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Keeping Memories Alive with Green Tea: Bigelow Tea Commemorates National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

When the mind seems gone,
A musical memory lingers –
A hymn, a song, a ballad of love.
We tap or we clap
Or we sing!

Sometimes we wander,
Yearning, searching.
Finally, after some detours
We find home,
Or does Home find us!?

From “Musical Memory and Home” – by John Oldham

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As we journey through the chapters of our lives, we accumulate a wealth of memories – priceless collectibles living within the safety of our minds. Imagine, if you will, what it would be like if there was a breach of security, and the mind was no longer able to safely harbor all those memories?  An unsettling thought, but it’s a reality that people suffering with Alzheimer’s deal with every day. To these men and women and their families, we at Bigelow Tea commemorate you – this month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month , and every month.

Hope springs eternal, as the saying goes.  So, we want to focus on all the wonderful (and tasty) ways we can try to preserve our memory. And, for us, this means drinking green teaRecent studies have correlated certain green tea catechins with preventing cognitive deficits, like nerve damage and memory loss, linked to plaque formation in the brain.  The catechin, known as EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate, decreases production of plaque build-up from the beta-amyloid protein deposits –  which play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms.  Green tea, with its many anti-oxidants, is such a wonderfully organic tonic – it soothes the body and the mind.

Green tea is at the top of the brain food list. So are blueberries and acai berries. Here’s an idea: why not increase the health benefits and try our Bigelow® Green Tea with Blueberry and Bigelow® Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai ?

American Diabetes Month® Bigelow Tea Is In The Fight Against Diabetes!

Join us “in a national movement to Stop Diabetes℠…
help us confront it, fight it, and most importantly, stop it.”

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November is American Diabetes Month®, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease, which affects approximately 75 million Americans. The focus will be on the “Many Faces of Diabetes” – who is affected by diabetes, how it can be managed, controlled, and most importantly, prevented.

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Bigelow Green Tea

Diabetes is caused by an excess of glucose (blood sugar) in the bloodstream. The build-up spreads and can damage organs and tissues throughout the body.  Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy, which allows the glucose to feed the cells.  In its extreme, Diabetes Type 1, the body does not produce enough insulin, and it must be delivered by injection or a pump. Recent studies and laboratory tests have delivered good news by showing Green tea reducing blood sugar and stimulating insulin secretion – both critical to diabetes prevention and management.  Further, consumption of green tea may even help to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, the more common and less severe form of the disease.

Bigelow Tea's Green Tea Book

Bigelow Tea's Green Tea Book

More good news is that we’re becoming a more health-conscious society – at long last! The whole world seems to be “going green” and Bigelow Tea is no exception! We provide customers with a flavorful, antioxidant-filled selection of Bigelow Green Teas – some with Pomegranate, Mint or Blueberry .  Green tea is not just an enjoyable libation, it’s a healthy tonic, and diabetes prevention is on top of the list.  With all these health benefits in mind, Bigelow Tea invites all green tea advocates and aficionados to go green – so you can not only maintain a healthy life but also enjoy yourself in the process!


Keep Your ‘Tea’th and Gums Healthy

Tea has been the center of many research studies showing us that a daily tea routine is a positive addition to our overall health.  The University of Illinois has released findings from a recent study providing more good news about tea.  Another study shows that drinking tea can be good for your teeth and gums, outlining that tea contains compounds that attack harmful bacteria in our mouth.  There’s more in the hot cup of tea than great taste and a warm feeling!

Thanks to 50connect.co.uk  for the image

Thanks to 50connect.co.uk for the image

Enzymes found in both green tea and black tea have germ destroying capabilities that kill the bacteria that can cause dental plaque and produce acid – the plaque and acids that help cause cavities.  With our tea working to destroy these bacteria in our mouths, we are sure to have healthier teeth and gums!

Many of us are partial to green tea because of all of additional health properties, which also includes positive effects on oral health.  This is due in part to the fact that green tea contains the antioxidant called catechins; catechins that are not only good for your teeth, but the anti-inflammatory properties of catechins can help your gums stay healthier longer.

As many of us know, good oral health is a key ingredient to maintaining a healthy body.  Maybe now is the time to try your next cup of Bigelow Tea, and treat yourself to a big smile!

