Sunday, May 29, 2022

Fasting for Health, Longevity & A Spiritual Connection with our Creator

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, May 29, 2022

Fasting is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies, especially in these end-times, when food shortages and famine are prophesied about in Revelation 6:2-8. Many people in biblical times (including the first century believers in Messiah) habitually fasted, and they operated in a powerful anointing that resulted in the ability to access the throne in heaven (as they experienced many miracles, signs and wonders). 

If you are experiencing disease of any kind or health issues, fasting from food is one of the most effective ways to reverse sickness and disease. 

The Molting of the Eagle

Many of you may be familiar with the molting process of an eagle that has grown weary, tired and weak. The eagle secludes himself on top of a high mountain, and he plucks out all his feathers, and breaks off his beak on a rock. He also removes his talons, until he is bare, naked and helpless. Then, he does something amazing. The eagle looks up toward heaven, and he waits! What does he wait for? He waits for YaHuWaH to renew his youth and his strength! Slowly, but surely his strength is renewed, as his talons, feathers, and beak come back stronger than before, and he is able to soar with the same endurance he had in his youth!

Tehilliym (Psalm) 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 40:31 But they that wait upon YHWH shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The molting process of an eagle is the same principle of fasting and waiting upon YaHuWaH to restore your youth and vitality. What seems counter-intuitive to the natural mind, is just the opposite in the realm of the spirit. We often think we need to supplement our body with something to achieve healing. It never occurs to us that healing comes from abstaining and removing something, rather than adding something.

Why is fasting so effective? Because we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) by YaHuWaH, and he has built into our DNA, the ability to heal and repair itself. However, when we are eating food three times per day, our body never has the chance to recover, because our digestive system is constantly working hard to digest food. To give an analogy, imagine that you turn on the ignition to your car every day, and keep the engine revved up from morning until bedtime. How long do you think it will be before your engine wears out and dies? The reason why most people do not experience healing, is because we are conditioned in our American culture that we must eat three meals per day (which was not done in biblical times). 

The so-called experts have lied to us, about having to eat three meals per day, but this advice has been shown to be wrong. Eating too many meals in a day, raises Insulin, and elevated Insulin leads to weight gain and a plethora of diseases. I highly recommend watching this video by Dr. Berg on why Insulin is the root cause of most diseases:

The reason why many people do not experience healing (even when they pray and ask the Father to heal them), is because they are still consuming foods that raise Insulin, and they are snacking all day long. If YaHuWaH were to heal us supernaturally, (and then we go back to eating processed food), we would lose our healing quite rapidly. 

Therefore, he wants us to change our diet, because many of us in the American culture have made our belly (our appetite) into an object of worship. Philippians 3:19, says Whose end is destruction, whose elohiym is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. 1st John 2:16 shows us three categories of sin, The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. 

The lust of the eyes, and the lust of the flesh is often the sin we commit when we are tempted by looking at unhealthy food, and then consuming it to our detriment. Our Messiah overcame these three temptations in our behalf when he fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. Therefore, he has given us the gift of the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) to overcome the lust of the flesh, and to give us the fruit of the spirit “self-control”  (Galatians 5:23).

My Personal Experience With Fasting

The first time I underwent a 14-day Lemonade Fast was in March of 2006. I was 45 years old in this photo, and I recognized that I had become “Estrogen-dominant.” This happens to most women in their 40’s as they approach the age of Menopause. This is caused by the ovaries producing too much Estrogen, and not enough Progesterone, resulting in weight-gain. I had read the book by Dr. Stanley Burroughs entitled “The Master Cleanser Diet,” and I was inspired after reading all the wonderful testimonies of the many people who were healed of diseases after having done this cleanse.

What most people fail to realize, is that during a fast, our body consumes dead cells, waste material. This gives your body the chance to make new stem cells. When we are consuming food, our bodies are using every bit of energy to digest the food. However, when we are fasting, we are giving our bodies a rest from digesting, and this conserves energy, thus giving our body a chance to repair and renew itself. This is also the reason why many people experience elevated energy during a fast.

