10 percent of the 88 fruit juices tested had arsenic levels that exceed the U.S. federal drinking water standard.
25 percent of the tested juices also had lead levels that are higher than the five parts per billion (ppb) limit set for bottled water.
Dr. Mercola advises having well water tested for arsenic and other contaminants using a comprehensive test kit from the National Testing Laboratories.
If you have public water, get your drinking water information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dr. Mercola also recommends using a high-quality water filter, so that you can be sure that you’re getting pure water.
“To be absolutely certain you are getting the purest water you can, you’ll want to filter the water both at the point of entry and at the point of use.
This means filtering all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink.
Other ways to avoid arsenic include:
•Limit your juice consumption. Aside from arsenic, juices also contain high amounts of fructose that if taken in large quantities can cause very serious health problems.
•Buy organic, pastured chicken. Traces of arsenic have been found in factory-raised chickens because of the synthetic pesticides they ingest. Organic regulations do not allow organically-raised chickens to be fed conventional feed grown with synthetic pesticides.
•Avoid processed baby foods. These may be contaminated with potentially toxic chemicals and are loaded with sugar and trans fats. Opt for homemade baby food made from organic ingredients instead.