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SWICA tips for healthy living

Increasing your wellbeing doesn't necessarily require a fundamental change in lifestyle. Sometimes even small adjustments can make a big difference. This health advice platform regularly provides interesting information about health issues.

Yoga: the path to physical health

Yoga classes are now available for every age group and fitness level. Whether you're beginner or a professional - with the range of courses available today, everyone can find the type of yoga that is right for them.

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Folic acid – the super-vitamin

Although many people are aware that taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy reduces the risk of the foetus developing abnormalities, most women begin taking folic acid supplements too late.Thanks to its general positive health effects, folic acid is also used to treat depression, dementia and some allergies.

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Young people in fitness centres

More and more young people are using fitness centres these days. But just how healthy is this type of training for teenagers during puberty? In this health tip, we explain what you need to consider if your child wants to start training in a fitness centre.

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Suffering from hay fever?

Temperatures outside are slowly beginning to rise and the first rays of sunshine tempt us to venture outside. But not everyone can look forward to the good weather. Hay fever sufferers can hardly be expected to welcome the prospect of streaming eyes, itchiness and a runny nose.

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Do adults need milk?

Recently there has been much controversy about whether adults really need to drink milk. Do we need cow's milk at all as part of a healthy diet, or can we also get the nutrients we need from other foods?

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Achieve your fasting targets

Whether we drink too much or eat too much sugar or meat, most of us overindulge in some way. The fasting season of Lent is the ideal time to rethink your eating habits and exercise some restraint.

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Getting fit for cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing is a workout for the whole body, which means that the arm, leg and core muscles all need to be in good shape. In the health tip we tell you how to get ready for the cross-country skiing season.

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What to consider when you have a cast

With freezing temperatures and icy conditions outside, it can easily happen that you slip or fall and fracture an arm or a leg. But when does a fracture require a cast, and how do you check regularly that everything is okay?

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Eating a balanced low-calorie diet

The festive season is over and 2019 has begun. For the new year, many people have set themselves the goal of eating a more balanced diet with fewer calories. The health tip explains which foods you can use to replace the high-calorie items in your diet.

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What to do in case of a burn

It takes only a moment of carelessness, and before you know it you've burned yourself. But what are the right first-aid measures for treating a burn? This health tip explains the correct way of cooling the affected area, among other things.

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Sticking to your New Year's resolutions

At the beginning of every New Year, many people set themselves goals that they intend to reach during the year – and often fall short of turning them into reality. The following tips are intended to help you keep your own promises.

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Hygiene rules for meat fondue

Many families follow the tradition of having meat fondue on Christmas Eve. But to avoid possible problems on the following morning, you must observe some important hygiene rules. This Health Tip takes a closer look at what you need to keep in mind when preparing Fondue Chinoise.

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Not only the thumb suffers

The new smartphones continue to grow in size. And so is the amount of time we’re spending using them, which means that sooner or later we are bound to run into health problems. This Health Tip explains some of the steps you can take to prevent possible symptoms.

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Santa knick-knacks

The time has come once again: Santa Claus is about to come knocking on the door with bags of delicious cookies for children and adults alike. This Health Tip explains how you can put together a healthy and varied combination of items for such a bag yourself.

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Optimum protection for your child

Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against infectious diseases. However, the vaccination of infants and small children throws up questions for many parents. The current health tip tells you where to find the answers.

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Long-haul flights increase the risk of thrombosis

As temperatures fall, many people decide to head for warmer destinations. However, long-haul flights always involve an increased risk of thrombosis. In this health tip you can find out how to minimise the risk of thrombosis during long-distance travel.

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Diabetes: reducing your risk

Almost half a million people in Switzerland suffer from diabetes, and the trend is growing. In our health tip you can find out what you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and improve your health.

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Washing your hands properly

Washing your hands regularly is important for your health. It can help prevent viral and bacterial infection – but only if you wash your hands properly.

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Antibiotics – careful use helps prevent resistance

Antibiotics are indispensable when it comes to preventing and treating many bacterial infections. At the same time, though, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant against antibiotics. This health tip looks closely at this issue and the options you have.

