Venus and Serena Williams Go Vegan

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Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams join the growing list of celebrities who are embracing a plant-based diet by going vegan. Venus has made the switch due to health reasons and her sister, Serena, has made the switch to show her support.

The UK's Daily Mail reports that after dropping out of the U.S. Open this summer, Venus discovered that she was suffering from Siogren's disease -- an 'incurable immune system disease that threatened to end her career.' The condition affects approximately 4 million people in America, most of whom are women over 40.

Venus explained to People magazine how the disease made her incredibly fatigued:

'I couldn't raise my arm over my head, the racket felt like concrete. I had no feelings in my hands. They were swollen and itchy. I realized it would be a miserable show... 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.'

The Daily Mail goes on to say that soon-after her diagnosis, Venus started to practice yoga and went vegan -- and Serena joined her:

At Serena's recommendation she is seeking holistic alternatives like yoga and massage. The former steak lover has also changed her diet to raw vegan dishes which should help ease the inflammation on her joints. Her sister has shown her support by joining her in the diet.

How is Venus doing?

Her sister Serena said: 'She has done a complete U-turn. She was devastated but she is so positive now.'

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