1) Reacting the way you do in most of your response comments makes you sound condescending and arrogant. While I understand that you are extremely knowledgeable in the nutrition field, responding to comments in such a manner and basically insulting one’s intelligence of comprehension is very much uncalled for and unprofessional as the author of this article.
I’ve been in this industry since you were still crawling around eating GMO food your mom certainly fed you, and I can tell you that if you think that “WHOLE” foods are something that the average person can afford to put in their body and get as much nutrition as in just 1 shake by Isagenix, then you are sorely mistaken. That’s a thing of the past my dear.
Actually Jeff, you are partially correct, partially incorrect. . . while yes, cows produce milk to feed the calf (their udders actually kick into gear several days up to a couple of weeks prior to birth, with the initial substance being the colostrum rich milk) and continue to produce milk based on the needs/requirements of the calf until the calf gradually weans off milk and onto solid foods (graze/grass/hay).
Make sure to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and at least one snack (absolutely no skipping meals!) and ensure they consist of whole, real foods only. Eating consistently throughout the day will help you lay the foundation for ongoing healthy eating. I’m talking loads of veggies, lean protein such as grass-fed steak, chicken, fish, eggs and healthy fats from nuts, seeds or olives, avocado or coconut.

The Internet is a wonderful new medium for communicating ideas and information in a rapid and interactive way. Many articles are followed by a “comments” section. Like so many things in this imperfect world, comments are a mixed blessing. They can enhance the article by correcting errors, adding further information, and contributing useful thoughts to a productive discussion. But all too often they consist of emotional outbursts, unwarranted personal attacks on the author, logical fallacies, and misinformation. They provide irrational and ignorant people with a soapbox for promoting prejudices and false information.
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.
Very interesting article, I’m with you 100% Dani, I’ve been fructose free ( apart from eating no more than 2 pieces of whole fruit per day) for a year now and doing the 5×2 ( don’t like to call it a diet but a plan). I’ve never felt and looked better in my 46 yrs. My gym is plugging Isagenix and it saddens me to see the amount of people sucked in. When they tried to sell it to me the first thing I did was check the ingredients and as soon as I saw fructose listed I said there is no way am I putting that into my body.
If my students wrote a review like this they would get an F. The ingredients may come from Isagenix but your “facts” are not supported and are conflicting. Despite saying the use genetically modified ingredients you later state that you “doubt” that the products are non-GMO. That alone brings all other statements into question. You should back up your statements of the “toxic ingredients” with references, or are they specifically your opinion? Finally, you have neglected to reference your education/expertise.
At one time, I agreed with everything you have said. That was two years ago when I was sick and becoming increasingly incapable of daily life. I decided to give Isagenix a try. Why not? Tried everything else including an entire year of prescriptive drugs and miracle vitamin powders. Am I glad I made that decision. Today, my life has completely changed. In spite of the skepticism on your part, you cannot negate the real experience for someone else. I am sorry for your negative post because I think you might be keeping someone else from a better life’s experience. On another note, the best products I have in my cupboards are those that come from MLMs. They are typically higher quality and guaranteed. The distribution method is simply a choice. There is no difference if you get a product from Proctor and Gamble, Costco, Walmart or an MLM. Not all MLM products are untested nor certified. Goodness, I’ve used some certifiable products that flat didn’t work or were extremely dangerous. Why not post labels of all the “food” on the Grocery shelves and I bet you can’t even begin to explain what’s in them. Thanks for bursting my joy.
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.
Funny how you’ve asked this question a dozen times and no one can answer it. I did the same thing on their Facebook page months ago and all anyone could say was that the multi vitamins were all whole food and Isagenix didn’t use anything synthetic. Lie. I was also told that they’re not certified organic because they get products from all over the world, some countries which do not certify. So if that’s the case, label the products with the ingredients that apparently ARE organic. The ingredients you’ve listed are not healthy, I’m sure some of the ingredients are… but seeing as the people consuming these products are most likely coming from a diet of McDonalds – they believe it’s healthy. They should get it right and say it’s healthIER than the crap they used to eat.
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.
Great article! We have changed our diets to (as much as possible) organic, unprocessed, chemical free foods. I am 52 and this is the best I have felt, I believe, ever! Eating this way and incorporating exercise has been a life changer for me. At my last two physicals my labs have come back wonderful. I also am in menopause and do not have to take anything. I appreciate this article, as this product was brought up during my exercise class today and I was somewhat leery of it. Thank you for advocating true healthy eating.
I used the shakes twice a day for 6 days and developed headaches almost immediately. I didn’t relate them to the product until I talked to others who also had recently started and had headaches. the headaches were irritating, but not bad enough to treat with acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I then happened to take my blood pressure which was through the roof. That made me very concerned. The headaches went away and my blood pressure was down to normal when I went for my annual physical today.
I wrote this Isagenix review because I do not want you to fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure). Instead, watch my video on how to make a protein shake that is not only unprocessed but actually good for you.

