I do believe the Isalean shakes can cause bloating, because that is how I feel. Bloated. Constipated. I can no longer button jeans that fit me fine up until they reached my distended belly. This is in the wake of drinking adequate water and exercising and confirming ( on multiple occasions) that I am not pregnant (which would make me very happy if I were).

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.


I’m immoral for highlighting the fact that people who know nothing about nutrition are often duped into buying these products that are touted as healthy when they’re anything but? For giving people the tools to recognize unhealthy ingredients in their overpriced protein shakes? Mind you – I give away all of this information for free, and I’m immoral?
I went on Isagenixs for three months. Lost 4 kilos did not feel great and full of energy like everyone else did, in fact I felt constipated and on the days we had to fast…starving hungry. One would be better off eating healthy organic food and fasting for two days which is exactly what isagenixs does except you have to pay for the supposed benefits. What I hated is the multi marketing aspect as well and all the goody two shoes talk. “Oh it tastes soo good just like “Terries orange chocolate” OMG are they kidding! Its like insipid glug! Thank you Danni for being brave enough to critique this company!
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/
I googled Isagenix and came across this crazy conversation. I also noted that I am on a website for a HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH. Why is everyone attacking her?! A bunck of people asked her to give HER review of Isagenix, and she did. You don’t have to agree with her. You can think whatever you want, this is HER blog. Make your own and post you own opinions there!
Isagenix claims to promote weight loss. All “treatments” for [temporary] weight loss work the same way: they get people to ingest fewer calories than they expend. There is no reason to think that a person who restricts calorie intake and exercises will lose any more weight if they add Isagenix products. Diuretic and laxative effects, psychological factors, and enthusiasm for a new method may initially fool people into thinking they have benefited.
This is a review, it’s not bad mouthing, I didn’t make anything up. I highlighted toxic ingredients that are unhealthy. It’s a fact that some of the ingredients are unhealthy. I can’t change that. I also clearly stated that I received a significant amount of requests from readers to review Isagenix, so I did. Am I supposed to keep my mouth shut because people like you disagree with me? THAT would be a lack of integrity.
Also, for your further enjoyment you should look further into the lead levels of the shakes. They have been sited by California Prop 65 and have labeled all of their shakes accordingly. They have information on their website as to how they are still under the federal guidelines. They did in fact remove the soy lecithin from the shakes after what they described as “confusion” amongst people. Not stating that in fact soy lecithin contains trace amounts of soy proteins.

An Isagenix-funded study published in Nutrition & Metabolism in 2012 found that over an eight-week period, people who used Isagenix meal-replacement shakes as part of an intermittent fasting and calorie-restriction diet lost 2.2 pounds more than those who followed a similar diet using regular food. However, according to a 2012 article published on the Science-Based Medicine website, this study wasn't well-designed, and Isagenix paid to get it published in the journal. The author of the website article, Dr. Harriet Hall, also noted that there were inconsistencies in the numbers listed in the results, potentially making the conclusions unreliable.
You misunderstood my point. I’m not saying tricalcium phosphate is inherently bad. It’s bad when it’s synthesized as it is here. Are people going to overdose on it? No, likely not. But the fact that it’s an ingredient in a product that is touted as all-natural, the best available and healthiest shake is something that needs to be identified. I was trying to highlight the fact that there are synthetic ingredients present.
At the beginning of the Isagenix “Are you Toxic” Video on their home page, their is also a disclaimer saying none of their research is backed by official scientific evidence!!!! It comes up so fast and dissappears as quickly but i paused it and presto!!! So really Dani is right, do your research !!!!! You dont need to buy her 21 day plan to talk about products in a blog you fool!!! You are the one who is mistaken about ingredients…
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.
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.

Wow. I was going to meet with one of the sales reps for this product until I read through this site and many others. So here’s my take: it’s probably not for me. I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and try to eat organic when I can…but I am also very busy and dont always drive 45 mins to the farmers market or make my own protein shakes with raw eggs.
To be sure of bioavailability and potency, Isagenix provides ingredients either present in natural form or derived from natural food sources. We do not use any artificial or synthetic ingredients. In addition, Isagenix provides vitamins that are consistently tested for stability, purity, safety and efficacy. Each vitamin is evaluated using United States Pharmacopoeia standards or higher. They are sourced only from highly reputable suppliers with an excellent track record of meeting and exceeding cGMP guidelines. 

Isagenix claims to promote weight loss. All “treatments” for [temporary] weight loss work the same way: they get people to ingest fewer calories than they expend. There is no reason to think that a person who restricts calorie intake and exercises will lose any more weight if they add Isagenix products. Diuretic and laxative effects, psychological factors, and enthusiasm for a new method may initially fool people into thinking they have benefited.


