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Tea’s Benefits Get Our Attention At Bigelow Tea

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There’s so much to love about Bigelow Tea, and tea in general! The taste, the aroma, the soothing nature of just sipping this wonderful beverage. On top of all that, there’s often good news to report on how tea can make you feel better too! Bigelow Tea loves to find studies that talk about the benefits of drinking tea, and we wanted to share some of that information today. We’ve shared studies before about tea and metabolism, tea and your immune system, and even about tea and beauty. Today we wanted to share some research about tea and your brain!

If you sip tea and think it helps you focus, you might just be right! A 2008 study examined the affect of the unique tea amino acid L-theanine on attention-related task performance. Task performance was measured by electroencephalographic (EEG), or the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp. The results suggest L-theanine plays a role in attentional processing in synergy with caffeine! Another study of nearly 30,000 Finnish adults aged 25 to 74 years old, who were followed for 13 years, found that tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Among tea drinkers, those who reported drinking three or more cups of tea per day were 69% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to those who reported not drinking tea.

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So, what’s not to love? Whether it’s English Breakfast in the morning or Vanilla Chai with a treat after lunch, tea is definitely our beverage of choice! When you pour yourself a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea, not only will you enjoy its fabulous taste … but you just might be doing a good thing for your body and mind too as all of the studies have said!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Iced Tea Month With A June Sweepstakes!

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Iced Tea? Lemonade? There’s no need to choose just one when you can have our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade plus our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate! Enter the Bigelow Tea June sweepstakes for your chance to be among the 20 lucky winners to receive one box of each flavor. That’s 12 quarts of delicious refreshment to get your summer off to the right start!

These lightly sweetened iced tea and lemonade blends have been a huge hit with consumers, who appreciate the classic flavor combination with natural sweeteners packaged in convenient, quart-size tea bags. The Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack is a fantastic way to try both flavors. Indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade the way it should be enjoyed—fresh brewed! It takes just minutes to make and has only 10 to 15 calories per glass. Perfection!

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Your Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack contains the following: One box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade and one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate. Each box has six quart-size tea bags to make a total of 12 quarts.

To enter, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on June 28. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the 20 lucky winners. Good luck … and here’s to a summer of fun and sweet refreshment!

 

Bigelow Tea Would Like Us All To Be Aware Of Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease, a digestive condition triggered by consuming the protein gluten, is starting to become less of a mystery … and doctors are more accurately diagnosing it in the 1 out of 150 people who suffer from its symptoms. Thanks to awareness campaigns like October’s Celiac Awareness Month, knowledge of the disease is growing. At Bigelow Tea we are keenly aware of Celiac Disease and of those who must follow a gluten-free diet.

Interestingly, we recognized Celiac Awareness Month back in May … but we’re doing it again now! Why? It’s a bit of a long story, but it boils down to this: Canada and many European countries now promote awareness in May, but Canada used to promote it October. Because the U.S. originally followed Canada’s lead, many U.S. groups chose October to show their support. The U.S. Congress hasn’t spoken on the issue, so we’re free to raise awareness for Celiac Disease any time … and all the time!

According to the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness, “Awareness brings treatment that, in turn, brings improvement of the quality of life for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our goal is to reduce the time to diagnosis and, in the process, reduce the devastating impact of undiagnosed celiac disease.”

At Bigelow Tea we are doing our part to help our customers who cannot eat gluten.  All current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free.  In addition, we have worked hard to develop some incredibly tasty recipes that are also gluten free! Consider whipping up our Mashed Acorn Squash With Apple Cider Herb or our Gluten-Free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins this fall!

So, whether it’s October or May (or any month in between), we’re always cognizant of our diets and considerate of those who need to eat gluten-free!

 

The Bigelow Tea Family Celebrates Family Wellness Month

It has been said that the bond that links a family is not only one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.  At Bigelow Tea we know our Bigelow Tea family blossoms and grows with mutual admiration and happiness.  And as we all celebrate Family Wellness Month with our families, whether large or small, near or far – it’s their wellness that is of the greatest importance.

The dynamics of families today are wide-ranging and varied. But striving for family wellness is a goal that binds us together.  Family wellness means much more than just not catching a cold, it means emphasizing active lifestyles and encouraging good habits.  It also includes knowing your family health history – a powerful planning tool. A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family health history is important, yet the same survey found only one-third of Americans have gathered and written down their relation’s health history.

