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.
Lets not forget, that we are talking about life here. Not just mine. Not just yours. Not just nutrition. We are what we ABSORB. Psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, AND nutritionally. And those things are all inherently interrelated. Our spirituality can dictate our emotion. Our emotion can dictate our brain chemistry. Our brain chemistry can dictate our body chemistry which in turn can dictate what nutrition we absorb. And ALL of those can dictate our psychology. And round and round we go…
They advertise “no caffeine added” for a product that contains green tea; green tea contains caffeine. They repeat the tired old myth that our food isn’t as nutritious as in the “good old days.” They put digestive enzymes in their products to help you assimilate them, not realizing that orally ingested digestive enzymes are themselves digested in the stomach before they can do anything. They say that their electrolytes “ignite the body’s electrical system” — I have no idea what this means, and it certainly is not scientific terminology.
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!
“Most people only absorb 8% to 12% of what we eat – the rest is waste which we flush down the toilet. With Isagenix we can absorb up to 94% of what is ingested with less waste going down the toilet. Isagenix is full of good probiotics which help rebuild our digestive systems, fights candida. Isagenix also helps the body become alkaline, which is a healthy body. John Hopkins 2008 Cancer Report stated that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body only acidic bodies. Processed food makes our bodies acidic — thus the epedemic [sic] of cancer and diabites [sic] in the USA along with heart disease.” [This is all nonsense.]
*sigh* And just how am I supposed to afford all this ridiculously priced whole, unprocessed healthy food? I saw in the comments somebody saying their friends were too lazy to cook. It’s completely backwards when the processed crap is cheaper than what everybody says we’re “supposed to eat” to be healthy. It’s depressing. I don’t go in for the supplements either ’cause they’re also far too expensive to think about. So I guess my only option is to be fat and happy. Well. Fat, anyway.
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.
Isagenix Ionic Alfalfa, bilberry extract, ashwagandha extract, pau d’arco inner bark extract, blueberry extract, aloe vera leaf gel, raspberry juice extract, burdock root extract, rhodiola root extract, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root extract, eleutherococcus senticosus root extract, turmeric root extract, peppermint leaf extract, yellow dock root extract, fennel seed extract, suma root extract, choline bitartrate, betaine HCI, inositol, fructose, potassium citrate, citric acid, purple carrot, natural flavor, lime juice powder, pyridoxine HCI, niacinamide, cyanocobalamin, and I-methionine.

As a fellow Holistic Health coach, I am writing to express my support of your Isagenix review. The ignorant responses boggle my mind. Thank you for the accurate research and clear explanation. Please do not let any of the negative comments damper your spirits!! Keep up the good work and sharing the knowledge of the benefits of organic, clean eating!
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.

And I laugh again at the “unbiased” title. That is what dragged me to this site and after reading many of the other people reviews (and I’m not choosing to go with this produce), I choose to comment and tell you how disconnected you are with society. You can preach your lifestyle all you want in your blog and the importance of healthy eating, but when you start bashing products without proper citations of peer-reviewed articles… then I decide to voice my 1st amendment.


Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
I realize that I must sound like an infomercial: “I have a magical bean that will make all your problems go away!”. Here is a kicker though, it is NOT an easy week. This weight loss cleanse can take a toll on anyone, so read the instructions carefully and prepare accordingly. Get rid of all junk food in the house, grab groceries for the week, prepare you meals… And figure out what to do on the weekend, so that it won’t ruin your progress.
Dani, you mention you have an issue with the non GMO soybean oil which for the record is in 1 out of 47 products available by Isagenix. Yet elsewhere on your blog you mention that you have no problem with fermented soy to another poster as the phytic acid is reduced through fermentation. There is no soy protein in any of the isagenix products which contains the phytic acid. Obviously the form of ingredients plays a part, which you yourself have acknowledged in this post https://ancestral-nutrition.com/basics/
Although I know whatever I write will be the subject of another shirty reply, because you are highly defensive and obviously not going to budge on this, I will attempt to defend myself (which I am entitled to do and, despite this being your domain, you intentionally made this available for the public, including the world, to read and in turn comment on). It is not possible for me to discredit you, you are not in a position to be ‘discredited’. Coming from public health research ethics and governance, I do have some knowledge on credibility of sources and how ethical research is conducted (and scrutinized).
Thank you for writing this article & correctly informing people on why these fad “food” replacements are nothing more than marketing gimmicks. I have been consuming a mostly plant-based diet all my life & have recently (over the past year) switched to a strictly plant-based diet. I only consume whole, unprocessed, organic foods. The produce section at my local supermarket has become my second home. The reason why I came across your article is because I was recently told by my doctor that I should try Isagenix. I knew right away that I would not be consuming this filth but I just wanted to research exactly why it’s bad for you. I was SHOCKED that a doctor would recommend this. He told me that I would have more energy & that fasting is good because if you consume a high quantity of food then your body is too busy digesting it rather than repairing itself. This doctor clearly has no idea what he’s talking about & should be ashamed of himself for recommending this junk to his patients. I wish I could forward him this article. I will stick to eating REAL, whole food that is free of toxins and pesticides. Like you and Dr.Fuhrman say, there is no magic pill or shake for weight loss. Proper nutrition comes from real, wholesome food, not synthetic and toxic products that are packaged in a pretty bottle or can. Thank you for educating the masses. The people that are leaving insulting comments just don’t want to believe that there isn’t a “quick fix” for weight loss. They are clearly brain-washed by the company’s brilliant marketing scheme so don’t even bother trying to argue with them. People need to spend less time and money on fad diets and synthetic products and more on trips to the local farmer’s market. It’s stupid simple, proper health equals proper nutrition that comes from real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables). Thanks for writing this article!

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.


Since each individual’s body is different, it is better to consult your dietitian or physician before you start this diet. Depending on current weight, medical history, current activity levels, age, genetics, etc., your dietitian will be able to customize the diet plan. Feeding your body the right foods to help burn more fat and being physically active is the best way to lose weight.
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.
You take supplements every day too: Ionix Supreme, which you can add to a drink for "clarity and focus," a Natural Accelerator supplement to help "support a healthy metabolism," and a pill called Isaflush at bedtime to "support a balanced digestive system." It's basically a dose of magnesium and other herbs, which can act like a laxative, says Sharp.
There is absolutely no rationale for the particular combination of ingredients in their products. They have LOTS of different products, and have included just about every nutrient and herbal remedy in existence: 242 of them! Some of these we know to be useless, some are potentially harmful, and we have no idea how the particular ingredients in the mixtures might interact for better or for worse.
Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried it and it either didn’t work or caused side effects such as 5 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 it and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
Isagenix is for anyone that wants to feel better and needs to do a 30-day detox cleanse. The ultimate goal is to get the mind and body in perfect balance through cleansing the body of toxins and providing it with all it needs nutritionally. The aim is to move the body from an acidic to an alkaline state and to reduce inflammation in the body. It supports gut and brain health and boosts the immune system.
Thanks for all of the comments. Yes, I too, firmly believe that Isagenix is a complete and total scam. Its marketing scam works because management convinces their sales agents that they are saving the world – yeah by selling expensive highly processed nutritional products (I don’t even want to use the word food) using questionable means and unscientific and undocumented claims.
So, technically speaking, if a cow was continually milked out every day, (as long as the extra, heavy nutritional requirements are met) she would, theoretically, continue to produce as long as she is milked. Now, this does not speak to the production amount (volume) or the quality or (in my opinion the worst part) the physical drain and hardship on the cow.
This now raises another question………….. how many of you Isagenix supporters have signed others up to this program? I bet there are a few. Now, my next question is….. how many of you have enough medical knowledge to stand over what you are advising people to take? Remeber, you are now responsible for whatever happens to someone as a result of them taking the product you pushed. If they have certain allergies or ailments, some of these products CAN cause health problems in certain people.
The Drinking Detox. If you're not ready to change what you eat, you might start by changing what you drink. Many experts (and smart dieters) will tell you that the easiest way to lose weight is to give up alcohol either permanently or for a short time. Booze provides no significant nutritional benefits, it's full of calories and it may cause you to eat more junk food. For many dieters, simply saying no to alcohol is the best way to detox the body, sleep better at night, boost energy levels, and slim down.
You have an interesting perspective on my previous post about what the scientific community is saying about Isagenix. I can see how you might arrive at the opinion that all the experts are involved with Isagenix and therefore must be lying simply in order to promote the company and its products, thus putting their credentials and reputations in jeopardy if they are wrong.
Hi guys, I just ordered a 30-day pack to try from Isagenix from a friend who recently decided to give this a go. It was partly to support her but partly because I could use some extra income and she said a friend of hers had been very successful at it (she explained the direct marketing structure). I’ve used shakes and supplements before, more for performance as I’m in decent (not stellar) shape. I’m not a salesperson and I cannot just go make claims because people say it is the case. So before I go running around saying it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, I will try it. I went on their website and all the cheerleading around their product and money is enough to make you puke. I am a more nuts-and-bolts type of person—just tell me the critical things I need to know, both good and bad. I don’t really care if a company makes a lot of money or a little money, so if Isagenix wants to sell the “wealth” thing then that’s fine. What was frustrating to me is that the Isagenix folks seem to find no downside with their product at all. Really? None? Not even something to be cautious about? I agree with a lot of the skeptics here with respect to the quantities of particular vitamins and minerals in supplements. And that goes for all the supplement brands out there. Honestly, who knows how that stuff interacts, what its effects are long term? And I’m sure it varies for each individual. Vitamin C is helpful during cold season, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to eat 37 oranges a day to “maximize” the benefit. I’ve poked around and sadly could not find any “research” that I felt was independent on the Isagenix products. That’s why I’m going to try it for myself. There are tons of products on the market and these seem very pricey. And my circle of people are not typically big spenders. Seeing as how I’m not the type to push or guilt them into doing something, I have to at least try it before I can make any sort of claims or encourage my friends to give it a shot. If it sucks then I’m going to bail out. I don’t have super high hopes, and I definitely don’t think any product is a cure-all. But if I try it for myself I can at least know what results can be expected. I have some knowledge of nutrition and will point out to people what I think is good and bad about it, should I decide it is worth passing along. It’s really disappointing how there are very few opinions out there that aren’t so strongly motivated one way or the other. Does anyone know of a company who provides independent analysis/research on health supplements and products?