The first time I did the Lemonade Cleanse in 2006, I made the recipe using Grade B Maple Syrup (as the book recommended), and I lost a total of 20 pounds in 14 days. In addition to fasting from food (and drinking nothing but lemonade), I was also power-walking 5-6 miles per day. Some of you might be saying “But what were you living on, if you were only consuming lemonade?” Some people ask “Didn't you become weak from not eating?The answer is “No, just the opposite!” After abstaining from food, I had more energy and stamina than before the fast.

After that first time, I decided to do another round of the Lemonade Diet in the summer of 2007. This time, I did it for 40 days, and I experienced even more mental clarity, and lost about 25 pounds. This photo was taken on the last day of my 40-day fast in July of 2007. I was 46 years old here.

In the summer of 2009, I did another 40-day Lemonade Fast, as I was 49 years old here. Each year (leading up to my birthday) I began making this an annual ritual, and I always achieved great results. For me, it became the secret to reversing the effects of aging. Each time I embarked on one of these cleanses, I looked and felt amazing. I felt as if 10-15 years had been taken off of my age.

This photo of me was taken on my 49th birthday, on August 18th 2009. As you can see, I was not suffering from malnutrition after 40 days without food (contrary to what most people believe will happen if they fast).

As a matter of fact, I had more mental clarity and vitality than I had before going on the fast. Not only was I more sensitive to the voice of YaHuWaH, but I was having vivid prophetic dreams during this time, as I had been in prayer several hours per day. One of the reasons why fasting makes us more sensitive to voice of our Savior, is because the Pineal Gland (which is behind our forehead) causes us to be more sensitive to the realm of the Spirit/Ruwach. 

This photo was taken on August 18th 2010, which was my 50th birthday. I had just completed my fourth year in a row of a 40-day Lemonade Cleanse. It was during this time that I learned that I had developed a benign fibroid tumor in my uterus, and this was due to Estrogen-dominance. 

I had hoped that the tumor would have shrank during my fast, and it did get much smaller. But it had not sufficiently shrunk enough so that I could forgo the surgery.

Our Pineal Gland calcifies as we age, (especially when we consume a diet rich in sugar and processed foods). Fasting removes the calcification on the Pineal Gland, allowing for a deeper spiritual connection with our heavenly Father. See this article about how the Pineal Gland affects our sleeping patterns: The Anatomy of the Pineal Gland

The global elites want to suppress our spiritual connection with YaHuWaH, and this is why they add Fluoride in our tap water. Fluoride was first experimented with by Hitler in Nazi Germany. German Scientists discovered that Fluoride calcifies the Pineal Gland, thus making humans more compliant to tyranny. They are hoping to make us into zombies who will not fight back when they take away our freedoms.

In August of 2010 (when this photo was taken), it was four months before I had a Partial Hysterectomy. One of the reasons why I went on the Lemonade Fast, was to hopefully shrink the benign 3-pound fibroid tumor in my uterus, thus eliminating the need for surgery. I had read testimonies of others who had used fasting as a method of shrinking tumors, and I was willing to try it. I consumed no food whatsoever for 40 days, and drank only water and Organic Lemonade. 

I had also been power walking 5-6 miles every day, and felt pretty amazing by the time I was done. I was also spending several hours per day in prayer, and studying Scripture (as I was unemployed at the time). This time of fasting and praying did a lot of good for my body, mind, and spirit. However the tumor had not shrunk sufficiently, and I had no choice but to go under the knife, because the tumor was pressing up against my other organs.

The official name of this type of cleanse is called The Master Cleanser Diet by Dr. Stanley Burroughs, who wrote the book in the 1940s. I have been doing these cleanses periodically since 2006, and every time I do one of these, I always feel so much better physically and spiritually.

As we age, we develop something called Insulin Resistance, which comes from consuming too many carbs and sugar. This causes our liver to become full of fatty deposits, so that Insulin can no longer get into the liver to digest food properly. When this happens, your Pancreases produces up to 5-7 times too much Insulin (because the Liver is rejecting it). Too much Insulin makes it impossible to lose weight, and it causes a host of other health problems, such as the following: 

Heartburn, Acid Reflux, bloating, belly fat, numbness and tingling/Neuropathy in the hands and feet (which ultimately leads to amputation if high Insulin is not corrected); joint pain; memory loss & loss of cognitive skills; Blurry vision, aches and pains in the muscles and joints; Nerve damage; Deterioration of the Retina, which can ultimately lead to Diabetes-induced blindness; Deterioration of the bones, and Osteoarthritis; Muscle atrophy, skin rashes, Psoriasis, puss-filled boils and acne. 

