One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.
Most diets have a very strict regimen that needs to be followed to see the desired results. This can have a detrimental effect on your health, making the entire purpose of the diet counter-effective. The Isagenix diet eliminates the ill effects and uncomfortable trips to the toilet. This is because the shake and cleansing days work together to improve health and flush out toxins from the body.
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.
I just wanted to thank you for your review of Isagenix. I have been doing some research because some close friends have been pushing this product on me. However, with both parents as personal trainers and a history of being in top shape, I know that this is not the right choice. I’m too nice to let my friends down without some real facts to back up my reasons why and your review gave me a lot to work with!
Im away from home for 13 hours a day with work (on an island which I have to catch a ferry to and from), I have a dog who deserves some of my time daily, like to keep a clean house, have clean clothes every day, get some exercise daily if I can, and I don’t have a wife to cook for me like most of my work mates do. So far with the cleanse, I initially dropped 4kg and 3 belt sizes, (1st time under 110kg in 10 years), am sleeping better, given up coffee, thinking clearer, no more inflammation in my joints, and I now have the energy to: work out more often (I’ve put 1kg of lean muscle back on bringing weight loss back down to 3kg), give my dog more exercise, and most importantly, I now have the energy and the drive to plan my main meal for the day with the absolute focus on the very REAL and natural nutrition you imply from organic produce. I’ve known about good nutrition at least at a basic to intermediate level for some time because I care about my health and I realise that only I am the authority with which my life and health depend. Intimately. But that doesn’t mean that I am immune from the pressures of life, long hours at work, bills to pay, adventures to plan and pay for, etc. I am human. And so we all are. All so very different in our experiences and subsequent characters, yet so very much the same in our inherent nature.
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.
After doing the research (that is what I do for a living…so call me qualified) the product is not as good as whole, organic, picked from the vine, local food. BUT…if you are the type of person who still considers fast food not only an option but a staple in your diet….the product is a major step forward. If this is the catalyst to motivate a healthier lifestyle and you can drop 100 lbs of toxic fat, that is wonderful!! For some, that means the difference between life and death….getting off medications and injections.
Listen in as Dr. Eric Gumpricht reviews the details of the clinical study using Isagenix products that was performed by researchers at UIC. This study has been published in two prestigious academic journals and recently earned recognition at a renowned scientific conference. The science supports what we have known all along–the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System works!
undenatured whey protein, olive oil, flax seeds, medium chain triglycerides (from coconuts), cinnamon, digestive enzymes, alfalfa leaf, sea salt, pysllium seed, vitamin C, iron, iodine (from kelp), stevia, zinc, wild yam, prebiotics and pro biotics, calcium, vitamin B12, folic acid. You are getting 8 grams of fibre per serving, 24 grams of protein, only 11 grams of natural sugars, no gluten, no soy protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, low glycemic, amazing amino acid profile etc etc. This is their isalean shake their most popular product.
Breakfast time! You’re about to feel a whole lot better with the push of a button—the blender button. Throw a large ripe banana (peeled and then frozen are best!), some non-dairy milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder in a blender and flip the switch, baby. Bananas are one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the Journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! They’re also brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink.
I had gone to her FB page to learn about an Ashtanga yoga teacher I was thinking about taking class with, and she was gushingly claiming she’d effortlessly lost 9 pounds & had more energy with Isagenix, which I’d never heard of. The post’s tone suggested a marketing scheme, and also suggested a lack of basic human physiology knowledge which seems to be alarmingly common in the health industry. Trainers & yoga teachers seem to memorize anatomy but not understand the functions of body organs as scientifically proven. Increasingly I’m realizing what i thought were metaphors are actually their beliefs. Not so sure I want to take her guidance in how to work my body in the rather strenuous practice of Ashtanga. Thanks!
When the body begins a “detoxification” process of any kind (read: diet change) the initial weight loss is water, not fat. So when you read such wonderful product testimonies about diminished bloating, 5-10 lbs lost ‘first week’, etc. (just examples) you can chalk it up to water weight. This is the point where the roller-coaster comes in – as soon as we stop seeing the big weight loss numbers (number on the scale stops dropping) and we hit a plateau, more often than not, the average person goes back to their old habits.
