I was recently sent this article/blog/discussion by a patient. I get hundreds of “Dr. Google” articles sent to me to evaluate and frankly, I evaluate products and supplement/diet systems for a living from a physician’s and nutrition and medicine perspective. Old companies (GNC, Vitamin Shoppe/ Hebalife/Shaklee/4Life/Usana/Nuskin, etc) and new companies/products (IDLife/SilverWolf, etc) and all the “new and improved products” each produce. They all have commonalities: Most products are not new, just recombined and renamed. No one can distinguish the sourcing of ingredients just by reading the label, and it is very difficult for the consumer, let alone the self described online blogger experts to distinguish and evaluate the science and science officers of each company and product.

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I will not disagree with you that a clean, whole foods organic diet is the best way to go. No argument there. Nor am I a user of Isagenix or a promoter of it. I live in an area with lots of people promoting the local sources only, organic only, and often vegan or cruelty-free lifestyles. And I always find it interesting that many will speak out vehemently against processed foods, products like Isagenix, Herbalife, etc. because of ingredients like the ones you have listed in your article, and they will defend the necessity to regulate the food you put in your body with an intense level of passion (which is good, what we put into our bodies is of the utmost importance). But then they will pump their bodies full of synthetic, often dangerous and sometimes even fatal, chemicals and hormones with a long history of horrendous side effects (such as birth control and vaccines), without a second thought.

The UIC study evaluated body weight, body composition, cardiovascular risk factors, and oxidative stress biomarkers in 40 women. The subjects in the Isagenix group had superior results across all parameters. They lost weight more predictably week to week and 56 percent more weight and 47 percent more body fat overall. Notably, the subjects also lost twice as much visceral fat, which led to a greater reduction in oxidative stress and cardiovascular risk markers.
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 Clean Program is simple. Rooted in Functional Medicine and designed by an MD, this easy-to-follow whole food and healthy cleanse program provides results. We believe you already hold the keys to your health, and we want to help you unlock the door. In just 21 days of nutritional cleansing you can see real transformation and set healthy habits and eating patterns for life.
I apologize for the typos. You’re doing a GREAT job, Dani! You are an inspiration for many of us. I’m wanting to lose weight, balance my life, and trying to feel better. It’s so hard. I love eating healthy, however, I absolutely loathe food prepwork. I teach full-time, and I’m also in graduate school full-time. Prepwork is not just the only problem, but the dreaded grocery shopping–ugh! I’m so tired when I get home. I just want to pick-up the phone and call for Chinese takeout (and not the healthy options either). It’s so time consuming to eat raw or vegan.
I’m so pleased with the results of doing the 9 Day Cleanse. I LOST 15 lbs!!!!! I noticed a difference in how my clothes fit and especially when I put on my winter coat. It used to be tight on me and now it’s noticeably more loose.  Plus I lost 29 inches! The most inches lost was in my waist (5 inches), abdomen (3.5 inches) and upper thighs (3.5 inches). I lost 1.5 inches in my butt so still a ways to go there.
I’ve never done the cleanse, but was thinking about doing so after the holidays. I’m no medical expert, but I am entering into health care as a nurse in the near future and nutrition fascinates me. The hypothesis that neurological syndromes and food allergies are attributed to toxicity *has* been supported by research (see Dr. Theo Colhoun’s work). Differences have been shown between subjects who ingest foods laden with additives and pesticides in contrast with with subjects who eat whole, organic foods. The effects of taking in said toxins can range anywhere from developmentally delayed children to reproductively impaired adults. These statements have been supported by data and research.
Red ginseng tea—part of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—belongs to the botanical family panax, which translates from Greek to mean “all heal.” Sounds promising already, right? A study in the journal Food & Function found that participants who sipped on a red ginseng drink saw a significant reduction of plasma alcohol levels and hangover severity (from whiskey—ouch!), in comparison to the placebo group. If you had one too many to help deal with the family bickering, slip out to the store; you can find ginseng tea in most supermarkets.
Do not use if safety seal is broken. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Not intended for use by persons under 18 years of age. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. This product is not intended to be used without breaks. Cascara sagrada belongs to a family of plants containing compounds with laxative effects. With long-term use without breaks, this ingredient may interfere with diagnostic imaging procedures of the colon. Taking a break of 30 or more days between use cycles will help maintain natural regularity. Not intended for long-term use.,
2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).

