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Try These 4 Tips To Keep Your Eyes Healthy So You Can Enjoy Tea And A Good Book, Always!

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Tea and an awesome novel go together like bread and butter, macaroni and cheese, chocolate and anything … you get the picture! So why do we mention it? Well, March is Save Your Vision Month, and we want to make sure your eyes are feeling great so you can always enjoy the blissful break of relaxing into a cozy chair with a great read and a warm mug of your favorite tea!

Read on for some great, easy-to-follow tips for keeping your eyes on the prize—a mug of tea and a book you can easily read!

Put on those shades.

Be sure to wear sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection, and wear those glasses often- even on less sunny days. What a great excuse to buy a couple pairs, btw– keep one in your car, one in your bag, and one at work. Don’t forget to throw on safety goggles or glasses when playing sports or working with tools, too!

Follow the 20/20/20 rule.

Too much screen time can be uncomfortable for your peepers. The 20/20/20 rule lets eyes rest. Here’s how it works: whether you’re in front of the computer working or just playing on your phone or iPad, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds.

Get lots of antioxidants in your diet.

The saying that carrots are good for eyes is no joke! Fruits and veggies are chock full of healthy nutrients that research says can help protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration.

Drink green tea!

Speaking of antioxidants, the compounds, studies say, in green tea might possibly help to fight Glaucoma and other eye diseases. With all the amazing Bigelow tea varieties, your eyes and your taste buds will both be happy!

Another Reason To Be #TeaProudly…Learning The ABC’s Of Tea Leaves With Bigelow Tea

We all know that drinking tea soothes souls and invites conversations but hey, what exactly is in that mug and how does tea become the most perfect beverage in the world? Take a break, sit back and check out this awesome video where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow (of Bigelow Tea of course) gives us the scoop on tea leaves and more. Here is a brief rundown that sums it all up:

  • The three types of tea all come from the leaf bud and leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. You’ve got your green,  your black and your Oolong. And It’s all about the air…exposure for different amounts of time is what gives you the various tea types.
  • The black tea Bigelow uses originates from either Sri Lanka or India where the tea leaves and buds come from the highest mountains and gardens for an extra beautiful tea!
  • Green tea is unfermented, which means it’s not exposed to air. It’s steamed or pan fried and then chopped up, leaving a vibrant green color and one-of-a-kind taste.
  • Black tea is chopped up so that all the juice in the leaves and leaf bud’s vein is exposed to air; it ferments for about 6-8 hours, and then the coppery black colored tea is dried and chopped again.
  • Oolong tea is semi-fermented. The leaves and bud are chopped and exposed to air for around 3 hours, then dried or chopped.
  • These types of teas all have different caffeine contents, because as they are exposed to air, the caffeine comes out. But where do the various types stack up, caffeine-wise? Here’s a cheat sheet:

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  • Drink your veggies in a tea cup? We’ll take it! Tea is like drinking the brew of a vegetable, as Cindi says. Tea is high in antioxidants and a good choice for a healthier lifestyle, according to the tons of studies done on the drink!

As you can see, there’s always more to discover about the amazingness of tea which is all part of living the #TeaProudly lifestyle. Tell us here, via social (using #TeaProudly) or join us on www.teaproudly.com, and let us know what you find most interesting about this beautiful beverage?

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…

The Teacup Tango

This is an entry for the Calm-a-Sutra scholarship video contest. It’s a Tango song about the lifestyle and health advantages of drinking tea – and the different ways people do it around the world.

Music and video written and produced by and starring Elizabeth Hill and David Hill

Lyrics:

When the kettle starts to boil
I want to reach out for my teacup.
I love to watch the vapors coil.
It perks my mind and my physique up.
I love it green, I love it black too,
Or infused with peach or mango.
That’s why I’m always coming back to
My teacup tango.

It can fight each stress and strain,
And each bacterium and fungus.
Helps with liveliness of brain.
Oh yes, its virtues are humongous.
When I have a flu or fever
And wonder where did my elan go?
I turn just like a true believer
To my teacup tango.

