So happy to see people finally hearing the truth about these products. I have been with Isagenix for 13 years and am tired of the scam being run on customers. The products are no better than typical vitamins that can be bought at Target or Walmart. Further, the claims of financial freedom are completely overblown. Almost no one makes money in Isagenix!
The only thing I could possibly say negatively about this is that your replies to these Isagenix trolls can be condescending and a bit rude, but I also see how you could be getting frustrated. I’m frustrated just reading their uninformed ravings. We should be encouraging knowledge and learning in a non-judgmental and healthy way, but sometimes you just gotta realize you’re beating your head against a wall.
I just think the important thing to remember when using these products/systems is understanding that you need to use them in a way that fits your lifestyle and what you want out of their use. I think the two most important aspects of getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are exercise and eating right in a consistent manner. It’s important to plan out your meals and try to get the most you can out of natural foods and probably only supplement when it is necessary. I used to supplement with a ton of other, more sketchy products than Isagenix and I most definitely feel better after the switch. But I also think it’s really important to note that if your goal is to go all natural, or as natural as possible, that most supplements are going to compromise that goal in some form or another.
He’s gone low carb, by cutting out refined fructose and other sugars. He’s lost 60 pounds, and has kept it off. He eats carbs. It is just that they are natural carbs from fruits and vegetables. He doesn’t experience cravings. He gets plenty of fiber, and he can eat anything that doesn’t have a ton of sugar added to it. He doesn’t eat much bread. He allows himself to have a little piece of cake on a birthday, etc. He’s healthy, happy, energetic. He educated himself. This is just an example. What works for one, might not work for you.
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What I would like to know is do they ACTUALLY get the “unendentured protein” from cows in New Zealand like they claim? I can’t find any link between New Zealand farms and isagenix. My friend had sent me products to try and what I received with the product was a pamphlet on how to sell. The pamphlet had pictures of the owners of the company on it which struck me as very odd. Why were there no pictures of the farms? Why no pictures of where Isagenix outsources their ingredients from? No pictures of the behind the scenes people “formulating” the product? If they are indeed very proud of what goes into it, you think they would show it off. Why on earth there was pictures of 3 people who own it was super weird. I mean- What kind of branding is that?
I’m embarrassed and somewhat ashamed to admit that I was an Isagenix Associate for 2 years. I became aware of Isagenix through a friend (at the time) that I respected in the local fitness industry. I took only the main products (“Pillars of Health”), enrolled others, and for a while made some decent money. Luckily, I met another Certified Nutrition Consultant purely by chance during a layover at an airport and when I brought up Isagenix to her, because she knew a good amount about it from some of her clients that had come to her, she filled me in on many of the same “facts” (and I mean “facts” in a real and positive way) that you have mentioned throughout your blog. Well, of course, after meeting her I was bummed because I had so wanted to believe in Isagenix, and when I got home I spent hours doing research on my own – I had even taken notes at the airport. What the woman that I had met at the airport had told me was backed up by the research I did. Truthfully, there was always a part of me that didn’t feel comfortable with the whole thing, especially the 9 day and 30 day cleanse “systems” Isagenix highly promoted. I, personally, only sold a couple of the cleanse systems and one was to a good friend and he felt like crap during the 9 day cleanse and couldn’t wait until it was over. He did lose 3 pounds but like you said so many times, just because something makes you lose weight doesn’t make it healthy.
I know several people who are Isagenix reps. I stumbled across this video post while searching for Isagenix ingredients/reviews. I’ve got to say, it just makes sense to consume real, natural, unprocessed food – in a healthy manner, while steering clear of lab created manufactured products that promise miracles. Thank you immensely for highlighting the list of poor ingredients and bringing to light that, just like all the other miracle “lifestyle change” plans out there, Isagenix also has “junk” in it. Job well done on promoting healthy living and I will definitely be following your blog.
In addition to my journey, I started sharing my story with others and helping them do the same. I have now personally helped dozens of people shed 10, 20, 30, 40 and even (3 people) have shed over 70lbs! They’ve taken back control over their health and their lives. They feel good about themselves, they are happier than they have been for years and they are OPTIMISTIC about LIFE!
