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Bigelow Tea & National Diabetes Month 

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Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes; it affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. Bigelow Tea is taking the time to find out more about this disease, especially since National Diabetes Month was just recognized in November. So brew up a mug of Bigelow’s Chamomile Mango and read on!

Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. But without enough insulin, glucose levels build up, and this can be harmful. Diabetics can manage their health in many ways. They monitor their glucose levels, remain physically active, eat well and stay hydrated.

For tea drinkers, there’s some potentially good news: It has been reported that “Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.” A 2013 research review published in Diabetes and Metabolism Journal highlighted a Japanese study that found people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.

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Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with Lemon and Earl Grey Green! All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners. Or, if you prefer a touch of sweetness, add in a substitute like Instagrammer @caitystrong does in her #dailycup of Earl Grey.

This month, let’s learn more about diabetes—and make a doctor’s appointment, if necessary.

Top Image from Instagram via @hnchun1

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea-containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow Tea is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow Tea provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold & flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Peppermint Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating “Constant Comment”® Green. Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and good for your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.” And some research findings report that drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and quicken the response to bacteria and viruses. One study indicated that drinking tea activated immune cells and boosted the immune system!

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea is Naturally Gluten-Free!

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November was Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month and the gluten-free (GF) movement shows no signs of abating. In fact, GF foods are selling like proverbial hotcakes (minus the gluten of course)—with 11 percent of households purchasing GF products in 2013. The GREAT news for tea drinkers and gluten-free folks alike is that tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage and all current Bigelow Teas do not use any grains or gluten containing ingredients. Sansgluten Beyrouth noted on Twitter that Bigelow Teas are clearly labeled gluten free. Let’s sip to that!

So what’s the story with gluten?

For starters, Celiac Disease affects an estimated 1 in 133 people—about 1.8 million—or approximately one percent of the population. An autoimmune digestive disorder, Celiac Disease is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Over time, this reaction produces inflammation, insufficient nutrient absorption and intestinal disturbances that can cause myriad health problems, affecting the brain and vital organs.  An additional 18 million people are believed to be gluten intolerant or possess Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, implicated in a range of health issues including chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, nausea, skin rashes, depression, and more.

The bottom line? Drink Bigelow Tea! And while you’re at it, check out some gluten-free recipes like the Spicy Apple Chai pictured at top! And most importantly, drink and eat healthfully and responsibly.

 

Bigelow Tea Is Ready to Play During National Game and Puzzle Week

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As Thanksgiving week rolls in the start of holiday gatherings, Bigelow Tea wants to see families and friends enjoy some quality game time! National Game and Puzzle Week is held this week….the week of Thanksgiving, so after the dishes are cleared from the table, pull out a game and pick sides.

Consider classics such as cards, checkers, Monopoly or Instagrammer @kduckmanton’s choice SORRY! “It’s games night with the family!” she posted along with an image of the board game and a mug of tea! Or go with current faves like Cards Against Humanity. Or maybe get fully hands on with a 1,000-piece puzzle?

Even Bigelow Tea has a game. It’s more electronic. The Bigelow Matching Game goes like this. First, click on one square to reveal a flavorful Bigelow tea like Salted Caramel or “Constant Comment®” and then click on another square. If both squares have the same tea, you’ve got a match. If not, try again. Once all matches are made, there’s a chance to win the prize that’s revealed.

Now go play!

Photo by peddhapati via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Family Stories Month With Cindi and Eunice Bigelow

Sit back, relax, and brew your favorite Bigelow Tea because it’s Family Stories Month. With the weather growing colder and a mug of Salted Caramel Tea to keep you warm, this is the time to learn more about your family. Who knows, maybe Dad has a crazy story you haven’t heard yet!

Here’s a family story from Bigelow Tea employee J. David Silva, Sr., who has turned health and wellness into a family affair. Together, he and his family decided to kick-start their commitment to health. Each person kept track of their workouts in a journal to be discussed as a family on Saturdays, presumably with a cup of Bigelow Tea in hand!

