Why Venus Williams Went Vegan

Venus Williams wearing a blue t-shirtCelebrity athlete Venus Williams was diagnosed with an incurable immune system disorder this past summer that caused her to reconsider her eating habits.

Through the recommendation of her sister, Serena, Venus began looking into holistic treatments for Sjogren’s Syndrome, which has no conventional remedies. The seven-time Grand Slam winner decided to give up meat and dairy opting for a raw, vegan diet to help manage her symptoms. Her sister Serena Williams has joined her and both tennis players have become role models for women who want to fully embrace alternative diets for health.

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The painful and debilitating symptoms of Sjogren’s caused her to cancel her second U.S. Open match, after winning the first back in August of 2011, and most recently the 2012 Australian Open.

She told People magazine that the diagnosis was a relief after years of going to doctors without results. ‘I would go to the doctor and start crying. I couldn’t help it. I just want a chance to play on the same field as other people, I want to feel normal, but as frightening as the diagnosis was, it was also a relief.’

Making preserving and improving health and fitness levels a New Year’s resolution is a noble goal for both men and women. However, if the William sisters use their collective star celebs power wisely as fit and trim celebrity athletes in the new year, they stand to help not only the African-American community who looks up to them as fashion icons and role models but also to help promote the health of all women.

Vegan Diet

A vegetarian diet is one of the common recommendations for people suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome. Since it is considered an autoimmune disease, the dietary changes for Sjogren’s aim to reduce the impact of inflammation. Patients are advised to change to a vegetarian diet while increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals they consume from food sources.

There have been rumors among fans that Venus Williams may be on a gluten free diet. However, she has not confirmed this information, and her previous statements only mention a vegan diet. Although some medical experts recommend a gluten free diet for people with Sjogren’s Syndrome, there is still debate on this topic. Not everyone who suffers from Sjogren’s has celiac disease and requires a gluten free diet.

Venus has admitted to now carefully evaluating her food choices to reduce the impact of the disease and the adjustment bodes well for the future of her health.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian who has seen your health improve after eliminating meat or animal products from your diet? If not, do you know of anyone else that has?

11 Foods That Make You Look Younger

trina mcgee davisThere are numerous examples of what we mean when we say “Black don’t crack”. It’s like a person has somehow stopped time or at least slowed it down and they look much younger than they would normally look for their age.

Take actress Trina McGee-Davis for example.  In September 2015 she turns 46 but doesn’t look a day over 26! Or what about the Pastor and son duo that is circling the internet and they easily look like they could be brothers.

Some just chalk it up as an excuse of “good genes” but many don’t know that even good genes can get tarnished if you don’t take care of your body.  That’s where eating right, specifically eating anti-aging foods comes in.

What’s an anti-aging food?

Did you know that the foods you eat have the power to not only affect your health, but how old or young you look, as well as the quality and beauty of your skin?

Dark Chocolate. Not only is dark chocolate a treat for your sweet tooth, it’s a treat for your skin, too. Cacao contains high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, but any old chocolate won’t do. Look for high cacao concentrations (high quality chocolates will give a % on the label) because these have less sugar, which can actually be bad for your skin.

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Pineapple. Pineapple contains enzymes that help break down the purple pigment in bruises. A herbal pill called Bromelain that is used to treat bruising is actually a pineapple extract that many surgeons suggest using after cosmetic surgery. If you bruise a lot, eating pineapple may make them clear sooner.

Salmon. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids that have been found to have positive effects on inflammation, depression, heart disease and more, salmon has beauty benefits for your skin as well. Our bodies don’t have the ability to produce some essential fatty acids, so including them in your diet helps reinforce your skin’s barrier and keep moisture in and irritants out. Omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease inflammation, so salmon is a great choice for those who suffer from rosacea or eczema.