This is not written to debunk what you have written only but to those super supporters of Isagenix who rely only upon research provided by Isagenix and “third party’ reviews. Sorry, when you look at the third party they also are affiliated with doctors and supporters of Isagenix. What you want to review are Medical Journal totally unaffiliated. Arbonne is another company similar to Isagenix but their ideas are more closely insync with what you are talking about Dani. They also have better third party research to support their products. They believe in 100% natural and organic ingredients combined with a whole food diet. Take a look at it Dani and tell me what you think. I can not take it because they use soy they say NON-GMO soy but soy period causes a reaction for me.

Do you people even listen to yourselves?? “This stuff is formulated by scientist and doctors”. ” Our bodies are made to get rid of the toxins put into the foods we eat”. There couldn’t be a more ignorant statement made. The doctors, government, and scientist are all in this together with the pharmaceutical companies and food industries. This is one way they control the population and make money in the process. Don’t y’all watch the drug commercials. All of the synthetic crap they make is what’s causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. They all make money off the drugs that they sale. More people should listen to bloggers like this on eating healthy organic whole foods. You’d spend a lot less time at the doctor if you did. Our government does not care about “We The People”. The last 7 years should have proven that much. All they are out for is the all mighty dollar.


Dinner? That's miso soup with some chopped sea vegetables (like the Japanese nori, used to make sushi) snipped over top. Or you might choose a cup of brown rice with a few chopped vegetables mixed in. "Brown rice gives your body plenty of B vitamins, which is a stress reducer. It's very high fiber, will fill you up, will help you sleep, and will flush you out in the morning."
I cheated, and I hate myself for it. I drank a half a cup of a chai latte with skim milk. (I can’t even believe I’m saying this.) Rewind two weeks ago, and I was drinking grande-white-chocolate-mochas-with-whole-milk-and-whipped-cream on the daily; sometimes even twice a day if I wanted a sugar high mid-afternoon. The culprit on day 7: an outing with my friend, Stephanie. You can have green tea on these cleanses, but the café we went to didn’t have such a thing. I drank the chai latte reluctantly, guilt-ridden, and hurting (mentally) later. I felt like I had failed. No will power here.
This is my unbiased comment about Isagenix. First, let me give you a quick background. I have always eaten healthy and exercised than the past few months happened. 1) We had the worst winter I have ever experienced… hubby and I ate a lot of comfort food. 2) I broke one ankle and sprained another hiking in March. 3) blood clot formed in my leg broke of and went into my lungs causing a bi-lateral embolism which almost killed me. 4) I quit smoking. Between the terrible winter, in-mobility (two bad ankles), hospital and recovery time and letting go of my nasty habit… I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been at.
There are two main types of toxins, water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily metabolized by the body and excreted in your urine. However, in the instance of someone with an unhealthy digestive system, such as leaky gut, some of the toxins manage to find their way into your blood supply. This can lead to a number of symptoms such as headaches, flu-like symptoms and if not addressed, can lead to more serious issues over the long term.
Fiona McMillan says she tried Isagenix for a while and despite losing weight quit the program after seeing dodgy health advice provided by what she called the "pushers" on support pages on social media. McMillan, who is a medical scientist, says she was very concerned by the many sellers providing health advice to others who complained of feeling nauseous or breaking out in a rash after using the product, despite having no qualifications. "Any time someone mentioned any type of rash, comments would appear such as 'that's just a niacin rush', 'nothing to worry about', 'I can't wait till I have one of those' – all without knowledge of the user's prior medical history, or what said rash actually looked like. In my opinion, these blind consults are very dangerous."
I give the shakes to my kids and of course they also eat plenty of real food. My daughter who has always been small and had asthma and chest colds has stopped getting sick and shot up in the last few months. We were eating an organic, whole food diet before we started Isagenix. I took a very long time to sign on because of the fact that it IS a network marketing company and I am very well-versed in nutrition and supplementation. (Incidentally, I think it is INSANE to think that you can live in this toxic world and be able to effectively detox and fill your nutritional needs without SOME sort of vitamin or mineral supplementation, whether it be through soaking in salts or imbibing) We were using ALL of the holistic tricks and we were still getting sick on a regular basis. Since being on isagenix I have noticed that it has fixed a long-time hormonal balance that I was suffering from–which was making my periods really rough. I also feel as if sickness cannot get a hold in my body. In addition to that, I have had all of the other benefits you would expect taking high-quality supplements. I am happier, sleeping better, have more energy etc. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am “selling” the product. I have helped a number of people get better from-long term illness as well as lose weight with this line. 

