natural alternatives to plexus

NATURAL Alternatives to Plexus

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NATURAL Alternatives to Plexus

Ahh, it seems like I see the Pink Drink everywhere. The year before, it was Juice Plus. When I first wrote this post in 2016, Plexus was EVERYWHERE. It is still pretty popular, but it’s still something I do NOT recommend.  The original purpose of this post was to show how ridiculously overpriced Plexus was, as well as show that the items are not natural. There are many natural alternatives to Plexus that will be better for you in the long run.

Just a note – these comparisons are just to show that there are cheaper and better quality options to these “Plexus” products- I don’t typically recommend these things to my own clients.  I only recommend whole foods, herbs, and other truly natural solutions.


Why I don’t like Plexus

My beef with Plexus is mainly the prices and the synthetic nutrients. You know me and my food based preferences. Other than the simple reason that food has more than just isolated nutrients, a lot of people can’t even handle synthetic nutrients because of a sluggish liver. 

I have also heard from a couple dozen women that they developed kidney or liver issues after using these products- big red flag to me! And to be honest, I have read through their site and errors like calling Vitamin C a “pro” oxidant instead of an antioxidant makes me suspicious! Plus, there have been other issues like lawsuits about some items containing lead and many issues with fraud (source).

So let’s try this- if you are interested in Plexus but don’t love the price (or the gimmicks) look at these comparable products that I wrangled up. I found some that still use synthetic nutrients but the prices are WAY better, as well as the quality.


I am using the Plexus TRI-PLEX Combo as my example here. This kit costs $140 and you get a one month supply of the 3 products.

Instead of the Bio Cleanse: Mag 07 These 2 products both target colon health and detoxification. They contain magnesium oxide which is a very poorly absorbed form of magnesium but it is effective for cleaning the colon.  The Mag 07 is the better quality because it not only is a specially formulated magnesium for this specific purpose, it also is lacking the synthetic ascorbic acid that the Plexus product has. (Read all about why I hate ascorbic acid here)

Instead of the Pro-Bio5: Garden of Life Ultimate Care Again, this Plexus product packs in ascorbic acid, as well a form of b6 that isn’t very bioavailable. The Garden of Life has nothing synthetic, has 34 strains of probiotics, and 100 billion CFU per serving. The Pro-Bio5 has only 2 billion CFU and only 5 strains.

Instead of the Slim: GTF Chromium from NOW  Chromium is huge for blood sugar control, and can significantly reduce sugar cravings.  The chromium in the Plexus Slim is not the most bioavailable form of Chromium, plus it has controversial ingredients like green coffee bean extract, Stevia, “natural flavors” (which seriously could be anything), and silicon dioxide.


What I ACTUALLY Recommend

SO! The above 3 supplements total a whopping $69 if you purchase them from Amazon.  2 of these products would also last at least 2 months. That is a savings of $71! Wow! You’d have enough to add in a bag of nettles for infusions, a whole food vitamin C, a whole food fiber powder, and a desiccated beef liver supplement (or cod liver oil).

So not only would you be focusing on gut health, colon health, and blood sugar with the Plexus substitutes but you would be able to fit in some REAL WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION as well for the same price!

So while I will never bash anyone for getting benefit for something like Plexus- it pays to do your research! Plexus is over-priced, and there are PLENTY of other options that you can go with to fix your health. I am tired of seeing people taken advantage of by gimmicks like this, and there seriously seems to be a new one every year!

2020 Update: I am still NOT a fan of Plexus, and most of the people I know that have used it gave up on it pretty quickly. The price is ridiculous, and some people actually reported some harsh side effects (especially relating to kidney health). I’m still a fan of whole food nutrition, and it will always be my first recommendation. Health doesn’t come from a few bottles!


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My goal is to help you unleash your own inner healer! You already hold the power to heal inside you. My role is as a guide to help you realize this potential.

37 thoughts on “NATURAL Alternatives to Plexus”

  1. Kristin,
    Thank you for sharing your alternatives to some of the Plexus products. I too had been on Plexus for years and there were two issues I had which was the price and the fact it was a MLM. I have been struggling to find alternatives for a few extra items I bought. I was wondering if you saw anything in your search for MegaX, Ease, Active or Vitalbiome? If you could explain where or how you were able to find the alternatives I could look up these items myself. I definitely liked using some of the products for mental clarity.
    I would appreciate anything you can offer me on my search.

  2. Hey Tina! Yea, the price was nuts. I originally wrote this 4-5 years ago too, so I can only imagine if the price is even worse now. I didn’t research the other products though. I don’t really recommend direct alternatives to them though as mentioned in the post. It is really best to stick with truly natural foods and herbs.

  3. Kristin,
    Thank you for sharing your this information, I have a friend currently using Plexus and will share this with her. For myself, I’ve tried enough products to help lose weight or just eat healthier. My main problem is craving salty foods, is there anything you would suggest to help with those cravings.

