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
But your reason for wanting to do a cleanse may be totally admirable. For instance, perhaps you want to break out of eating patterns that leave you feeling sluggish halfway through your workday, or maybe you'd like to turn down your meat consumption a tad for the environment's sake. In those cases, you can still do what Larson calls a "reboot" rather than a cleanse to accomplish those goals without depriving your body of necessary nutrients.
Thank you so much for this! I tried googling 4 different ways to get the actual ingredients and an objective analysis of whether some new evidence showed anything in a supplement could “burn fat” and all I got was pages of links from the company & salespeople–even when I included the word scam–they are very clever in anticipating this charge–until I found you.
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!
There have been several people that ‘friended’ me on FB all within a few days. Once I started seeing the same pictures posted all within a few minutes of each other I stated looking a little further. They all post pictures of their private jets, expensive cars and trips all claiming that Isagenix gives them millions a year. Turns out these profiles are all created by the same man. (all the profiles are of good looking women). All I had to do was google the images and found they are pulled from the internet. THAT’S what I call a scam!
IF they lied they would get shut down. I could care less about what you think but, as a fitness competitor I do eat Really Clean! When I added these shakes into my program it only made my body respond so much better. I eat 6 times a day 2 of them being shakes. I am in the BEST shape of my life. I look and feel younger. Seriously, it enhanced the great nutrition I was already having. I love that you are all about whole foods, but wow. I know you will copy and paste your statement on answer me why they put those ingredients in. Matt already covered that. But I know someone will be contacting you from Isagenix soon. Its fine to have an opinion but full on disregard all the data that shows different about it being unhealthy is not right. The undeniable fact of so many people having results where health was turned around tremendously. With blood test work and everything . Not everyone is about weightloss and fat loss. Some are strictly for their last hope. And some is simply to supplement their already clean diet. Like me.
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.
Saying that Isagenix products contain corn is inaccurate. Again, a quick search for corn produces several hits, but if you take the time to read, you find it’s NOT CORN, the ingredient is CORN BRAN. Corn bran is a food product made from the tough outer layer of corn. Like the brans derived from other grain crops, it is very high in fiber, and it can be used in a wide variety of ways. Many commercial food producers use this substance as filler in their foods, and to reduce the caloric value of snack foods. It can also be used in home cooking to increase the fiber content of various foods and to add texture.
Hello Dani! WOW! Truth is.. The BodyDoesn’t Lie! So you are right on the money when you mention listening to your “intuition”. Oh my holy goodness.. I have been taking the Isogenix Shakes etc for almost two weeks..because a ‘well meaning’ someone signed me up under her to sell, sell, sell and had a UPS package of products shipped to my home at no charge to me. I didn’t have a good feeling about them and immediately voiced my concerns about the high fruitcose and sodium content to a top representitive of the company who repeated a continuous looping of ‘these products are formulated by a Master Formulater and everything balances out.. He knows what he’s doing!” I just came across your site late this afternoon and read clear through to the end. So gratefull for your staying in the arena here with all these cultish holy rollers.. I drove to the small market in this small mostly one religion town and bought a Kombucha and took a swig in your honour…because I have felt so fuzzy headed, unclear and with an ache in my back in the area where my right kidney is since taking this “stuff “! There is so much more I could say.. Instead ~ I’ll just say how much I appreciate you and look forward to reading more of your other articles! It’s probably a ‘runaway train’ with the long winders. .. But keep your post up..for those who know the truth doesn’t lie!!!! My best to you!
So I signed up for the 30 day cleanse and lasted 3 days…my stomach couldn’t take the shakes and other supplements. I have since sent back my stuff and am waiting for a refund. Meanwhile I am feeling disappointed in my PT who recommended this stuff. 11g of sugar per shake? Sunflower oil? Time to find a new PT! Thanks for this article…wish I had seen it a month ago! 🙂
I am a hypnotherapist, and my business mentor (whom I admire) was the one selling this product, so that is how I got involved. I told him about all of the adverse effects I was having in a long email, which he forwarded to Dr. Williams, the head nutritionist at Isagenix. In my email I was questioning some of the specific ingredients, such as the maltodextrim and the calcium caseinate. To make a long story short, Dr. Williams wrote a long email back, defending the products, and not showing any concern at all that I had these reactions. This would have been an opportunity for him to take the high road. I wish I could find that email, but it would take some time because I have to go back into the history. What this clearly tells me is that the powers that be do not care about people, they only care about the money. Dr. Williams is very high up in their MLM organization, and he has to support the products no matter what. It is all about the money, and there is A LOT of money at stake. (This is no different than the presidential press secretary having to support and rationalize every mistake the president makes) I don’t know how these head people at Isagenix sleep at night. I know I am not the only one who was harmed by this experience, and as I said, I was in perfect health before. I have owned gym memberships all of my adult life, so I exercise regularly and now only eat CLEAN organic food.