And if you haven’t already heard the legendary “Because Mama Moved the Pony Stable” story about Bigelow family matriarch Ruth Bigelow and her mother’s determination, give it a read now. This is a family story worth sharing!

When celebrating Family Stories Month, doing something fun with a family member is key! In the video clip above, see two members of the Bigelow family having a ball. Third generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow has the recipe for this delicious Greenie Martini, but it’s her mother Eunice who really shakes it up!

It’s probably safe to assume that many tea fans out there enjoy sharing family stories over a nice mug of Bigelow Tea. Twitter fan @Hayley_Giles enjoys teatime and thinking about happy memories with her Grandma.

Which Bigelow Tea will you be sipping as you relive or create family stories this month?

 

Bigelow Tea Embraces America Made Matters Day With A Mug Of Bigelow Tea!

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America Made Matters Day, celebrated on November 19th, is dedicated to highlighting the positive impact that buying American-made products has on local and US economies. Bigelow Tea sees American Made Matters Day as a chance to showcase the power of the American consumer and embrace the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, product safety and the environment. These issues are all dear to the hardworking home-team  and community of Bigelow Tea. It’s why Bigelow Tea keeps it real as a 3rd generation family-owned company, producing fantastic tea blends that are all blended and packaged right here in the USA. Or, according to Bigelow Tea fan @kailynnmariee who tweeted that Bigelow Tea is simply amazing, the best in “In tea heaven!”

Events for American Made Matters Day will be held throughout the United States. Supporting U.S.-made products just makes sense. According to ABC News, if each American family spent just an extra $49.95 on American-made goods, the spending would generate 150,000 American jobs.

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Being an American company is also why the Bigelow Tea family provides tea to American troops overseas with made in the U.S. American Classic Teas, grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Specially packaged boxes of American Classic Tea are distributed to those in the armed forces as a thank you to the brave troops who work hard for the USA.

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One of Bigelow Tea’s newest products is American Breakfast tea! This robust tea contains 50% more caffeine than the average cup of black tea and is available in three varieties. What’s more, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these teas also goes to the troops! Love green tea? Try Bigelow Tea’s delicious flavors, such as Green Tea with Mango. And herbal tea fans have lots of options, too, including Mint Medley — made with a refreshing blend of spearment and peppermint grown in Oregon!

Consider buying at least one U.S.-made product on November 19th, like any of the more than 120 made-in-America tea varieties from Bigelow Tea.

Enjoy!

Image via americanmadematters.com

Bigelow Tea Salutes The Military and Their Families

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Bigelow Tea is grateful for the countless sacrifices that the members of the armed forces and their families make. So, in November during Military Family Appreciation Month and on Veterans Day, it’s important to recognize all who have served … and the families who stand behind them.

Every day, the Bigelow Tea family gives thanks (and gives back) to the U.S. military. Since 2009, the company’s “Tea for the Troops” project has been shipping boxes of American Classic Tea to military bases overseas. Thanks, Whitney Young, for sharing a Pinterest pin showing one of the boxes to be shipped!

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Now, the Bigelow family has answered another call of duty. A portion of sales from the new line of American Breakfast teas will be donated to support those who serve in the U.S. armed forces. Sip these teas and say “thank you” to veterans, current service men and women, and their families at home.

Top image by The U.S. Army via Flickr.com

Talking About Matters Of The Heart With Bigelow Tea

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If you “heart” tea, you’ll also be happy to hear that your actual (beating!) heart loves it too! Yes, research suggests that tea may be good for your heart. Bigelow Tea is always checking out the latest research about tea and health—and here’s some interesting news about tea and your ticker!

In a large population based study, adults who drank just over two cups of green tea per day reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 22-23%. Additionally, a 2003 US Department of Agriculture study found that participants who drank five cups of black tea per day along with a diet moderately low in fat and cholesterol reduced their LDL cholesterol by about 11% after three weeks. Click here for additional heart health tea facts!

