Besides losing that weight, Leigh Thorne also wants to rid her body of any toxins. That's why the Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse interests her. This system of shakes, snacks and beverages promises to get rid of all the junk in your system, and those who use it also, apparently, lose weight--and fast. Leigh says some of her relatives on the Isagenix plan are living proof.
“I have been a vegetarian/vegan/organic eater all my life! Before I started on Isagenix I was eating a high raw, all organic, nutritionally balanced diet, with lots of whole food, juicing, etc. I started on the shakes during my first pregnancy because although I was eating the “healthiest diet” on the planet of real whole foods, my blood work showed differently.”
I’m not sure if your brain isn’t properly functioning due to taking Isagenix for almost five years, but the ingredient lists were pulled directly from the Isagenix website and I really don’t appreciate being called a liar. Anyone who has the basic ability to read can see the list of sources I used to provide the ingredient lists. So to say that the ingredient lists are fake (when I clearly provided links for them that go to the Isagenix website) is basically an admission that you know the ingredients are garbage.
The Internet is a wonderful medium for communicating ideas and information in a rapid, interactive way. Many online articles are followed by a section for comments. Like so many things in this imperfect world, comments are a mixed blessing. They can enhance the article by correcting errors, adding further information, or contributing useful thoughts to a productive discussion. But all too often the comments section consists of emotional outbursts, unwarranted personal attacks on the author, logical fallacies, and misinformation. It provides irrational and ignorant people with a soapbox from which to promote prejudices and false information.
The SHRED Power Cleanse If you have two weeks to commit, this program by Dr. Ian a great one to consider. Why? Because it's filled with whole, nutritious, fiber-rich foods, a common sense approach to eating and an exercise program that is based on smart science. It is not designed to be a weight loss program, but you're likely to lose weight while you're on it. And during the program, you learn healthy lifestyle habits (like planning ahead and journaling) that you can use for long-term weight loss and weight maintenance.
This has been a very interesting read – the article and the comments. I know that anyone who is an affiliate of Isagenix will defend the product because, well, their livelihood and reputation are on the line. Also they believe it is beneficial and wholesome,which is how they can sell it (I know some people are OK lying in order to get a sale, but I think deep down most people want to sell things that they truly think hold value).
Isagenix is food. Regular food is from depleted soils. Organic food made children behave better at lunch in a school study. Genetically modified food is lacking in nutrition. “The majority of people fill their stomachs with foods void of natural nutrition and the evidence supports that they behave poorly, learn less, mis-behave more and commit more crimes than those who fill their stomachs with highly nutritious organic produce and meats.” [Wow! Instead of the Twinkie defense, criminals can claim their non-organic lunch made them do it!]
Thanks so much for this. I was trying to tell my friend that there is NO way I could drink 2 shakes a day in place of my meal for the rest of my life. It’s just not practical. I have recently started taking Zijas Smart Mix with moringa oleifera. It’s been the first thing that made sense to me. Don’t stop eating real food. small amounts of lean proteins and complex carbs and the largest portion being LIVE FOODS. Real food. but adding in nutrition. I would love to hear your opinion on moringa…..not all are created equal. Dr. Plant who does the research for zija just did an article on how bad synthetic vitamins and proteins are for our bodies and how many people are capitalizing on that right now. Its so sad. Anyway, thanks again.
It is a little sad that doctors prescribe drugs that mask symptoms and not more nutrition as a whole. I have to agree with the “air filter” analogy. We have so much junk food out there with ingredients that are engineered and not necessary and very toxic to our system, yet the FDA does nothing about them. If you look at evolution, non of these ingredients were around until chemists came up with them so we did not “evolve” to process these things. That is where I think we are toxic. Stuff like Red Bull and similar drinks are lauded for the “lifestyle” of all things daredevil, yet nobody talks against it being an incredibly toxic drink along with most other energy drinks. Doritos are still produced with MSG!!! yet nobody says anything about that, which is beyond frightening. So for me, if all the ingredients are natural I think there are other things we should be more focused on. I have tried Isagenix and for me I used it every day for Breakfast and a snack (bar form) at lunch. It helped me to be aware of what I put into my body, so now for me if it didnt come out of the ground then it is not natural is how I eat now. So for that reason I am glad I did the Isagenix. I was looking for nutrition and got an education on awareness of my health so in the end it was a good thing for me.