Staying Gluten-Free with Bigelow Tea during Celiac Disease Awareness Month

chaiteateus1020Good news for all the gluten-intolerant tea drinkers out there: with very few exceptions, Bigelow® teas are naturally gluten-free! Just check out the ingredients listed on the packaging or on our website – (www.bigelowtea.com) they will clearly indicate that the tea is either “GLUTEN FREE” or “NOT GLUTEN FREE.”  So, if you want to savor the sweet spice of our family’s signature tea, “Constant Comment”®, or sip a soothing cup of one of our newer flavors Green Tea Chai – you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a safe, healthy and tasty libation.

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October is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  For adults and children living with Celiac Disease (CD), a lifelong digestive disorder, gluten is the mortal enemy.  So, what is “gluten”, exactly?  Well, it’s actually a generic name for the storage proteins found in grains, specifically: wheat, barley, rye and oats.

When people with CD eat foods containing gluten, they suffer a toxic reaction to the immune system, causing damage to the small intestine which, in turn, hinders proper food absorption.  CD patients generally have weak immune systems and may experience sensitivity to other foods.  However, as long as they are monitored by their physician and carefully watch what they eat and drink, the disease can be managed without sacrificing quality of life.

At Bigelow Tea, we take “quality of life” very seriously, by providing you with a wonderful selection of teas to add to your gluten-free diet.  So, have a cuppa, and toast to your good health!

Parenting Magazine Highlights Green Tea as the Remedy for the Stressed Parent

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We are well in to the school year, and the busy, stressful schedules for parents are as present as ever.  Nurturing and supporting a child in their school work, along with their extracurricular endeavors, is not an easy task – but Parenting Magazine has a solution: Bigelow Green Tea!  With healing amino acids that promote the body’s ability to relax, green tea helps fight everyday stresses and deadlines, as is highlighted in Parenting.

There is also a specific amino acid found in green tea, commonly known as L-theanine, which induces the body’s ability to relax and relieve stress.  That, plus its ability to help lower one’s blood pressure, makes green tea an excellent choice of beverage for dealing with stress.

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Six Assorted Green Teas from Bigelow Tea.

Additionally, as we often note on our blog, a cup of green tea is a great way to combat a number of health issues. Many of the antioxidants found in green tea fight free radicals in the body that normally contribute to the aging process as well as illnesses like cancer or heart disease.  These antioxidants can reduce or even stop the damage that free radicals cause. So Parenting Magazine is right on target with their recommendation for dealing with stress… and such a delicious prescription!  Sit down and relax with a nice warm cup of Bigelow Green Tea, and feel the stresses of the day melt away…

Bigelow Tea Featured on the Today Show! Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of a Stroke

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Did you know that your calf size could affect your risk of a stroke?  According to a recent segment on NBC’s Today Show it can. Take a look at the video featuring Courtney Smith, Executive Editor of Prevention Magazine where Smith explains that women with calves measuring less than 13 inches – have a higher risk of a stroke.

Concerned host, Kathy Lee Gifford falls just on the border in that category, so what advice was offered? Drink a lot of green tea!  Take an even closer look at the clip and you’ll notice that, of course, they chose to display some delicious Bigelow Tea!

The segment outlined a study of over 40,500 Japanese men and women; those who drank five or more cups of green tea daily had the lowest risk of dying of heart disease and stroke.

Here at Bigelow Tea, we’ve been talking about the positive effects that green tea can have on reducing the risk of a stroke for some time now. Check out some of our previous posts on green tea and stroke prevention! And enjoy that extra cup of Bigelow Green Tea Today, and every day!

Spice and Sustainabili-Tea – Celebrating Autumn, Bigelow Tea-style

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“For every leaf, that twirls the breeze,
May useful hints and lessons give;
The falling leaves and fading trees
Will teach and caution us to live.”

– John Clare , Autumn

Autumn is the glorious season of colorful leaves, crisp fresh air, spicy aromas and harvest festivals.  It’s a celebration of nature’s bounty – a sustainable feast of everything organic, like apples, pears, pumpkin, squash, potatoes, zucchini and corn.  Add some antioxidant rich spices and herbs to the harvest mix, and you’ll enjoy a sensory explosion of flavors and enticing scents.  At Bigelow Tea, we welcome the autumn harvest with a delightful cornucopia of organic, herbal and spicy teas, like Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea , Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea ,  and Cinnamon Stick® Tea.

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Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea

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Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea

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Cinnamon Stick® Tea

In our ongoing effort to practice sustainable living, Bigelow Tea established the  “Sustainabili-TEA” program which serves as a guide for everything we do – from producing only the finest quality teas, hand-picked from mountain grown gardens, to protecting our environment and serving our community.