So brew some Bigelow “Constant Comment”® and comment to your friends on Twitter, like @CaspDaGhost, who tweeted that he is “starting to #drink #tea #everyday” for #healthyliving! Don’t you just love it when people tell you that things you already enjoy doing—like taking brisk walks and sipping Bigelow Tea—might be good for you too? Drink up! #IHeartBigelowTea

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Image by MollaSpace via Flickr.com

Enjoy Gobs of the Second Best Thing on Earth (After Bigelow Tea): Chocolate!

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Some things are just better together. Like Bogey and Bacall or Bey and Jay, tea and chocolate just work. Bigelow Tea’s two flavors that feature chocolate offer an unparalleled sensory experience—you might even say they’re sippalicious!

TomorrowOctober 28, is National Chocolate Day, chocophiles everywhere will want to start sipping two exceptional Bigelow Tea chocolate and black tea blends: Chocolate Chai and White Chocolate Obsession.

Chocolate Chai is a decadent treat with zero guilt. Add a splash of milk and sweetener and voila! Meet your new best friend.

White Chocolate Obsession, part of Bigelow’s Seasonal Tea range, is like a kiss in a cup!

So what are you waiting for? Brew, pour, sip and enjoy a #dailycup—or several—of Bigelow Tea chocolate blends on National Chocolate Day!   As @JUDIandLEVI tweeted, it’s “remarkable!”

 

Bigelow Tea Adds Flavor Excitement to the Holiday Season

The Bigelow Tea family, renowned for three generations for their tea blending craftsmanship, is delighted to add scrumptious new teas to its ever-popular seasonal tea line that are perfect for holiday enjoyment, and on target with today’s consumer taste trends.

In addition to Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Bigelow’s Harvest line now includes:

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Salted Caramel Tea!

Reflecting the latest confectionary trend of melding a salty note to rich buttery caramel, all-natural Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea captures all the appeal of this popular, full-bodied-caramel flavor combination. To achieve its tantalizing flavor profile, the expert American tea blenders at Bigelow Tea have combined hand-picked black tea with natural caramel and salt flavors. Amazingly, for a beverage so loaded with indulgent flavor, Salted Caramel Tea has zero calories and no sodium for a sublime, guilt-free indulgence.

Adding zest to the Bigelow’s already delicious Holiday line of Eggnogg’n® Tea and Ginger Snappish® Herbal Tea, is this refreshing new offering:

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Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea!

As fans of peppermint bark candy know, peppermint and chocolate make a wonderfully refreshing flavor combination that is truly irresistible! Now, consumers can enjoy this delicious Holiday favorite – a hallmark of season, in a whole new way. Bigelow Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an all-natural herbal tea that is decadently rich in chocolaty flavor with a cool, fresh minty finish. Hot and cool at the same time, it makes a perfect treat to warm body and soul on a cool day. Here’s another reason to celebrate. This caffeine-free treat has zero calories.

“We are truly thrilled to offer these richly flavorful teas to the growing world of tea drinkers,” says Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company. “Everyone who has tried them absolutely loves the comfort and pleasure of these tempting seasonal tea treats. They’re two of the holidays’ favorite flavors. Pure enjoyment – with no calories and no guilt!”

Protective Packaging

True to tradition, both new flavors are packaged in individually wrapped tea bags in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect them from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. It’s easy to tuck a few into a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, luscious flavor anywhere, anytime throughout the busy holidays.

Look for Bigelow Harvest and Holiday Teas in free-standing floor shippers at retailers starting in October. They will also be available at bigelowtea.com.

“We invite you to try our new teas” says Cindi Bigelow. “Not only are they a satisfying pleasure that you’ll want to enjoy often, they make wonderful gifts for family, friends, colleagues, teachers – anyone you think deserves a holiday treat. Pop them in a gift bag with a special mug and spread the joy!”