More details that Isomaltooligosaccharide can be made through natural enzymatic means is found on one of the manufacturers websites here http://www.bioneutra.ca/faq.htm “BioNeutra produces VitaFiber™-IMO via highly controlled natural enzyme-catalyzed process transforming starch molecules into functional health molecules of IMO. Our natural manufacturing process … without any chemical modification involved… natural food ingredient”
Isagenix Cleanse for Life is a complete body cleanse drink that helps the body to naturally remove impurities from itself. It is a natural way to cleanse your body of toxins that you’re exposed to everyday. Instead of starving the body, like many cleanses out there, it actually feeds the body with over 27 different nutrients. Cleanse for Life contains a unique blend of ionic minerals, antioxidants, natural plants, teas, and gentle cleansing herbs that support the body’s functions and immune system. It is third party tested to make sure it has the highest quality and potency. Cleanse for life is available in both liquid and powder form for your convenience.
Anyone who openly promotes this garbage as a cure for type 2 diabetes should be named and shamed. A seller has sold this crap to my partner and told him to follow it to the letter and his diabetes will be gone in no time. Seriously? My response is if that was actually the case why dont the respective diabetes associations and the medical profession put their clients and patients on this crap? I guess the answer is that they know the detrimental effects this stuff can have on the body and they have most latest peer reviewed research at their disposal which states the most effective treatments and lifestyle choices. This crap is not part of it. Well done on speaking out !
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 do enjoy your site Dani, have visited it numerous times. Am a little disappointed in this article however, instead of taking a researched approach it seems you are only looking topically at the system. The College of Applied Sciences and their clinically backed research holds more factual, referenced truth than a quick blog post based on biased reporting or personal opinion. You are also selling a service of $130 a month, clearly stating your monetary compensation disclaimer, who is to say that you aren’t paid to write harmful reviews, in order to attract more attention to your service? Increasing your overall orders, paid promotion of other products, or kickbacks. Seems like more of a case of “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
Although a cleanse might not have much inherent value, Schnell says, drinking juice for a few days, alternating a day of juice with a day of meals, or replacing some meals with juice to achieve weight loss isn't necessarily dangerous if you're in good health. "Most people who do not have a preexisting serious health condition, such as diabetes, colitis, or Crohn's disease, will probably be able to complete a one- to three-day juice fast without problems," Schnell says. "Potential concerns would be maintaining adequate hydration and knowing what, exactly, are the ingredients in the juices. Pure fruits and vegetables in the short run are all right for healthy people, but diabetics, for example, may have challenges identifying starches and sugars and therefore controlling their blood sugar."
Great article. More information needs to get out about these types of screwed up ways of eating. Bottom line, we need to learn to eat healthy in a sustainable fashion for our bodies, environments and children. Food is good for you, it is not the bad guy. Chemicals, over processed and fake food is….and anything that is made from a powder is food. I cannot believe how many people get so locked onto it, just like the diet pills in the 70’s. For some reason people have a hard time with moderation, organics, exercise and creating a spiritual space. I do not share my opinion with those in my circle as a lot of them truly believe in the product. I also see them struggle with YO YO behaviour with food still and this is not a lifestyle that is healthy or nurturing long term for the mind or body. KEEP SHARING!
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.
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One more thing…. organic is kinda a joke, you know that right?? With the amount of pollution in our air, water and soil….. how can it be organic? Yes it can be free of pesticides, color, flavor and they have grown it to their best ability, but locally grown food is just as good. My opinion, organic is a money grab…. do I not buy organic? No! But I most certainly don’t buy only organic. I do buy 90% of my produce and meats from Canada though… keeping local 🙂 But that’s just my opinion…. and I don’t judge or recommend anyone do anything but what they want 🙂
Actually, the information I provided isn’t “opinion” it’s fact, something Isagenix users have trouble grasping. Not ALL of the products are gluten-free, as I made very clear in the article. If you feel it works for you, great. But just because it helps you keep weight off doesn’t mean it’s keeping you healthy. Another thing I made very clear in the article.
