I did Isagenix…I lasted 10 days. I lost 6kg. I felt horrendous. I couldn’t stop shitting, and it was literally weeing out my butt (that can’t always be good), I was HUNGRY, after the two cleanse days I was so repulsed by the snack buttons and the cleanse drink that I would start dry reaching just looking at the bottle. And then when I stopped taking Isagenix, I was so hungry, I ate triple what a normal person would eat. When I was on the program, my blood sugar levels were tested at just below 2. I feel like dry reaching just writing this. I can also no longer eat blueberries…those damn shakes turned me off blueberries. AND I paid approximately $1500 dollars all up.
Dani, The article I linked to specifically stated the use of high oleic sunflower oil in the isalean shakes. As far as the slim cakes go, there is no sunflower oil in them, other NON Hydrogenated oils are used. The key word here being non-hydrogenated! There is no soy no canola no corn oil and no palm oil in the shakes it’s in a few of the snack products, and palm oil has very many health benefits similar to that found in coconut oil.

Thank you for posting this information. I have been on quite a journey the past two years making many changes to my diet. The biggest change is eating a paleo lifestyle. I stopped eating most of the food offered through isagenix because I do believe it is too processed but I have still been consuming the shakes because I find it difficult to eat the amount of protein I need to eat everyday without supplementing somehow. I am an avid crossfit participant and would like to build some more lean muscle. In order to do this I need to eat at least 1g per lb of bodyweight, in my case, 160g of protein. I just ordered the protein you recommended above to give it a try. I am just starting a program to get my masters in human nutrtion and functional medicine. I am sure I will come across information about the ingredients you listed as I move through the program. It is a shame there is not better labeling requirements so people can really understand what they are getting. I truly believed Isagenix was organic, sourced from new zealand gras fed cows without artificial ingredients or preservatives, although I often wondered how it could have such a long shelf life without preservatives! My internal alarm bells have been ringing which led me to do a search that landed me at your post. So here I sit feeling overwhelmed and I feel sad because as educated as I am still believed what the company told us. I wanted you to know your blog has reached a current Isagenix user in a positive way. I started with Isagenix because of the science of what they tell us is behind their products. It is because of this science I got an appetite to know more and that led me to complete my health coaching training through IIN and now enter a masters program to further my studies. For that, I will be grateful to Isagenix. I believe the science they tell us is solid, but it appears their products do not fulfill the requirements to achieve the results the science warrants.
Luke, Doctors of Naturopathy are registered practitioners and their recognized services are covered under group health insurance plans in Canada. In Europe, where they are even more highly esteemed, and specifically in Germany, they work alongside oncologists to help battle cancer by using multi-disciple approaches to saving lives. On the other hand, while my husband endured 6 months of chemotherapy for stage 3 cancer, the hospital dietitian provide a toxic list of antiquated notions of supposedly healthy foods. It was the 1950’s all over again. Thanks to our naturopathic doctor, who helped fortify and sustain my husband’s immune system and the elimination of inflammatory foods, he is, at the moment, cancer free. I think that if you have had the good fortune to be “thrown in to the same category as a naturopath”, your reputation will benefit.
You see, every day there are millions of cellular reactions occurring in your body. Some of this activity causes damage within your body. As with any equipment that is used a lot, the daily stress causes breakdown. Fortunately, your body is built for such circumstances and can naturally heal anything that isn’t working at an optimal level. This is autophagy.
Most of the shakes contain around 11 grams of sugar. If we assume half of that is fructose and people are consuming two shakes a day, plus one of the snack bars, like this one: http://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product/isalean-bar/isalean-bar-fact-panels/us-en-fact-panel-isalean-bar-chocolate-decadence.pdf which contains fructose and a whopping 16 grams of sugar – a person would be consuming at a minimum 20 grams of fructose per day – not even including any they’re consuming from actual food! And it’s worth mentioning that PaleoLeap is including naturally occurring fructose, ya know, from an unprocessed, whole food. Not from an overly processed shake or “IsaLean bar.” For someone who likely already has issues with blood sugar, insulin, liver function, etc – they should be consuming nowhere near this much fructose.
Dairy cows on New Zealand farms are free to feed on spacious pasture in a temperate climate and the pristine environment that the country naturally provides. Research has shown that when cows are fed their natural diet of grasses in this way, it also keeps them healthier in comparison to grain-fed cows on feedlots. The farmers’ milking process is also more humane and natural where the cows are milked only according to season (rather than being artificially impregnated constantly to maximize profits).
Calories in v Calories out, exercise etc etc, these are all the common sense answers to any attempt to lose weight. If you take Isagenix or any other product to SUPPLEMENT your lifestyle then you are more likely to achieve success, so if you look at Isagenix or other SUPPLEMENTS in this context then they will help. Maybe use them as a jumpstart to help you improve other lifestyle habits like the fruit and veggies and exercise. I have never tried this stuff but over the years as a Professional Athlete I have tried many, but they have never been the hook on which I hang my nutritional requirement hat….
The federal regulations that define the term natural flavors and enforce its correct use ensure that it’s used appropriately by manufacturing companies, and not as a way to hide ingredients that might be considered unhealthy. By listing flavoring compounds as natural flavors, consumers are being told what they do (impart flavor), while also making labels appear simpler and less cluttered. In addition, using natural flavors on labels helps to prevent competing manufacturers from creating copy-cat versions of products.