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Folic acid before and during pregnancy

Folic acid reduces the risk of the foetus developing abnormalities during pregnancy. So it makes sense to start taking a folic acid supplement in good time. You can find out more about folic acid in our Health Tip.

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Yoga: the path to physical health

Yoga classes are now available for every age group and fitness level. Whether you're beginner or a professional - with the range of courses available today, everyone can find the type of yoga that is right for them.

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Suffering from hay fever?

Temperatures outside are slowly beginning to rise and the first rays of sunshine tempt us to venture outside. But not everyone can look forward to the good weather. Hay fever sufferers can hardly be expected to welcome the prospect of streaming eyes, itchiness and a runny nose.

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Do adults need milk?

Recently there has been much controversy about whether adults really need to drink milk. Do we need cow's milk at all as part of a healthy diet, or can we also get the nutrients we need from other foods?

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Achieve your fasting targets

Whether we drink too much or eat too much sugar or meat, most of us overindulge in some way. The fasting season of Lent is the ideal time to rethink your eating habits and exercise some restraint.

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Getting fit for cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing is a workout for the whole body, which means that the arm, leg and core muscles all need to be in good shape. In the health tip we tell you how to get ready for the cross-country skiing season.

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What to consider when you have a cast

With freezing temperatures and icy conditions outside, it can easily happen that you slip or fall and fracture an arm or a leg. But when does a fracture require a cast, and how do you check regularly that everything is okay?

details

Eating a balanced low-calorie diet

The festive season is over and 2019 has begun. For the new year, many people have set themselves the goal of eating a more balanced diet with fewer calories. The health tip explains which foods you can use to replace the high-calorie items in your diet.

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What to do in case of a burn

It takes only a moment of carelessness, and before you know it you've burned yourself. But what are the right first-aid measures for treating a burn? This health tip explains the correct way of cooling the affected area, among other things.

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Sticking to your New Year's resolutions

At the beginning of every New Year, many people set themselves goals that they intend to reach during the year – and often fall short of turning them into reality. The following tips are intended to help you keep your own promises.

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Hygiene rules for meat fondue

Many families follow the tradition of having meat fondue on Christmas Eve. But to avoid possible problems on the following morning, you must observe some important hygiene rules. This Health Tip takes a closer look at what you need to keep in mind when preparing Fondue Chinoise.

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Not only the thumb suffers

The new smartphones continue to grow in size. And so is the amount of time we’re spending using them, which means that sooner or later we are bound to run into health problems. This Health Tip explains some of the steps you can take to prevent possible symptoms.

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Long-haul flights increase the risk of thrombosis

As temperatures fall, many people decide to head for warmer destinations. However, long-haul flights always involve an increased risk of thrombosis. In this health tip you can find out how to minimise the risk of thrombosis during long-distance travel.

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Diabetes: reducing your risk

Almost half a million people in Switzerland suffer from diabetes, and the trend is growing. In our health tip you can find out what you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and improve your health.

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Washing your hands properly

Washing your hands regularly is important for your health. It can help prevent viral and bacterial infection – but only if you wash your hands properly.

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Antibiotics – careful use helps prevent resistance

Antibiotics are indispensable when it comes to preventing and treating many bacterial infections. At the same time, though, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant against antibiotics. This health tip looks closely at this issue and the options you have.

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Between fresh and spoiled

Fermenting is currently undergoing a revival. But just what exactly is “fermentation”? How healthy is it? And how does it work? We took a closer look at this and other questions in our Health Tip.

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Jogging – without getting blisters on your feet

Blisters on the feet can stop you training, limit your performance in races and even force you to stop running altogether for a while. Below you can find out how to avoid getting them in the first place.

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Nosebleed? No problem!

The cold time of year is approaching. Many people suffer from sensitive nasal mucous membrane which bleeds easily. In our Health Tip you can find out what you can do to prevent nosebleeds.

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How to keep your muscles supple

All athletes, especially runners, know the importance of stretching. But why is stretching so essential for our muscles? And is it best to stretch before or after exercising? This health tip examines these topics in detail.

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Water-borne danger

Legionnaires' disease, also called legionellosis, is a respiratory disease caused by inhaling bacteria in contaminated mist or water droplets. Find out in our health tip how to protect yourself against Legionella bacteria.