Research on fasting’s effect on brain and mood has so far been done on animals, but the results are still promising. It appears that fasting stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which increases the resistance of brain neurons to degeneration and preserves learning and memory (5). Fasting has also shown to be beneficial in the brain for stimulating growth of new brain neurons, called neurogenesis (6). When levels of BDNF increase, so do levels of serotonin, otherwise known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter (7). This could help explain why one study among aging men found that after two-day fasts, their moods and perceptions of quality of life were improved (8).
I first came across your website when I was researching Isagenix and whether to do the program or not (the 30 day cleanse). To sum things up, I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun, eat organic to minimize toxins, have recovered from fibromyalgia through serious detoxing and naturopathic and homeopathic protocols. Many years. Changed my life for the better but pregnancies really make me pack on weight, despite eating low carb, eating “clean”, staying away from allergens (I need to avoid wheat as I am intolerant to it: I can gain 5 lbs of water-weight overnight from eating it). After my third pregnancy nothing worked to take off the weight. Paleo, eating a non-allergenic diet given to me by my naturopath, etc. Was desperate and tried intermittent fasting (too stressful for women on the adrenals: worked at first, then backfired) and Carb Nite (very, very low carb) as well as other ketogenic diets. I had major issues after a few months on those ketogenic diets with dumping minerals and becoming electrolyte imbalanced, despite supplementing very carefully with minerals, etc. So it was a tough decision when I decided to try Isagenix. I went off the ketogenic diets because I just couldn’t stay on them anymore and the electrolyte imbalance was causing me to have high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and slightly high cholesterol (just above normal) from releasing the fat rapidly in my system (I lost 20 lbs in a month). I had to stop. I got IVs at my naturopath’s to restore some of my electrolytes, cleansed my liver, and began to eat normally (still low-carb but some carbs, gluten-free: coconut and almond flour, brown rice, salads, omega 3s, grass-fed meats). Sadly, I gained most of the weight back (15 lbs) that I had lost in only 2 months. I still had 60 lbs to lose, so I decided to try Isagenix as I did not know what else to do. I saw your website and agreed with what you were saying, as I know a lot about holistic health, but I just HAD to try something. All the “after” pictures and testimonials from even people I knew on the program were too much to resist and I figured that I had to try it for myself. Let me begin by saying that I KNOW I am extremely carbohydrate sensitive, but I wanted to try this anyway since low carb was not working for me. So I initially lost 21 lbs in the first 5 weeks and then plateaued for the rest of the almost-4 months. I cleansed for 2 days at a time, 3 times a month. I did what they said. Ate what they said to eat (and it’s expensive!!!!!), when they said to eat it. I worked out. Nothing. The weight was no longer coming off my waist, hips, or thighs. Very frustrating. I know I have a tendency to be a bit low thyroid so wondered if it that was the culprit. Went for a blood test and was SHOCKED at the results: now I have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, slightly high ALT readings, slightly high hemoglobin readings. My mineral levels went back up to normal for potassium, magnesium, and calcium, but not for sodium or chloride. My blood pressure is normal, thankfully, but now all these other problems have come up!! At first, upon reading the results of my blood test, I was floored and scared. But now I feel mad. And I know I will fix this but it’s very maddening that Isagenix puts these things into their products in the first place! Let’s start with fructose. It’s toxic to the liver. Voila! Mine is reeling from all the fructose that I have since found on almost all their product labels. My blood sugar is perfect (4.7) but my triglycerides sure aren’t. The rancid fats messed with my previously perfect HDL and low LDL to a now low HDL and high LDL!!!!! The cleanse drinks did not deal with getting rid of my previously somewhat high cholesterol (from the fat released in my bloodstream last year by the rapid weight loss) and instead have made my ALT numbers go up, as well as triglycerides: on the cleanse days (which I stupidly did for 2 days, up to the day before