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It makes my breath fresher,
It lowers my blood pressure,
Prevents hypertension
And sharpens my attention.
It even wards off cancer,
Keeps me a healthy dancer
With my favorite kind of dance:
Antioxi-dants.

You can use a samovar
Or a tetsubin to heat it.
Egyptians drink it at the bar.
In Myanmar they even eat it.
So on any far excursion,
Anywhere on earth you can go,
You will always find a version
Of the teacup tango.

Bigelow Tea Sets Its Sights On August — Cataracts Awareness Month

Did you know that 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, one of the most curable causes of vision loss? A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, blocking out the light needed for vision. Approximately half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 65 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Because they form slowly and cause no pain, many people don’t know that cataracts are forming.

Bigelow Tea is proud that research continues to point to tea as a helpful drink in fighting cataracts, as well as other diseases. Researchers are studying the effects of black tea, green tea, and EGCG (green tea extract) on preventing cataracts. Studies on free radicals that damage the retina and lens of the eye, concentrate on the protective effect of antioxidants. With so much positive news about the antioxidants in green tea, it’s no wonder that people enjoy Bigelow Tea for their health, like Joe Torre, Skipper of the LA Dodgers, and Phil Simms, CBS sportscaster and former quarterback for the N.Y. Giants. In this video they talk to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, about their health priorities and belief in Green Tea…

During Cataract Awareness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) tells us how to recognize cataracts, and reminds us that we don’t have to live with this affliction. The AAO also provides information on medical advances that have made cataract surgery one of the most successful of surgical procedures. In fact it’s one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, with more than 1.6 million procedures yearly. So for Cataract Awareness Month, enjoy an extra cup of green tea and learn more from the CDC to help keep you seeing clearly!

National Peach Month: Everything’s Peachy at Bigelow Tea!

Remember the expressions: “pretty as a peach” and “peaches and cream complexion” or even “peachy-keen?”   Well, all good things come in threes as Bigelow Tea invites you to join in celebrating National Peach Month with three of our favorite peachy concoctions.  For all the party revelers out there, taste our thirst-quenching Berry Peach Mar-TEA-ni:

Berry Peach Mar-TEA-ni

Place 3 Bigelow® Red Raspberry™ Herb tea bags and 3 Bigelow® Perfect Peach™ Herb tea bags in a measuring cup, adding 1¼ cups boiling water. Steep 3 minutes, then remove  tea bags.

Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, stir until dissolved, then chill (the measuring cup, that is, not you!).

In a cocktail shaker, pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweet tea with 1 ounce of your favorite vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Now you can chill! Cheers!

And for the peachy purists out there, savor our very own Perfect Peach™ Granita:

Perfect Peach™ Granita

Boil 3 cups water; remove from heat, add 10 Bigelow® Perfect Peach™ Herb tea bags, steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags,

Stir in ¼ cup sugar, chill.  Freeze in an ice cream maker. When

finished, the granita will have the consistency of a sorbet.

Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until hardened.

Serve in chilled glasses, scraping the top of the granita with a heavy ice cream scoop.

Simply peachy!!!!

Does your tummy need a little something more substantial? Our Perfect Peach™ Upside-Down Cake will do the trick:

Perfect Peach™ Upside-Down Cake

Of course, what makes this scrumptious recipe so special is the combination of peach slices with our Perfect Peach™ Herb Tea.

Perfect Peach® Herbal Iced Tea

For these Bigelow delicacies – and more, check out our Bigelow Tea recipe page!

Peaches, available year-round, are full of antioxidants, a great source of dietary fiber – AND low in calories!! How peachy!

Top 10 Reasons to Drink Tea Other than ALL the Feel-Good Ones

Last month, Lynn Grieger of yourtotalhealth, a service provided by NBC and iVillage, reported the top 10 health benefits of drinking tea:

  1. Tea contains antioxidants, which protect your body.
  2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee.  According to the article, coffee has two to three times more caffeine, which can lead to the jitters, headaches and sleeplessness.
  3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  4. Tea protects your bones.
  5. Tea gives you healthier teeth and gums.
  6. Tea boosts your immune system.
  7. Tea protects against cancer.
  8. Tea helps you keep hydrated.  It turns out caffeinated beverages like tea really don’t have an adverse effect on hydration and research has shown, they contribute to fluid needs as long as you don’t drink more than 5 or 6 cups at one time.
  9. Tea is calorie-free.
  10. Tea increases your metabolism.