Another Round of the Lemonade Fast in 2015

I began this fast in March of 2015, (age 54), and I continued for 40 days. This time, (after I ended my fast), I began a life-style of Intermittent Fasting. 

I had read the book entitled “The Warrior Diet,” by Ori Hofmekler, and I learned about all the health benefits that can be enjoyed from living a lifestyle of eating only one meal per day.

As we age, our hormones begin to decline, and this means loss of lean muscle mass, and collagen (which keeps our skin elastic and wrinkle-free).

By leading a lifestyle of Intermittent Fasting (one meal per day), it boosts our Human Growth Hormones by 2,000% during the first 24 hours!

After I had the Partial Hysterectomy in 2010, my surgeon placed me on artificial Hormone Replacement therapy (Estradiol). Consequently, I gained 60 pounds within 6 months, and I had been eating only one meal per day! What I did not know back then, was that Pharmaceutical-grade Hormone Replacement comes from female horse urine! 

After doing the research, I learned that this has been the cause of many women developing cervical and breast cancer. Needless to say, I immediately stopped using the Pharmaceutical-grade Estradiol. However, the damage had been done. During those 6 months, I developed a fatty liver, and I became Insulin Resistant (Pre-Diabetic), even though I was eating healthy, working out at the gym, and eating only one meal per day.

My 2016 Lemonade Fast

This photo was taken in May of 2016 (age 55), after I had just moved to Sacramento California. Following the Partial Hysterectomy in 2010, (and taking the Estradiol for 6 months), my hormones had become out of balance, and this has resulted in my inability to lose belly fat, (even after being on the Keto Diet & Intermittent Fasting since 2018. This is why I am having to go to extreme measures to reverse the fatty liver. 

Today is January 15th 2024, and I am currently starting another round of the Lemonade Fast. I am playing it by ear, to see how my body feels after 30 days. If I feel good, I will keep on going until my 64th birthday on August 18th. This time, though, I am not using Maple Syrup to sweeten my Lemonade. 

I am using Organic Pure Leaf Stevia & Fresh Ginger in my juice. Maple Syrup is too high in sugar for me, because of the fatty liver and Insulin Resistance. This is why I am eliminating the Maple Syrup this time, so that can cleanse my liver, and hopefully reverse fatty liver.

Another reason why I am hoping to stay on this fast for 30-60 days, is to reverse all the inflammation in my knees. I sustained painful knee injury in 1993, which has left me with no cartilage left in my left knee. However, I am praying, and believing for a supernatural knee replacement from YaHuWaH! 

One of the things I have experienced, is that if your body is not “Fat-Adapted” from having been on the Keto Diet (for at least three months), you will have a harder time fasting. My husband Gary & I have been doing the Keto Diet & Intermittent Fasting since the year 2018, but I had reached a plateau, and had not been able to lose the rest of the body-fat that I want to lose. I also needed healing in both of my knees, which is why I am doing this cleanse again in 2024. When your body acclimated to consuming fat for fuel instead of glucose, it lowers your Insulin, which also turns off the hunger hormone known as “Ghrelin.” 

Another thing that I have incorporated into my fasting, is one cup per day of Bulletproof Yerba Mate. I consume this drink every evening (when I would normally have dinner). Yerba Mate is a type of tea that is very high in nutrients and Antioxidants, and it is known to have a ton of health benefits, vitamins and minerals. 

My husband, Gary & I have tried several different brands of Yerba Mate, and we have also learned that you do not want to buy the ones that are smoked, because the leaves can cause throat cancer, due to Carcinogens. Make sure to always purchase brands that sun-dry their leaves.

How to Make the Bulletproof Yerba Mate? 

I add 1 tablespoon each of Kerrygold’s Grass-fed Butter, MCT Oil, and some Pure Organic Stevia to taste. The fat in this Bulletproof drink helps keep me satiated, and MCT Oil is known to take away your appetite, because it gives your brain the fuel it needs, thereby sending the signal to your brain to give up the excess body fat. Also, MCT Oil helps lower your Insulin, and turns off the hunger hormone known as “Ghrelin.” 

