Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Battle With Autoimmune Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis


Zoe Saldana

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Star Trek Beyond actress Zoe Saldana just revealed her personal battle with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; an autoimmune disorder which causes the body to attack the thyroid gland.

In her cover story for Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, Saldana explains that the condition runs in her family. The 38-year-old’s mother and sister also have the disease.

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“Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” Saldana tells The Edit. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”

Saldana is committed to caring for her body and maintaining good health. Since her diagnosis, according to The Edit, the Avatar star is gluten-free and dairy-free.

She didn’t go into detail in the article about how the changes in her diet help with her autoimmune disease.

“I had a great time in my twenties,” Saldana continues. “Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the f*** is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever! But all of a sudden it hits you. I s*** you not, it’s from night to day.”

Saldana is right. Many people who suffer from Hashimoto’s initially aren’t aware that they have it. But there are more than 200,000 cases of the disease in the U.S. each year, according to Mayo Clinic.