my blood test) are very sweet and you only consume them 4 times a day, plus small amounts of dark chocolate and “Snacks” which are chewable tablets (sweet, again) to help curb hunger. I am MAD, MAD, MAD that I let myself be taken in by the Isagenix hype. I realize that it works for some people, but it sure did not work for me and has messed up my health. I am off these products as of today (got my blood test yesterday) and am back to eating low-carb but with REAL foods, taking my fish oil, etc. I will be also going to my doctor again and my naturopath to help me restore my liver and overall health. Be careful–this is what I would advise to ANYONE thinking about Isagenix. It’s expensive, full of sugar, and if you are a carbohydrate-sensitive person, no matter what the dieticians say on their website, you may have trouble with the constant (supposed “low-carb” and low-calorie) intake of sugar all day long. For people like me, small amounts all day keep my blood sugar up (even if it’s not considered “high” by diabetic standards) and don’t allow me to lose weight. The fructose is TOXIC to the liver, as you have stated here, Dani, and obviously this is why my liver is in a terrible state right now. OK, someone out there may be reading this and saying, hey! You haven’t been diagnosed with liver disease, cyrrhosis, etc. so why am I freaking out? Well, I’ll tell you. Other than slightly higher cholesterol from the rapid weight loss that was detected in my blood tests in August of 2014, I had NO issues. Triglycerides perfect, ALT levels perfect in the middle of normal range, HDL cholesterol higher than LDL and in a good range, low LDL cholesterol. In just over 5 months since starting in late September, now I have these abnormal readings coming up and my doctor calls me and tells me to come in as we need to discuss these readings. The only thing I did in those 5 months was do Isagenix! Lesson learned. Thanks, Dani, for the passion you demonstrate at getting the word out there. I wish everyone out there who does Isagenix luck: I hope it works for you. Perhaps just doing the one month 30-day cleanse would have been enough, but for people like me who have a lot of weight to lose, I was advised to stay on it for the long-term until the weight comes off. That did not happen for me. Thanks for reading this.
so glad to see this feed back, here in Australia I am confused at times , I seem to be the only one that does not want to try Isagenix, I am a therapist and I have clients telling me all these great stories how Product B saved lives , from cancer to skin conditions , and it stops you aging with the telomeres , it cost $100 for 100 capsules , it last a month at 4 capsules a day , and yes these people win trips to overseas all the time , and bring a income of $2000 a week from sales , sounds good , hey , .
My seventh grade debate teacher told me I’d make a good lawyer and I appreciate the compliment coming from you as well! I think it’s incredibly commendable that you stopped using/recommend Isagenix once you found out the truth about it. There are so many people who still recommend and sell it, fully knowing (and having read this review) that it’s not a healthy product. It takes a lot to walk away from something like that, especially when you’re making money from it.
It’s important to be well educated about products on the market. It’s also important to know the source. Dani I commend you for the way you have chosen to earn a living by writing a blog and reviewing products, and being compensated for it. I’m sure if Isagenix were into paying people to write blogs on them, the tone would change. Several other shakes on the market do not have research behind them, are soy based protein which is bad for you and isn’t even considered to be a full meal replacement due to the amount of protein in it.
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!
I’m not a troll but I have been using Isagenix now for over a month and I haven’ thad any bad side effects, only possitive side effects and it’s kept me from eating fast food, drinking soda, and I stopped eating bread. I believe the only bad about gluten is if you are in fact allergic to it. when did soy become such a bad thing too? I had my gall bladder out fter pregnancy so haven’t had to deal with anything like this. I am evaluating what I used to eat which wasn’t bad but I didn’t get what I needed out of the ofod I was eating and now I have no cravings for the bad foods, I feel amazing, I lost 12 pounds in 45 days, and I’m sleeping better. I think everything should be taken with a grain of salt including this evaluation of their products.
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.