Family health also includes positive interaction; keeping grandparents involved, going fishing or for a walk, maybe a weekly game night. These all help create strong family bonds and a positive home environment!  And it’s still true: families who eat meals together have less stress and closer relationships!

Maybe take it on the road this month and have a family picnic with a game of catch, a lovely feast in a park and enjoying the yin and yang of our delicious Half (tea) and Half (lemonade)!  However you do decide to focus on Family Wellness Month, Bigelow Tea wishes some relaxing and bonding moments with those who you love!

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Smile This Month With Bigelow Tea

If imagining a warm, flavorful cup of Bigelow Tea makes you smile, then you know just how to prepare for National Smile Month! Yes, the third week of May through the third week of June is a month dedicated to celebrating your pearly whites and all the joy that a smile brings!

We all know that being on the receiving end of a smile feels great, but did you know that smiling can actually enhance feelings of happiness? And if that’s not enough reason to smile, it has also been reported that a person’s smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature. It’s true – that nice, bright smile of yours will inspire Constant Comment(s) from your friends, coworkers and family!

At Bigelow Tea we smile all the time, especially when brewing our favorite teas, enjoying time with our families and thinking about how much joy our products bring to our customers.

So as you brew and enjoy your tea this month, smile and enjoy!

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Bigelow Tea Goes Against The Grain For Celiac Disease Awareness Month!

Celiac Disease affects 1 in 133 people – and yet 97 percent of them go undiagnosed, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. That means lots of folks are living with abdominal pain, chronic headaches and numerous other unexplained symptoms that can have long-term health consequences. Since May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month,Bigelow Tea wants you to be informed about testing for this autoimmune disorder.

Although the way Celiac Disease operates within the body is complicated, the treatment for it is simple: lifelong elimination of gluten from the diet. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. For those with Celiac Disease, eating gluten sets off an immune response in the small intestine, damaging the tiny hair-like villi that normally absorb basic nutrients. Over time, damage can be chronic and life-threatening, but once sufferers stop eating gluten they typically enjoy immediate relief.

The challenge then becomes figuring out how to live without gluten-laden baked goods, pastas and processed foods. Even foods that are naturally gluten free, such as oats, can be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing, setting off a reaction for someone with Celiac Disease. And those who test negative for Celiac Disease can still have some gluten sensitivity, making it difficult for them to digest gluten. Fortunately, the gluten-free aisles are well-stocked in today’s grocery stores, and online resources abound for the gluten-free cook! Just beware of gluten-free junk food that’s loaded with sugar and salt to compensate for the lack of gluten.

You could check out Bigelow Tea’s extensive file of gluten-free recipes for inspiration and (of course!) great taste … and rest easy knowing that most Bigelow Teas are naturally gluten free! Look for “gluten free” next to the ingredients list on the box.

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Bigelow Tea Thinks A Hike Or Walk Makes Every Day A Little Better!

With the arrival of warm weather weekends, it’s a great time to lace up your shoes and take a hike! As you know, Bigelow Tea takes healthful eating and healthy lifestyles very seriously, so we’re happy to talk about some of the benefits of hiking.

Henry David Thoreau aptly said, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” We couldn’t agree more! Walking and hiking provides many benefits, both physically and mentally. It gets the blood pumping, strengthens your muscles, burns calories, clears the head and even helps thoughts flow more freely. Wow!  Another thing we like about hiking is that it doesn’t require much more than a good pair of walking shoes.   It has even been shown to provide a better quality of sleep … and who couldn’t use better sleep?!

We blogged in November about the benefits of a brisk walk or climb for National Take a Hike Day. Well, why wait? Even if you can’t get to a mountain, a hike through your town or local park—and even through more urban areas—will be beneficial!

You know that Bigelow Tea is passionate about exercising and enjoying food and beverages rich with nutrients and antioxidants. Our green tea and black tea both have been shown to have many healthy properties, and sipping herbal tea is just plain relaxing! So how about capping off your hike with a nice cup of your favorite tea? For antioxidants and a refreshing taste, Wild Blueberry And Acai Green Tea is a fantastic choice!

Finally, we leave you with this wonderful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body … I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.”