Although I do not believe everything I read online, I feel that if you have a large following of readers you should really be providing them with true facts. I did like the info your wrote about Fructose, and I understand you are trying to promote clean healthy eating of real food without the use of meal replacement. I myself am an organic, all natural food lover. I am an isagenix user also though. Their company provides me with the latest information of GMO labeling News, Organic food choices, and healthy alternatives to feed my family. It’s not just about the shakes I want to make that clear, we learn how to eat clean, think clean, and COOK clean. I am not a diet fad girl, this is truly the only thing I’ve ever tried for weight loose and it definitely works, but it’s been so much more than that for me.
Traditional "cleanses" consist of severely restricting calories and nutrients and usually end up with clients feeling weak, sick, and dizzy all the time. A nutritional cleanse is a way to get the junk out while putting the grade A fuel into the body. Nutritional cleanses are lighter on calories, which does promote a better environment for toxin loss, but they have enough nutrition to keep you fueled and functioning normally. Hence the name, nutritional cleanses.
I will not become hostage to a company, any company. If I have to pay for supplements, shakes, wafers, etc., I am not learning how to eat properly – someone else is doing my thinking for me. No doubt I can lose weight with Isagenix, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem (“Lose up to 10 lbs. in the first month or your money back” which means if you’ve only lost one pound, they’ve still met their obligation). Give me the Mediterranean Diet any day.
Now, please realize I am not criticizing Isagenix -millions of people use it and experience a ton of success – my friend being one of them. It did not work for me though. I realized that I can successfully cleanse my body and change my lifestyle by just eating right and exercising daily (as was evident in January before I started Isagenix). I would rather eat clean, take my vitamins, and exercise regularly than spend a ton of money each month on a program that really doesn’t help me in the long run.
This weight loss cleanse won’t put millions in your bank account or give you a fitness model’s body. It’s only meant to kick-start your journey towards a healthy lifestyle and help you get rid of bad habits. While weight loss will occur, it’s up to you to continue making healthy choices afterwards. This detox will simply make it easier for you to achieve your goals.
Thank you so much for hanging in there. I continuously encourage GMO free, organic and little dairy. I have high energy, feel awesome and happy and have a clear conscious regarding animal cruelty. I encourage people to research well and that even though people may have credentials does that make them experts. Our learning’s from other people are created from opinions and perceptions, it doesn’t mean they are correct or right. Live well xxxx
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!
But the products are expensive. I suspect too expensive, given that I can get protein shakes and similar “metabolism boosting” supplements at my local SuperSupplements store. My coach tells me that the difference in price is due to the “trace minerals” and the fact that the whey protein comes from fully organically raised cows in New Zealand. That sounds a bit fanciful to me, but I can’t ignore the fact that the system appears to work for me.
Wow, what do have against a good diet exactly? These products offer a legitimate quick fix for very sick, very lazy, very broke and very desperate and also very sales-orientated people (network marketing scheme) It works for them but for others who lead a normal life , earn an income and eat well and exercise, they can be unhealthy and unnecessary products. Only internet trolls (so many in this blog – named) would stoop to calling people evil, when they are presenting factual information. Who care if Dani charges for health advice? That doesn’t change the fact that she is correct about some of the ingredients you twirp. Just because you were nearly dead does not mean it’s good for everyone!!! Get some real scientific knowledge. You were nearly dead remember – gotta ask yourself why !!! Keep up the good honest approach Dani…..dont worry about the trolls on this blog. They all deserve a lot worse, given the problems they cause
Actually Jeff, you are partially correct, partially incorrect. . . while yes, cows produce milk to feed the calf (their udders actually kick into gear several days up to a couple of weeks prior to birth, with the initial substance being the colostrum rich milk) and continue to produce milk based on the needs/requirements of the calf until the calf gradually weans off milk and onto solid foods (graze/grass/hay).
Interesting that you say this about the disclaimer.. It reads that it hasn’t been evaluated by the FDA, for those who know the FDA only reviews and controls products that could be harmful to health. No food products or supplements are monitored or approved by the FDA, it’s mainly for prescriptions and drugs. No where does the disclaimer say there is no scientific research, it states a study that was performed by a University. Where did you get this information?