Alcohol is particularly bad for your weight because it’s a toxin. Your body mobilizes to burn off the calories in alcohol as quickly as possible—ignoring any other calories that might have come along with it. So whether it’s wine and cheese or beer and wings, the body metabolizes the drink while shoving more of the accompanying food calories into fat cells.
PS, as in all things, not just to ms dani, please weight the risks and benefits of any product. I have read some pretty abstract stuff written by highly accomplished people **research John Robbins-The Food Revolution** that stretches facts to the limit. Most things are completely unrealistic to accomplish without being in a proper mindset. Stress alone will take a toll on the digestive system on any organism, be it a plant, dog, rat, human (i.e. leaky gut).
Now Isagenix has just announced that it has developed a formal research partnership with Skidmore College, of Saratoga Springs, New York to advance the company’s commitment to provide independent clinical validation of its products. In addition, the collaboration will increase the scientific understanding of underlying factors related to healthy weight management.
Each day, we’re surrounded by numerous pollutants in our environment. Whether it is the food that we consume (most of which contains genetically-modified organisms), the water that we drink, or even the things that we touch, we’re sure to be contaminated somehow. This can be pretty harmful and it can take a huge toll on our bodies; especially internally. With Nutritional Cleansing, you can cure these interior pollutions by purifying the body and removing those unwanted toxins that we’re exposed to so often. What’s great about Nutritional Cleansing is that it’s a win-win: it gives your body the opportunity to rejuvenate and regenerate while also nourishing your body with nutritional products, thus helping your long-term health and wellness to prosper.
I too have been invited to see and read about the company and all the weight loss success on a facebook blog. I see a lot of successful weightloss, I am happy for them and impressed however no one can answer my questions about what happens after the 30 days, they boast of losing weight without any exercise but what happens when they go back to eating or do they not go back to eating,no one really says, they answered me by saying that they continue to do shakes and it’s their lifestyle now. But what about eating with family,holidays ,etc., one couple boasted how they resisted Thanksgiving dinner with family and just drank their shakes. The cost I feel is very expensive, my friend spends $400 a month and you have to pay a membership fee just to order and then they like you to auto renew every month. How does one you do isagenix and still cook for one’s family as you really can’t have your children doing these shakes. One of customers posted that she was so happy with herself as she resisted the Wendy’s french fries and burgers that she bought for her children. I didn’t get it. You also cannot order off the website you have to go through a representative. You can find some of the products on Amazon and Ebay but they are just as expensive. I think I will just stick to eating well and exercising even if it does not come off as quickly as isagenix. I am glad some of these people have found their fix to losing weight. Is it really healthy I can’t say.
I just wanted to thank you for your review of Isagenix. I have been doing some research because some close friends have been pushing this product on me. However, with both parents as personal trainers and a history of being in top shape, I know that this is not the right choice. I’m too nice to let my friends down without some real facts to back up my reasons why and your review gave me a lot to work with!

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I’m a little late to the party but I tried Isagenix about 5 years ago (before I became a Health Coach). I thought it was an over-priced program and pretty awful, especially the cleanse days with the little wafers (don’t know if they still do that). It’s basically over-priced Slim-fast. I’m absolutely stunned at how many “health coaches” there are out there that sell this stuff. There are a lot of good products on the market and I’m not anti-MLM but the person who sold me this stuff now markets for a company called Qivana and their shakes don’t look any better. Thanks for taking the time to write this!


On the “cleansing days,” use the actual Isagenix cleansing product called Cleanse For Life. This product is available in either powder or liquid form and has a natural, rich berry flavor to keep your taste-buds satisfied. This product is not a diuretic, but instead it feeds and nourishes the body with over 100 different nutrients including ionic minerals, antioxidants, and cleansing herbs. Not only that, but it also boosts mental and physical performance while protecting the cells and vital organs from aging! To follow the cleansing program properly, mix 4 ounces of Cleanse For Life with 4 ounces of purified water four times a day. Additionally, it is important to take Natural Accelerator capsules (which metabolize your body fat and are packed with thermogenic ingredients like cayenne, green tea, ginseng, and cinnamon), Isagenix Snacks!, which help your digestive system, as well as IsaDelight Plus, which assists in mental clarity and helps to ease sugar cravings. Lastly, Joy advises that it’s important to drink lots of water in addition to this, so that you continue to flush the body out of all the toxins as well as possible.