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Working during the heat

Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to enjoy their holidays when the dog days of summer set in. Having to work when temperatures soar – be it in the office or outdoors – is not only unpleasant, it can also hamper your performance and impact your wellbeing in general. Read more about what you can do to cope with the heat while at work.

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Keeping fit in the office: exercises using your own body weight

Would you like to keep fit despite working in an office? In the video we show four exercises which you can do in any office and which exercise the whole body.

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Too sick to work? Then stay at home!

You've got a splitting headache, a runny nose and feel downright weak. Reason enough to take the day off sick?

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When it’s painful to work at the computer

Repeating the same mouse movements many times can lead to painful wrists. Find out here what causes the pain and what you can do about it.

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Four short exercises you can do in the office

Five minutes of easy exercise at your desk can help you prevent bad posture by getting your neck, arms and back moving. These routines, which can be done in your normal work clothes, will leave you feeling fresher and more comfortable.

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The flu's gone, but the cough persists

At last the wave of colds and flu is coming to an end. Many sufferers have recovered and would actually be feeling quite healthy if it weren't for that persistent cough. Find out here when you can expect the last symptoms to disappear.

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Healthy fast food – a contradiction in terms?

We all know what it can be like at work: constant stress, meetings, and deadlines. Sometimes the only way to have any lunch at all is to eat at your desk. And yet, even on days like this it's still possible to enjoy a healthy balanced diet.

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Put a little pep into your office life – fitness tips for the deskbound

Working in an office can be very comfortable. We sit all day long with only the occasional short walk. Often we don't get enough exercise, and this can lead to back and neck problems. A few simple tricks can put some zest into our everyday office life.

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Preventing jet lag

Anyone who’s travelled to another time zone knows how tough it can be for the body to adapt to the new routine. This doesn’t just affect people who fly on holiday, but a lot of business travellers as well. We show how a few simple tricks can help address the problem of jet lag.

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Ergonomics at the workplace

Whether you're at work or in your home office, sitting for hours on end at the computer can wreak havoc on your body. An ergonomically designed workplace will help you maintain good posture and influence your health positively.

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Boost your productivity with power naps

We’ve all been there: you get back from lunch and almost fall asleep at the computer. A midday nap would be perfect. Here you’ll find out why it’s even recommended.

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Exercises for tired eyes

Working for hours at a time at a computer can put eyes under a lot of strain. They become irritated or painful and feel dry. However, some simple exercises can help relax the eyes and alleviate symptoms.

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Preventing headaches at work

Headaches at work are often the result of stress or bad posture. These tips will help you avoid this debilitating and painful condition.

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Meditation for a more efficient workday

If things are getting hectic in the office and you’re run off your feet with meetings and obligations, pause for a moment and take time to breathe. This exercise will help you focus.

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Brain food: power for your grey cells

Stress, tiredness and lack of concentration: if you spend the whole day doing "brain work" and are responsible for meeting targets or motivating others, at some point you're going to feel drained and worn out. Here you can find out about the foods you should be eating to stay in peak mental condition.

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Caring for your back while in the office

Many office workers suffer from back pain. Rigid body posture from long hours of sitting or standing will strain your lower back and hinder your performance. The following short exercises are meant to strengthen your back and prevent bad posture.

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Fit and healthy while working on shifts

Working at night and on shifts puts a lot of strain on our body. It is therefore essential that you get good sleep, have a balanced diet and exercise regularly when working irregular hours.

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Five tips for more efficiency at work

Again stress at the office? These five digital all-rounders are designed to relieve you at work and to help you relax.

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Fast food, too, can be healthful

Fast food is quick, simple and a good value. There is an enormous choice in take-away offers, such as burgers, pizzas, Döner Kebap, sandwiches, pies, salads, etc. – often making it hard to know what is healthful. The following tips will help you choose a quick and wholesome lunch menu.

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Bullying: when the job makes you ill

Who has not been confronted with stress at the workplace, been faced with persistent criticism or worked with colleagues who do not keep to agreements that have been made? But when there is no let-up in insults, grievances and humiliation, then this is tantamount to bullying. What is bullying exactly and what can you do about it?

