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A pill to replace eating?


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So I have a little problem with eating. I'm not anorexic, I'm just not very hungry and I'm about 10 or 20 pounds underweight. I was wondering if, in the future, it would be possible to take a pill that would supply me with nutrients so that I wouldn't be hungry for days, maybe even weeks or months, on end. If so, how soon would this pill exist?



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I think so. I think pills will be able to contain all the nutrients you need..


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But only as a supplement. You still need calories for energy. And if that would be solved by another pill I think it could still be troublesome - empty digestive track may be very unhealthy. Stomach will be probably first thing to start digesting itself.


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if you've got anorexia nervousa, finding ways to enable yourself to perpetuate the disorder is not really what you should be doing.

 

however as somebody with a digestive disease that results in me being really unable to sustain a high body weight I do technically qualify as anorexia, though when I can I manage to stay within ten to twenty pounds under weight. The amount of work I have to do is part of that. if I could stay in bed for a few weeks but keep my caloric and nutrient intake the same I might just be able to get back up to the right weight.

 

So depending on your condition and the causes, you may never get what you are looking for.

 

The pill idea is definately not the best approach. as it is harder to get the caloric intake needed for energy, and the bulk of matter that the digestive tract needs to be able to move and absorb at different locations properly. not to mention to properly form the expulsion mass it needs to. most people don't know that half of your solid waste in pretty much over supply and dead gut bacteria which you need to properly digest food. We feed them, they break it down into what we need and help us absorb it. without them we would be very very sick and in a lot of pain. but they need food sources and they need to cast off the old generations and extras. Otherwise you can get over populations and it will make you sick, or you get rot setting in and necrosis of tissue that can lead to sepsis which is pretty close to a death sentence and a horrible way to die.

 

There is some guy out there trying to come up with a smoothy based diet that meets the nutrient needs of the body without having to do meal prep and the whole eating thing. Look up Soylent.

 

The smoothy could maybe be made to work, but the liquid diet thing is not a good long term idea. It has gut motility issues and tends to favor over population of certain bacterial over others which can cause illness. Not to mention that certain vitamins and mineral interfere with each others ability to absorb, so you'd need a few varieties of smoothies taken in the best sequence to reap the best results.

 

I've been playing around with the idea of making a sort of human kibble for a bit. It can side step the whole issue with liquid diets, and also leand a feeling of getting a bit more substance in your food while being easier to transport and eat on the go. It'd still likely require two or three kinds to get past the absorbtion interferance that could happen between certain vitamins and minerals.


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@Shageed: Did you talk to a doctor about this yet? Also, be very careful with this idea, but have you tried eating more fast food? Some of it has a lot more calories in smaller meal portions than healthier food.



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soylent are still supplements, not food substitutes. also, putting all the vitamins and minerals together in one cocktail of fibrous soup is not ideal, since this results to poor absorption to the body. also, we need to include microbiomes in the equation.

 

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I'm sure someone has posted this thread before...But yes, I'm very sure that this is how we will get nutrients in the future, eating will be a thing of the past, existing only for the purpose of leisure. A pill a day with all the nutrients we need would be far superior to eating.

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I'm sure someone has posted this thread before... But yes, I'm very sure that this is how we will get nutrients in the future, eating will be a thing of the past, existing only for the purpose of leisure. A pill a day with all the nutrients we need would be far superior to eating.

I would still prefer eating if I was still alive at that point in time, thank you very much.



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This isn't possible with our current digestive system. It's a possibility if our bodies were cybernetic, which they may well be in the far future. But without changing your body to a large degree, no, it will never be possible. 


Edited by Ewan, 29 July 2013 - 03:08 AM.


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Give it 100 years. By then we probably won't need a pill. Just go out in the sun and "recharge our batteries"


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But only as a supplement. You still need calories for energy. And if that would be solved by another pill I think it could still be troublesome - empty digestive track may be very unhealthy. Stomach will be probably first thing to start digesting itself.

Is there any way to bypass that?



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I wonder if we will still be able to taste and enjoy food when our bodies are 0% biological?




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