One of the biggest problems I have had with Isagenix, is the lack of medical knowledge those selling it have…. I went on Isagenix after being told how fantastic it was…. I had a VIOLENT allergic reaction, esophagus burning, migraine so severe I almost went into the ER for… and the gal selling it kept telling me it was a “detox” symptom… after the next shake, esophagus burned again… she called someone “higher up,” and they kept telling me to slow down, not to take the accelerator, etc.etc…. One more time and I was done.. had to take benadryl, heartburn meds.. anything to stop the burning….. Now, I realize that my case is rare; however, unless these people are MD’s, nutritionists, or have clear access to doctors…. PLEASE don’t try to tell me others these are detox symptoms, when clearly they have no idea what is going on …The same thing happened to someone else about two months ago…..Scary…. When I wrote one negative comment about my experience with Isagenix on facebook, I was blocked and later told by a distributor, “Isagenix doesn’t want any negative comments posted about their products, so I had to delete it.” That sealed the deal for me, and I then began to see that it was about their reputation and MLM, rather than a person’s health…. I appreciate that so many are dropping pounds and feeling better, but seriously… we live in a free country, free speech.. you put your product out there, expect both negative and positive reviews……. FYI.. after seeing some of the ingredients in the isagenix shake…… one of them is ASPERIGILLIUS, which is a form of mold.. I am HIGHLY allergic to mold… and yes, there is fructose, which is the first ingredient…. I was told by my doctor, which is a functional medicine doctor that I trust… to be cautious of some of these types of products that help people detox and dump weight quickly… If they go off… it can be disastrous….It can throw your adrenals, thyroid glands into fatigue…….
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.
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.
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.
Well said. I have used Isagenix in the past and it is good for a quick weight loss because you cut calories, cleanse days you eat nothing, so yes you lose weight. But it all comes back. I am now finally learning about proper nutrition and exercise, especially cutting sodium and keeping stress levels down. My next move now is to take up yoga which I heard has great stress relieving benefits.
It seems complicated, I know. But once you just eliminate all of the food products, it’s easy. If you stick to the basics of real food, organic, found in nature, then you’re good. I tend to avoid most things with a label and make food from scratch; this really simplifies eating. I would recommend reading The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, it is scientific but not difficult to understand.
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.
Gastrointestinal issues will create or exacerbate a faulty detoxification system. Improving your digestive system requires removing obstacles that create dysbiosis (gut imbalances) and other problems, but also incorporating the right gut-supporting foods and nutrients. Talk to your chiropractor or other healthcare professional if you suspect intestinal permeability (leaky gut) or other digestive problems.
The company does not even have the GMO free or USDA certifications either, meaning as a consumer I would have to trust their word. Really? And as explained above, certified organic does not make it healthier by any means. Whole Food Markets sales organic canola oil which alone is an oxymoron of a word just like their “responsibly farmed salmon” which is fed with grains pellets (including GMO corn and soy). Funny how the wording make people all feel better. By I digress….I am very happy someone took the time to debunk another company that aims to people wallets and could care less about their health.
The Isagenix diet will not deprive your body of any nutrients. Hence, you can follow your regular exercise routine or start working out whenever you get time. Warm-ups, walking, running, jogging, cycling, yoga, dancing, playing a sport, etc. will help secrete the good hormones. These, in turn, trigger metabolism and help you lose weight. You will look and feel good after a good workout of at least about 30 minutes.
I appreciate healthy debate (pun intended). Anyway, just wanted to add my 2 cents. I started a strict Paleo diet in Jan. 2013 (90% of the time). While I found many benefits to it, I still had lots of struggles. That 10% when I wouldn’t eat paleo completely derailed me of any progress I had. It was disgustingly frustrating. Then I had bloodwork done in Nov. 2013, and my triglycerides and cholesterol were very high and my blood sugar was in the prediabetic level. I’ve been a life long athlete. I work out daily. I’ve done triathlons. I do yoga, strength, and cardio on a regular basis. I’m only 33.
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.
I found myself about 25 days ago, being faced with the choice of trying Isagenix. I looked into it. I did some research. I was discerning. And given that those who introduced me to it were close family and I had been watching their results closely and was actually impressed, I decided to give it a go. But lets be clear about something: I owned that decision completely. It was not sold, because I will not be sold to. Now, 20 days in, so many of my hopes and dreams are back in gear and the adventures I’ve been hoping and praying to be part of are within my conscious control. Isagenix didn’t do that. I did. I saw Isagenix as a tool and I realised that my application of that tool would be paramount to the success or failure of the venture. Sure, I understand and appreciate that some of the ingredients are suspect. But so is the fluoride added to water supplies that is still mandatory in most provinces and states of New Zealand and Australia where I’ve spent the majority of my 39 years. And we know what that stuff does to our pineal gland… right? And what the pineal gland does for us and how important latest neurological studies are suggesting it is to our overall experience as “living systems?” I really hope thats a bandwagon those of you with “credentials” are on. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, I sincerely mean that.