Some of the comments were upset about you saying that there is gluten, soy and rancid oils in the products. How can they argue with company ingredient labeling? Gluten sensitivity is a huge concern for many people. One of my problems with the product is the whey content. For people with nonceliac gluten sensitivity any dairy derived product can be a major issue due to cross reactivity. Don’t believe me? Investigate Cyrex labs and their test array panels for cross reactive foods to gluten. New Zealand raised cows are not really any healthier than US raised cows for a variety of reasons. That is a myth perpetuated by companies using NZ raised cows.
Furthermore…… to all the people out there who have been quite arrogant in some of these posts, but saying that Dani knows nothing…………. I do not know this lady, but I do know my family GP very well and i have no reason to doubt her. My recent blood results did show a change in the Vitamin D level, but that was purely down to the fact I had a Vitamin D injection to cover me for 6 months (rather than take daily supplements). Other than that…. NO Change anywhere. I can honestly say, this system did not work for me.
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.
I was in poor health and using the Isagenix products helped me lose weight, begin exercising, and make healthier food choices. I continue to use Isagenix products as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Dr. Hall, I am not an MD, but with that being said, many of her criticisms of the Isagenix products are not really accessible to the average person. So, Dr. Hall, I guess since you are writing so much about Isagenix, maybe refer us readers to other health professionals, perhaps in the field of nutrition that can speak with more credibility, to what you are saying. 

Wow, what do have against a good diet exactly? These products offer a legitimate quick fix for very sick, very lazy, very broke and very desperate and also very sales-orientated people (network marketing scheme) It works for them but for others who lead a normal life , earn an income and eat well and exercise, they can be unhealthy and unnecessary products. Only internet trolls (so many in this blog – named) would stoop to calling people evil, when they are presenting factual information. Who care if Dani charges for health advice? That doesn’t change the fact that she is correct about some of the ingredients you twirp. Just because you were nearly dead does not mean it’s good for everyone!!! Get some real scientific knowledge. You were nearly dead remember – gotta ask yourself why !!! Keep up the good honest approach Dani…..dont worry about the trolls on this blog. They all deserve a lot worse, given the problems they cause

