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Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

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Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!

Bigelow Tea Has Got You Covered During Gluten-Free Baking Week

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Cakes, cookies, pies, oh my! The holidays are full of delicious baked treats, but if you’re one of the up to 3 million people in America with a gluten allergy—or simply avoid grains as a lifestyle choice—this time of year can be tricky to navigate. You’ll be glad to know that Bigelow Tea has you covered during Gluten-Free Baking Week (and the rest of the year!).

People who cannot have gluten—particularly those diagnosed with Celiac Disease—have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia, so it’s important to restrict any gluten intake if you have this condition.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! So, in addition to enjoying the benefits of being absent of gluten, studies suggest tea may be good for your gut, too. Antioxidant compounds, known as catechins, in green tea may inhibit bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. And on top of that, additional research has indicated that when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s development than the undigested form of the tea.

As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” While tea may be naturally gluten-free, sometimes a tea or even an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. With very few exceptions, most of our teas are naturally gluten-free. Just look for “gluten free” or “not gluten free” with the ingredients list on the box.bigelow-tea-gluten-free-cookies

Check out these delicious gluten-free recipes made with Bigelow Teas that you can make at home. Providing gluten-free teas is just another way we try to help everyone enjoy our fine, high-quality teas, no matter what your diet. A lot of passion, enthusiasm and dedication go into every one of those overwrapped teabags. Well, that and some really great gluten-free ingredients! As always, we are #TeaProudly!

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Beauty Secrets From Bigelow Tea!

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We love Bigelow Tea in our cup, but it’s also our secret to looking fabulous! Yes, really – tea is good for you in so many ways, both inside and out. It can do wonders for skin, hair and nails. In fact, hippie_mom even makes lip balm with green tea – talk about lip smacking! So rev up your beauty routine with some of these must-try tips!

Get gorgeous nails with green tea.
You probably already know that green tea is chock full of antioxidants; it’s good for your insides, but also outsides – it can make nails stronger! To help strengthen brittle, weak nails, soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes (also a good opportunity to enjoy a mug of the stuff with the hand that’s not soaking!). This remedy can also get rid of yellowing on nails as well.

Who needs mouthwash when you have tea?
All the sugary treats this time of year are risky for causing cavities. If you just can’t say no to the sweet stuff and there’s no mouthwash on hand, simply swish a mouthful of tea for clean teeth! One study found that the polyphenols, chemical components of tea, stop bacteria that are to blame for bad breath and cavities from growing. Now show off your smile!

Bag eye bags.
Too many holiday parties and late nights showing up on your face? Give tired, achy and puffy eyes a helping hand with tea – no expensive eye creams necessary. Just soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over closed eyes for about 20 minutes- the tannins in the tea help with puffiness. We’re not responsible if you fall asleep…!

Wash that grey right out of your hair.
Get rid of those pesky greys without a pricey trip to the salon or basking your head in chemicals. You can make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs (we swear, this is simple enough even for those of you who aren’t DIYers.) Try this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair and don’t rinse. Voila- naturally dyed-tresses, and no one will know it’s not all you!

Smelly feet be gone.
Between cramming feet into sheepskin boots and slippers and stuffing them in snow boots, your tootsies may not be getting enough air during the cold winter months, leading to foul feet. Try a daily tea bath to get rid of the stench- just soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes daily. This is also a great excuse to sit back and relax!

See ya, zits!
Banish breakouts without unloading dollars at the drugstore. Keep a pimple from rearing its ugly head with this simple remedy. Place a warm teabag on the spot for several minutes. That’s it. Then go about your day with clear skin. The astringent qualities of tea will help shrink the breakout.

Bring on the blonde.
This trick for light hair colors may sound familiar to those of you who tried chamomile tea to lighten locks back in junior high (like we did!) Guess what? It actually works! Just steep chamomile tea for about 10 minutes, cool, then rinse hair with it and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Try it a few times before shampooing for extra lightness and brightness.

Spill it here- what are your tea-riffic beauty secrets that include tea?

Green Tea To The Rescue!

bigelow-tea-green-teaNearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes which is a fact we should all be concerned about as many Americans don’t even know they have the disease. 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. Without enough insulin, glucose levels build up which is why diabetes can be so harmful.

The good news is diabetics can manage their health in many ways: monitoring glucose levels, remaining physically active, eating well and staying hydrated to name a few. For tea drinkers, studies share 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.

Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with LemonGreen Tea Chai and Earl Grey Green to name just a few. All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners, so together, let’s not only learn more about diabetes but help each other mange this difficult disease!

Grab a Mug of Good-For-You Ingredients Found In NEW Line of Teas: Bigelow BENEFITS

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✔All natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients you know and trust

✔ Exceptional flavor

✔ Non-GMO

✔ Gluten free

✔ Blended & produced in the USA

Yes, all the above is true which is great news for tea lovers everywhere who want to make tea a part of a healthy lifestyle. Bigelow Tea is so proud (we call that #TeaProudly) to announce a new line of wellness teas called Bigelow BENEFITS that are meant to be enjoyed every day. Infused with enthusiasm for putting good things into our bodies that support clean eating habits, this new line of teas masterfully blends all natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients. With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients (all with names you know and trust!), are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Yum!bigelow-tea-balance

Balance your being with a warming cup of Benefits Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea, or keep well with a cup Lemon & Enchinacea.  We’ve got seven delicious flavors to enjoy throughout every day.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) – smooth and delicious fruity flavor with blueberry sweetness and subtle aloe notes

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) – authentic Echinacea and crisp lemon flavor with a smooth, relaxing herbal finish

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea) – sweet and spicy cinnamon top notes with a smooth balanced sweet and tart finish

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach) – a blend of spicy ginger, soothing peppermint finished and sweet peach

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) – a calming, full-bodied floral lavender flavor with a sweet chamomile finish

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) – complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) – balanced green tea and matcha pair with earthy turmeric and a mild peppery kick

So let us know which tea you are going to try first or better yet which is your favorite from our new tea line, BENEFITS.  But don’t worry, we won’t make you choose if you love them all as much as we do.  Grab a mug and share with friends and family and let us know how you Tea Proudly at #TeaProudly!

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

bigelow-tea-green-tea-muugYes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and the aroma is simply delicious for your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. Outside of sipping Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors, there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer!

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.”

Amazing, right?! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another reason to proudly enjoy Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea-Related Research About Neurological Decline

bigelow-tea-health-teaIf you’ve had some “senior moments” lately, you’re not alone! Age-related declines in memory and cognition occur naturally. But Bigelow Tea has found research that suggests that factors such as diet and exercise may help slow the progression of neurological decline.

If you love tea—and who doesn’t?—drink up! A published long-term study of nearly 30,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day was associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, according to research presented at a Scientific Symposium on Tea and Health, theanine, an amino acid that is for the most part uniquely found in tea (green and black), may help prevent age-related memory decline. This human-based data is supported by  animal studies utilizing theanine.

Another study in 2013 shows that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. And a different study suggests that green tea extract may enhance the brain’s “effective connectivity.” In other words, it may improve the flow of information from one part of the brain to another. This could lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory!

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With all of the varieties of Green Tea and Black Tea that Bigelow Tea has to offer, having a few cups a day will never get dull! So whether you’re “young at heart” or “older and wiser,” don’t forget to sip some Bigelow Tea before you take your daily walk, fill out the crossword puzzle and eat your veggies! It’s a simple way to enjoy life and, perhaps, to stave off more senior moments!

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?

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.