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their views. But, I don’t see the purpose in slamming a particular person or their educational back ground based on the fact that you may disagree with you. Commenting and or slamming Dani’s view based on her educational background then proceeding to share your thoughts, when you dont have any kimd of educational background in the matter is totally hypocritical. Second, one person mentioned that this IS… stuff is not a diet. I dont think you realize what diet means. A diet refers to the food choices you make through out the course of your life. Indivuals who eat a lot of chips and icecream can be said to have a diet of that which contains chips and icecream. So, yes this product is considered as part of a indivuals diet. And if this is all the person consumed, the IS… stuff would be their diet. It would be much more benifitial if people would stop slamming one another and actually just presented various facts. Maybe I didn’t read far enough down the list on these comments, but I didn’t see too much information solidly explaining the contraction of the product or how the ingredients that Dani listed from the toxic product list were of any kind of benefit for the IS… products.
This is great information. I started this program on Monday, unfortunately without researching it properly. Like the other advocates who responded to your blog, the person who got me going on it is very gung ho. I don’t feel any different than I did before I started, except that I’m hungry all the time. I’ve decided that I can lose weight better on my own, without all the processed stuff. Keep up the good work!
The danger is NOT this blogger but people like you who doubt anyone who is willing and able to challenge the notion that big business and commercial enterprises in agriculture are not causing mahem and risks to the health of consumers by nefarious food processing and food additive practices. Consumers have been too used to just trusting manufacturers and not questioning what goes in to the food and other products we eat.