But, I am sure we will have to agree to disagree. 🙂 So happy that you are doing great things for your body by being super picky about what you put into it and doing a lot of research. I am sure you do WONDERS for your clients. Isagenix does wonders for it’s clients too. Consider how unhealthy our culture is and how even small improvements in the diet can assist in improving our health. Sometimes it is baby steps and being too picky can make people steer clear of healthy eating all together because it seems sooooo overwhelming!
Dani, thank you for posting such a well-researched article, and I’m sorry that the Isagenix lemmings jumped on you for exposing the truth. Posting ingredients right off their websites is not false information, unless the website is a liar itself. Isagenix is GMO free in SOME COUNTRIES but it has NOT been officially verified as GMO-free for the US. Also, they are not certified organic and by reading the ingredient list it is pretty obvious why. The ingredients don’t lie. For those that are arguing should take a REAL nutrition class. Did you know that Isagenix is calling their representatives “health and wellness coaches”? However, they don’t offer any nutritional coaching, just promote the Isagenix products. It’s absolutely despicable.
I have been looking for negative feedback on Isagenix and am having a hard time finding anything. So glad to find your blog! What gets me is the people that are selling this product..and I have several on my FB page, claim not only can you lose weight, but selling the product has made them incredibly rich! Buying Ferarri’s, huge homes, fishing boats and flying on their ‘private planes’ to speak about the product. Come on already!!!!
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I tried Isagenix and it literally put me in the hospital with low blood sugar and fainting spells. Granted, I am a decent sized guy (5’10 200 lbs) but these shakes messed with my system so badly that I would never recommend anyone doing it. I know plenty of these Isa-people who incessantly post on Facebook, and they have the audacity to claim their products are not “processed” and are “all natural.” Isagenix is space food for astronauts. Not real human food.
Toxicity contributes to inflammation, which leads to a heavier toxic load, stalling fat loss in the bargain. An anti-inflammatory diet includes wild-caught seafood, plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including flaxseed and chia seeds, lots of non-starchy vegetables, and spices including turmeric. Work with your chiropractor or other healthcare professional to incorporate anti-inflammatory nutrients including fish oil, krill oil, resveratrol, and curcumin into your diet.
I always keep an open mind when I am doing my research. So when I was approached about isagenix I started my reading and actually found ingredients online on some of their products. It was not hard to see that their products are not good for you. ALSO…some of their labels say it’s not for pregnant women or there are some warnings on their labels. What does that tell you? If it was apples, spinach, walnuts and coconut oil…it wouldn’t have a warning label. (just an example)
We are not perfect but I can tell you that when I slip up my body takes a huge hit…this Cr*p that our country is trying to feed us is poison. Just take a vacation to Italy…we just returned a month ago…we spent weeks there drinking wine, eating tomatoes, pasta, fresh mozarella (at many meals throughout the day), etc…NO digestive issues like I have in the US (reflux from acid levels, lactose intolerance, headaches). If I did that here in the US I would be so sick (eating one meal at mama lucia’s, a chain, caused me to throw up! gross!!)
I give the shakes to my kids and of course they also eat plenty of real food. My daughter who has always been small and had asthma and chest colds has stopped getting sick and shot up in the last few months. We were eating an organic, whole food diet before we started Isagenix. I took a very long time to sign on because of the fact that it IS a network marketing company and I am very well-versed in nutrition and supplementation. (Incidentally, I think it is INSANE to think that you can live in this toxic world and be able to effectively detox and fill your nutritional needs without SOME sort of vitamin or mineral supplementation, whether it be through soaking in salts or imbibing) We were using ALL of the holistic tricks and we were still getting sick on a regular basis. Since being on isagenix I have noticed that it has fixed a long-time hormonal balance that I was suffering from–which was making my periods really rough. I also feel as if sickness cannot get a hold in my body. In addition to that, I have had all of the other benefits you would expect taking high-quality supplements. I am happier, sleeping better, have more energy etc. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am “selling” the product. I have helped a number of people get better from-long term illness as well as lose weight with this line.
This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.
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