Medical professionals frequently advocate for increased water intake, with individuals conscientiously striving to consume the recommended eight glasses daily. However, Brooke Shields’ recent health scare due to overhydration is likely to make many reconsider their water consumption habits.
Who Is Brooke Shields?
Brooke Shields is a popular American actress and model who gained widespread recognition as a teenage model for Calvin Klein. Her notable roles in films such as ‘Pretty Baby’ (1978), ‘The Blue Lagoon’ (1980), and ‘Endless Lov’” (1981) contributed to her enduring fame in the entertainment industry. To ‘Friends’ fans, Brook is best known for her guest appearance as Erika, Joey’s (more like Drake Ramoray’s) fling on the iconic sitcom.
What Happened To Brook Shields?
The 58-year-old star disclosed recently that she experienced a grand mal seizure due to excessive water intake. In an interview for Glamour, Shields recalled, “Everything started to go black. Then my hands drop to my side, and I go headfirst into the wall.”
She explained, “I start having a grand mal seizure. It means frothing at the mouth, totally blue, trying to swallow my tongue. The next thing I remember, I’m being loaded into an ambulance. I have oxygen on.”
Why Did She Suffer Health Risks From Drinking Water?
Shields admitted that she faced such drastic health risks because she “drowned” herself. She recounted the terrifying medical episode and said, “I flooded my system, and I drowned myself.”
She also explained the reason why drinking water caused her body to crumble, “If you don’t have enough sodium in your blood or urine or your body, you can have a seizure.”
How Much Water Is Enough Water?
If you were unaware, overhydration is actually a medical condition. It is commonly referred to as water toxicity, and it can lead to seizures. Experts advise individuals not to consume more than 1.4 litres (equivalent to six cups) of water per hour.
Shields shared that she was already dealing with low sodium levels at the time of her excessive water consumption, which can be highly perilous. Intake of large volumes of water dilutes the sodium in the bloodstream, leading to a condition known as hyponatremia.
Insufficient sodium levels result in cellular swelling. In the brain, this can elevate pressure within the skull, potentially triggering a seizure. Numerous medical professionals categorise hyponatremia as a life-threatening condition.
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