You said you called Isagenix and asked if they were certified Organic and when you were told “No” you didn’t bother to investigate further or get any other question answered, like your question about ingredients. It’s not that Isagenix choose not to certify their products, it’s that they can not even start the process because there is no organic certification available for some of the ingredients used in the products. That does not mean they are below organic standards. In fact, the Isagenix shakes, that contain Grade 7 Whey Protein (the highest grade possible), actually exceed US Organic Standards.
I’m a little bitter about this. I agree, Isagenix is a terrible product. I have never taken it, nor will I, because any product that is made in a factory and has the storage life to be shipped across the country and sit in a person’s cupboard for weeks on end, must be terribly processed. Any wholesome food, such as a strawberry, dehydrated, ground, or whatever they do to turn it into a powder, seems suspect. It makes me think of Kool-aid or Ice Tea powder. My aunt sells Isagenix and tries to get everyone on board with the product as well. She thinks she’s gifted because she has helped “1000’s” of people lose weight and live a better lifestyle. My aunt considers herself to be a very knowledgeable health professional but likely has no inkling of what each ingredient is or what it does to you. She doesn’t have the nutrition courses, or the chemistry, biochemistry, or biology courses, in order to understand how the body works and what types of nutrients, and chemicals are harmful to a person. I haven’t read your credentials but you do have far more knowledge than the average person in regards to what is healthful and what is not. People don’t seem to understand that company’s are going to “find” that information they need to back up their products; there is a lot of manipulation of “facts” in order to get people to believe in the product. Also, how can any product be beneficial that forces you to starve yourself, and losing weight so rapidly….. from my understanding, 1lb a week of weight loss is best, and it’s healthful eating and exercise that get people functioning optimally.
Re: fructose – 50 grams is very high. Not to mention PaleoLeap says “for healthy people.” Most people who resort to Isagenix aren’t the healthiest and do so because of health and weight problems. I eat less than 10 grams of fructose per day. Dr. Mercola recommends under 25 (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/28/new-study-confirms-fructose-affects-your-brain-very-differently-than-glucose.aspx and http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/02/is-sugar-toxic.aspx)
I would encourage you to call the company and talk to the direct heads of departments before making such a false claim. Where is soybean oil listed in an of our ingredients? Lecithin yes but not oil. DO you know that New Zealand actually has higher milking standards than the USDA organic? just because YOU believe some of these ingredients are toxic means nothing..God created all sorts of food from the earth and it has only been the last few years we have decided foods that God created are “unhealthy.” ISagenix has saved many people’s lives and their health, whether they “sell” or not. So I just think it is very unprofessional to bash a company so rudely before knowing all the facts. You did yourself a blogging disservice.
Wow, I came on here to research the product as a friend was doing a hard sell on me. She has lost about 10 kg. ( good on her I say ) But from what I have learnt from Isagenix supporters is you’re all a bunch of Nutters ! If you have any faith in your product then you should not be threatened by a review. But listening to you all, then listening to Dani’s replies, I would have have to trust her opinion in a heart beat. It also seems most of you are believing what you have been told by the company and have not done any independent reasearch yourself. ( And by independent I mean not from the lsagenix website ). So before I get sucked into this cult like diet culture, I am saying NO ! And BTW you are not doing yourself or the company any favours by defending it in this “obsessed like nature”. I’m of to make a banana smoothie ! Thanks Dani if anything you helped me stear clear of this product as the peolpe are ” A Special kind of Special”
Gosh this is quite an eye opener! I was talked into doing Isagenix purely because I wanted to shift some weight. I have been on the programme now for 4 days and have lost 1kg already but have not felt good on it at all. Headaches, Nausea, light headedness, and just downright hungry! My Diet before has always been healthy just sometimes have too much of it. My husband says that you loose weight because “you aren’t eating” and yet my Isagenix coach says that everything I need is in the “shake”! To feel lousy on such a product makes me think it can’t possibly be healthy for you in the long run. So all I can say is I have paid for it now so will continue for the 30 day programme but will cancel my Auto ship as the Product is too darn expensive to be on it continuously and I enjoy eating good wholesome food without suffering through just drinking plain old shakes that obviously, from reading the above, don’t work!
Regardless of the drink or recipe you use, just be sure to stick to unprocessed ingredients. The best detox for weight loss will always require nothing more than what’s found abundantly in nature. The same holds true if you decide to use a detox supplement like Digestive Refresh. These detox drinks alone won’t give you six-pack abs, but they’ll certainly help you achieve your ideal body weight.
