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Why Low Sugar Juice Cleanses Matter

At Chef V, we’re very proud of our Chef V low sugar cleanses. But what exactly is the problem with sugar? Why is a low sugar juice cleanse particularly special and unique? While not all sugars are bad, and its okay to indulge once in a while, there can be major consequences if you OD on the sweet stuff too often. This piece explores why.

Why We Need Sugar

Have you ever sat down and really thought about what sugar is, beyond being the stuff that makes your food taste sweet? Sugar is actually the final form of carbohydrates – your body breaks them down into sugars. Specifically, the sugar that ends up in your bloodstream is known as glucose. This is why you hear so much about “blood sugar levels” – keeping that level balanced is key to good health and energy.

We’re all trained to be scared of carbohydrates, but they are an important source of energy for our bodies. While we need carbs as a source of energy, there’s always too much of a good thing. If we take in more carbs than we can use, then we can end up overdosing on that glucose.

Sugar intake is also complicated by the fact that there are many kinds of sugars and many different ways of getting them. Plenty of foods and drinks have natural sugars, such as glucose, fructose, and lactose, that give them a naturally sweet taste. Without these, we wouldn’t have some of our favorite flavors in fruits like apples.

In this day and age, a lot of foods contain artificial sugars, often high fructose corn syrup. Foods that have a lot of artificial sweeteners tend to play hell with diets and eating habits – they give a rush of energy, without actually providing you with real nutrients and minerals.

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You

If you end up snacking on too much of the sweet stuff, you can expect to pay the price for that momentary enjoyment. Perhaps the best-known consequence of too much sugar is the associated weight gain. All those extra carbohydrates have to go somewhere after all. However, there’s actually more to this weight gain than you might realize. Overdosing on sugar can give you further food cravings, and throw your entire diet out of whack.

There are other consequences to having an overdose of sugar in your diet, both long-term and short-term. Sugar overloads have been linked to issues with maintaining a good mood and energy level, as well as difficulty in maintaining a clear complexion. Continuously consuming too much sugar can lead to much more severe issues, such as diabetes, where your body starts to lose its ability to regulate blood sugar. In the longest terms, a diet consistently too high in sugar can lead to health problems with the heart and liver.

How To Sugar Detox

Making a commitment to lower the sugar in your diet in the long term is one thing. But what do you do if you’ve already binged, and are feeling the energy drain, the upset stomach and the headaches?

There are a few emergency tactics you can deploy right away. First things first, you have to get some protein and fiber into you. These will make you feel full and cut future sugar cravings (if you want some great healthy ways to get protein and fiber, make sure to check out our detox soups and detox smoothies!)

Now you’ll want to detox, letting your body get those blood sugar levels out of control. The key to making a detox work is to stay super hydrated and not try to go totally cold turkey. A little bit of fruit will give your body the healthy amounts of sugars it needs.

This is where low-sugar juice cleanses come in. Not only will they help you lose weight by being low carb, but they will help you manage any weight gain by getting those sugar cravings back under control.

The key to getting a low sugar juice cleanse to work is to make sure it includes protein and fiber as well, so those cravings don’t get too out of control. This is why Chef V low sugar cleanses are so great – they have the soups and smoothies you need to make it all the way through and beat your sugar cravings permanently.

Go Veg: Healthy Gut, Smooth Skin, Glossy Hair And Strong Nails

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The best veggies for a healthy gut, skin, hair, and nails are the same ones in Chef V’s mega-popular Green Drink. And it’s no coincidence that these same veggies are also the best for helping you cleanse and detox. Chef V covers how each of the veggies benefits your beauty.

I created the recipe for Organic Green Drink several years ago back when I was a private chef. Over time, demand grew for my Green Drink and that’s really the catalyst for launching Chef V.