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).
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. 

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.
Drink water to lose water! Cocktails are abundant over the holidays, as well as salty nosh and nibbles—all of which can leave you dehydrated and bloated. Alcohol and salt throw off the effect of antidiuretic hormone on the kidneys—the chemical that controls how much you urinate. As a result, you pee frequently and body holds on to what little water is left; that’s why you feel bloated. Start replenishing your body asap with a large pitcher of water with sliced whole lemons and oranges for natural detoxifying benefits. Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick, according to the World Health Organization. That’s why it’s also one of our 8 Easy Strategies for Rapid Weight Loss.

Still freaking out… My mental turmoil led me to a Facebook group of other Isagenix cleansers for support—some of whom started their cleanses on the same day as my fiancé and I, while most were people who go on cleanses repeatedly. (Wait, people do this more than once?) Apparently, some even do it for 30 days at a time. I don’t think I’m quite that dedicated to my body or nutritional well-being. I'm happy to report I've lost 5 pounds so far (my fiance lost 12!).
The only thing I could possibly say negatively about this is that your replies to these Isagenix trolls can be condescending and a bit rude, but I also see how you could be getting frustrated. I’m frustrated just reading their uninformed ravings. We should be encouraging knowledge and learning in a non-judgmental and healthy way, but sometimes you just gotta realize you’re beating your head against a wall.
I think Dani is missing something here and she should be talking to Dr. Paul Anderson and the other scientists from Isagenix to get her answers instead of on a blog. Very tacky. If you are that sure you are right then go to the source of the products. Ask the hard questions. These people are very available and will speak to her. Once she has talked to them and she has the answers then put it on a blog. It makes me wonder about her motives are!
Dani, if you would take time to actually read the Isagenix articles you would discover that each article (I am not referring to the marketing material) is fully backed by highly acclaimed and respected scientific, medical and nutritional research and professional publications. Isagenix did not appear from nowhere based on a whim or fancy. It is proven, tested by third party, and has reputable, fully backed by respected doctors and others in all fields of medicine.

Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried Isagenix and it either didn't work or caused side effects, such as five 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 Isagenix and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
I didn't set out to write this article. It started when I received an e-mail inquiry about Isagenix. I posted my answer on a discussion list, and it was picked up and published at http://healthfraudoz.blogspot.com/2006/11/critique-of-isagenix.html. Sandy Szwarc, author of a blog titled Junkfood Science, approved of it and kindly reposted it (see http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2006/11/can-you-really-cleanse-your-way-to.html.)
Sorry Laura but Isagenix funded that study how is that 3 rd party? I am a Isagenix distributor.I say thanks for the article Dani. Trying to counter Dani’s articles with Isagenix articles is embarrassing. Right now you can go to Hight Fructose.com or whatever and they’ll tell you it’s great. If folks want to continue using and selling Isa then go ahead. Just don’t bash Dani’s work. It’s obvious she is bringing 100% facts to the table. The person earlier that called Dani a fool, once again embarrassing. I will most likely continue using Isa for now. Thanks Dani for some eye opening information.
High quality whey protein concentrate for building lean muscle mass, can also helps with stubborn weight plateaus by increasing metabolism and managing hunger. Isagenix IsaPro is exclusively sourced undenatured whey protein concentrate from New Zealand cows that are pasture-fed and not treated with hormones or antibiotics. One and a half scoops of IsaPro contains 27 grams of nutritious, whey protein. Isa Pro has lower lactose levels for easier digestion and studies have found that individuals who add leucine-rich protein food, like whey protein, to their diet, coupled with exercise, have more lean muscle tissue and lose more body fat.
I somehow or another got sucked into the isagenix cult by some people that I know and trust. It worked for them and they looked great. I am now sending this garbage back. I don’t care what anyone says it is just that…garbage. There are 4 cleanse days where you drink all this stuff and pop pills and don’t eat. This left me sick to my stomach. This is not a lifestyle that anyone can maintain nor should they even try. I am on day 5 of stomach cramps, bowel problems, nausea, vomiting, headaches, joint pain, aches, etc. I don’t feel cleansed I feel sick. I am going back to my whole foods diet as that has never made me sick…ever! If you ask any isa supporter they’ll tell you that it’s just my body clearing toxins…well I was on an all organic whole food diet before..I can’t imagine I was chalked full of toxins. I have lost 10 pounds…but I don’t feel great. Good luck to anyone that gives it a try. It was not for me!
My take on the idea of whole foods and avoiding excess fructose is actually right in line with yours. I do try to focus on whole foods for most of the meals I eat and I do not drink calories (soda) and try to minimize the sugar in my diet. Knowing that 50% of sucrose is fructose, I try to focus on the whole sugars. With Isagenix, my sugar intake overall has dropped, which is a good thing. It is a plan to aid me in achieving my goals. Could I achieve my goals with whole foods? I believe anyone could, but we have to be wise and strong. Sometimes we need a plan to help us, and that is was this is for me. I am intrigued by the energy increase I have felt, the weight loss I am starting to experience and the improved focus I have throughout my day. I don’t believe it is for everyone, but I do believe it is for some. My wife, for example, is hypoglycemic and has a dairy allergy. She struggles BIGTIME, and is trying Isagenix as an attempt to see if she can find some balance. Time will tell. Her best success has been on a ketogenic plan, so we’ll see how this goes.
To be ‘on a diet’ is depressing and boring and doesn't deal with the toxicity within our bodies. Diets are often hard to stick to and require a lot of motivation and effort. If something is too hard to maintain you won’t stick with it. The Isagenix system is not a diet or a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change where your body is getting nutrients that are hard to get from our food today and feelings of deprivation diminish.
I have physically seen positive results from using Isagenix and as a result I’m going to commence a “cleanse” program and whilst I agree with the benefits of “natural” options I also need to approach this with a degree of practicality. My lifestyle choices determine my longevity, (genetics aside), and the Isagenix option seems to provide me the ease at accomplishing my goal.
After reading all these comments, all I can see is that people who sell Isagenix are merely brainwashed and are only able to regergetate that crap they’ve been taught at their “cult-like” conventions and information nights. Do they not realise that what they being taught may or may not be correct in the first place? Do they not realise that sometimes scientists are paid a lot of money to make knowingly faulse claims??? Also what makes them qualified to dish out nutrition advice to others on behalf of a company in the first place?
4. Isagenix has a full time staff of the best nutritional researchers, Doctors, and scientists on the globe. I would say that their knowledge of bio chemistry, human nutrition, and product safety far out ways your Certification from Blue Heron ( which is not an accredited organization by the way) or my own nutritional education for that matter. These people know what they are doing and they understand the importance of nutrition/cleansing for humans.
We all know that most meats are produced with additives that makes the animal grow and mature faster. These additives have been declared safe by all who tested them. Most of us have seen a young girl who looks like she’s 18 but is only 12 or 13. It would be logical to assume that the additives used to grow the animals faster would have similar effects on the people who consume them. After all, humans are just animals too. Did the scientific papers covering the use of these additives fully test and research the affects they would have on people? One could argue that it’s not a bad thing for our kids to grow faster but is it a good thing?
My conclusion: Isagenix does work for many people. It’s worked for me so far, but from the diet alone, I’ve learned nothing (other than memorizing their schedule for eating) about healthy eating/living outside of shakes. Some people can sustain this as a lifestyle, but most can’t. Once you stop using it, you’ll gain the weight back unless you become educated and get into new healthy habits. This last fact, is of key importance!
Dani, you mention fructose in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. Can you elaborate on that? There is no definition or explanation as to what is a high amount. While I agree that eating items with high fructose is bad, this is a result of poor diet where items with fructose have little to no fiber or protein content. That would allow the body (liver) to break down the “sugar” and process it similar to glucose. I’m not expert, just an interested reader.
There are many, many poor people out there desperately looking for a solution to their obesity, and many of these programs will work for different people. Presenting opinion as fact, and robbing these people of the opportunity to try something that may save their life, is immoral. Perhaps your way of life will suit some other people, but maybe others will need to try something different. They deserve to read truly unbiased reviews of products, and try at their own discretion.
I am not for this stuff. Sorry but real food is what can grow on trees and in the ground or eat the grass in fields. Sorry to say though there are studies on BOTH sides that say agave is healthy agave is unhealthy, or different oils are fine and are not fine. There is research to prove both sides. Thats just how it goes! I am having crazy bad health problems, have 4 kids, and am only 26 years old! I have a friend trying to sell me this but gotta be honest I would rather attempt to rebuild health by taking out all fake crap and stuff that doesn’t belong. $400 dollar shakes made in a lab and sold by multi level marketing tactics DOES NOT sound good right out the gate. Its just another fad. It will fade just like the rest of them. Even if it made me feel better it just isn’t healthy. 20 to 30 pounds in a month??!?! Any good dr would tell you thats not healthy unless you have a severe heart problem that made you have to lose weight immediately. My Mother in law did that with the HCG diet. The difference very few people knew that you had to take all sorts supplements because the HCG diet is not good long term and you are missing a ton of nutrients. So she had a naturalpath giving her the other stuff she needed. She lost the weight, went off, and now eats only organic healthy stuff and she kept the weight off for years. The point is, we don’t know the long term effects. And you don’t know its healthy just because they say it is. Now I am rambling so I need to go.
Cleansing to ‘kick-start’ weight loss is like getting a base tan before your holiday to Mexico. It’s a useless waste of time. In the end, the weight you lose from extreme dieting and cleansing is mostly water, which will return as soon as you resume eating a normal diet.  It’s just basic physiology. I know the promise of ‘transformation’ in just 30 days is tempting, but it’s also close to impossible. Again, please don’t let emotion dictate your choices here.