This only concludes that i should stay clear from slurpees, not Isagenix shakes and other Isagenix products. I only wish I can be as confident in my “whole food” consumption from organic farms and grocery stores as I am with my consumption of Isagenix products. Their “No Compromise” quality policy is so extensive and thorough. I know that the products are pure, safe and beneficial. We are so unaware of what is in our food supply these days, it’s scary! I am so thankful that Isagenix goes above and beyond in testing all products.
I actually don’t get paid to write posts as I don’t accept sponsored posts. And if you actually “hire bloggers for a living” which I’m not even sure what that means, you would know that bloggers rarely, if ever (I’ve never known a blogger to get paid for this and I know a lot of bloggers) get paid to write against products. I’ve never been paid to write an article actually. The disclaimer is for my affiliation with companies like Amazon, doTERRA and Perfect Supplements.
Of course, the CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) has no regard for the cow, their well being or the calf. The cows are disposable production units, the calves are treated as a waste by-product. These poor abused, over-drugged, steroid-stimulated cows only live about 3 – 4 years (average life expectancy for Holsteins is usually 12 – 15 yrs) before they are either so sick or so worn out or so crippled up from living – standing up on cement floors, in hoof deep excrement/urine, with no room to lie down – being fed GMO grains, growth hormones, steroids, antibiotics – shocked, kicked, beaten, burned, smashed with tire irons or shovels, herded with front-end loader tractors then scooped up, plowed over/under/out to the trash/waste pile. All so that YOU can have your diet products with whey, and non-fat dry milk.
I am a Weight Loss Coach who teaches people how to eat mindfully, and end emotional eating. I have friends who swear by Isagenix. Since it’s all the rage and I have clients who use it, I decided to try it for one week so that I could have first hand experience. I have never been so thirsty in my life. I easily drank 2 gallons of water a day, and still could not satisfy my thirst. I woke in the morning with the worst dry mouth of my life. I quit after day 2 as I was concerned with how this product was affecting my liver and kidneys.
Anyway, I wondered what your thoughts were about the effects on your metabolism from going on those cleanse days. You can do the cleanse days either one day a week through the month or they highly recommend doing two days back-to-back. When I had talked about what I was doing with a friend they were concerned about the possible effects on my metabolism. Even the super gung-ho supporters of Isagenix admit to gaining pounds back right after a cleanse despite losing weight during the cleanse. I know you mostly focused on the ingredients, but I wondered if you had any thoughts about how this might effect metabolism?
In looking back at this whole kerfuffle, it became clear to me that there had been a colossal barrier to communication. The person who originally asked me about Isagenix and the blog owner and I were all operating in the arena of science and evidence. Most of the commenters were operating in a whole different universe of discourse based on belief, hope, hearsay, and personal experience. Science is like a foreign language to them, and they were incapable of understanding my points. Pearls before swine…
The ingredients in Isagenix Cleanse for Life are known to promote weight loss and to have a cleansing effect on the body. There is some question regarding the amounts of the ingredients, and even the safety of some of them to the overall health of the consumer, but as a whole, it appears as though most consumers have found Isagenix Cleanse for Life to play a positive role in their journey to their weight loss goals.
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/
Sad also you have to bash a product when hundreds of thousands are getting GREAT results…..with a 96% success rate with people KEEPING IT OFF and feeling great its hard to deny its a good product. I would LOVE to see the results for your product. 96% I doubt its that much! thanks for coming out though. I also find it funny that you said you didn’t want to click on the page that EXPLAINS all the things you said were bad, JUST because it was from isa. SO you wont even let the company defend it self and SHOW YOU that really your dont know what your talking about. Like so many else have said……what are your credentials? This product was refereed to me by MY DOCTOR. who HAS done WAY more research on this stuff then EITHER of us has. She said she wouldn’t have put her name behind it if it wasn’t amazing stuff. So who am I going to believe…..someone that just looks at words and makes ASSUMPTIONS or my doctor who has all to loose if this product was a giant FLOP?
I will be honest, I rarely look at these types of articles let alone care to comment. But somebody wanted me to look at this. I for one am using isagenix. I have tried the Paleo diet. Although it is a great thing to use, the single biggest problem is you have no clue what is what. Even if you buy local or organic has no bearing if it is healthy or not. To slap an organic label while still using certain types of pesticides, herbicides and so forth still apply. My body personally can tell the difference.
Take Cleanse for Life daily as part of a balanced diet to promote better health or use it as part of a one- or two-day intermittent fasting deep cleanse for additional benefits. Cleanse for Life should be used as part of an Isagenix System for maximum results. For Daily cleansing, take 2 ounces twice daily. Enjoy warm or cold. For a deeper, one- or two-day cleanse, take 4 ounces four times throughout the day. Follow with 8 ounces of water. Enjoy warm or cold. Cleansing is most effective with a combination of both daily and deep cleanses.