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Bigelow Tea Has Health News To Smile About

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At Bigelow Tea, the Bigelow family loves to smile … and that’s fitting because some studies are now showing that tea might be good for your teeth! The health benefits of an afternoon cup of tea have been well documented, but what you may not realize is that drinking tea can also benefit your gums and mouth overall. Here are just a few ways steeping some tea for a warm drink can improve your next dental visit.

Studies say 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.

bigelow-tea-steepStudies also say that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer! A 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.”

Freshens breath: Research shows that drinking green tea can also help reduce bad breath. The polyphenols in the green tea modify the bad-smelling sulfur components in your mouth.

So brew that Green Tea with Lemon or that Oolong and Jasmine green tea (steep by Bigelow)—or whichever Bigelow Tea variety you prefer!—and show those pearly whites! What’s not to smile about?

How Sweet It Is, Indeed: Bigelow Tea Explores Honey!

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Calling all honey lovers! As one of the most popular sweeteners to add to a cup of Bigelow Tea, honey is rich in flavor and history. And for National Honey Month, we thought we’d explore nature’s thick, sweet, syrupy treat.

Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where our headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to our day, so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night. It’s a great way to make your day that much sweeter!

Apples Are A Top Pick For Bigelow Tea

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This month, it’s all about the apple for Bigelow Tea! As one of the most flavorful fruits around, apples are packed with fiber and nutrients and are absolutely delicious. It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea adds real apple pieces to several flavors—it’s the perfect treat to enjoy all year ‘round.

With over 7,500 varieties, apples are grown throughout the world. In America, apples are the most popular fruit second only to the banana, and the longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard (the Big Apple!). Today, the apple symbolizes a number of things—knowledge, the beginning of a school year, and autumn. It also represents good health or healthy food choices. After all, we’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

biogelow-tea-seasonal-teaAccording to the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola (an alternative medicine physician), apples are high in antioxidants and may impact your health in a number of ways. Research suggests that eating apples may play a role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Talk about a powerhouse of a fruit!

Can’t get to the orchard? Bigelow Tea offers three caffeine-free herbal tea flavors made with apples: Cinnamon Apple Herbal TeaCranberry Apple Herbal Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea. With real apple pieces and the Bigelow expert blend of quality spices, you’ll be sure to enjoy the whole bunch.

Whether you’re sipping apple-flavored tea or snacking on the fruit itself, it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate (and savor) this tasty and traditional fruit.

Begin Your Day With Breakfast And Bigelow Tea

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Often described as the most important meal of the day, a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your to-do list. And what better way to begin the day than with a well-balanced meal and a mug of Bigelow Tea? In fact, research suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight control and improved mental performance. Here are a few reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

It may help keep your weight down

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, thus promoting healthier food choices at other meals.

Eating breakfast might improve your mental performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Having breakfast may lower cholesterol levels

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. May we suggest a bowl of oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Breakfast may help give you strength and endurance

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

bigelow tea american breakfastEating breakfast might put you in a better mood

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American Breakfast and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day.

As if you needed another reason, there are just so many delicious options—both for breakfast choices and for Bigelow Tea flavors. So pick out your favorite and start your day right.

Bringing Bigelow Tea Back To School

 

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The end of summer is near and that means many of you are headed back to school or you have already arrived on campus! Whether you’re a bright-eyed freshman or seasoned upperclassman—don’t forget to add Bigelow Tea to your dorm room checklist. After all, a cup (or several!) a day, studies say, may help boost brain powerbeat the stress, and promote relaxation. Clearly, a few boxes of Bigelow Tea is just what you need to tackle the college life.

Power Up That Noggin

Do you always feel like you’re on-the-go during the academic year? Between classes, extracurricular activities, and, of course, a social life, your brain is likely wired to always be “ON.” Well, Bigelow Tea to the rescue! As you probably know, black tea is a great source of caffeine. As a result, according to research, a cup or two can help boost your alertness and concentration. Bigelow’s black teas—like Spiced Chai and American Breakfast—have a kick of caffeine and mind-blowing aromas that will jolt you back into focus.

Stress Less

It’s not a collegiate experience without the stressors of exams, papers, pop quizzes and note-taking. Find some relief in a cup of green tea. Plus, studies have shown that l-theanine, a powerful little amino acid found in green tea, promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability—all without making you drowsy. There is also some evidence that l-theanine may increase mental focus and concentration. Although amounts vary, green teas are also highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle. Enjoy a cup of Bigelow’s signature green blend or try a flavor like Green Tea with Pomegranate or Green Tea with Mint.

 Soothe Your Soul

bigelow tea sweet dreamsUnwind after a crazy week with a mug of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is a popular choice widely thought to have a calming and relaxing effect, according to research. Incorporate a cup of tea into your evening routine—Bigelow herbal teas like Chamomile Mintsteep by Bigelow Organic Rooibos Hibiscus and Sweet Dreams are infused with tantalizing fruits, herbs and spices and have zero caffeine. Take a tip from @coronarubi: “bigelow sweet dreams tea has been my bff lately. so relaxing.”

Not headed to campus this fall? You can celebrate your grad’s new journey or send a care package to a college student in your life with great gift ideas from Bigelow Tea as well. Whatever your concentration, make tea a major part of your routine this coming school year.