I did a ton of research for the Green Drink recipe. I wanted to select the best veggies that would not only taste amazing cold-blended, but that would also be the best for a 3 day cleanse or 21-day detox. And as it turns out, the seven veggies in Green Drink not only happen to be the best for cleansing and detoxing, they also happen to be the best veggies for skin, hair, and nails.

Now I admit, it would be a pain in the behind to have to chop green kale, black kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, green chard, curly parsley, and green leaf lettuce every day. And then have to juice it. Then clean up.

The main reason why I transitioned from being a private chef to launching Chef V: making healthier easier for people just like you. And it doesn’t get any easier than having a bottle of our certified organic Green Drink delivered to your home.

Not only can you lose weight, gain energy and sleep more soundly by having Green Drink every day, but there’s also a very good chance your skin, hair, and nails will look better.

So let’s take a look at how the ingredients in Green Drink are the healthiest veggies for skin, hair, and nails.

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Best Veggies for Skin, Hair & Nails: Kale

Sure, there’s some excessive kale craziness these days. But for good reason. Kale is rich in vitamin K. And it’s really hard for most people who eat the average American diet to get enough K. Vitamin K actually helps minimize dark circles in your eyes. That’s why it’s one of the best veggies for skin.

In fact, kale can even help tighten your skin. How? Well, one of the reasons why your skin isn’t as tight when you get older is that the aging process weakens your collagen. Collagen is the body’s main structural protein. In fact, over one-third of the thousands and thousands of proteins in the body are collagen proteins. Collagen provides strength to your tendons, ligaments, teeth, nails, hair, bones, gut lining, and much more….

The vitamin C in kale along with the antioxidant, lutein, promotes collagen regrowth and production. In addition, the vitamin A in kale helps prevent damage to the skin. It also repairs and damage to the epidermis.

There’s a good reason why kale has been added to several beauty products. Because it’s such an efficient detoxifying nutrient, kale can help clean your pores. It’s even beneficial for your hair pores. Moreover, kale contains fatty acids such as omega-3s. These fatty acids provide moisture to your hair and skin.

There’s even a nail polish with kale extract. Supposedly, it can help stimulate keratin production. Keratin is the other main protein that’s in your nails.

These facts about kale make it one of the best veggies for skin, hair and nails. So drink your Green Drink and schedule that kale facial!

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Best Veggies for Skin, Hair & Nails: Dandelion

Another incredible detoxifying green veggie in our Green Drink is dandelion. Dandelion widens your pores. That’s how it helps your body get rid of toxins. And according to this article, dandelion shrinks wrinkles. It may also help whiten dark spots and reduce fine lines.

Like kale, dandelion also contains lots of beta carotene and vitamin C. It’s also rich in the B vitamins and vitamin E, which is a standard ingredient in many skin care products. Moreover, the minerals and trace minerals in dandelion may actually help regrow hair.

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Lettuce

One of the main reasons why lettuce is good for your skin is it contains the following three minerals: silica, sulfur and phosphorous. You don’t need a large quantity of these minerals from the foods you eat. That’s why they are called trace minerals. But these three trace minerals are vital for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. Without doubt, you’re not going to get many benefits by eating iceberg lettuce, which is devoid of nutrition. But green leafy lettuce can also protect your skin against harmful UV rays.

So now do you see why I selected these six veggies (7 really; Green Drink includes two different types of kale)? Not only are they the best-tasting and most detoxifying, they’re also the best for your skin, hair and nails.

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Lettuce

One of the main reasons why lettuce is good for your skin is it contains the following three minerals: silica, sulfur and phosphorous. You don’t need a large quantity of these minerals from the foods you eat. That’s why they are called trace minerals. But these three trace minerals are vital for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. Without doubt, you’re not going to get many benefits by eating iceberg lettuce, which is devoid of nutrition. But green leafy lettuce can also protect your skin against harmful UV rays. So now do you see why I selected these six veggies (7 really; Green Drink includes two different types of kale)? Not only are they the best-tasting and most detoxifying, they’re also the best for your skin, hair and nails.

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