Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Her Battle with an Autoimmune Disorder

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Zoe Saldana is opening up about her battle with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis —  an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system turns against its own tissues.

via Page Six:

“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, 38, explained to the Edit. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”

Saldana and husband Marco Perego are now gluten- and dairy-free.

Raphael Kellman, MD of the Kellman Center in New York, who has never treated the actress, explained to Page Six that Saldana’s clean diet is a good tactic in tackling the autoimmune disease.

“[Hashimoto’s thyroiditis] can be healed by addressing the root causes,” Kellman said. “Cutting out gluten if you have a gluten intolerance, and avoiding refined and processed foods can help. Find poultry, dairy and meat without antibiotics. Eating organic can make a huge difference because organic foods won’t have pesticides or chemicals that nonorganic foods have, which can trigger reactions.”

Saldana is paying closer attention to her diet than ever not just because of her Hashimoto’s, but also because of her bones.

“I had a great time in my twenties. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones,” the “Star Trek: Beyond” star said. “What the f—k is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there … But all of a sudden it hits you. I s–t you not, it’s from night to day.”

We had never heard of Hashimoto’s before this — you learn something new every day!

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