If you don’t feel ready to try a full day at first, there’s nothing wrong with gradually easing into Cleanse Days. For example, you might prefer to start out with a 12- or 16-hour “mini cleanse” as a way to experiment with Cleanse Days and see what works best for you. In this approach, you begin your day by following a typical Cleanse Day schedule, and then break your Cleanse Day in the late afternoon or evening with an IsaLean® Shake.
Something else to keep in mind about cleanses: “Our body is really efficient at ‘cleansing’ itself simply by peeing, pooping, sweating, and breathing,” says Sharp. (Isagenix product education manager Sarah Richter compares the program's "cleanse days" to a form of intermittent fasting, which research indicates may be conducive to weight loss—if you can stick to the schedule.)
There may also be some legitimate health concerns with the Isagenix product line. “I am not comfortable with the lack of research on this cocktail of herbs," says Sharp (she's talking about the herbs like aloe vera, licorice root, and peppermint in the Isagenix cleanse drink). "Just because they’re natural, doesn’t mean they’re benign, and consumed in large amounts, they may not be safe,” she adds.
undenatured whey protein, olive oil, flax seeds, medium chain triglycerides (from coconuts), cinnamon, digestive enzymes, alfalfa leaf, sea salt, pysllium seed, vitamin C, iron, iodine (from kelp), stevia, zinc, wild yam, prebiotics and pro biotics, calcium, vitamin B12, folic acid. You are getting 8 grams of fibre per serving, 24 grams of protein, only 11 grams of natural sugars, no gluten, no soy protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, low glycemic, amazing amino acid profile etc etc. This is their isalean shake their most popular product.
Funny how you’ve asked this question a dozen times and no one can answer it. I did the same thing on their Facebook page months ago and all anyone could say was that the multi vitamins were all whole food and Isagenix didn’t use anything synthetic. Lie. I was also told that they’re not certified organic because they get products from all over the world, some countries which do not certify. So if that’s the case, label the products with the ingredients that apparently ARE organic. The ingredients you’ve listed are not healthy, I’m sure some of the ingredients are… but seeing as the people consuming these products are most likely coming from a diet of McDonalds – they believe it’s healthy. They should get it right and say it’s healthIER than the crap they used to eat.
Soybean oil is not the latest health food fad no. But it’s not toxic when from non GMO sources as isagenix states clearly on their website, they do not use GMO sources for any ingredients whether in US or Australia. All the australian products are made in the US by the way. Soybean oil is only dangerous when it’s hydrogenated. Soybean oil contains omega 6 fats. With omega 6 and omega 3 fats it’s the balance that’s important. This is why fish oil supplements are recommended by isagenix, and their produce an omega oil supplement.
Hi! Very interesting blog post and comments section. I was given Isagenix by my sister and am currently on Day 4 of a 2 week “cleanse”. Prior to her giving it to me, I told her that I was wary of the product because I could not find any research supporting Isagenix that was not influenced or purchased by the company itself. That’s odd, especially for such a large company with so many supporters and testimonies. Despite my hesitation, I agreed to try it. I am obese and have been having trouble with sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. My typical weekly diet included regular doses of fast food, pizza and at least 2 liters of fit soda per day. Frankly, I believe that Isagenix DOES contain things that are unhealthy. However, it is likely that they are less unhealthy than the disgusting things I was already consuming everyday. My plan is not to use Isagenix for life. I can see why people do, though. It’s a matter of convenience (and for some, a matter of pride). I am using this period to move from being completely unhealthy to embracing real foods again. There’s something about two shakes a day and a 48 hour no-solid-food period that just makes you appreciate something simple and natural like a sweet potato. (Please please please don’t tell me sweet potatoes are bad for me. I just fell in love with them.) I fully intend to return to a life of real food, which I believe does have everything we need to be healthy and thrive. I just needed a way to “reset”, to start the change I know my life needs.
This is an excellent and informative blog about Isagenix. I have some friends who, sadly have fallen for the “get healthy, get wealthy” brainwashing that Isagenix promotes. People are, or seem to be taught to push push push selling. If Isagenix is so interested in helping people, why not sell it to health stores, grocery stores etc? They exclusively use a pyramid sales model.