  4. Corisa Belesky

    Hi Kristin I have been looking at plexus as I crave sugar like crazy!!!! And I just went off depressants and feel overall yucky, any suggestions?

  5. Brenda Schibi

    Hi Kristen…thank you for the information about Plexus. I have used the Biocleanse and Pro Bio for several years and they do help me stay regular. I have noticed that my liver enzymes are always high when I have blood work done and now I am thinking it may be related. I am willing to try the alternatives you listed above. Do you think this will help lower my liver enzyme count? Thank you for your help.

  6. Hey Brenda! Yes, we’ve seen items like dandelion root tea and Liver Life from Bioray to help with this exact issue. Time frame varies depending on what the person is going through and if there are a lot of underlying issues going on.

  7. Hey Drema! I’m not sure as I haven’t really delved into the rest of their items. I wouldn’t personally replace specific items like that- I would look to find your personal needs and imbalances and work from there. Hope that makes sense.

  8. Hi I just started using the plexus triplex and the 3 day reset. But when it’s gone i won’t reorder it can you tell me how much and when to take your suggestions? I would rather use natural products with less crappy ingredients

  9. Hey Tammy! Which ones were you hoping to switch to? I can’t give a lot of specific info just over comments without knowing your history or current mineral imbalances, but I can point you in the right direction.

  10. Hi Kristin, you mentioned synthetic nutrients. What do you mean by that? Are they synthetic ingredients? (That is man-made in a lab, right)…. Are you saying there are synthetic ingredients?

  11. As an alternative to the BioCleanse you recommend Mag7, and then you say “these 2 products”… what’s the 2nd one? Or is that referring to the BioCleanse and ProBio5 products? Thank you!

  12. Hey Katie! So at the beginning of the post I actually wrote that I don’t recommend these- they are just an example of more affordable products than buying them directly from Plexus. Everything I’d actually recommend is in the second half of the post. But yes, I was referring to those 2 items from Plexus in that sentence.

  13. What would you recommend for a multi vitamin that’s all natural for women? I liked the X factor by plexus, I don’t like the ridiculous price and the fact that it’s an mlm.
    Thank you

  14. Hey Tracy! Nettle infusions are the best natural “multi” that I often recommend. The best thing to do is figure out your personal imbalances so you’re working on getting what you need, and not too much of what you don’t.

  15. Stephanie A. Head

    wondering if the Mag 07 is a longtime maintenance supplement? The label says to use 7-10 days only.
    Thanks in advance!

  16. Thank you, I went to that article about the gut healing for leaky gut. I do know from my experience not from going to any doctor for help that I do struggle with chronic stress and do take medication I noticed that was some of the things listed as to why I have a leaky gut regardless of that being said I noticed you mentioned or suggest 3 steps to be followed to help heal that problem. Under those 3 steps are something’s that are listed on what we can take do we have to do everything out of each step or are those just some ideas and then we can pick or choose for example step 1 mentions acv, bitter herbs or sodium to help increase nutrition. So I can choose out of those items what I would like to include to help heal my gut!? I would assume so because otherwise to get everything off the list for each 3 steps would be difficult. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  17. Hi Jillian! Yes, it’s up to you what to pick and work on when it comes to my articles. Do what feels best to you right now. If you’d like more specific support based on your current needs, you can work with us on an HTMA program:

  18. Not sure if this site is still active? I agree with pretty much everything written here about the price of Plexus. I will say that the products worked well for me but stopped because of cost and “claims” being made about the ingriedents. In any case, I really liked Plexus Slim, the taste was just refreshing and good; pink lemonade. I have tried to find something similar to no avail. Do you have anything you can recommend that taste not too sweet and with the health benefits?

  19. Yes, this is still active 🙂 I just approve comments so the spam doesn’t get through.

    I honestly don’t know of any other similar items as I don’t think any of these trends are worth it. All of them are synthetic and overpriced. I do have some ideas for healthy drinks in here though:

  20. I agree that Plexus is ridiculously overpriced. I usually buy my Slim on eBay. I don’t drink coffee or tea so my morning drink is the Plexus slim mixed with a strawberry crystal light shook up together over ice. I tried just the Crystal light but it’s not the same. I love the taste and how refreshing it feels first thing in the morning. I really don’t think it helps with much other than I enjoy it in the morning. Can you recommend an alternative drink?

  21. Hey Judy! Honestly, I can’t say I would recommend anything similar. Systems like Plexus are trying to oversimplify health, and that’s just not something I can do myself. All of the other items I mentioned can help more with overall health. If you really want a good healing beverage, I’d go for the nettle infusions.

  22. What would you recommend to take for regular constipation and an unhealthy gut if you’re pregnant? Thanks!

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