It’s been around for more than 70 years, and recent use by stars such as singer Beyoncé have reaffirmed Master Cleanse is one of the most popular — and most controversial — cleanses. Essentially a fast, Master Cleansers live on a drink made from lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for 10 days, or as long as they can take it. Jantz says that weight-loss fasts this extreme are simply not healthy. “It is not necessary to fast to do any toxin removal,” he says. “In fact, the amino acids found in protein are critical to helping the liver to process toxins. When the body is in a state of starvation, metabolism slows down.” That means you’ll still feel hungry post-cleanse, but your metabolism will have slowed. “That is why people gain extra weight back after a very restricted diet plan,” Jantz explains. “There is no way around this.”
There are some downsides, however. As she explains, "By day two you may as well have all your calls forwarded to the toilet because you will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. The first time I did the cleanse, I was out with my kids at the mall when all of a sudden I needed a bathroom, stat! It was a nightmare, trying to pack everyone up and find the restroom. I learned the mall is not the place you want to be when your body starts trying to eliminate toxins."
thanks so much for your article about isagenix products. My husband has been using them since Nov. last year and just last week I decided it was about time to CUT IT OFF!. He has lost a lot of weight and his IBS got much better, but I think it was because he finally started eating a more cleaner diet and giving up things like, coffee, cold cereal in the morning, etc…
“In addition, Isagenix customers in Australia and New Zealand should be assured that all Isagenix products and their labels adhere to GM food labeling requirements and are in accordance with the Food Standards Code. All products can be claimed as “non-GM” or “GM free” in accordance with Australia and New Zealand regulations that prohibit representations about food that are false, misleading or deceptive.”
I would like to point out here in this blog and comment thread: How many people commenting here are actual and active scientists, clinical practitioners, updated active nutritionists? Did you know just because it is natural does not mean it is good for you (sexually transmitted diseases are natural), and on the other side just because it is “manufactured” does not mean it is bad for you. I am in no way comprehensive in these quick comments. Please do not ask me what I recommend in these comments. I am biased because I am picky and I am science based as a practicing clinical nutrition and medicine expert. And those are the sources where you want to get information from on these subjects. There are a great deal of comments on this blog, most distracting and many dangerous in their information.
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.
I found this blog looking for information on Isagenix. I received a voicemail from what I am assuming was one of their sales people. I get a lot of people wanting me to sell “health” products. I don’t sell anything, but before I have to get into a heated debate about why I won’t sell their product, I do some research. The only flaw I found from you in this thread is wasting your time responding to the Isagenix sycophants. You can’t argue with crazy.
Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
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 also looked at the amino acid distribution. Firstly, since the mixture is completely and totally fabricated why not get the amino acid distribution to reflect the optimal profile of the essential amino acids for humans? Secondly, when one looks at the branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) it is clear that one shake provides the required daily dose. Of course, convincing people that they need to consume two shakes a day works wonders in enhancing their profit margin.
There is absolutely no rationale for the particular combination of ingredients in their products. They have LOTS of different products, and have included just about every nutrient and herbal remedy in existence: 242 of them! Some of these we know to be useless, some are potentially harmful, and we have no idea how the particular ingredients in the mixtures might interact for better or for worse.
1/4 an apples worth of fructose per shake is nothing, my family has grown apples locally for over 100 years and we are often eating over 6 per day ALL YEAR ROUND, that’s a dozen shakes worth 365 days a year, now obviously there are a lot of factors involved, but JUST that alone suggests that there is more going on, my family all live into their 90’s or older, I doubt that eating that amount of fructose is deleterious to our health. And yes an apple is different then fructose alone…I’m just talking about the sugar amount.
I have to question anyone’s credibility who makes an ignorant statement that wholefoods is causing obesity. Clearly, these individuals are misinformed. ANY food in excess may lead to obesity. However, health is not just about weight. There are many variables which determine good health. If one where to eat 8 cups of brown rice a day 8 bananas and 14 avocados a day, YES this could lead to weight gain. It is still important that when eating whole or raw foods that we are eating a balanced diet. Even eating too much of the same greens may have an adverse affect on the body.
It has been a passion of mine for many years now and I love information on nutrition. I catch a lot of flack from eating right and going all organic! Flack from the closest of my friends. :/ Who cares! I look great and feel great! I just had a biometric screening done and at age 43. I was told I am the picture of perfect health! I am not saying this to brag I am just giving some credibility. It is not an easy task to find this balance between what we hear and what is actually true. We believe people that we should trust but the reality is YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. We all know not everyone is perfect in their eating and it is not easy. Our world of FOOD is corrupt. What we call food is not food anymore. People don’t seem to understand that. With all the illnesses that we see..I don’t understand how?
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.
If a cross-fitter needs meal advice based on his/her specific needs, then that cross-fitter has some responsibility to bear as well. Isagenix has never claimed to offer personalized meal planning though some associates are fully qualified to do so. Would it be fair for me to expect my personal trainer to live with me to ensure that my very specific issues are being addressed while on my own as well… no, at some point, I have to take what I learn from him/her police myself. Isagenix is excellent at providing advice on healthy meal choices.
Thanks so much for standing your ground. I have just been introduced to Isagenix from a friend as my body weight had plateaued. In the last 12 months I have lost over 20kgs from eating organic and whole foods, no red meat and little dairy. We can still eat foods that our body will love and respond well to. Your blog supports all my thinking towards toxic eating, especially of GMO products.
2. Isagenix does not use GMO’s period. Isagenix is an International company and the Non-GMO verified process is mostly US based as other countries have already outlawed or banned GMO’s. They use the purest sources on the planet and I know some of the formulators personally and I know the process of what they go through getting the highest quality ingredients in their products. All the products are 3rd party tested for safety, and purity and Isagenix spends millions of dollars a year making sure this happens. Take the Isagenix Greens for example. The formulator of this product is Dr. Tony O’Donnell and he is an nutritional genius, N.D. and a good friend of mine. He has written over 8 books on natural healing, etc and would never be aligned with a company that had toxic or bad products. That is just one example of literally thousands of holistic doctors, nutritionists, scientists, etc that have aligned themselves with Isagenix.
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.”
It depends on which 'program' you choose. The nine-day cleansing program, with products to "support healthy energy and help satisfy hunger", retails for $260, while a 30-day cleanse is $490. There's also a variety of products and product combinations on sale that retail from $29 for a single product to $783.00 for the 'Presidents Pak', which "combines best-selling products with proven marketing tools".
The primary focus of the diet is to nourish the body with the right nutrients while ensuring that the impurities that lead to weight gain are removed from your system. There are no restrictive measures in this diet. Instead, the diet encourages reduced calorie intake along with vital consumption of vitamins and minerals that support overall health and well-being.
This is a low-calorie diet that lasts 30 days, makes untruthful claims, uses unproven ingredients, has no research behind it, and is a huge waste of money. The salespeople are clearly not supervised in how they promote the product, and to be honest, I’m not sure how Isagenix gets away with this entire racket – the products, claims, and the sales pitches. And marketing to kids under 18? What are they thinking? I guess they want to hook people for life…do you really want to give this company your money?
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.
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.
Please don’t assume to know how I earn a living. I’m not compensated for these reviews. I write them for people who are sucked into spending their hard earned money on a subpar product. It’s insulting to insinuate that the only reason I wrote this article is because I was paid to do so. I wasn’t. I write what I want and it’s important that people know the ingredients in these products. Health doesn’t come in a can.
Ok…I just want to say that HUMANS ARE NOT MADE TO EAT THAT STUFF AND LIVE I DONT CARE HOW “HEALTHY” OR “ORGANIC” IT IS! Yep I would agree that our soils and plants do not produce like they used to because of our overuse of pesticides and other crazy things to produce more food for a growing population. I guess we are closer to Soilent Green than we thought.
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.