As Ms. Grieger challenges, “see if you’re ready to change your Starbucks order!”

How Green Tea Helps with Exercise

Could it be true? Emerging evidence seems to suggest that consumption of green tea may provide some benefit related to exercise. Specifically, antioxidants found in the drink may help prevent harmful effects of resistance exercise “by reducing the detrimental effects of oxidative stress,” says Stephen Daniells of FoodNavigator-USA.com, a daily online news service focused on food and beverages.
 
In a recent article, Daniells notes that “researchers from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and the Center of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Sports of Santa Catarina State University studied the effects of daily green tea consumption for seven days in athletes undertaking resistance training.” This type of exercise, which includes weight-lifting, “can increase the production of free radicals beyond the tissues’ antioxidant defense capacity … causing oxidative stress.”
 
Results from the study suggested that consumption of the tea offered significant protection against this oxidative damage, providing benefits both before and after exercise.
 
If you are physically active, make sure you receive plenty of antioxidants in your diet. And consider green tea in addition to that sports drink!

The Nutrient Power of the Pomegranate

Nutritionists are giving the pomegranate some well-deserved respect. For centuries the fruit has held a place of honor in the worlds of literature and religion, but it’s only been recently that evidence of its health benefits have begun to emerge in clinical studies.

In writing for LifeScript, a leading source of free, up-to-date health information, Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietician and author of several articles on nutrition, explores the many health-related attributes of this overlooked fruit. Five chief benefits stand out.

  1. Pomegranates pack a lot of nutrition, but relatively few calories. According to Weisenberger, pomegranates and their juice have an abundance of antioxidants and phytochemicals. These include compounds which are anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting.
  2. Studies suggest that the fruit promotes heart health by improving blood flow and possibly reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
  3. Other disease-fighting properties are being uncovered relating to Alzheimer’s disease and its prevention.
  4. Osteoarthritis sufferers will be happy to hear that pomegranates may also offer relief for joint pain based on recent trials.
  5. Those fighting prostate cancer have good news in the form of renewed research efforts following an initial study. “The results were so promising that a larger study is now underway,” says Weisenberger.

The news only gets better! You can enjoy the health benefits of this nutrient-laden fruit even if you don’t care for the complications of its ‘natural packaging’ (pomegranates can be tricky to eat and easily stain). Bigelow Tea now offers Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Arizona Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai (Acai is an all-natural fruit from Amazon palmberries.).

Check out these pomegranate products on the Bigelow web site and, for more details on the benefits and history of the pomegranate, view the full LifeScript article here.

Keep Colds and Flu at Bay

News reports say that we’re at the height of the flu season and a quick visit to the CDC Website proves they’re correct: after a relatively symptom-free winter, the United States is experiencing more widespread influenza activity. You, however, can help protect yourself and family by following a few health tips.

Jan Jarvis, writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, suggests several ways to prevent illness. Her common sense approach includes washing hands regularly with old-fashioned soap and water; getting plenty of exercise and sleep; and maintaining a healthy diet. Jarvis also discusses green tea as a preventative.

“Green tea’s claim to fame is its antioxidants, which may help boost the immune system,” Jarvis notes, citing a recent piece of research which suggests that  “ingredients in green tea can enhance the body’s immune system by 28 percent.” This is encouraging news, but not definitive proof of the flu-fighting power of tea, leading Jarvis to acknowledge that, even if it does not prevent a cold, tea has “other health benefits and it tastes good.”

For details on some tasty Bigelow tea solutions, refer to our Dec. 2007 post, Good Tea for a Cold, and the more recent, Tea Recipe for Lunch. Also be sure to check out all six of Jan Jarvis’s health tips here.