A Nutritional Cleanse is the perfect opportunity to allow your body to “start from scratch” while helping you gain some dietary insight into your path towards wellness. When done right, clearing out the body through a guided nutritional program can have some seriously amazing and long-lasting results on your health. So, what better way to rid any poisons or toxins from your body than to go on one of these Nutritional Cleanses? Joy Schonholz, Nutritional Cleansing Coach at Isagenix and active Isagenix product-user, tells us to think of it this way: When your engine oil becomes dirty, your car alerts you that you’re due for an oil change to rid any impurities from the oil. This guarantees that your engine will run smoothly once it “starts from scratch.” Now, think of your body as the engine and the nutritional cleanse as its oil change. Pretty beneficial to us, don’t you think?
I don't usually leave reviews, this is prob the 1st ever! But was so impressed with the Isagenix cleanse I think everyone needs to know about it! I thought I've never shift the fat around my belly and bottom, and have tried every diet under the sun, but finally it's gone and I'm almost at my perfect weight, plus I have enough energy to run after my two little ones rather than wanting to curl up and sleep!
Sometimes, taking charge feels good. Reunions come along from time to time. So do beach getaways, job interviews, big dates, and other “holy cow, I’d better get it in gear” moments. Taking control of our fitness and health at important junctures in life gives us a sense of accomplishment. You’ll be able to revisit this cleanse whenever a big event looms. Turbocharged results are within your grasp. What I love about this cleanse is that it doesn’t require truly dramatic sacrifice. The only serious change you’ll need to make, besides giving up mindless snacking, is in your morning routine.
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 used the products before -never sold them as MLM are just tacky IMO- and I have to say there is a lot of very misinformed, fanatical weirdness going on with it. I think a lot of the people who are fanatical about it, are not very educated in general- that is what I noticed across the board with them. But that’s maybe also why, they’ve fallen into it so deeply.
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!!!
Sounds easy? It isn’t. Obviously. That’s because companies like Isagenix are thriving and that’s because there are many millions who want to believe in miracles more than they want to face the truth. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to believe in miracles. Problem is, I’m just one of those who needs to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I don’t think that’s an easy thing to find.
Pomegranate contains vitamins C and K, folate, proteins, fiber, and potassium. Punicalagins present in pomegranate are antioxidants and help boost the overall immunity. Pomegranate prevents type II diabetes, cancer (prostate and breast), and heart disease. It is also beneficial for those who have arthritis, blood pressure, skin diseases, and cognitive disorders. It improves memory and blood circulation (19).
It’s working out great! Let me guess… you’re on that “nutrients in food have been depleted” bandwagon???? While soil is generally less rich in minerals than it used to be, it is not a problem for us when consuming fruits and vegetables. They still have lots of vitamins in them and are very good for us! Eat good food, take a simple multi-vitamin, and you will get all the nutrients you need. Still no crappy shakes necessary!
I started Isagenix about 5 months potpartum and today have stopped. It gives me stomach crams and I feel AWFUL. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I have not been able to keep it under control since starting this program. I am actually really excited to going back to meal prepping! thank you for this article. I thought I was crazy the way I was feeling but now I get why!
Fructose from organic sugar beet is used in the shakes. Fructose is much better to be using than artificial sweetners and flavourings which you won’t find in isagenix products at all. Fructose is also low glycemic (32) and increases blood sugar control so is a better choice for diabetics. You won’t find high fructose corn syrup in any of the products. Details can be found in this referenced article http://www.isagenixhealth.net/fructose-is-not-toxic-and-can-help-control-blood-sugar/

The comment on ‘natural flavors’ is misleading as, to start, there is no MSG in the shakes even though you say technically it can be classed as a natural flavour. Actually it can’t as USDA will not allow MSG on the ‘natural flavors’ list. It does, on the other hand, allow glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is an amino acid that occurs naturally in our bodies. Aside from this, you do not actually know which ‘natural flavors’ are in the product. Before making suggestions of what they might be and misleading people, actual research could involve you asking company, if you were genuinely doing an ‘unbiased’ review on the internet for literally everyone to read.


