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Bigelow Tea Discusses The Importance Of Celiac Disease Awareness

With more than 130 distinct flavors, Bigelow Tea takes pride in giving you that perfect cup. And that means offering options to the tea lovers that may have dietary sensitivities or conditions, too.

Take Celiac disease as an example.

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. When someone with Celiac disease ingests gluten, it can lead to damage of the small intestine. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide are affected, and two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. Thankfully, awareness is growing about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

While tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage, sometimes a tea or an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. If you have concerns about gluten, here’s some good news! Most Bigelow teas are formulated to be gluten-free, and each gluten-free flavor is clearly labeled on the box. On the Bigelow Tea website, you can find a section that lists all gluten-free teas—you’ll also see gluten-free recipes to bring to the table. Grab your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor (@jenluvdonut loves Earl Grey) and let’s raise a cup to promoting Celiac disease awareness!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Things Green On St. Patrick’s Day

bigelow tea decaf green teaThis St. Patrick’s Day, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things green and it starts with tea! Kick off the top o’ the morning by brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea Green Tea – from Classic Green Tea to Green Tea with Peach, Bigelow Tea has a variety of flavors for you to choose from. And brewing great green tea doesn’t require the luck of the Irish — be sure to bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring it over the tea bag for a perfect cuppa!

So, what makes green tea so green (aside from getting into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day)? Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the source of all tea leaves. In the case of green tea, though, the leaves are immediately steamed or pan fried to avoid any oxidization. The result is a more delicate tea with lower caffeine content and higher polyphenols that make them popular with the health-conscious.

Why limit yourself to only drinking a great cup of green tea today? You can also prepare a delicious meal enhanced by the flavor of Bigelow Green Tea. For instance, check out the recipe below for Green Tea Ramen Soup; a bit of pasta and a bag of green tea will make your very own pot of gold. Or finish off your meal with Green Tea Cupcakes. Might we recommend decorating with a shamrock or two? However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time to make a tip of the hat to the subtle and surprising green tea!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

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Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

*A package of fresh, vacuumed sealed soba stir-fry noodles  (usually found in the Asian food aisle) works great, but refrigerated fresh noodles work, as well.

Bigelow Tea Says Live Long & Sip Tea!

bigelow tea live life mugSome of life’s most enjoyable moments are spent with a cup or mug of tea in hand. Whether you’re sharing a cup with a friend, watching the sunrise with a hot mug nearby or enjoying time with the morning paper and your favorite Bigelow Tea blend, life is simply better with tea.

And if life is good, why not find ways to keep on living as long as possible, right? National Public Radio is reporting on a fascinating project called “Blue Zones.” The project is documenting the lifestyle secrets of communities that have the highest concentration of centurians (people 100 years old or more) in the world. People in those five world regions are said to have good genes, strong social ties, lots of opportunities to exercise and tightly-knit families. In addition, NPR noted that they “were struck by essential tea drinking is in these regions.”

Some drink traditional “tea,” made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, like in Okinawa, Japan, where they drink green tea with jasmine. Other regions use herbs grown nearby, as they do in Sardinia, where they brew milk thistle, a native wild plant. bigelow tea jasmine tea

Herbal teas, green teas and black teas can all be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle, and research has indicated that drinking tea can reduce non-cardiovascular mortality. So, sip some Bigelow Tea, take a walk around the block and strengthen your social ties by inviting friends and family over to share a cup! Sounds like a recipe for a great—and possibly long—life!

Bigelow Tea Considers Heart Health

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For 70 years, the Bigelow Tea family has put their hearts into blending their quality teas. Now in February, American Heart Month, it’s time to get to the heart of another matter: being heart healthy. During a month that also includes Wear Red Day and Women’s Heart Week, Bigelow Tea wants to make sure that fellow tea drinkers don’t skip a beat on learning more about heart disease.

Though heart disease can impact both males and females, the American Heart Association cites it as remaining the leading cause of death for 1 in 3 women each year. So along with getting the facts, be sure to maintain a healthy diet with regular exercise. Studies have indicated that tea could help your ticker and can serve as a good beverage option for watching daily sugar intake!

So during the rest of February, and long after, keep your heart healthy and drink some Bigelow Tea. Green Tea with Pomegranate is a great choice, as @KHen06 tweeted: It’s “full of antioxidants and flavor, drink to your health.”

Top image by Johnathan Nightingale via Flickr

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 and flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Chamomile? Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating Green Tea with Mint? 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 may aid 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.”

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.

Four Ways Bigelow Tea Can Help You With Your 2016 Resolution!

bigelow tea mugs with teaIt’s no secret that many people revamp their eating and drinking habits in the beginning of a New Year in an effort to be healthier or lose the weight gained during the holiday season. This year, for Diet Resolution Week, Bigelow Tea has some great ways to meet your goals simply by brewing a cuppa.

Avoid junk food. When pangs of hunger hit, choose a cup of tea instead of less healthy snacks like chips or cookies. It will keep you full and help you avoid temptation. With great flavors like Caramel Chai and White Chocolate Obsession Tea, you’ll still have an indulgent treat to enjoy!

