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Dr. Corinne: Dealing With Stress Naturally; These Herbs Can Help

Dr. Corinne Weaver : Oct 23, 2020

Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants that help to restore imbalances and normalize physiological functions in the body.

How is your fall season going? Homeschool is in full swing and I am working through the kinks. I am thankful I get to homeschool and continue doing what I love at my office. In all the changes I am remembering daily to tell my body to relax. In fact, I say this word many times. "Corinne, just Relax and Breathe, God is in control and He is helping me through all these changes." See, I am not good with changes so taking adaptogens have been a huge help in these times. (Image: Pixabay)

I discovered these adaptogens after my mom passed away in 2008 when I was having a hard time adapting to a new life without her. I don't take these herbs all the time just when big changes happen, and I am not able to adapt well with the stresses around me. I know I need them when I feel so overwhelmed and I am not able to accomplish little things in my life. About 3 months ago I knew I needed these special herbs. Within a few weeks I was feeling so much better and was able to focus and reduce my stress levels.

Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants that help to restore imbalances and normalize physiological functions in the body. A number of these herbs have been investigated for adaptogenic properties that promote hormone balance and protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including chronic stress-related illnesses.

For example, ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, Rhodiola, and holy basil have been studied and proven to offer the following benefits:

-Improve thyroid function

-Lower cholesterol naturally

-Reduce anxiety and depression

-Reduce brain cell degeneration

-Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels

-Support adrenal gland function

Ashwagandha, in particular, can be extremely effective at balancing hormones and can also help overcome adrenal fatigue. Its effects on cortisol, stress tolerance, and internal stress responses have been studied for decades.

Holy basil, also, helps to regulate cortisol levels making it a viable natural remedy for anxiety and emotional stress. Additionally, studies reveal hormone imbalance related to chemical stress from pollutants and heavy metals, can be restored with holy basil.

Ashwagandha is traditionally used as a powder and made into a tea. If you're interested here is a good recipe.


1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha powder

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon honey


1–2 teaspoons ashwagandha powder

2 cups of plant-based milk

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

Ashwagandha can also be taken in tablet form or as a liquid extract. If you want to know which ones I love, email me and I will let you know.

You're probably aware that stress can be harmful to your health, but did you know stress can suppress the immune system?

So remember, to help build your immune system; Just Breathe and take your adaptogen herbs.

Stress can impact your weight, your habits, your gut, and your brain, among other things. Because we're faced with stressors throughout the day, managing stress can be challenging. After all, there's never enough time in the day or enough money, and if you're a people pleaser, the word 'no' may not come easy to you. 

The problem with feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and stressed throughout the day is the constant release of stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol increases glucose in your bloodstream and ships it to your brain—all in an effort to prepare you to fight or flee. At the same time, non-essential functions, like your immune system and your digestive system, are down-regulated for fight-or-flight.

So, what can you do for fast relief? Deep breathing.

Here's how:
- Place a hand on your belly and the other on your chest.
- Slowly breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should move while the one on your chest should stay in pretty much the same spot. If it looks like you have a big belly, you've nailed it.
- Exhale through your mouth. It should be slightly opened.

Once you've nailed the technique, you won't need to use your hands, and you can remind yourself to practice this breath several times throughout the day. It will automatically 'reset' your brain and reduce stress immediately.

Regular physical activity will also help reduce stress, but this deep breathing technique will instantly provide relief. I have been making a daily effort to keep up on my exercise routine even if it's just a walk in our neighborhood.  The fall weather has been so beautiful here in North Carolina, hopefully it's nice where you are at as well. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

I love working one-on-one to help people live healthier lifestyles. My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out because I am available for a telehealth call. Let's continue to share Hope in this world and get on our knees to pray to our Heavenly Father asking Him to strengthen us daily realizing it's impossible to live the Christian life without Him. If you would like more info on how to reduce stress naturally you can sign up on my website for my online program named the Stress Recovery Kit or Click Here.

God Bless!!

Keep Breathing,
Dr. Corinne Weaver 


Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.

Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds. 

Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.

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