LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse

Updated May 22, 2019.
Published Jul 20, 2018.

LifeVantage is a multi-level marketing company (MLM) with a range of health products on offer. The PhysIQ range is designed to help weight loss management. LifeVantage operates worldwide and is always looking for distributors to join the company. We never really recommend you join an MLM though, as the majority of people struggle to make any money from it, or even lose money over it. All that aside, this doesn’t look like a great supplement anyway. Pretty much every ingredient is either a laxative or diuretic, and there is a huge risk of side effects.


  • There are no good points about this supplement


  • Very dangerous. Side effects are a major issue
  • No health or weight loss benefits to this pointless supplement
  • Sold via MLM
  • No health advice or warnings provided
  • No customer feedback or guarantee
LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse
If you want to improve your digestion and have a notion that your body needs to be cleansed, PhysIQ Cleanse looks like a way to achieve these aims with natural ingredients. Of course, science does not agree that doing this is necessary…

We take a look at LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse to find out more.

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Overview

What you need to know about LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse

The main thing to know about LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse is not to be tempted into buying this shockingly bad and dangerous supplement. It may not be easy. The people selling LifeVantage products as distributors may be personal friends or may be very persuasive, but it is important to say “No” to this supplement for the good of your health. There is nothing gentle or energizing about this particular blend of laxatives and diuretics. There is nothing in this supplement that will provide you with any benefits whatsoever.

All medical professionals agree that detoxing supplements are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. However, LifeVantage seems to have taken detox supplements to a whole new low with PhysIQ Cleanse when it comes to potential side effects. We don’t buy into the whole detox thing, but even we have to say that there are far better and safer alternatives on the market.

What are the side effects of LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse?

It is very unlikely that anyone will escape without experiencing side effects. These may include diarrhoea, nausea, increased urine output, vomiting, abdominal pain, stomach cramps, lightheadedness, weakness, mood changes, itchiness or hives, and blood in urine.

Don’t take this if there is any chance you may be pregnant because Buckthorn is known to bring on menstrual bleeding and miscarriage.

Taking laxatives and diuretics can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, heart palpitations, confusion, fainting, inability to sweat or urinate, weight loss, and fever.

Long-term laxative use can cause dependency. This is where you cannot open your bowels without the use of a laxative.

How much does LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse cost?

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse costs $18.99 for a bottle of 28 capsules which is a 7-day supply. You can also sign up to have regular supplies delivered to you in the auto-ship program which sees this price reduced to $15.99.

You can only buy PhysIQ Cleanse through a LifeVantage distributor.

Be aware that your distributor will probably encourage you to sign up for a regular order because this is how they make their money. Do not be tempted into doing this. Long-term use is extremely dangerous and auto ship agreements, especially those which have anything to do with MLM can be extremely hard to cancel.

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LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Key Features

PhysIQ Cleanse is a detox supplement that according to the advertising, proposes a soft and gentle way to cleanse your digestion. It is composed solely of fruit-based or natural ingredients, so will please people who believe that a natural ingredient is always safe and gentle.

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Key Points

  • You can only buy this supplement through a LifeVantage distributor
  • Each bottle contains 28 capsules or 7 days supply
  • Contains a blend of powerful laxatives and diuretics

PhysIQ Cleanse contain some herbal ingredients including dandelion root and Uva Ursi leaf powder, both known as natural diuretics so will make you urinate more. There are also a lot of laxatives including buckthorn bark and Chinese rhubarb, so you will be spending increased time in the bathroom. This is essentially how detox supplements work and this one looks like no exception.

It is important to know here, that there is nothing gentle about this supplement. It is very strong and potentially dangerous. Side effects are extremely likely. Check out the ingredients tab to find out more. To find out more about side effects take a look at the side effects tab.