Another thing that I have been consuming daily (in addition to the Lemonade), is two tablespoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in about 20 ounces of water (with Stevia added) to help with the sour taste. 

I also add Potassium Powder and Magnesium Powder to help my body restore Electrolytes. These helpful tips will help you get through the fast. Here are the links to Magnesium  & Potassium Powders we purchase on Amazon.

With the coming food shortages, it behooves all of us to begin learning how to fast from food for extended periods of time to heal, cleanse, and repair the digestive system, organs and cells. Did you know that the human body can go without food for long periods of time (depending on how much body fat you have to fuel your fast)? During an extended fast from food, your body makes new stem cells, and it is entirely possible to grow back new cartilage! 

Long-term fasting and Intermittent Fasting (for at least 24-48 hours) boosts Human Growth Hormones by 2000% in men. In women, it's about 1000%. The reason for this is, because when your digestive system is resting, your body can concentrate on repairing your cells, and reversing damage. The technical word for it is called “Autophagy.” 

Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Jason Fung has done an enormous amount of research on the topic of Autophagy and Intermittent Fasting. Below are some of his videos:

How To Fast on Lemonade

The original Master Cleanser Diet was written by Dr. Stanley Burroughs in the 1940’s, and at the time, this was a ground-breaking discovery on how to fast to achieve reversal of many diseases. One of the things I learned when reading his very short book, is the many health benefits of consuming lemons:

Here is an excerpt from his book:

Lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent with many important building factors. 

*Its 49% potassium strengthens and energizes the heart, stimulates and builds the kidneys and adrenal glands. 

*Its oxygen builds vitality. 

*Its carbon acts as a motor stimulant. 

*Its hydrogen activates the sensory nervous system. 

*Its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs. 

*Its phosphorus knits the bones, stimulates and builds the brain for clearer thinking. 

*Its sodium encourages tissue building. 

*Its magnesium acts as a blood alkalizer. 

*Its iron builds the red corpuscles to rapidly correct the most common forms of anemia. 

*Its chlorine cleanses the blood plasma. 

*Its silicon aids the thyroid for deeper breathing.

Dr. Burroughs recommends using Grade-B Maple Syrup to sweeten the lemonade, due to it’s high mineral content. However, since I had a Partial Hysterectomy in 2010 (due to a benign tumor in my uterus the size of a football), I developed a hormone imbalance that lead to being prescribed Pharmaceutical grade Estrogen supplements. Because I was given too high of a dose by my surgeon, I gained 60 pounds in 6 months (even though nothing changed in my diet, and I was working out regularly at the gym). 

Upon gaining all this weight, I consulted a Naturopath, and she gave me a saliva test to measure my hormone levels. The results came back from the lab, and she called me to tell me that I had three times too much Estrogen in my body, which is why I had gained weight so rapidly. She also advised me to go off of the Estrogen immediately, because I was at a high risk for developing breast cancer, and/or cervical cancer. Needless to say, I went off of the Estrogen Pills immediately. After conducting research, I discovered that the Estradiol that my surgeon prescribed was made from female horse urine! No wonder so many women are developing breast cancer and cervical cancer over the last 50 years!

This rapid weight gain caused me to develop Insulin Resistance, and a Fatty Liver, which is a condition known as “Pre-Diabetes.” Consequently, I could not lose the 60 pounds I had gained, even when I attempted another Master Cleanse for 40 days. It did not work for me after I developed a fatty lLiver, because the Maple Syrup is too high in sugar and carbohydrates. Because I had developed Insulin Resistance, I had to eliminate all sugars and carbohydrates completely. The only way to reverse a fatty liver is to give your liver a chance to  eliminate excess glycogen.

Back in 2010, (after six months of taking the Estradiol), I quit taking it, and did another round of the Master Cleanser Diet for 40 days, and lost only 10 pounds, but I could not lose the remaining 50 pounds. After doing some research online, I learned about Insulin Resistance is caused by Fatty Liver disease, which can be caused by too much Estrogen! However, I also learned that doing a long-term water fast reverses Insulin Resistance rapidly, so that your liver can use up all the stored glycogen, thereby allowing your body to give up the fat. 

