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Diet optimization according to how good is individual's digestion

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jnikola Jul 19, 2022
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Optimize food intake by measuring the energy extraction capabilities of an individual.
Not everybody has the same chewing capacity, acidity levels, surface, composition or microbiome of the gut. Therefore, not everybody has the same ingestion and consequently, not everybody extracts the same amount of "energy" from the food we eat. Even the same person has different digestion efficiencies throughout life. In that context, we should somehow measure the amount of energy we get from the food we eat to optimize our dietary plans and prevent obesity and other diet-related illnesses.
How would it work?
  1. Develop a standardized diagnostic tool
  2. develop nutrient pills or liquids that contain specific amounts of energy and activate specific groups of enzymes (mimic different food types)
  3. nutrient pills could be better since they mimic solid food, while liquids have shorter time from ingestion to excretion, thus more suitable for testing
  4. Develop a standardized ready-to-use home kit method
  5. test should be easy to use, safe and doable at home
  6. individual should not eat anything for at least 8 hours prior the testing
  7. specific schedule of pill/liquid intake should be developed to allow proper, sensitive and specific enzyme activation, digestion and read-out
  8. a person should stick to the intake schedule and collect stool and urine samples as indicated in the protocol
  9. all samples should be shipped/picked up by the company right after the test is finished
  10. Laboratory analysis
  11. the key thing that is being searched in the laboratory analysis of stool and urine samples would be the leftover of the pills/liquids
  12. by the amount of the undigested nutrients inside a pill/liquid, the algorithm would calculate an energy extraction capabilities of an individual
  13. the results, along with dietary recommendations, comments and examples would be sent to you
What do you think? Would you use it? Is there something similar on the market? Is there a group of patients that would specifically benefit from this?
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Definitely a good idea. Identifying bodily parameters that could be altered or measured to construct a diet plan is the key here and a challenge as well. There are numerous parameters with overlapping functions, so selecting a few for read-out might be tricky.
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