About Deepa Verma, MD
Dr. Verma is double board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. She graduated magna cum laude from The College of NJ and is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School in NJ (formerly known as Robert Wood Johnson Medical School). Dr. Verma completed her family medicine residency at Somerset Medical Center and was elected chief resident. When she is not busy raising and playing with her three boys, she enjoys music, the beach, healthy cooking, reading, exercising and hopes to travel the world one day. She is an accomplished dancer and tennis player and enjoys being competitive in any sports or games. She has always harbored a passion for healthy and happy living, and instills those same personal values in her patients.
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Interval training at the airport? Sure, why not? It's really important to move blood and lymph after sitting for extended periods of time (i.e. during travel). The easiest thing to do is to find a set of stairs and sprint up them while waiting for your bags. (I've yet to find an airport without stairs.) You can even sprint to your gate too…people don't even look at you funny because they assume you're running late and actually move out of the way 🙂 Give it a try!
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02:46 Dr. Verma’s Journey: Dr. Verma began as a family medicine and internal medicine MD. She was treating the disease, not the patient. Two years ago, her dad died of something that could have been prevented. This prompted her to pursue integrative medicine.
05:17 Ayurveda and the Gut: The gut is our center for our wellbeing and immunity. We have 100 trillion bacteria in the gut, about 3 to 5 pounds of your body weight. For every human cell in our body, there are 10 bacteria. All of the disease processes that are on the rise in America, autoimmune diseases, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, psychiatric disorders, autism and ADD, stem from the gut. We are not absorbing our nutrition. We have leaky gut. The GI tract starts at our mouth and ends at our rectum. Leaky gut, the tight junctions that line the gut are open, letting compounds escape and enter the gut. We live on processed and fast foods. We eat lots of foods that are banned in Europe. Our food is tainted. We have an epidemic of micronutrient deficiency. Our nutritional status is comparable to that of a third world country.
08:22 Vitamin D Deficiency: This is the number one cause of chronic disease in America, impacting obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, immunity problems, and cancer. Levels of 72 to 100 are optimal. Most of her patients are in the low teens or 20s. Dr. Verma’s practice is in Florida.
10:45 Feeding Children: It takes as long or less time to prepare a simple meal as it does to go out for fast food. It starts in utero with smart clean choices. Breast feeding also requires smart clean nutrition. Kids eat what you give to them. It starts with how you present it. In other countries, people shop every 2 to 3 days for fresh food.
12:17 Consuming Milk and Animal Protein: Our bodies are not meant to process milk after a certain age. Animal protein is destructive to the human body. Our lactase persistence decreases after age 5. We are the only animal species that continues to drink milk after weaning and drink milk from another animal species. Dairy and animal protein acidifies the body. Cancer thrives in acidity. To clean and detoxify the body, we want to create alkalinity. There is more protein in plants than in animals. A serving of broccoli and spinach has twice as much protein as steak, eggs or fish.
13:51 Poop: Our feces says a lot about our health. Look at the form, color and odor. We are designed have bowel movements 2 to 3 times each day. If we are not doing this, there is something wrong in our body. Meat in our GI tract begins rotting in about 4 to 5 hours. True carnivores eat raw bloody meat. The fact that we have to cook our meat tells us that we are not meant to process it. The length of our intestine is similar to that of herbivores, not carnivores. We are omnivores. Neanderthals had diets high in plant protein.
16:28 Plant Protein: Plant protein is made of simple amino acids, which our bodies use quickly and easily. Animal protein is made of complex amino acids. Our bodies have to take an extra step to break it down. Rates of cancer are higher in non-vegetarians. Dr. Verma recommends limiting animal protein. The reducetarian movement helps you to use veggie options.
18:51 Cravings: When we crave things, there is a deficiency somewhere. When we crave chocolate, there may be a hormonal imbalance, but you are probably deficient in magnesium and zinc. When you are craving sugar, there may be an insulin imbalance.
