This is a research paper mooting the concept of hunger pill. Though this idea has been presented in two conferences, this is the first time i am publishing it .
It is not something new when I say that we have to eat food to survive. Food provides the body with nutrients for day to day functioning and staying healthy and alive. Both plant and animal sources provide the nutrients required for the body. Most of us take a mix of both vegetarian and non vegetarian diet. Some remain strict vegans as far as the eating food goes. But can we do away with eating of food? Just by taking a pill with all the ingredients of the food? So far there has been talk of diet pills which mimic the fullness of the stomach by .sending the stomach-filled signals to the brain. Result one eats less and loses weight. This technique is used in weight loss programs. So I am damn sure this is something new when I say that we eat a pill instead of food. Is the pill ready yet? Nope .We are exploring this just this possibility. Let us move on. To remain alive and kicking a balanced diet with all the nutrients is needed. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fibers are those nutrients.
What exactly these nutrients do?
Let us take a look at each one of the nutrients role in our body Carbodydrates provide energy in the form of glucose. On eating them the digestive enzymes in saliva, mouth and intestine break them into simple sugars and ultimately into glucose. Then it is absorbed into the blood stream through the walls of the intestine and distributed to cells and muscles with the help of insulin for immediate use, or as energy reserve in the liver and muscles as glycogen or stored as fat. The proteins are important nutrients involved in virtually all functions in the body,.There are several types of proteins. Some proteins are involved in structural support, some are involved in physical movement, some are involved in defence against germs. Proteins are constructed from a set of 20 amino acids. We shall see some types of proteins and their functions. Antibodies defend the body against germs Contractile proteins are responsible for movement Enzymes speed up chemical reactions Storage proteins store amino acids
Vitamins play a vital role in the functioning of several processes in the body, They act as anti-oxidants, mediators for cell regulation, tissue growth and differentiation. They also act catalysts and aid the metabolic activities inside the body.They combine with enzymes to act as catalysts. They also act as co-enzymes. Thus they aid the transportation field and also as biotins (vitamin B7) Fats play a vital role in the various functions of the body and along with carbodyrates and proteins is one of the three building blocks of the body. Minerals are needed for healing. Tissue rebuilding is facilated quickly when the body has sufficient required minerals. Fiber is of two types : Insoluble and and soluble. Insoluble fiber is mainly made up of plant cell walls, and it does not dissolve water. It is good in laxative action. Soluble fiber is made up of polysaccharides (carbohydrates that contain three or more molecules of simple carbohydrates), and it does dissolve in water. It has a beneficial effect on body chemistry by lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Well done nutrients thanks to all of them we human beings survive. But can we put together all of them in a pill and have it instead of eating various foods?
The gluttonous and the gourmets who like to savor the food physically may not like the prospect of not eating any food at all. What the taste buds are for and what for the olfactory nerves for smell then? All will go waste. So I think of something to make them work too. There are said to be as many as 45 nutrients in all. We now have a wonder technology called nano technology. By this technology it is just possible to pack together by arranging more molecules all the essential nutrients in a short space of a pill and gulp it to douse the hunger. Natural sources of are the best way to obtain the nutrients and pack them in on a nano scale. That way our body will accept the nutrients without any discomfort and allergy. The taste giving spices containing nutrients may also be clubbed with the other nutrients to make the pill tasty! Take ur pick of tastes we make different tasting pills. Ok, the sense of taste taken care of . What about smell? If we sprinkle hot water on the pill the aroma may be released. This seems to be the safe way to do it as any other way artificially doing it will not be acceptable to our body. There will be other practical things too. There are fat soluble vitamins which can be stored in the body and there are water soluble vitamins which cant be stored there have to be replenished daily. Vitamins A, D., E & K are fat soluble and Vitamins B & C are water soluble. Accordingly the daily taking pills and periodically taking pills have to be produced.
This hunger pill shall be more useful in space where longer journeys into space by humans are needed. Of course the primary aim to is to feed those on earth first.
Right now I have put the idea of the pill into the brain. Time to work on it with hands and take the pill ultimately into the mouth. Hunger pill awaits!