And, speaking of Sustainabili-TEA, we rejoice in each and every season – but when it comes to the celebration of a Bigelow Tea-style autumn, we’re all about the spice! So, do enjoy the natural spicy flavor of our autumnal teas and try out some of our seasonal recipes, like the delectable Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake .  And don’t forget – we have Mother Nature to thank for our harvest, so savor, savor, and savor some more!

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Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Teabag Tips for Home Remedies

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You’ve just sipped your last drop of Bigelow Darjeeling Tea and – just before throwing out the used teabag – a little voice inside your head screams “WAIT!”  You deftly lift your hand away, and place the used teabag on the counter. Staring intently at the teabag, the light bulb inside your head then suddenly flashes and the cobwebs disappear, as all those old home remedies come flooding back to you. Better write them down, in case you forget again! So here’s a few:

COLD SORES

These unsightly sores can be relieved (not cured) by placing a warm used teabag on the affected area, applying pressure from three to thirty minutes.

HALITOSIS

Bad breath is just plain embarrassing!  A daily regimen of black tea, like Bigelow English Teatime®, is just the right tonic for this social faux pas.

FOOT ODOR

No one likes to have smelly feet usually caused by bacteria from prolonged shoe wear.  Soak your feet in a tub of hot water and 5 new teabags, for 30 minutes. Refreshed!

BLACKHEADS

Place a warm, used teabag on the affected area once a day, until the blackhead disappears. For this application, use green tea only. For this issue, ehow.com says Green Tea is best.

DARK CIRCLES

Soak a couple of new teabags in cold water. Squeeze them and then place them over your closed eyes, for at least 10 minutes. Soon you’ll lose that raccoon look! (NOTE: Warm, used teabags can replace an herbal tea poultice.)

Now, time to silence those inner voices and perhaps succumb to the pleasure and taste of a relaxing cup of Cozy Chamomile®

Ooohh! Love that Oolong Tea! An Ancient Chinese Health Secret Revealed

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Oolong.  The word just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?  Studies have shown that drinking Oolong tea may cause the pounds to roll off as well!!

In the Far East, it is believed that a daily regimen of Chinese Oolong tea contributes to a slim waistline. How? Well, weight gain is caused by excess accumulation of fat in the body, occurring when food is synthesized into triglycerides in the liver and small intestine and then travels into the bloodstream and other tissues. These triglycerides are crucial for the body to function energetically. When there is an imbalance – an excess amount of triglycerides in the body –they turn to fat.

Oolong (which means Black Dragon) contains high amounts of polyphenols which trigger the enzymes responsible for reducing excess triglycerides. This is why regular consumption of this natural tea is highly effective in increasing the metabolism and battling the bulge!

At Bigelow Tea, we are all about balance.  And we’re very familiar with the healing powers of tea, as expressed by the ancient Chinese writer Lu Yu, who wrote that “Tea symbolizes the harmony and mysterious unity of the Universe.”  Our smooth-tasting blend of Bigelow Chinese Oolong Tea is enjoyed in many of the finest Chinese restaurants, an endorsement that simply delights us! And, since we’re being weight-conscious, consider adding some ooohh-so-good Bigelow Chinese Oolong to your salad with one of our favorite recipes – Oolong Soba Noodle Salad.  Only 139 calories!

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Although Oolong tea is not a miracle weight loss cure and should not be used as a replacement to proper diet and exercise, this flavorful libation is a proven weight loss aid. So, enjoy and, from time to time, measure that waistline….you may like what you see!

Calm-A-Sutra Scholarship Video: “Tea for Me”

This is an entry for the Calm-A-Sutra scholarship video competition. It’s a music video that imparts useful facts about tea and its health benefits.

Video and music written and produced by, and starring Elizabeth Hill and David Hill, with special guest star Pinky the Singing Teapot.

Lyrics:

Drinking tea is good for me – it makes my breath fresher.
Apparently a cup of tea can lower my blood pressure.
It stops me getting strokes and it reduces hypertension.
Its got amino acids to sharpen my attention.
It makes me less susceptible to daily stress and strain,
Does wonders for the cognitive powers of my brain.
Its even got some caffeine to help my memory,
And theanine to build up my immunity.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong,
I cant survive for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.

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If I want a daily drink to help me ward off cancer,
Ive heard them say a nice Earl Grey could be the answer.
It speeds the metabolic rate which helps me burn each calorie.
By making me work better it can even raise my salary.
It battles the bacteria and fights the nasty fungi,
That otherwise would rot my teeth or make my nose all bungy.
It also helps the blood flow through each artery
By boosting my blood vessels reactivity.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong,
I cant survive for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong – oo!
I cannot go for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.