While frighteningly difficult to pronounce, this digestion-resistant carbohydrate source is quite natural and good for you. Oligosaccharides, in fact, are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. The ingredient also acts as an important “prebiotic” that helps feed healthy intestinal microbes (1). That’s really about all that’s creepy crawly about it.
New research continues to explore the influence that occasionally giving yourself a break from eating, also known as intermittent fasting, can have on health. The potential metabolic changes that occur on Cleanse Days suggest that this approach can offer benefits for anyone, whether your goal is to reach a healthy weight or simply promote long-term well-being.
Cleansing is one of the many reasons that Isagenix systems are different from other “diets”. In fact, diet is really the wrong word to use to describe Isagenix. We offer a collection of systems that can be customized to your own health goals and adopted as a lifestyle, meaning these are habits and tools you’ll have for the long haul. Cleansing is one of those habits within an Isagenix lifestyle.
No one is asking about science based research. Dani is correct in everything she has said and my only critique would be to further back her current research by utilizing and citing additional sources backed by evidence based research. The critics on this site offer no back up of their opinions with anything more than what they have obviously bought into after some type of indoctrination into this program. As a RN and public health professional there is simply no research that supports this type of program as being ” good” for you. Any extreme reduction in calories, fasting, and eliminating real food will get you results if yyou’re looking to lose weight, however, over the long term because of the lack if research we really don’t know what type if long term effects this type of regimen may have on the body. The key here is to fully research not just the program but the ingredients and the claims any type of program makes. If you know a medical professional that you trust utilize their professional opinions. Lastly the mist credible information will be found in peer reviewed journals and publications. Be fully informed!!!!!!! One last thing…when you say that the protein is Ftom “grass fed cows grazing in the pristine lands in New Zealand” exactly HOW do you know this? Seriously. How in the world could you even verify this? HOW is that protein turned into the protein you consume in your shake? I’m sure that the process is not as “pristine” as you might think.
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.
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.
I’m talking about how certain activities and moments would trigger this desire in me to snack even though my body didn’t really need it--from the TV shows I was watching to where I was sitting in my living room. For instance, I knew I wasn’t hungry, but the minute I turned to Bravo to watch Andy Cohen or any of those Real Housewives, I suddenly felt the desire to pick up a bag of chips or order Chinese food.
There is plenty of information out there, I personally went through the ingredients and researched each ingredient and feel very comfortable that I am consuming good product, my body also tells me it is good. I also eat whole natural food when I’m not eating Isagenix, I believe the American food system is broken and needs a reform. Even organic crops sit next to regular crops and unfortunately get the mist of pesticides. It’s scary where our food system is when so many other countries like Mexico, New Zealand and Australia and several others have reformed not allowing companies like Monsanto to exist. If the product is not good then why would a scientist in retirement who has 2000 patents and plenty of money come out of retirement to help people feel better? It’s clearly not about the money – he was already rich, so why then would he come out of enjoying his life of retirement to work if it weren’t to make great products and help people feel healthy? that you can research too off of the isagenix website… Wishing everyone health across the world! It’s all we have!!!
There is absolutely no Soy protein. They use soy lecithin as an emulsifier…Lecithins are oily substances that are naturally found in plants (soybeans) and animals (egg yolks). It is extracted for use as an emulsifier in many prepackaged foods such as ice cream, milk shakes and chocolates. As an emulsifier, it helps keep fats and water from separating and produces smoothness in our IsaLean Shakes and IsaDelight Plus dark chocolates.
A pejorative, sweeping statement about the qualifications of all Isagenix advisers? How can you possibly state with confidence about the knowledge, qualifications and experience of every Isagenix adviser. Do you know them all? It may well be that 50% of advisers have formal qualifications in nutrition and some may be dietitians. I don’t know, nor do you know I would suggest. This is a further indicator of your preconceived ideas about Isagenix in particular and dietary supplements of this type in general that underlay your bias in an alleged “unbiased” blog. BTW, I don’t use Isagenix or any other similar products. I tried isagenics for a few weeks but I don’t like like the shakes nor do I have the self discipline to adhere to a dietary program. I do like the cookies and the chocolates…yum.