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 don’t even know why I’m responding to this as opposed to trashing this comment. It’s evident that you know nothing about nutrition – you just said soybean oil is high in omega-3s. Uh no, it’s high in omega-6 which causes inflammation and heart disease. This is literally a fact. Not to mention the fact that soy oil is extracted used hexane – a neurotoxin. I’ve provided several credible links about soy oil. Please look for them in the comments section, it’s incredibly frustrating to repeat myself almost daily to people who don’t have the slightest grasp on nutrition. And unlike you, my sources are from sources that are actually credible – i.e. PubMed.
A derivative of starch, maltodextrin is more easily digestible than other complex carbs, but it does not cause the same blood sugar spike associated with simple sugars. Semi-sweet or flavorless, this polysaccharide (chain of sugar units) comes from corn, tapioca, potato, wheat, or rice (1). Used as a thickening agent or to round out sweetness, maltodextrin is a white powder that is native to both home-cooking and packaged foods.
To get the recommended amount of sleep daily, figure out what time you need to go to sleep in order to get in at least seven hours nightly. Go to bed early, turn off all lights and all electronics that provide light and sound (including your smartphone). It's also recommended to put down electronic devices at least 30 minutes prior to falling asleep, as the light emitted from these devices can stimulate your brain and make it difficult to fall asleep.[36]
BTW, my husband and I tried for 3 years to get pregnant (after our first) , and in this time, I spent some of it using Isagenix. After I couldn’t afford the products anymore and starting eating more healthy food, my husband and I are expecting our 2nd child! 😀 Also wanted to mention that I did gain some of the weight I had lost back, after I stopped using the products, so for those of you on Isagenix, just know that when you quit, you might gain some or most of your weight back. Severely cutting back calories and limiting what you eat is not the way to lose weight. Temporarily, yes, but not for life.
Whether you're dealing with acne, anxiety, or pretty much any health problem, according to various corners of the internet, you could solve it by way of a restrictive "detoxifying" cleanse. But not only are these cleanses often ineffective, they can also be legitimately dangerous. It's understandable to want to kickstart your health, but there are much safer and healthier ways to refocus your eating patterns — and they certainly don't require you to subsist entirely on liquids.

I bought the 30 day Presidents pack and was so excited to embark on my new journey of welllbeing, fitness and creating a new me. Not only did I stick to the programe, I also had the benefit of having had blood tests in the weeks before Isagenix (didnt show much, other than I was incredibly low in vitamin D). Out of curiosity, I had blood tests done again a few days ago.
I recently read about the various P450 enzymes and their role in detoxifying our bodies…Could pesticides and additives have an adverse effect on these enzymes? I would love to see the research, but my instincts after reading more into the subject say perhaps. The question pertaining to this post concerning Isagenix supporting proper detoxification or not isn’t my point. My point is that the “old school” thinking of nutrition in the light of “every calorie is the same” needs to be thrown out. Isagenix at least supports people in making healthier choices…Kale instead of candy perhaps. You are what you eat, and heck, if Isagenix gets people to drink a nutritional shake vs eating a happy meal, I’m all for it.
With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap—Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"—many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.

For snacks throughout the day, I ate Isagenix Snacks in French Vanilla flavour. They are round wafers made of New Zealand whey protein and are low calorie. I was allowed to have up to six a day. The first two Cleanse Days I ate all six each day. The last two Cleanse Days I wasn’t as hungry so I only had three. I preferred to chew these up fast because it releases the flavour. I tried sucking on them but I didn’t like that as much. They really do work to stop cravings and hold you off until the next meal. They also come in Chocolate flavour.


A nutrient-rich, rejuvenating drink that restores and protects the body. Specialised adaptogens energise your cells and help your body adapt to any form of stress. Isagenix Ionix Supreme contains over 100 specially sourced ingredients from around the world with antioxidants and adaptogenic herbs help support mental and physical performance and it contains advanced, supercharged blend of trace minerals, which support the body’s vital functions.

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).


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.
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.
For snacks throughout the day, I ate Isagenix Snacks in French Vanilla flavour. They are round wafers made of New Zealand whey protein and are low calorie. I was allowed to have up to six a day. The first two Cleanse Days I ate all six each day. The last two Cleanse Days I wasn’t as hungry so I only had three. I preferred to chew these up fast because it releases the flavour. I tried sucking on them but I didn’t like that as much. They really do work to stop cravings and hold you off until the next meal. They also come in Chocolate flavour.

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.
What’s more, the dairy cows from New Zealand are not given any hormones or antibiotics like other industrialized counterparts to increase growth and milk production. To further increase the quality, Isagenix only uses undenatured whey and milk protein to protect the protein’s natural flavor, as well as its naturally occurring fragile, biologically active peptides.”