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Bigelow Tea Looks At The Digestive Power Of Peppermint

Bigelow Tea has some refreshing news for all you Peppermint Herb Tea lovers! A recent Health.com report on “home remedies doctors swear by” highlights peppermint tea for its ability to help relieve indigestion and stomachaches. Here’s the scoop:

Dr. Philip Hagen, preventive medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic, says oil from the peppermint leaves and stems calms the muscles of the digestive tract. This allows gas to pass more easily, relieving indigestion. He recommends brewing a cup of tea with peppermint leaf when a stomachache hits. Hagen cautions however, that if stomach pain is due to reflux (that comes with an acidic, burning feeling in the chest), peppermint tea can actually aggravate the problem by allowing acids to flow back into the esophagus.

But for occasional tummy trouble, it’s certainly nice to know that Peppermint Herb Tea is a deliciously soothing option! In fact, mint in its different varieties is known for its healing properties. Another 100 percent peppermint tea to try is Egyptian Mint Herb Tea. If you find these two teas a bit too intense, consider other Bigelow Teas that blend peppermint with spearmint or other herbs and natural flavors:

Mint Medley Herb Tea – peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus.

Sweet Dreams Herb Tea – chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice, orange blossoms.

Chamomile Mint Herb Tea – chamomile, peppermint leaves, rose hips, lemongrass, natural flavor (soy lecithin), lemon peel, lemon verbena, hibiscus.

Organic Moroccan Mint Caffeine Free Herb Tea – organic spearmint, organic peppermint, organic rose hips, organic hibiscus, organic lemon peel, natural flavor.

Whichever is your favorite, be sure to keep a box handy for digestive emergencies – as well as cool refreshment anytime!

 

Relax with Bigelow Tea During Stress Awareness Month

Sometimes just the word stress can make our muscles seize up ever so slightly and our jaws clench down. Yes, the list of stress symptoms is extensive, and during Stress Awareness Month this April, Bigelow Tea is taking note of those warning signs in our daily lives. But even more importantly, we need to pause and look at preventing stress before it hits us. A relaxed and balanced life is something that we all strive for; thank goodness there is calmness is in our tea!

Green tea contains the free (non-protein) amino acid called L-Theanine, and studies have shown that L-Theanine in tea leaves creates a sense of deep relaxation and mental alertness only 20-30 minutes after ingesting. This relaxation is said to be similar to the feeling we get with yoga or meditation. In addition to L-Theanine, Bigelow Tea thinks that the mere process of steeping and sipping your tea is a stress-reducer.

Do you rebalance and restore with tea when you start your day … perhaps with Earl Grey for focus and clarity? Or is it relaxing at the end of the day with a cup of Chamomile as a wind-down and recap? During Stress Awareness Month try adding something new into your routine to help keep stress at bay. Listening to music or simply unplugging and sitting still are easy ways to take that first step to rejuvenation. Laughter has also been shown to be a beneficial natural remedy.

But if the daily strain has jangled our nerves and worn down our smile, our favorite way to feel refreshed again is with a delightful cup of tea.  You might want to brew a pot now, and find a wonderfully peaceful place to appreciate every last sip!

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A Cup Of Bigelow Tea At All Ages Does A Body Good!

The World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day tomorrow on April 7th with an emphasis on “aging and health.” It’s a theme that resonates here at Bigelow Tea. We take this opportunity to remind you that tea is a wonderfully healthy indulgence at any age!

Americans are living longer: life expectancy is now 78.5 years, based on the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s great news, but we all want to ensure that our advancing years are as healthy and fulfilling as possible. Ongoing research suggests that both green and black tea have many potential health benefits, due primarily to an abundance of the polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants are known to hunt down free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and general aging of cells in the body. Green tea has very high levels of ECGC, another antioxidant that has been the subject of numerous health studies.

Intriguing research has also linked tea consumption with a reduction in cognitive decline, something many of us worry about. One UCLA study that followed 4,800 Americans age 65 and over for up to 14 years compared the cognitive performance of coffee and tea drinkers over time. When compared with non-tea drinkers, the average annual cognitive decline among four groups of tea drinkers was reduced by 17 percent or more.

Researchers are still trying to determine the precise mechanism of tea’s protective effect on the brain, but we’re encouraged by such positive results. So while contemplating mortality may make you uneasy, drinking your favorite Bigelow Tea is always a healthy pleasure! Enjoy it every day and with each passing year!

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