Stress less. We often take our stress home with us after a busy day, but taking some time to brew a hot cup of tea can be just the thing to slow down after a hectic day. And did you know that studies have shown that l-theanine, which is found in tea, is a powerful little amino acid which promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability – all without making you drowsy. Make brewing a cup a daily ritual in 2016!

Get a full 8 hours of sleep. If you have a thousand things running through your mind, why not brew a cup of Cozy Chamomile or Sweet Dreams to help you slow down and relax as your first steps in getting ready for bed; after all getting a full night’s sleep will help you focus and feel better during the day.

Stay hydrated. Keep hydrated by adding tea to your daily routine. And, green teas are highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day? (You may even agree with @tysonfonder that Bigelow Tea Green Tea is “the bee’s knees.”)

Good luck with all your resolutions for a happy and healthy 2016, and here’s to a year full of good times, good memories and good tea!

 

Bigelow Tea Shares Common-Sense Tips For Going Gluten-Free

 

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Does it seem like everyone is giving up gluten? For those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, avoiding gluten is a must to prevent gastrointestinal and other problems. But according to studies reviewed by the American Journal of Gastroenterology, many people believe a gluten-free diet is inherently healthier. In recognition of Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month, Bigelow Tea shares helpful tips for navigating the gluten-free aisle and determining whether you should jump on this particular bandwagon:

 

  • Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains such as barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
  • If you don’t have celiac or gluten sensitivity, health professionals caution against assuming that a gluten-free diet is automatically healthier or will help you lose weight. To compensate for what Consumer Reports refers to as the “oomph” that gluten gives foods, food companies often add extra fat, salt and sugar to gluten-free products. Processed gluten-free foods also may not be fortified with folic acid and other important nutrients. And beware of consuming lots of rice-based products, which can contain arsenic.
  • The good news for those who opt to go gluten-free is that a healthy gluten-free diet is pretty similar to a regular healthy diet. Trading processed foods for fresh items (the perimeter of the grocery store is still your friend!) is a good bet. Foods that are naturally gluten free and nutritious include fruits, vegetables, lean meats and chicken, fish, legumes, nuts, most dairy and even some grains. Quinoa, amaranth, millet, corn and teff are good ones to try.
  • And guess what: Tea is a gluten-free beverage, so be sure to enjoy a cuppa Bigelow Tea as part of your healthy gluten-free lifestyle!

Bigelow Tea Time With Cindi Bigelow 

Sip your way to serenity and wellbeing with Bigelow Tea! If you love yoga, you’ll be happy to know that drinking tea can create a peaceful, good feeling similar to the one you get from practicing yoga! Yes, the light amount of caffeine and L-Theanine in tea have the effect of both stimulating the mind and relaxing the body! @cici1722 tweeted about starting her day with both: “Hot yoga, green tea, and dressed for work all before 8 am.” Nice! As you sip your mug of Bigelow Tea today, check out this video (above). Third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow shares some great information about tea and health! Namaste!

 

Bigelow Tea Reports More Good News About Green Tea Via Time Magazine

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Bigelow Tea reported previously that Time magazine published an article listing seven reasons to drink Green Tea—as if taste, aroma and all-around awesomeness weren’t motivation enough! Here are reasons four through seven as reported by Time. Drink up and enjoy!

Green tea could lower your cholesterol. Green tea has been linked to lower levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Overall, tea drinkers had slightly lower levels of LDL than those who did not drink green tea.

Green tea may promote healthy gums. A lower rate of gum-tissue loss and bleeding was found in those who regularly drank green tea, according to researchers at a Japanese university. The more tea subjects drank, the fewer symptoms of periodontal disease they displayed, so downing more than one cup a day could go a long way toward improving your oral health.

Green tea is good for your heart. Drinking green tea every day could help lower your risk of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School. Regular tea drinkers showed a 26% lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in a Japanese study of over 40,000 participants. But these participants consumed at least five cups of green tea per day, so drink up if you’re after a healthy heart.

Green tea gives you an energy boost. Even those trying to cut back on caffeine can reap the energy benefits of green tea. Because one 8-oz. cup of green tea contains 24-25 milligrams of caffeine, vs. 95 to 200 milligrams in a cup of coffee, tea offers a boost of energy with a lower risk of the headaches, shakiness and nausea that come with caffeine overload. And a little caffeine can boost exercise endurance, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology.

So, as you brew your Bigelow Green Tea today, which @anna_banana_13_ wisely tweets “is really the best green tea,” enjoy the tea and think about all the good you are doing for you body!

 

Bigelow Tea Reports On Penn State Research That Says Green Tea May Keep Your Mouth Safe From Certain Forms Of Cancer

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Yes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and it can bring delicious aromas to your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. The mouth is the gateway to Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors and that soothing sensation of sipping and swallowing tea. Now there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer! Read on.

A new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food stated that green tea might kill oral cancer cells, and boost healthy ones. In the study the authors found that a compound in green tea triggers a process in the cancerous cells’ mitochondria that leads to early cell death. A previous study in 2002 found that green tea could induce cancer cell death and suggested “regular consumption of green tea could be beneficial in the prevention of oral cancer.”

This is exciting news! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another wonderful reason to enjoy Bigelow Tea during its milestone 70th year@DarlenyGomezR tweeted that she might be obsessed with Bigelow’s green tea … are you?