This is the reason why I am not using Maple Syrup this time around on the Lemonade Fast. As I have already explained, Maple Syrup is too high in sugar, and consuming it will not reverse a fatty liver. The research of Dr. Burroughs was ground-breaking for the 1940’s, however, new research from Dr. Jason Fung, and others has shown that diets high in sugar and carbohydrates causes a fatty liver, which leads to Insulin Resistance, and ultimately, Type-2 Diabetes.

Instead of using Maple Syrup to sweeten my Lemonade, I am using the purest Organic Stevia Leaf extract I can find to sweeten my juice. I juice my lemons with a Masticating Juicer (leaving all the skin on the lemon), because there are tons of health benefits in the lemon peel and the seeds. Below are three different brands of Stevia that I have purchased in the past on Amazon, and I highly recommend these brands. 

Not all Stevia is created equally. Some store-bought brands add other artificial ingredients and still call it Stevia, which is highly deceptive. A brand called “Truvia,” (which is purchased in stores), adds an ingredient known as “Dextrin,” which is made from highly processed cornstarch. This diabolical substance raises Insulin 10 times faster than regular white sugar. Sugar has a Glycemic Index of 70, while Dextrin & Maltodextrin have a Glycemic Index of 137! I have had a few Hyperglycemic attacks when consuming this ingredient, and it scared me, because my heart rate elevated to 199! I urge you to avoid these brands that claim their main ingredient as “Stevia,” on the box, but they use very little Stevia, and mostly all artificial harmful ingredients.

Why do I use a Masticating Juicer? Because some juicers get hot from the motor, and they only grind your fruits and veggies. The heat from the motor will kill all the nutrients in your fruits and veggies within 30 minutes of juicing. With a masticating juicer, it gently squeezes all the juice out of your fruits and veggies, so that your juice is good for up to 72 hours in the Refrigerator.

In 2012, I purchased the Omega 350 Vertical Juicer, and I am still using it 9 years later. I highly recommend buying one. Here is an Amazon link to purchase a new one. You can also find refurbished ones on Amazon & Ebay if you cannot afford to pay for a brand new one: 
Omega Vertical Low Speed Juicer

Below is a graphic with the recipe for making the Lemon/Ginger Juice. I highly recommend purchasing a Berkey Water Filter, to purify your water, but if you are unable to do that, you should purchase bottled Distilled Water to make this recipe.

Keeping Your Colon Active During an Extended Fast

During an extended fast, your digestive system become dormant, and you may end up becoming constipated by the end of your fast. The reason for this, is that your colon becomes dormant, and basically goes to sleep. To prevent my colon from becoming inactive (so that I can go back to eating when I come off of my fast), I take something called “Bentonite Clay,” mixed with water, and Psyllium Husks. Here is a link to the brand I use: Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite Liquid Clay

I drink this mixture every 4-5 days to keep my colon active. Basically, Bentonite Clay is volcanic ash, and it has amazing properties for cleaning out your colon, and helping you eliminate toxins and body fat. Psyllium Husks add fiber to the mixture of water and Bentonite Clay, to help trap any remaining fecal matter in your colon, and force it out of your body. Here is the brand is I purchase on Amazon: Anthony's Organic Psyllium Husk Powder

One more important thing that you should know, is that you must make sure to always brush your teeth immediately after drinking Lemon Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar. Both of these will deteriorate the enamel on your teeth, if you don’t brush right away. I non-disposable straws to drink my Lemonade with, so as to prevent the liquid from coating my teeth. Here is an Amazon link where you can buy them: 12-Pack Reusable Black Straws

If you do end up sustaining any damage to your tooth enamel, you can use Uncle Harrys Remineralizing Kit to restore your tooth enamel. It is also a good idea to use it while doing the Lemonade Fast, as a means of preventing your tooth enamel from eroding. This kit gets great reviews on Amazon, and I have even read some reviews where people were able to reverse their cavities to the dismay of their dentist. Another product that I have begun using is this toothpaste by Boka that contains an ingredient called “Hydroxyapatite,” that is known for remineralizing and restoring tooth enamel. It also gets great reviews on Amazon.

I also want to recommend buying a tongue scraper, because during a fast, the toxins come out of your cells, and collect on your tongue, giving you bad breath and a white film on your tongue. I purchased my tongue scraper on Amazon at this link: Tongue Cleaner/Scraper

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