How to Take LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse

  • Take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the evening with a full glass of water
  • Take product for 7 days

LifeVantage is a direct marketing or MLM company – the two terms are interchangeable. Unlike a usual retail business that sells products direct to customers, with an MLM, sales are carried out by a network of ordinary people as distributors. These essentially fulfil the role of a sales team but also are the products, thanks to payment incentives for joining up new members.

MLM provides people with a structured home business where they sell products, but also aim to establish a downline or sales team working beneath them sharing in some of the profits on sales from their team members.

Check out our guide to pyramid selling to find out more.

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Concerns:

  • You are only supposed to take this supplement for 7 days so why is there a reduction offered on auto-ship? Surely this only encourages people to take this long-term?
  • There are no health benefits to detoxing. Why are companies allowed to continue to peddle potentially dangerous laxatives like this under the guise of health supplements?
  • Side effects could be potentially dangerous. But without any listed warnings will customers realise?

LifeVantage is a global operation. Based in Utah, this multi-million company market a wide range of supplements. The PhysIQ range consists of four items: Cleanse Probio, Fat Burn, and Protein Shake. You can purchase these items separately or together in the system pack.

The company has been in trouble with the FDA over one of their supplements called Protandim, which they claimed could cure cancer and other unsupported claims

We covered Protandim in a previous Watchdog review.

What does LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse claim to do?

There are five key features to this supplement. It will supposedly help you:

  • Stimulate healthy digestion and supports cleansing of your digestive system*
  • Manage your weight*
  • Feel lighter*
  • Reduce belly bloat*
  • Feel more energized*

The advertising claims,

PhysIQ Cleanse from LifeVantage is a safe and gentle way to cleanse your digestive system. It uses natural ingredients to stimulate healthy digestion and wake up your body’s innate cleansing power.

PhysIQ Cleanse lets your body start digesting better from the first day you take it. This mild cleanser is safe and doesn’t demand an overly restrictive diet. LifeVantage chose this blend of natural ingredients to wake up your body’s natural abilities to cleanse toxins, support optimal absorption of minerals, and increase bowel regularity.

Does LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse work?

No. PhysIQ Cleanse will not work in the way as described. This detox supplement will not help cleanse your digestive system or make you feel more energized.

There is nothing gentle or soothing about this supplement. It contains a variety of strong laxatives and ingredients that cause diarrhoea. Side effects are potentially dangerous and after reading through the ingredients list, we are very alarmed by this supplement and its safety.

And for what? Detox supplements do absolutely nothing for your health and they are not going to work in the way as described.

According to medical opinion, all detox supplements are more likely to cause health problems and side effects than they are benefits. And as Dr Edzard Erst pointed out in an interview in the Guardian newspaper, detox supplements are completely unnecessary anyway.

“If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete”, he said, “You’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak.

There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better”. Source

Side effects are common and include an increased risk of dehydration and laxative dependency.

If you do feel that you need to clean up your body, adopting a healthier diet, drinking plenty of water, giving up alcohol, and catching up on your sleep will be good for health. Doing this will improve your health, help weight loss, and make you feel more energized. All the supposed benefits of this supplement!

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LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Ingredients

Serving size is equal to 2 capsules. Ingredients are combined in a proprietary blend so quantities are unknown.

  • Magnesium Oxide (300mg): Magnesium oxide is a mineral supplement that is often taken as an OTC remedy for heartburn or indigestion. It is also suitable for short-term use for constipation because it is a laxative, and medical advice is that it should not be used for longer than 1 week. The tolerable upper limit for magnesium oxide is 350mg a day and it can cause numerous side effects. Source

Proprietary Blend (630mg):