Wow that is a lot of information about all kinds of nutrition and Isagenix products. I wonder if there is a healthy balance in this somewhere. I personally prefer a diet of organic fresh food, locally grown, but yea it is time consuming every week to shop or find the right foods, then prepare everything in a manner that is fairly convenient each week, since I commute about an hour each day and work a normal day, plus I love to work out or just get some good exercise walking, playing golf, and general enjoyment. So why cant I use Isagenix moderately for those times when I may slightly rushed or am just craving a snack of some kind. I love ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, cheese, pasta, any kind of bread, milk, and I feel fairly normal in that sense. But of course most of this is not so good for you especially if you eat like that all the time. About five years ago I just started this organic nutritional program and lost 60lbs, I feel awesome. I will never go back to the old katdaddi who ate whatever he wanted. No more fast food, no sodas, prepared food etc. I love my new life. I generally have plenty of energy. I was introduced to Isagenix a few months ago and of course had been through the herbal life to lifevantage slew of products so the shake and cleanse was really not appealing to me at all. I was getting kind of bored though even though my daughters are so great about shopping with me and sharing all their cool organic recipes and even cooking for me sometimes. I thought ok I will try this Isagenix thing for 30 days. I hate shakes, sold my blender and 2 tubs of shake mix to one of the other guys at the gym, you know I just thought this ain’t for me. But since I had the product I decided to go ahead and use it instead of just throwing it out or hassle with sending it back. After about 3 weeks of consistent use, I started to notice a difference in my energy level but mainly I started seeing some gains at the gym. I like the crossfit thing and am 57, so its not like I am in this for the competition. I think we all know that is not going to happen. But not being super fatigued after a hard workout and actually being able to lift more weight and not be the last one to finish every time you do a work out was a win for me. The only thing I did different was adding the Isagenix to my routine. I don’t drink the vanilla shakes everyday but usually 2 times a week or like I said before if I am in a little time crunch. I thought some of the energy bars were good tasting and filling. Those little round snack things and the small little chocolate bites were great for killing a craving. The cleansing pills actually did seem to help me get rid of water weight and pass some toxins, nothing wrong with a little diuretic occasionally. Don’t be stupid and take it all the time ins not intended to be used in that manner. Of all the shake programs I have tried Isagenix is really the only one I have actually enjoyed and saw any evidence that something was different with my body. My wife has actually noticed a difference in my body as well. And believe me she is smart about this stuff. So maybe you can reach a balance, not every ones body is the same. Obviously not all people can tolerate whey, fructose, lactose, or other ingredients. I have seen vegans who tried to come off the vegan lifestyle and there body would totally reject healthy organic foods simply because they haven’t eaten them in 10 years not because they are bad for you. Sure there are some nutritional absolutes that hold true for 99% of the population. Anyway lighten up and recognize that what’s right for you may not work for someone else. All I can say is that I have a good combination of a very healthy diet eating locally grown organic foods (and I grow my own during summer, so I do know what is in my food) plus the Isagenix products. It seems to be working great for me with no side effects that I can identify. I am not a scientist, I have a BA in Marketing but I am not selling Isagenix just using it. I work in the IT industry but like we may sometimes, study long, study wrong.
Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."
I’ve used the products before -never sold them as MLM are just tacky IMO- and I have to say there is a lot of very misinformed, fanatical weirdness going on with it. I think a lot of the people who are fanatical about it, are not very educated in general- that is what I noticed across the board with them. But that’s maybe also why, they’ve fallen into it so deeply.
Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels. When used as part of an Isagenix system. Cleanse for Life: Protects cells and vital organs from aging Encourages safe weight loss Boosts mental and physical performance Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Encourages safe weight loss •Boosts mental and physical performance •Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels

Thousands of natural volatile compounds make up the flavors and aromas of the things we eat. Even simple natural flavors like vanilla can be made up of hundreds of compounds, most of which have very strange sounding chemical names. For example, d-limonene is one of many natural volatile compounds that make citrus taste like citrus (2), and 3-methylbutanal, 3-methyl-l-butanol, and geranial are compounds that help make tomato taste like tomato (3). Listing all of these natural flavor compounds as their official names on a label would not only lead to more confusion, but also look a little scary.
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.
Hey not everyone has the ability to exercise (possibly due to any injury). So for some of us Isagenix has been a life-saver. It’s not just about the weight loss. I have never felt better in my life! And by the way, I don’t sell it, I use it for my own personal consumption. And it is gluten free!! I’m sorry everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that’s just what it is “opinion.” Not everything is going to work for everyone, but that’s what makes the world go round! People need to make their own decisions based on their own personal needs. For me, Isagenix in conjunction with super clean eating has been the answer.

