well-informed review, one that isn’t sponsored or performed by the company. Look, I am not discrediting their scientists or doctors of Isagenix, just saying that if I work for a company that is paying me good money, I highly doubt I am going to put my name on a bad review, or give the whole-truth. I know people in marketing and this is a gimmick used by ALL companies, they give half-truths and have a little wiggle room with generalized statements. I am leary about a company that pushes a product so hard and only reviews and scientific studies are only found on their website. Especially one that has been around for years. Well, another point I would like to share is everyone is asking her of her credentials. I look at it like this, I can study up on the ingredients on my own, all she (Dani) did was inform me of what is in the products listed. I don’t have to be a mechanic to know that the knocking sound coming from my engine isn’t normal. Thank you, once again for the information Dani. Much appreciated.
Great answer! Well done. Why eat “pretend food” when you can get the real thing by eating organic and wholesome food. Meal replacements are dangerous, especially with the toxins in this. The ingredient list is shocking! People are obviously uneducated about these things and are just desperate to lose weight without understanding the facts. I feel sorry for them that these things are marketed the way that are and people believe it! Crazy!
Stretchy yoga pants, that is. Restorative yoga is a gentle way to relieve you of any lingering holiday stress and guarantee a good night’s sleep. It’s during sleep, researchers say, that the brain detoxes harmful toxins associated with stress and harmful disease. What’s more, University of Pennsylvania researchers found practicing yoga for as little as 20 minutes daily banishes insomnia as effectively as sleeping pills! Peaceful stretches and controlled breathing aids production of GABA—a brain hormone that lulls the body into a calm, relaxed state, the study authors say. Sounds like exactly what you need after all those holiday parties, doesn’t it? Say it together now…Om.
There have been several people that ‘friended’ me on FB all within a few days. Once I started seeing the same pictures posted all within a few minutes of each other I stated looking a little further. They all post pictures of their private jets, expensive cars and trips all claiming that Isagenix gives them millions a year. Turns out these profiles are all created by the same man. (all the profiles are of good looking women). All I had to do was google the images and found they are pulled from the internet. THAT’S what I call a scam!
Notice: This product contains Cascara sagrada. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, or abdominal pain because Cascara sagrada may worsen these conditions and be harmful to your health. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea or if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.
With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap—Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"—many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.
Today is Day Four of my special "Does it Work" Health tests, and perhaps, today features the most controversial test of them all. I'm focusing on nutritional cleansing weight loss plans These days, it seems almost any magazine you open or red carpet interview you watch on TV, celebrities are talking about detoxing to jump-start their weight loss.
My conclusion: Isagenix does work for many people. It’s worked for me so far, but from the diet alone, I’ve learned nothing (other than memorizing their schedule for eating) about healthy eating/living outside of shakes. Some people can sustain this as a lifestyle, but most can’t. Once you stop using it, you’ll gain the weight back unless you become educated and get into new healthy habits. This last fact, is of key importance!
What is a Cellular Detox? Cellular Detoxes and cellular cleanses are extremely popular today and there are many options to choose from. While many people may be unsure which detox diet, cleanse or product is best for them, it’s important to understand how they work, and that a cellular detox and cellular cleanse is much more than just changing the diet, or doing a 10-day herbal cleanse or juice fast.
Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried Isagenix and it either didn't work or caused side effects, such as five days of violent diarrhea. One reported gaining a lot of weight while taking it; many reported losing weight just as well without it. Several reported credit-card disputes with the company and failure to get their money refunded. One reported that his parents are using Isagenix and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
The 3-Day Detox Diet. Don't have 2-weeks for a full detox? This 3-day detox is my own plan. It's easy, it's simple and there are no fancy foods required. In fact, it follows guidelines developed by the USDA's MyPlate nutritional program. This is the plan that I use when I need to reset my taste buds after a busy party season or a vacation full of indulgent foods.