Venus the Vegan
Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s white blood cells destroy the exocrine glands, specifically the salivary and lacrimal glands, that produce saliva and tears. Due to a lack of secretion, the body experiences extreme dryness. Venus Williams was diagnosed with this in 2011 but started noticing symptoms in 2004. As a professional athlete, Sjögren’s syndrome can be debilitating since it is known to cause joint pain. In fact, Venus was on a brief hiatus because of this. To this day, there is no cure for the disease, but Venus is fighting back…through her diet. Apparently, a raw vegan diet helps alleviate the symptoms. Here is a quick look at Venus’s diet:
•Juicing – the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruits or vegetables.
oMakes it easy for people who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables
oPicking a range of colors exposes you to more vitamins and nutrients.
oMix some pulp in the juice to get fiber