I couldn’t find a critique of Isagenix on the Web, but that’s not surprising. No serious medical scientist would take it seriously enough to bother about it. And it’s basically all been done before; it’s just a slightly new wrinkle on an old scam. You will find some information on related products at: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/detox.html
Thank you. Keep up the good work you are doing! Critical thinking is lacking in our society. PLEASE people of the world…pull your head out of the sand and do a little research before trusting a company that wont provide clinical evidence thats its products are safe… or even works for that matter. (unless you believe that putting your head in the sand prevents solar radiation from melting your brain)
Hey Dana, I have read your reviews on multiple products, and from what I’ve seen, you seem to do you best to take the worst parts of the entire product line and put them on blast, suggesting everything about the rest of the line is “toxic”, “harmful”, “rancid”…etc. Although you may have a world of knowledge, experience is the best education. I have been on Advocare and Isagenix, and although I don’t disagree with your opinion that Advocare isn’t good, just like your post about Isagenix, you have made it seem far worse that what it is. The fact of the matter is that Isagenix is making a difference in the health and wellbeing of many of the product users. I personally lost 43 pounds using Isagenix and the products were a large upgrade to Advocares ingredients (I think you will agree). A fair article doesn’t stand completely one sided on a subject, but looks at the good as well as the bad. Makes what you write appear to be completely bias.
Hi Abby, Thankyou for your review. I’m having trouble finding scientifically information about what nutritional cleansing is. Can you give more info about the claims that past hormones or environmental toxins get stored in fat cells? I’ve also heard talk about complete fasting (drinking water only) as using up fat cells and thus dumping said mysterious ‘toxins’ back into the blood stream. Where is the physiological truth in this?
Interesting read. Not unbiased, however, which is fine. How can any of us actually be unbiased? We can only use our best judgment to decide for ourselves what matter to us and we all have an opinion. I recently joined up with Isagenix after watching some very dear friends absolutely transform their bodies and lives over the last 18 months. One was in and out of the hospital, suffering from celiac and other ailments, and has found life-changing relief from Isagenix products. She has not only lost weight but has turned her health around completely. The turnaround has been amazing to see. Another has lost 150+ lbs and is able to be physically active in ways she never could be previously. Interestingly, her husband has struggled with Isagenix and following the plan.
One of the top sales person for Isagenix had his wife on it for 5 years and she did not lose any weight. She had a stomach operation to help her lose weight. Now at all of the Isegenixs conferences and shows they have people taking pictures and posting them on facebook on how they both lost weight from Isagenix. This is a false impression that the sales people under them get.
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.
And we’ve got just the tips to get your mind and your body immediately on the healthy train! Remember, during this time, the last thing that you want is something high in calories and heavy; it will only dig you further into a hole. Instead bring an abrupt end to the discomfort from overindulging that you’re feeling (feeling bloating and heaviness anyone?) with wholesome, nutrient-packed foods, i.e., your new besties.
So how do you explain the rise in autism, cancer, diabetes, chronic illness in America? Why not put you forensic skills to work investigating this issue? And these all started to increase right around the same time as the introduction of GMOS, increased vaccination, antibiotic farming, pesticide laden farming, etc… And great I won’t attack you but you are the one who is attacking anyone here who has had a positive experience with Isagenix, because they must be a shill…thats what you called me…that’s not an attack? And interesting that when I tried to reply with my previous email I could not but when I changed it I could…
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.

This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.
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?!! 😛

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)


On a Cleanse Day, you drink four deep cleansing servings of Cleanse for Life, spaced evenly throughout the day in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and evening. You also choose from Cleanse Day support tools, or small snacks, to help you manage cravings and provide steady energy while still keeping calories very low. Choose from a combination of four to six Isagenix Snacks™  plus two small snacks, one in the midmorning and one in the early evening.
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