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IMMUNE POWER DIET: PHASE III: MAINTAIN

Phase III shows you how to maintain this finely tuned immune system. By relieving your immune cells of the burden caused by immune-damaging foods in Phase I and Phase II, you made it possible for the system to function at its peak force. The goal of this final phase, maintenance, is to keep you at this peak of immune health and performance by building good immune habits into your life.

The key to this is practicality and flexibility. After all, no diet, no matter how healthy, is useful if you can't stay on it. If it is so restrictive that it won't work in the real world, you will be unable to maintain the advances in immune health you have achieved.

MAINTENANCE AND MODERATION: THE FOUR-DAY PLAN

The maintenance phase works because it is so adaptable. There are no hard and fast rules here; it is basically an overall philosophy of how you should eat. That philosophy follows the one first enunciated at the height of ancient Greek civilization millennia ago. They called it syphrosyne, which translates as moderation, or the Golden Mean.

Three thousand years later, the rule still applies. In many cases of food intolerance you can start eating your danger foods again, // you do so in moderation. (Note: If you have a severe allergy, you should not try to reintroduce a food.) Suppose you have discovered a wide variety of food sensitivities, or that certain of the foods which you are hypersensitive to are the very foods you love and can't imagine cutting out altogether. Does this mean you have to live like a cloistered monk, completely denying yourself foods that give you true enjoyment? Is that the dreary price of immune health?

Absolutely not! Over fifty years ago, pioneer allergists discovered that by eating danger foods no more than once every four days, the body avoids the negative responses it otherwise would suffer, because the limited frequency gives the body the chance to absorb these foods. This four-day limit is widely recognized in the field of food allergies, and has been confirmed in clinical experience the world over. In a science where little is well-understood, this is one principle which is widely upheld and accepted.

Using this four-day plan, you can keep your food intolerances well under control because your immune system is now so much stronger than it was when you began the Immune Power Diet. When you eliminated the immune overdose of danger foods, you did two things. First, you actually reduced the severity of the response itself. Second, you let the body rebuild its own strength. By breaking the sensitivity cycle, you became more resistant, and less sensitive, to moderate exposures to these foods.

True, sensitivity responses differ in strength, ranging from sub clinical reactions you don't even recognize to full-blown emergency allergic responses. That means that some of your most severe sensitivities may still create symptoms, but many of the others will disappear, so that you can eat those foods moderately on a four-day cycle.

By following this simple philosophy of food rotation, you will continue to use your diet to build strong health.

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