Embrace The Taste Of Summer With Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry

bigelow tea red raspberry iced teaA bowl of fresh, sun-kissed raspberries has always been synonymous with summer, and Bigelow Tea has captured that flavor with Red Raspberry herbal tea. Deliciously tangy with a hint of sweet, Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry tea is made with quality ingredients including hibiscus, rose hips, apples, elderberries and, of course, raspberries! Bigelow Tea enthusiast Nancy from Des Plaines said, “I love this tea! Because I love raspberries, I decided to try it and found that the flavor of this tea is definitely raspberry.”

For centuries, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Vividly colorful and refreshingly juicy, raspberries also offer plenty of health benefits—a cup of the fruit contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals. And studies suggest that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit can fight against cancer, heart disease and age-related decline.

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This season, we’re definitely celebrating all things raspberry. Get adventurous in the kitchen with a few of our favorite recipes using Red Raspberry tea! A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue or treat the kids with Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. If you own an ice cream maker, you’ll definitely want to try our recipe for Raspberry Sorbet. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Find the joy of summer in Red Raspberry tea—and with the flavor, continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round!

Sweet Dreaming With Bigelow Tea

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Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.

We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:

  1. Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
  2. Take a warm bath as part of your routine.
  3. Drink a soothing beverage like herbal tea. (May we suggest pairing Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Tea— where chamomile has long been thought to have calming and anti-insomniac benefits—with Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, a blend of chamomile and mint?)
  4. Relax your body and mind by reading, doing yoga or journaling.

Make the most of your bedtime with a restful sleep, and before you know it, you’ll see improvements during your day. Good night and sweet dreams!

Bigelow Tea Shares Favorite A Few Interesting Tea Facts

At Bigelow Tea we love discussing and sharing interesting facts and history about our favorite beverage- tea! The folks over at Mental Floss put together this quick video of thirty-six of the most interesting facts about tea. Here’s a few to sip on:

  • Tea is the world’s 2ndmost popular drink. Water comes in at number one which coincidentally, is a crucial ingredient in making any cup of tea!
  • 85% of the tea sold in the US is iced tea per Mental Floss. At Bigelow, we sell a variety of special iced tea blends but we always encourage our fans to be creative and experiment with brewing their own iced tea at home with any Bigelow tea flavor!
  • Contrary to popular opinion, iced tea did not originate at the 1904 World’s Fair. A recipe can be found from an 1877 cookbook.
  • “Chai Tea” is redundant and actually means “tea tea”. We’ve put a modern twist on this ancient classic with Bigelow Caramel Chai.
  • In 1901, two American women invented the modern tea bag. Just 44 years before our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow started Bigelow Tea in her kitchen in New York City!
  • If you find yourself in Zillah, WA, keep an eye out for the service station shaped like a teapot! Sounds like the perfect road trip to us!
  • English tea parties became popular around the 1840s when Queen Victoria and her friends would host tea and snacks between lunch and dinner. Check out our tips for hosting the perfect tea party here.
  • The London Tea Auction was a staple of tea trade for 300 years. Today there are actually E-auctions in India!
  • The British Standards Institute has a guide for preparing tea. Bigelow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow also has her very own guide for the perfect cup of tea!

To learn more fun facts about tea, watch third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s video where she shares her tea expertise!

Bigelow Tea Recognizes Men’s Health Week With A Gut Check

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When it comes to men and belly fat, there’s no middle ground. Carrying a paunch poses serious health risks. In honor of National Men’s Health Week (June 12-19), the Bigelow Tea family is sharing ideas to help guys whittle their waists.

Extra poundage certainly isn’t just a man’s problem, but male weight gain tends to be concentrated in the midsection, while women are more likely to gain weight in the hips, limbs and breasts. Regardless of overall weight, excess belly fat increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. OK, that’s the bad news … the good news is that men can take charge with a fitness plan that suits their individual food preferences and lifestyle.

Consider Marv Leicher’s weight loss success story on WebMD. After trying a few different diets, he lost weight initially but always saw the pounds creep back. Sound familiar? Marv’s light bulb moment came when he realized he could stick with certain elements of each diet, but not all of them. So he picked the ones that worked for him, like eating a big breakfast and eliminating soft drinks. No more trying to leave food on his plate. He lost 30 pounds and has kept it off for a year.bigelow tea classic green tea

If replacing soft drinks is something you would consider, Bigelow Tea is the perfect replacement. Whether it’s Green Tea or a favorite black tea variety, like Earl Grey, unsweetened tea is a wonderful way to hydrate without adding extra calories. And during Iced Tea month, it’s even better over ice!

So guys, here’s to finding your personal path to fitness—and enjoying the journey with plenty of your favorite Bigelow Tea!

 

Image by Ellen Munro via Flickr

Go, Girl! Make Bigelow Tea A Part Of National Women’s Health Week

It’s never too early or too late to work toward a healthier lifestyle. And no matter what type of health routine you subscribe to—be it physical, mental or spiritual—you can always complement it with Bigelow Tea. If you’re not already carving a few minutes out of your day to enjoy a cup, National Women’s Health Week is a great time to start.

Check out our video as president and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares fun facts about tea and describes how Bigelow Tea ties perfectly into a healthy lifestyle. For instance, a Columbia University study showed that the polyphenols known as EGCG in green tea reduce the chance of cancer, and a Harvard University study suggested that black tea may reduce the chance of a stroke or heart attack by 45 percent. Wow! Talk about being steeped in health benefits!

Whatever you choose to do to improve your personal well-being, the vibrant flavors and natural ingredients of Bigelow Tea make a perfect pairing for healthy living.