Do you or someone you know have excess belly fat?

According to the CDC, 70.7% of American adults are overweight or obese. Of that number, many of them suffer from serious health issues. In one example, 85% of Diabetics are overweight.

With these staggering statistics, it’s no wonder why many Americans die each year from heart disease and other obese related conditions.

For this reason, in this blog, we will share the heavy truth about the risk of belly fat.

Blood Flow & The Belly

There are over 600,000 miles of blood vessels in the body. To put that in perspective, that’s the length of driving from New York to California – 20 times.  That’s a lot of internal piping. With that said, it is crucial that all the roads of the body are not blocked or being squeezed.

Researchers from The Mayo Clinic discovered that healthy young adults who put on as little as 9 pounds of fat, specifically in the abdomen area, are at high risk for developing endothelial cell dysfunction.* Simply put, the excess weight in the gut is inhibiting the blood vessels to expand and contract. When the vessels lose their natural ability to function, the rest of the body struggles to receive adequate supply of blood flow.

According to an NIH study, “Endothelial “dysfunction” reduces its capacity to maintain homeostasis and leads to the development of pathological inflammatory processes and vascular disease.”

Beyond The Skin Surface

At some point or another, you have heard this before from either yourself or even a friend,
“I can’t lose any weight!” No matter how hard you exercise or how strict the diet is, not a pound comes off.

In many ways, trouble losing weight is just a symptom. But what’s going on beyond the surface?

As a clinician dealing with weight loss every day, I hear this all the time! Most of the patients are frustrated because they don’t know how to lose the excess weight. Have you ever considered that something within the body could be a big reason for the trouble losing weight?


All Systems Go

Inside the body, there are a lot of moving parts. One of which is the Adrenal system.

The Adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys and store and release over fifty regulatory hormones. One key hormone the Adrenal glands produce is Cortisol. This specific hormone helps break the fat we consume into energy. If this hormone is off, the patient will have trouble losing weight – no matter how healthy they are. Amongst trouble losing weight, the patient may also experience fatigue, trouble sleeping, and other adrenal related symptoms* 


At SOPHIA Natural Health, we look past the skin surface and evaluate the root cause of all health problems. For that reason, we are offering 
free health screenings that can show you where your body may be out of balance.

During the screenings, we will check the function of your Adrenal glands to see if they are strong or weak. We will check the circulation of your vessels by using a device called DPA (Digital Pulse Wave Analyzer). The DPA checks the integrity of your large, medium and tiny peripheral blood vessels. We will also include a PH – Toxicity screening and a mini consult. (A $600 value package!)

If you would like a free screening evaluation, please call our office at 203-740-9300 and mention this blog. Our front desk will be happy to schedule your appointment for a day and time convenient to you!


Chris Maslowski, L.Ac.
SOPHIA Natural Health Center




Hadi HA, Carr CS, Al Suwaidi J. Endothelial Dysfunction: Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Therapy, and Outcome. Vascular Health and Risk Management. 2005;1(3):183-198.

National Institutes of Health. Mayo Clinic, Diane Davison; Prachi Singh, Ph.D.; Christine Huyber. (2010, August 19). Even modest weight gain can harm blood vessels.


*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Sophia Natural Health Center does not guarantee certain results.

The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary. SOPHIA Natural Health Center does not guarantee certain results.

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