  • Organic Irish Moss: Also known as Carrageen or Chondrus Crispus this is a form of seaweed most commonly used as a thickening agent in the food industry. It may have some health benefits when taken in supplement form – it has been touted for everything from hyperthyroidism, a cure for cancer, and as a natural pain reliever but needs more research to prove any of these claims. A well-known side effect is that it can cause diarrhoea.
  • Dandelion Root Powder: Well known garden weed that may have numerous possibilities as a herbal supplement with many health benefits. However, its best-known function is as a diuretic and it has long been known to increase urination. An old English folk name for Dandelion is “wet the bed.” In France, which is obviously a more direct language it is known as “Pissen Lit.”
  • Buckthorn Bark Powder: The Buckthorn is a tree, also known as the Black Alder or Alder Buckthorn. The bark contains chemicals which are used as a laxative, and it works in a similar way to Senna by irritating the walls of the intestines. Buckthorn Bark should not be used for longer than a week in cases of constipation. Source
  • Fructooligosacherides: These are described in the product information as a probiotic but in fact Fructooligosacherides, or FOS, have a prebiotic function in that they provide fuel for the probiotics in the digestive system. FOS are derived from plant sugars and increase bulk in bowel movements.
  • Uva Ursi Leaf Powder: This natural plant extract is believed to be effective for urinary tract disorders and kidney infections. Has a diuretic effect and lacks evidence regarding long-term safety. May interact with medication and can cause gastrointestinal side effects. It can also induce labour and menstrual bleeding, so should not be used if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. Source
  • Chinese Rhubarb Root Powder: Chinese Rhubarb is a different variety to rhubarb that is more commonly grown in the West, but is very similar nonetheless. Used in traditional Chinese medicine Chinese Rhubarb root powder is a powerful laxative so although there may be other benefits, this is its prime function for this ingredient. Source
  • Ginger Root Powder: Well known culinary ingredient with many benefits for health. One of these is that it helps with stomach upsets and nausea. You’ll probably need this, looking at the rest of the ingredients in this supplement!

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Side Effects

PhysIQ Cleanse comes with loads of potential side effects. The severity of these will depend upon your own physical makeup but make no mistake, you will probably experience at least some of them!

Some side effects include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Increase in urine output
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Onset of menstrual bleeding or miscarriage
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dehydration
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Mood changes
  • Itchiness or hives
  • Blood in urine

Taking laxatives and diuretics like these can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations – such as a sensation of a pounding heart or rapid beat
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat or urinate
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

Long-term laxative use can cause dependency. This is where you cannot open your bowels without the use of a laxative.


Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Speak to your doctor before using especially if you are taking prescription medication or have an underlying medical condition.

In the case of side effects, cease use immediately and take medical advice. Remember to take this supplement with you to enable a faster response to symptoms.

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Customer Feedback

There are no independent customer reviews available for LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse.

LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse Money-Back Guarantee

No money-back guarantee is on offer with LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse.

Where To Buy LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse

You can only buy LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse from a LifeVantage distributor. It is not offered openly on sale elsewhere. You can find a distributor via the LifeVantage website or alternatively, search on social media such as Facebook.

Watchdog Verdict

We would not buy PhysIQ Cleanse if this company were giving it away for free! This supplement is extremely dangerous for health yet is sold under the guise of a health supplement.

With the exception of the Ginger root extract, every ingredient is a laxative or a diuretic and even the addition of the Fructooligosaccharide will add bulk to stools, although of course, this may be helpful if the diarrhoea gets too bad!

We think it is pretty shocking that this supplement is sold with zero warnings or health advice to customers. There is not even a warning about the buckthorn content which is known to cause miscarriage, but is not mentioned in any warning or disclaimer. LifeVantage obviously does not care about the health of their customers. We saw this when the company was warned by the FDA for claiming to cure cancer with a supplement called Protandim.

Luckily for many people, PhysIQ Cleanse will be too difficult to get hold of because it is only on sale from LifeVantage distributors rather than openly on sale in the shops or online outlets such as Amazon. We have been unable to find anyone who has actually taken it and there is no money-back guarantee if you are dissatisfied.

Without exaggeration we consider it to be one of the worst supplements we have ever seen. We do not recommend LifeVantage PhysIQ Cleanse to the Watchdog readers.

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