Experts Warn Drinking Too Much Water Can Cause Seizures After Brooke Shields' Health Scare

By Abdul Rafay in Health and Fitness On 5th November 2023

Experts have determined the amount of water that is too much because, yes, that is a real thing.

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Brooke Shields learned the hard way that Mother Nature's juice can be lethal if consumed in excess.

Before a solo performance at Café Carlyle in Manhattan in September of this year, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor experienced a "full-blown grand mal seizure," which sent him to the hospital.

And it was all due to her excessive water consumption.

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Shields revealed in a Glamour interview that she drank "so much water" while getting ready for the show and didn't realize she was "low in sodium."

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She says: "I was waiting for an Uber. I get down to the bottom of the steps, and I start evidently looking weird, and [the people I was with] were like, 'Are you okay?'"


According to Shields, after leaving her house and making it to the corner, she became disoriented and went into L'Artusi restaurant to "see the sommelier who had just taken an hour to watch [her] run-through," at which point she rapidly became worse.

"I go in, two women come up to me; I don’t know them," she continues. "Everything starts to go black. Then my hands drop to my side and I go headfirst into the wall."

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Shields characterizes her seizure as a "grand mal seizure," during which she was "trying to swallow my tongue, frothing at the mouth, totally blue."

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The startling tale doesn't stop there, either.

According to Shields, getting oxygen and being put into an ambulance is the last thing she recalls. "And Bradley f**king Cooper is sitting next to me holding my hand," she adds.

The actor continues: "I didn’t have a sense of humor. I couldn’t really get any words out. But I thought to myself, This is what death must be like. You wake up and Bradley Cooper’s going, 'I’m going to go to the hospital with you, Brooke,' and he’s holding my hand. And I’m looking at my hand, I’m looking at Bradley Cooper’s hand in my hand, and I’m like, 'This is odd and surreal'."


However, why did Shields respond in this way?

Shields states that she drank "too much water" and had low sodium levels, which "flooded [her] system" and essentially caused her to "drown."

"And if you don’t have enough sodium in your blood or urine or your body, you can have a seizure," she says.

In fact, your kidneys "cannot get rid of the excess water" when you drink too much water, according to the Mayo Clinic.

"The sodium content of your blood becomes diluted. This is called hyponatremia and it can be life-threatening," it explains on its website.

Medical News Today adds: "In severe cases, water intoxication can cause seizures, brain damage, a coma, and even death."

However, the Mayo Clinic reassures: "Drinking too much water is rarely a problem for healthy, well-nourished adults."


In case you were unaware of the appropriate amount of water to consume, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have determined what constitutes an appropriate daily fluid intake: "About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. [And] about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.”

The Mayo Clinic resolves: "These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages, and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks."