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SID: Now I read the statistic that you gave me. The U.S. Center for Disease Control says there are 140 toxic chemicals that cause 70 percent of chronic diseases. By the way, being a minister, why in the world did you go out and get that certificate as a nutritionist? Why?
LAURA: Because I saw that we were not whole. The army of God was not whole. We were treating one-third or two-thirds of ourselves and the enemy had a way in. He had a way in to wiggle through and cause chaos in our lives. We are not even Christian if we don’t have faith because it took faith to become a Christian. So that’s why the enemy comes after our faith. So statistics like that or also even Harvard University, Harvard Medical Center, they came out with a study that said, it was called “The Gut Brain Connection”, and that connection showed that there is such a link in between your brain and what happens in your digestive track. Think about what happens when you have stage fright. You’re nervous up here and your tummy gets upset or you have a gut reaction. They found that they were so connected they should be considered one body system. So what that tells me is that what you eat affects what you think. And the Bible is very clear about what you think affects your faith. So I’m proposing that what you eat can indirectly affect your faith.
SID: I’ve actually never heard that before. But what she’s saying is food can affect your faith and it’s actually been scientifically proven. How about fasting? What happens when we fast? How does that help us?
LAURA: That is proof that food affects your spirit. When you fast, you are removing the thing that, or many things, that is causing you to grow in your flesh instead of in your spirit. How did sin enter the world in the Garden of Eden? Eve baked that apple pie or whatever it was.
SID: That’s not what happened.
LAURA: I know. Whatever it was, it was through her appetite. And Esau sold his birthright for a pot of stew. Satan even tempted Jesus and said, “Turn these stones into bread.” So appetite is so usable by God. If you will have appetites up for him and if you will satisfy your natural appetite with the things that he shows you, that is supernatural.
SID: Now tell me a few things you might have done to get the toxins out of your body.
LAURA: Well the program that I put people on, the 30-day program, remember I told you about those five categories that the prayer requests fell into, I break people’s 30 days down into five, those five categories of their lives, every prayer that they pray. And each one has six days. We spend six days on your relationships, six days on your finances. There’s a devotional for each day. You want to go in and say, Lord, what happened to my marriage? What happened? Why can’t I get ahead? Why can’t I get healed? Why can’t I get promoted? Whatever. And then each of those six days, we detox three body systems, spending two days on each. And I found—
SID: Take one.
LAURA: Okay. This is a perfect example. When we’re studying relationships, we are spending six days digging deeply into every relationship around you, above you, beneath you, and it just so happens that the color vegetable that is very good for the body system we’re detoxing that week, which is the heart, your cardiovascular system, your circulatory system, that particular week we’re going to eat a lot of reds. Isn’t that easy to remember? Reds in the heart. So it contains a little something called lycopene. And everybody is trying to put it in a pill form now. Take your lycopene pill. I think just reach for some strawberries or some red grapes, or some red peppers. Easier, cheaper, much better for the body.
SID: I was asking you, actually yesterday, it just seemed to me that just a few days isn’t going to be long enough to detox a liver, a heart.
LAURA: Right. But here’s the issue. God has already given us filters in our bodies. Our lungs filter, our kidneys, our liver, even our skin, it has a million little mouths on it. All right. So we already have filters. But we spend two days on each of those filters cleaning them out so that they can do their job because God has already designed our body to do the job for us. But many people, if I can say, get their filter gets dirty, and eventually what happens is, because their bodies are worn down, it does affect their faith. There is no questioning, no getting around it. If you feel ill in your body you are going to have a more difficult time approaching your Christian walk with fervor, with confidence, with faith. So it is so connected. We cannot segregate them. And I get very, can you tell I’m very passionate about this message.
SID: Now there’s a fringe benefit, by the way, because people that she’s taught this course for, they lose a lot of weight. Give me an example of one person.
LAURA: Well I’m just going to tell you. I have one person who’s very close to me and he said, okay, well I’ll do it. So he goes on this faith detox and he’s losing weight immediately, like five pounds, 10 pounds. He loses, in the course of the 30 days, he loses 22 pounds and he is so transformed by it, body, mind and spirit that he says, “I think I’m just going to continue eating this way.” So he does and now a week out, he’s now up to 25 pounds that he’s lost. It’s not water loss and it is not protein loss. You eat four to five times a day, eat or drink something four to five times a day. You’re not going to go hungry and nothing tastes like grass. You have my word. But it’s just amazing to me to hear that story along with other stories from men and women. And these are not just people who have tons of weight to lose. But I am hearing from people all over the United States, all over the world, 17 pounds in 17 days, four pounds in the first five days. And they’ll say the first four days was a real kicker, but now I have more energy and more focus, and my body is fueled with the right things.
SID: You know, when we come back I want to find some simple supernatural ways to detox our faith. Be right back.
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