Wow. Just wow. Dani, first of all – my hat is off to you for sticking to your guns. Secondly – I totally agree – eating healthy organic locally sourced food is your best bet for health – that and unlearning some serious misinformation about fat, cholesterol and sugar. Finally, it is an unfortunate reality that many things in life are corrupted by the profit motive – at times to such an extent that decent people are caught up in the craze to just make a quick buck or two. It is also unfortunate that so many people are caught in the trap of ignorance, poverty or both – it is not cheap to feed a family on really healthy food, especially meat, produce. I’ve researched these topics and also the history behind American industrialized agriculture (e.g. Food, Inc., King Corn, etc) and am appalled at the corruption and overall insanity that has engulfed this nation. You can go just about anywhere else in the world and get healthy food quite easily – a expat friend of mine lives in Uruguay and is very happy with the situation there. So, hang in there and keep up the good work on your blog and getting the truth out. Do you know of Chris Kresser and his work?


Not sure if you are familiar with online marketing, but looking at all the comments in defense of the product, the number of urls they posted as reference and the professional language used to disprove your post; my gut tells me most come from the company themselves. They simply used your blog to their benefit; posting urls and mentioning the brand helps them improve their online scores with the search engines. This is why its so hard to find an honest or negative page talking about this and all other weightloss gimmicks. Next time don’t follow their lead.
OMGoodness!! Clay! What an absolutely wonderful link – – a medical doctor, who had a legitimate practice, and who apparently didn’t try to manipulate the patients/clients into an MLM by “prescribing” the latest fad to them! AND she has a marvelous sense of humor and of the ridiculous. I think this second Isagenix column was referenced earlier in this thread, but if you didn’t see it before you simply MUST check this one out . . . it kept me laughing so hard I had to wipe the tears off my leg! (sorry, I’m an old woman, what can I say?!! 😛
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! You articulated exactly how I feel about the entire Isagenix cult. I have some friends that are into it and they keep pushing. It really makes me sad that so many people believe that “food-like products” created in a lab can be healthier than real, whole, organic non-GMO foods prepared in your own kitchen. Just truly sad…
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.
In the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.
I too agree with all that you have said. I have trialled both Herbalife and Isagenix for my own research as I am in the fitness industry. I have gotten more success from telling people to eat a balanced diet of whole foods and the occasional supplemental vitamins (relevant to the goal e.g.. weight loss or muscle gain etc). Whats even worse now is that Personal Trainers are the target to further promote it as the age old saying that ‘my trainer said it was what i should eat’. Shame shame shame to those trainers that do this. They do this to also get more financial benefits from the products as we all low with this multi-level marketing (pyramid scheme).
Wish I have read your blog before buying the Isagenix crap. I’m 155lb 5’5″ and healthy. I don’t eat junk food and cooked healthy meals. Isagenix weight watch shake did seem to control my appetite I still very hungry after each shake and the supplements that came along with it , increased my body temperature, I began to feel really hot when everyone else around me was feeling cold. I cannot not sleep at night I’m restless after taking the night pill. Now my morning breath is awful that my husband stays far away from me. My stomach cannot stop growling and I’m full of gas. So will I be returning this product. As I read in a previous comment, perhaps the chemicals will work in a system that it’s already polluted with toxins. My body is use to I eat organic fruits,vegetables and meats, this product is not for me. Perhaps it will work with someone who is used to fast food. After each sake I’m still craving for real food, and I have not lost a single pound in one week . PS. I spend $230.00 too expensive!. Rated 3/10 

A meal replacement shake is possibly better than fast food (although you can make better choices depending on the restaurant), but is certainly worse than normal, reasonably healthy food. Drinking stupid shakes filled with sugar and other crap just isn’t good for you. It’s easy, but it’s certainly not healthy. Not even when these companies lie and tell you IT’S ALL NATURAL!!!
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.
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.
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