BLUE Peter’s Zoe Salmon had a very dangerous addiction, but most people would not even realise how deadly it could be.
The 40-year-old presenter opened up about how she was drinking eight litres of water a day, but doctors warned her to quit that immediately.
For years, Zoe would drink four times the recommended amount of water because she believed it would help her complexion and help fight off the effects of caffeine and alcohol.
But six months ago everything changed when she went to visit her GP who made her realise she probably had an addiction to water and it could become deadly.
She told The Mirror: “It was escalating. Looking back I’m a bit concerned about how bad it could have become.”
The star admitted even drinking up to as much as ten litres when on holiday and had no idea how bad that could be.
Zoe revealed: “I feel like I’d trained my body to crave water all the time, I thought it was a brilliant thing to do.
“A few people had mentioned it to me before.
“But I never thought it was a problem. I felt well and happy with how I looked. I thought people were just giving me a hard time.”
She mentioned her intake to her masseuse who warned her it was not good to drink that much water and so she went to her GP to set the record straight.
Zoe who is married to butcher, William Corrie, explained: “It was like the universe was telling me to go to the doctor.
“So I thought, ‘OK’, more to prove what I was doing was fine. I wanted to draw a line under it.”
“I felt quite silly when I sat down, taking an appointment to say I might be drinking too much water.
“But when I said how much I was drinking, I was told the recommended amount was two litres a day, or up towards three at most if you’re exercising.”
What she found out was very shocking: “I’d been drinking more than double the maximum. The doctor told me to act straight away – come down gradually by 200mls and work my way back to two litres. It was pretty alarming.”
“I grew up having really bad skin, and I’d always heard that drinking loads of water would help.”
Drinking too much water causes overhydration which can lead to water intoxication.
That means the amount of salt and other electrolytes in the body become too diluted and even though it’s rare, it can be fatal.
Zoe revealed more about why she would drink so much water: “There was the old wives’ tale about how when you feel hungry you might actually be thirsty – although I was sipping so much water throughout the day I don’t think that was a significant factor for me.
“Each day I’d begin with a litre to kick-start my digestive system, I’d have another after my first coffee to balance out the effect of the caffeine and another after a smoothie.
“I’d drink a litre at the gym, fill up my water bottle with another litre for the drive home and if I went for a night out and had three or four glasses of wine, I’d have three or four glasses of water to counteract it.”
“Then when I was on The Island with Bear Grylls a few years ago, it was really hard to get food and water and I struggled with that.”
Zoe was speaking out now to prevent other people from making the same mistake as her.
She said: “Even in the last couple of weeks I’ve seen someone on social media talking about their aim to drink at least a gallon of water every day, which is four-and-a-half litres.
Zoe also opened up about how hard it was to not scale back her intake and stick to two litres of water a day.
She revealed: “In my own situation, it’s been like with any addiction.
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“It’s been a massive episode in my life and I’ve felt really deflated knowing I was working so hard for my health, but what I was doing was counterproductive.”
She believed because she has not heard back from the GP with her test results, that she has thankfully not done any long-term damage to her body.
“Now I’m determined not to slip back to how things were.”
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