Either you are getting bad advice from your coach or you are not doing the program correctly, my wife and I have been on Isagenix for over 2 years have lost weight and have never been healthier, there is no reason why you should be hungry you can do your shakes plus your meals make sure taking in enough calories, if your not happy you send your products back and you will get your money back they offer a great money back guarantee. Most that fail on this program either have bad coaching or are not being honest with themselfs and are not doing the program correctly
Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried it and it either didn’t work or caused side effects such as 5 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 it and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
This is where I realised that this review is actually not biased. Were you being ironic? Although you have put a lot of work into sourcing articles and quotes on the internet to validate your review, I cannot help but notice the tone of the article is negative and there are no positive points – pros for all the cons. That is where the credibility of the review falls down. Surely something in the ingredients is actually good? Your stance on pretty much everything is pretty much all-or-nothing thinking (see ‘splitting’ in psychology terminology).

When I first heard of Isagenix and saw a friend in her bikini photo post to Facebook, I kept listening because the photo was amazing and I knew it was her and not a product of photoshop. I was told it was all natural, no sugars, etc. I expected it to be a food delivery service from a local cook but then found out it was another meal replacement diet. Red Flags for me. I don’t drink my calories and I believe we need to stop believing a lab is going to produce anything better than what you can do with whole foods.
If you’re interested in using Isagenix’s Nutritional Cleansing products, Joy recommends the 30-day cleanse system, which can be most effective when split between “shake days” and “cleansing days.” On the “shake days,” drink two IsaLean Shakes per day, which are less than 300 calories each and packed with 24 grams of high-quality, undenatured New Zealand whey protein with activated live enzymes. Blend 2 scoops of the shake powder with 8 ounces of purified water and some ice and you’re all set. These creamy, filling shakes build leaner muscle mass and help to fight off those unwanted carb and sugar cravings. Two shakes replace two meals per day; however, you can also have one regular meal on “shake days” (at 400-600 calories the most).
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.
Another example I would like to share. My common-law partner takes an Isagenix shake every morning, why? heck I don’t know she just does. I on the other hand have dramatically reduced my sodium intake because of doctors orders, and the results are shocking. My other half has barely lost anything and I have lost over 30 lbs. By doing what? Two things; drastically reducing my sodium intake which automatically reduces fat and calories, and hitting the treadmill 3-4 times per week for 30/min per session. I’ve been getting looks that I haven’t seen in over 10 years, and it feels great!
Isagenix Cleanse for Life claims it has “vitamins and minerals to nourish the body and promote better health.”  That all sounds amazing, but it got me wondering, “Are their products really convenient?”  Here are the facts: Isagenix Cleanse for Life can be purchased in liquid form that’s ready to drink, or in a powdered form that you mix with water. You can take it daily or as part of a one or two day “deeper cleanse.” It even comes in convenient single-serving bottles of liquid. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Although I know whatever I write will be the subject of another shirty reply, because you are highly defensive and obviously not going to budge on this, I will attempt to defend myself (which I am entitled to do and, despite this being your domain, you intentionally made this available for the public, including the world, to read and in turn comment on). It is not possible for me to discredit you, you are not in a position to be ‘discredited’. Coming from public health research ethics and governance, I do have some knowledge on credibility of sources and how ethical research is conducted (and scrutinized).
But when I consciously choose to travel to far away countries, be accepted by the indigenous people and accept them in return, who hold ancient knowledge and wisdom for the future betterment and evolution of our species, do service to a community, to be part of a combined and soul felt movement for love, understanding, acceptance and peace, then I am SOMEBODY.

Not everyone has fresh raw milk at their fingertips and some of the other ingredients, like grass fed meat. But you can get a lot of protein from organic produce. The big thing about Isagenix is the amino acids. Amino acids are protein. But you can lose weight with organic bone broth too. There are a hundred ways to lose weight without eating synthetic concoctions.
Show us your credentials, Jeff. Where do you practice medicine? Refer me to the peer-reviewed scientific studies that show “millions of people are getting healthy”. Men of science don’t speak in broad, sweeping, unsubstantiated statements. At $300+ a month over years of use, this product will create broke diet-addicts. Sustained results can be achieved more successfully and safely with exercise, whole foods and relative portion size to weight ratio. Do you have a relative selling this product?
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.
Do your research and make your own decisions. Recently, a peer reviewed jounral article was released which was also funded by industry,(Isagenix) so there couldn’t possibly be any bias (insert sarcasm). Results did show the groups lost a significant amount of weight, but if you look at the weight loss in relationship to total kcals taken in on a daily basis (1000-1200) of course they will lose weigth! DUH!!!! I would be surprised if Isagenix used this study to solidify the use of their products.
Since each individual’s body is different, it is better to consult your dietitian or physician before you start this diet. Depending on current weight, medical history, current activity levels, age, genetics, etc., your dietitian will be able to customize the diet plan. Feeding your body the right foods to help burn more fat and being physically active is the best way to lose weight.

Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
Dani not only are you a beatiful person outside but inside more I have a thyroid problem(hashi) and I read every day in the last 3 years+ and you are right . Soy ( Soy Alert) Weston Price.org The endocrine system is easily disrupted and your metabolism is afected(soy) . These people need to do the research in the right places to understand the real thing. They have the Fox in custody of the chickens. jijijijiji Not only that when I cut the Gluten(Eat gluten and your inmune system attack the Thyroid) My dermatitis is cured 98%(Jesus the dermatologist do not know that) I discover the connection in the book the Gluten Connection(Shari Lieberman) I so on continue whith mission put light in the places where dark is present(Is your mission in life and mine)
The sad truth is, due to genetic circumstances SOME of us will have to rely upon products like Isagenix; choose the best from a questionable selection of chemically altered supplements to get what we need. I have PCOS and have found that I should not consume processed foods which only adds to my problems but there are also whole foods that also make it worst. I use to be just like Dani but I had to find a middle ground that worked more effectively for me.
Isagenix uses many organic ingredients, however finished products can not be certified organic as some ingredients are sourced from parts of the world where organic certification doesn’t exist. However the whey protein in the shakes is from milk from pasture fed cows without any antibiotics / growth hormones and only milked according to season. This protein is processed at low temperatures to ensure the immune boosting immunoglobulins are kept intact along with active peptides and digestive enzymes like lactase found naturally in milk (but destroyed from typical pasteurised milk you get from the shops) The cows are raised on NZ farms and exceeds USDA organic standards. More details found here http://www.isagenixhealth.net/top-25-questions-about-isagenix-and-nutritional-cleansing/ and here
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? 
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