Our bodies arn’t really designed to thrive on ‘whey’ meal replacement shakes though. We are designed for natural foods, like whole fruits and vegetables. In nature, meal replacement shakes and protein bars don’t grow on trees. Imagine if there were no corporations, or big businesses trying to sell you things. What would you naturally eat then? Take away all the bullshit and see for yourself 🙂
I was pushed (I say this loosely, obviously it was my choice in the end) into trying Isagenix by a friend as he wanted to “experiment” on a crossfitter. I’ve been active my whole life and choose to eat healthy even more now that I am a competitive athlete. I was told it would increase energy and improve muscle tone. My goal was never to have a “better” body but the idea of more energy was appealing. After a only a week on Isagenix I could not have been more turned off. Maybe it was because I was eating whole foods before I had ever tried Isagenix, I guess I am not 100% sure, but this did nothing but set me back – in fact, I lost energy. I was told it was because I was I didn’t need to lose weight but my body was trying to cleanse the excess toxins and fat out but to “push through the tough times – it gets easier”. In hind-site, this doesn’t make any sort of sense for me at all.
But they do not disclose was that diet was. I would challenge them to compare a nutritional plan that I have personalized for a client versus a person simply drinking/eating their toxic food. Additionally, “heart-healthy” diets are often high in PUFAs and grains, and low in grass-fed/wild proteins and saturated fat. These “heart-healthy” diets are not heart healthy, and they do not help people lose weight, fat, or regulate blood sugar.
Please remember people, it is a good idea to consult your own health professional first before embarking on one of these schemes. You have no idea how someone with an underlying condition can react to some of the synthetic vitamins pushed by Isagenix. Talk to your GP first. But be acutely aware that the person who sold you Isagenix, is likely to be just like you or me, with no medical background. The person who sold you the product will only be interested in making money from you initial order and autoship orders…….. thats how they get free product and make money.
It is talking about the overconsumption of fructose, and especially when used in large amounts in beverages and sweets. Because when found in fruits, there is fibre and other nutrients/bulk to help balance out the sugar (and also slow its absorption), as well as reduce the likelihood of overconsumption — because you’ll feel full faster eating an apple than drinking a Coke.
I realize that I must sound like an infomercial: “I have a magical bean that will make all your problems go away!”. Here is a kicker though, it is NOT an easy week. This weight loss cleanse can take a toll on anyone, so read the instructions carefully and prepare accordingly. Get rid of all junk food in the house, grab groceries for the week, prepare you meals… And figure out what to do on the weekend, so that it won’t ruin your progress.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
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
The 3-Day Detox Diet. Don't have 2-weeks for a full detox? This 3-day detox is my own plan. It's easy, it's simple and there are no fancy foods required. In fact, it follows guidelines developed by the USDA's MyPlate nutritional program. This is the plan that I use when I need to reset my taste buds after a busy party season or a vacation full of indulgent foods.
Being an organic vegetable farmer does not automatically mean you eat well. You can eat 100% organic and still not be eating right. It doesn’t mean you know about nutritional science or how to properly fuel your body. Though as someone who’s an organic vegetable farmer, I’d expect more. These products source whey from across the globe, which then has to travel all the way to the US – they use canola, wheat and soy, none of which are specified as organic and all of which destroy topsoil.
Dani, You are 100% correct about your research. I am an EX Isagenix cult member. I, thankfully, escaped only losing one body organ to this product (my gallbladder). Thank you for all the information you are providing. You have to know sweetie that Isagenix has watch dogs all over the internet to lash out at any naysayers and they even go as far as having negative comments and reviews removed/hidden.
It was as if no one had actually read what I wrote. No one bothered to address any of my specific criticisms. No one even tried to defend Isagenix's false claims that toxicity accounts for most disease, that the body protects itself from toxins by coating them with fat, and that internal organs become clogged and deteriorate if you don't cleanse. No one offered any evidence that “detoxification” improves human health. No one tried to identify any of the alleged toxins or show that they are actually removed. No one tried to provide any rationale for the particular combination of ingredients (all 242 of them!) in Isagenix products. No one questioned my assertion that “no caffeine added” is inaccurate labeling because green tea, which is added, contains caffeine. No one commented when I observed that the amount of vitamin A in these products is dangerous and goes against the recommendations of the Medical Letter. No one offered any evidence that more weight is lost by adding Isagenix to a low-calorie diet and exercise. I offered some alternative explanations that might account for people believing that Isagenix is effective when it isn't; no one commented on that.