19:30 Body Burden: We are inundating our bodies with detrimental foods and chemicals. The body does not know how to detox. If your body cannot excrete it, eventually the kidneys and liver will give up and your body will sequester the toxins into fatty tissue, muscle and joints. Our brains are 60% fatty tissue. Genetics play a role in disease, but environmental factors play twice the role.
22:12 Polypharmacy: The number one cause of death in America is polypharmacy. When people die, they are on an average of 10 to 20 medications. The life expectancy in America is about 94. Quality of life after 70 goes downhill.
25:04 Autism and ADD: Mostly, it is the food. Look at what you are feeding your child. Spend quality time at home while you are cooking.
26:25 Portions: For breakfast, she makes a paleo shake, made with almond or coconut milk, for her kids. She includes fruit, vegetables and vegetable proteins. You should be filled with half food, ¼ liquid and ¼ empty. Portion size is oversized by ¾. We are not meant to drink cold water or ice water. Every morning she drinks warm lemon water, a powerful detoxifier. Adding a pinch of baking soda adds alkalinity. Once lemon is metabolized, it creates an alkaline environment.
28:57 Turmeric: It has been consumed in India for several thousand years. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and helps with arthritis. It detoxifies and steps up your immunity. Turmeric should be used in conjunction with vitamin D and vitamin C.
29:46 Coconut: Coconut water is Mother Nature’s perfect drink. During the Vietnam War, coconut water was used when they ran out of IV solution. It has minerals, electrolytes and nutrients.
30:18 Artificial Sweeteners: People use them to curb diabetes, but they cause diabetes. It is worse than having sugar. Alternatives are coconut sugar, agave, or honey used sparingly.
31:02 Coffee: Over time coffee has a negative effect upon adrenal glands. It throws off the HPA axis, which is another contributor to gut problems. Synthroid targets T4. T3 is our biologically active hormone. Dr. Verma prefers Armour Thyroid. Normal ranges are not idea ranges.
35:46 Vegetables for Gut Health: Antibiotics and processed food have created a diversity shift in our gut bacteria. Check for yeast overgrowth and parasites. Probiotic supplementation is important. Increase fiber. Dr. Verma’s favorite vegetables are dark leafy greens. They help bulk up the stool and facilitate motility. Cruciferous vegetables are anti-cancerous. Beets are important for stimulating nitric oxide production. Pomegranates, apples, and other deeply colored fruits and vegetables are good for intestinal health. Fruits have a high glycemic index and should be consumed in fewer quantities than vegetables. Whole juicing is a good idea.
38:58 Nutrition While Traveling: Pack your protein powder, supplements, and turmeric. Maintain your routine. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and get your exercise.
39:45 Electronics and Brain Activity: After we turn our electronics off for the day, our brainwaves are still active for the next hour. This can impact sleep and mood.
41:39 Dr. Verma’s Exercise: She exercises 4 to 5 times each week. She is a big fan of high intensity interval training, though she does resistance training as well. Mix it up. After 15 to 30 minutes, change to a different activity. We burn carbs before we burn fat. The sugary sports drinks will impede our path to losing weight. Eat a low carb diet. You can get great results in as little as 10 minutes. It takes little to no equipment.
44:07 Hormones: Women go through menopause and men go through andropause. Many men in their thirties and early 40s have no testosterone. Dr. Verma is a big fan of sermorelin, a bioidentical peptide that stimulates the human growth hormone from the brain. It stimulates good sleep, sex drive and energy. The hormone studies of the early 2000s were done using synthetic hormones. Premarin is pregnant mare urine. Horse estrogen is different than human estrogen. Bioidentical hormones are natural to our bodies. As our hormones decrease with age, rates of cancer and chronic disease increase as we age. Exercise. Take time to meditate. Eat well.
50:21 Dr. Verma’s Elevator Pitch: We have to restructure healthcare. Let’s make it where we are preventing diseases. Let’s keep healthcare costs low. Pay for preventative care. Let’s look at the way we process food and also address our micronutrient deficiency. Let’s look at what we are feeding our kids or the sick in our hospitals.