Wow! My heading is spinning. Soooo much information. It seems the more I try to research and learn about eating healthy, the more confused I get. You have to be scientist to figure out all the terms, what they really are, how they affect your body. Labels, ingredients, random words to hide or disguise real meanings…..so frustrated and just wish I understood all of this. The more I read, the more confused I get. Trying to eat healthier, natural(which now doesn’t seem like a safe term when read on a label) and real food. Have used the the Isagenix shake for protein and meal replacement but always had questions, especially after recently reading many shakes have hidden metal in them? So now I have looked again at Isagenix and feel if my goal is to add protein, I need to go to the shake link provided earlier or one I found recently from the Ton It up gals in California. I have read the label for their product and it seems very similar. I did learn quite a bit about fructose and realize even though fruit is good for me, I probably was overdoing it and now I understand the connection of fruit and the liver. Do you have any good books to recommend that break down some of the things mentioned in your posts that could help me learn more about foods and our bodies…….in non-scientific terms?
Actually, they are. I definitely see your point and agree with you, but would expand it to say we are designed for natural foods like fruits and vegetables and animal products. Every culture in history has thrived on animal products, so much so that there has never, even been a culture that has only eaten fruits and veggies. Whey has been used for thousands of years, just not in protein powder form. That’s why I recommend this specific whey, it’s grass-fed and has undergone minimal processing.
The reason I feel this stuff is a scam is this. I did an experiment after I after heard all the hype on this stuff. I bought an herbal cleansing kit from the good food store and used protein shakes to replace breakfast everyday for a week. It cost me 39 dollars for the protein and 30 dollars for the cleanse. I lost 8lbs in 7 days. Was it the right way to go about it? No, I just wanted to prove that people are sheep and 280 dollars was a waste of money!
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.
If you don’t feel like brewing tea or adding fruit slices to water, then just drink plain H2O. It doesn’t get any simpler than this if you want to detox and lose weight. Many people are surprised that the best detox for weight loss involves nothing more than what makes up 70% of our bodies. Go beyond the recommended eight glasses a day and drink at least 12 cups. Aim for a gallon or more if you’re physically active.
Hi dani! I enjoyed reading this article. I am a Isagenix user myself and i feel great using the products. I don’t want to dispute the points you make but you don’t interpret the data correctly. I encourage you to take the opportunity to tour the head quarters in chandler Arizona sometime to learn the actual facts or simply call the customer service #1-480-889-5777 with an open mind.
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.
Lastly, length of time in this industry does not mean you know about nutrition (or maybe you do and still sell Isagenix for financial benefit). “if you think that “WHOLE” foods are something that the average person can afford to put in their body and get as much nutrition as in just 1 shake by Isagenix, then you are sorely mistaken.” So the average person can afford to spend hundreds of dollars a month on these products full of synthetic vitamins that can’t be absorbed? That doesn’t even make sense.
One more thing…. organic is kinda a joke, you know that right?? With the amount of pollution in our air, water and soil….. how can it be organic? Yes it can be free of pesticides, color, flavor and they have grown it to their best ability, but locally grown food is just as good. My opinion, organic is a money grab…. do I not buy organic? No! But I most certainly don’t buy only organic. I do buy 90% of my produce and meats from Canada though… keeping local 🙂 But that’s just my opinion…. and I don’t judge or recommend anyone do anything but what they want 🙂

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.”


Do you people even listen to yourselves?? “This stuff is formulated by scientist and doctors”. ” Our bodies are made to get rid of the toxins put into the foods we eat”. There couldn’t be a more ignorant statement made. The doctors, government, and scientist are all in this together with the pharmaceutical companies and food industries. This is one way they control the population and make money in the process. Don’t y’all watch the drug commercials. All of the synthetic crap they make is what’s causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. They all make money off the drugs that they sale. More people should listen to bloggers like this on eating healthy organic whole foods. You’d spend a lot less time at the doctor if you did. Our government does not care about “We The People”. The last 7 years should have proven that much. All they are out for is the all mighty dollar.
Sorry if I missed this somewhere along in the thread. It was dizzying reading through the comments and I had to skip to the bottom. I can see where it becomes so difficult for people to make good choices or know what to trust with so much different information out there and competing facts about ingredients. I just watched the documentary “Fed Up” this weekend and that also illustrates how people can become so misguided and it’s really sad. From now on, sticking to my gut and trying my best to eat clean, organic real foods!!
×