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Folic acid – the super-vitamin

Although many people are aware that taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy reduces the risk of the foetus developing abnormalities, most women begin taking folic acid supplements too late.Thanks to its general positive health effects, folic acid is also used to treat depression, dementia and some allergies.

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Young people in fitness centres

More and more young people are using fitness centres these days. But just how healthy is this type of training for teenagers during puberty? In this health tip, we explain what you need to consider if your child wants to start training in a fitness centre.

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Santa knick-knacks

The time has come once again: Santa Claus is about to come knocking on the door with bags of delicious cookies for children and adults alike. This Health Tip explains how you can put together a healthy and varied combination of items for such a bag yourself.

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Optimum protection for your child

Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against infectious diseases. However, the vaccination of infants and small children throws up questions for many parents. The current health tip tells you where to find the answers.

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Folic acid before and during pregnancy

Folic acid reduces the risk of the foetus developing abnormalities during pregnancy. So it makes sense to start taking a folic acid supplement in good time. You can find out more about folic acid in our Health Tip.

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What is an irritable hip?

Irritable hip (coxitis fugax) is a common condition involving symptoms such as temporary hip pain and limping that primarily affects children. This health tip provides more information about this condition.

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Work and breastfeeding – how do you cope?

The WHO recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies for six months. This presents working mothers with the problem of how to reconcile their return to work with the need for breastfeeding. Our step-by-step advice can help.

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Breastfeeding for vegetarian and vegan mothers

Breast milk provides babies with many important nutrients, and what mothers eat therefore directly determines the quality of their milk. Read more about what vegetarian and vegan mothers should look out for.

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Practical breastfeeding apps

The baby has arrived – so be sure not to forget anything important! The first days and weeks with a newborn can be very demanding for new parents. And having the right breastfeeding app on your smartphone can therefore make a big difference.

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Is it possible to breastfeed with a nipple piercing or after breast surgery?

Many women worry that they may not be able to breastfeed if they have had breast surgery or a nipple piercing. The most important facts are set out below.

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Pumping breast milk

Sometimes it can be difficult for mothers to coordinate breastfeeding with doctors’ appointments, work or the occasional evening out. Pumping breast milk can help make it easier to cope with a hectic daily schedule.

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When breastfeeding isn't working

Breastfeeding promotes the health of mother and child and strengthens the relationship between them. Many mothers, however, experience problems during the breastfeeding period which affect successful breastfeeding. Here you can find out about the most common breastfeeding problems and how they can be resolved.

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Proper teeth cleaning for people with braces

Children are taught the importance of dental hygiene from an early age. But wearing a brace can make it more difficult to take proper care of your teeth. You can read the most important points to remember here.

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Sport when breastfeeding

After pregnancy many women are determined to get their figure back as quickly as possible. Some also want to go back to playing their favourite sport. Here you can find out whether/when you can play sport when breastfeeding and what you need to bear in mind.

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Diet while breastfeeding

The correct diet is as important while breastfeeding as during pregnancy. Mothers need to have sufficient energy and nutrients to be able to nourish themselves and their baby during this period.

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Advantages of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most natural way of feeding a baby. Not only does it strengthen the bond between mother and baby, it also has health benefits. Mother’s milk provides babies with the best possible start for a healthy life.

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Neurodermatitis: the fight against itching

It itches so much you can't help scratching. Anyone who's been bitten by a mosquito or stung by a nettle knows the feeling. Some neurodermatitis patients struggle with this kind of itching their whole life long. The likelihood that the condition will heal is greatest while patients are still young.

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Improving the quality of air indoors

Most of us spend a large part of our lives in enclosed spaces. Over a lifetime many people breathe in more indoor than fresh, outdoor air. So it’s worth asking how you can keep indoor air fresh and clean.

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Live a healthy life – help prevent Alzheimer's

The risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s rises significantly with age. Leading a healthy life can help reduce this risk. The five tips below can increase your chances of enjoying a healthy old age.

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The shadow side of summer

Summer at last! Now that the weather's nice, most people would prefer to be outside. Whether you're swimming, jogging or simply strolling around, when the sun is so strong it's important to protect not just your skin, but your head as well. And it's even more important for kids.

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