When your body is overloaded with toxins, your body does not want the toxins roaming freely, and so the toxins are stored as excess waste in fat cells. This stored waste makes your body become less efficient, including slowing down your metabolism. Your metabolism regulates nutrient use, energy production, and weight. The result, unwanted or hard to get rid of accumulated fat cells. You may also feel sluggish, have a lack of energy, have trouble concentrating and could fall victim to a variety of illnesses. This is where the Isagenix detox cleanse steps in and helps re-balance your body with nutritional cellular cleansing.

You ask what credentials the blog poster has which is probably reasonable, but then fail to provide your own bonafides or credentials as you proceed to criticize this persons obvious fairly unbiased general information, which by the way does not require the need to have any particular certification to provide for it is available webwide as well as through professional health resources.
A short juice cleanse might not pose an immediate danger to most people, but going all-juice might have more subtle risks, experts warn. “This type of diet is like shock treatment to the body,” says Meredith Luce, RD, a nutrition consultant with the Rosen Medical Center in Florida. “By eating one day and fasting the next, you stimulate the body’s starvation response. When you do eat again, your body hoards calories, making long-term weight loss more difficult.” Another problem Luce notes is that dietary cleanses don’t instill healthy eating habits. "Cleanses of this type allow people to justify bad behavior,” she says. “In other words, ‘I’ll eat and drink whatever I want this week, because I’m doing a cleanse next week.’ Cleanses promote the mentality of a quick fix as opposed to long-term balance.”
Also, I was extremely frustrated after I initially signed up. The person who had “sold” me on it immediately sent me links on how to branch out and get people to ask me about it. It was suggested that I post my success (there was not success) on my facebook page and to watch videos on how to talk to other people in order to sign up. The exact words were “you will be a great brand rep as you are already active and healthy, people will flock to you”. That was not my intent at all and I did not sell it to one person.
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!
Organic agave nectar is relatively mild, is not chemically processed, and is free from harmful additives. This is the kind that Isagenix uses. Agave has beneficial properties which support digestive health. Agave contains naturally occurring inulin, a form of fructan found in a number of vegetables including onions, green beans, asparagus, and artichokes. The fructans in agave have been demonstrated to support the growth of beneficial microbial flora in the digestive tract. M.G. López and J.E. Urías-Silvas, “Prebiotic Effect Of Fructans From Agave, Dasylirion And Nopal,” ISHS International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables (Québec City, Canada) 2007 (http://www.actahort.org/books/744/744_45.htm).
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."
I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds on Isagenix. This is partially due to Isagenix and partially due to working out and tracking my food log and paying close attention to what I’m eating. At first I refused to do the cleanse days because I don’t like NOT eating, but, the cleanse days have helped me drop those pesky last few pounds. I do agree that you can’t stay on Isagenix forever and you need to also learn how to eat whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. The meal replacement shakes are just so EASY for me, which is why I do it. I figure its better to fix a quick shake than going through the drive-through when I’m short on time. I think a lot of people realize or are skeptical if the products are legit, but, if you want to lose weight it makes it easier, which is all I care about right now! The sales aspect of the company IS annoying, and what I choose to take and ingest into my body is my choice, and I wouldn’t want to push this on others and promote it as “healthy” if I wasn’t 100% sure- I’m not a doctor or a nutritional expert.
What’s disconcerting to me is the culty behavior of all these Isagenix drones. “You must use Isagenix. Isagenix is like manna from the Gods. How dare you criticize it! It heals the world!” Blahblahblah. So annoying and anyone with half a thought in their brain could see through this rubbish. Dani, thanks for all you do and ignore the trolls. They are all brainwashed. I’m sure some people are “healed” and lost weight and cured of every disease under the sun but the fact of how they attack and defend and argue would make me run for the hills and never even consider their products. I know a few Isa-head drones in real life and every conversation is a ploy to get me to “just try the healthy lifestyle”, “just give it 30 days”, “don’t you want more energy?” blahblah and even one has gone so far as to say that my doctor who treats me via functional medicine and nutrition is robbing me of money and she wishes I could just try this program. Then she talks all about how much money she makes from the sales. I’m put off. I’m sticking with the ancestral nutrition route forever.
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