Zoe Saldana has spoken candidly about her ongoing struggle with a thyroid condition. The 38-year-old revealed that she suffers from Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues, with symptoms including fatigue and muscle pain.
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Zoe Saldana has opened up about her battle with a thyroid condition
"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," she told Net-a-Porter's The EDIT. "You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean."
The actress, who now follows a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, admitted that although her mother and grandmother also suffer from the condition, she believed herself to be immune.
"I had a great time in my twenties," she admitted. "Then your doctor says you're losing calcium in your bones."
The star suffers from Hashimoto's thyroiditis
She added: "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."
The Avatar actress now follows a healthy lifestyle, and in December proudly showed off her post-pregnancy physique, a year after she and husband Marco Perego welcomed twin boys. She took to Instagram to share her excitement with fans, in a photo revealing that she could still fit in her Guardians of the Galaxy costume from back in 2013 as she prepared to film the sequel.
"You guys, I had to share this," she excitedly wrote in the caption. "This is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013. After twins, I can't believe I was able to slip into this."
The actress proudly wore her old Guardians of the Galaxy two years after the first film
The Star Trek Beyond actress also had a message of encouragement for new mums working to stay in shape. "It pays off to work hard!" she added. "I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too."
It wasn't the first time that Zoe had spoken about her fitness routine since become a mother. Opening up to HELLO! Online at Verizon's Go90 launch party in Beverly Hills, she revealed that she had given her body "a break" after giving birth before starting up an exercise regime.
"I definitely took a break, and I trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready," she explained. "I never wanted to push myself."