SWICA Gesundheitstipps


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. All these offers are also available through our SWICA health app.

Blaehungen

When the stomach turns into a balloon

Flatulence is firmly shunned as a conversation topic, even though many people experience problems with their digestion. We've decided to look into this issue nevertheless and to examine some of its causes.

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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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Fruehstueck

A healthy start into the day

Coffee, croissants, cornflakes, muesli: when it comes to breakfast habits, our preferences vary widely. But what we all need is energy, ideally from a long-lasting source. Here we will explain which breakfasts are especially well suited for this.

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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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Golf

Five reasons why golf is healthy

Golf has firmly established itself as a general sport, because exercising outdoors is a great way to stay fit and reduce stress. Read more about why playing golf is good for your health.

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The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most natural way of feeding a baby. Not only does it strengthen the mother-baby bond, it also has many health benefits. Breast milk provides babies with the best possible start in life.

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Protection against ticks

The cold winter had no effect on them – quite the opposite in fact. Ticks are especially voracious this spring and are already on the lookout for suitable hosts on warm spring days. Here you can find out how to protect yourself and your family.

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Zaehneknirschen

Grinding your teeth through the night

Around a third of people in Switzerland grind their teeth, mostly at night. This grinding or clenching can be damaging to your health. It's often the result of stress.

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Spargeln

Asparagus: delicious and nutritious!

Spring is the season for asparagus. At this time of year, bundles of fresh asparagus are being served to devotees all over Switzerland – good news not only for the palate but also for your health.

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Schroepfen

Pulling harmful substances out of the body

If you have a sore neck or back or are suffering from a chronic condition, you might get relief from an ancient natural therapy called cupping. In this health tip we reveal what else cupping can do.

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Hoerprobleme

Hearing loss – common but treatable

In Switzerland, one in twelve people suffers from hearing difficulties, rising to one in three for people aged 65 and over. Many people refuse to consider hearing aids, even though loss of hearing can lead to social isolation.

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Wasser

Water, the elixir of life

Drinking lots of water is supposed to be good for you, but what happens to the body if it doesn’t get enough? Is it possible to drink too much water? And what role does water play in the body?

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Kaffee

Is drinking coffee a sin?

Coffee is one of the world's favourite drinks. But there are plenty of myths surrounding its effects on the body. In this health tip we look at some of these myths.

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Gesichtsmasken

Homemade facial masks

Winter is almost over, which is good news for anyone with dry skin. Cleansing and refreshing facial masks can help the skin regenerate fully.

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Husten

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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Heilkraeuter

The health benefits in your garden

For minor day-to-day ailments such as headaches and digestive problems it can be worth taking a look at the plants growing outside. Some herbs and plants are good alternatives or complements to pharmaceuticals.

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Versteckter_Zucker

On the trail of hidden sugar

Many foodstuffs contain sugar, but it is often found where we least expect it, and sometimes it even appears under an alias. We have uncovered a few sugar traps for you.

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Ohrenhygiene

Earwax: the ear's best friend!

Many people think earwax is dirty. Perhaps that's why they try to remove it with a cotton bud or some other implement – even though it's not usually necessary to do so.

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Gesundes-Fastfood

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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Vitamin-D

Preventing a vitamin D deficiency in the winter months

Vitamin D is one of the most important substances for the human body. The best source of it is sunlight. Below you can find out how to ensure you get enough vitamin D, even in the dark time of the year.

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Blaehungen

When the stomach turns into a balloon

Flatulence is firmly shunned as a conversation topic, even though many people experience problems with their digestion. We've decided to look into this issue nevertheless and to examine some of its causes.

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Fruehstueck

A healthy start into the day

Coffee, croissants, cornflakes, muesli: when it comes to breakfast habits, our preferences vary widely. But what we all need is energy, ideally from a long-lasting source. Here we will explain which breakfasts are especially well suited for this.

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Golf

Five reasons why golf is healthy

Golf has firmly established itself as a general sport, because exercising outdoors is a great way to stay fit and reduce stress. Read more about why playing golf is good for your health.

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Protection against ticks

The cold winter had no effect on them – quite the opposite in fact. Ticks are especially voracious this spring and are already on the lookout for suitable hosts on warm spring days. Here you can find out how to protect yourself and your family.

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Zaehneknirschen

Grinding your teeth through the night

Around a third of people in Switzerland grind their teeth, mostly at night. This grinding or clenching can be damaging to your health. It's often the result of stress.

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Spargeln

Asparagus: delicious and nutritious!

Spring is the season for asparagus. At this time of year, bundles of fresh asparagus are being served to devotees all over Switzerland – good news not only for the palate but also for your health.

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Schroepfen

Pulling harmful substances out of the body

If you have a sore neck or back or are suffering from a chronic condition, you might get relief from an ancient natural therapy called cupping. In this health tip we reveal what else cupping can do.

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Hoerprobleme

Hearing loss – common but treatable

In Switzerland, one in twelve people suffers from hearing difficulties, rising to one in three for people aged 65 and over. Many people refuse to consider hearing aids, even though loss of hearing can lead to social isolation.

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Wasser

Water, the elixir of life

Drinking lots of water is supposed to be good for you, but what happens to the body if it doesn’t get enough? Is it possible to drink too much water? And what role does water play in the body?

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Kaffee

Is drinking coffee a sin?

Coffee is one of the world's favourite drinks. But there are plenty of myths surrounding its effects on the body. In this health tip we look at some of these myths.

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Gesichtsmasken

Homemade facial masks

Winter is almost over, which is good news for anyone with dry skin. Cleansing and refreshing facial masks can help the skin regenerate fully.

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Heilkraeuter

The health benefits in your garden

For minor day-to-day ailments such as headaches and digestive problems it can be worth taking a look at the plants growing outside. Some herbs and plants are good alternatives or complements to pharmaceuticals.

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Versteckter_Zucker

On the trail of hidden sugar

Many foodstuffs contain sugar, but it is often found where we least expect it, and sometimes it even appears under an alias. We have uncovered a few sugar traps for you.

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Ohrenhygiene

Earwax: the ear's best friend!

Many people think earwax is dirty. Perhaps that's why they try to remove it with a cotton bud or some other implement – even though it's not usually necessary to do so.

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Vitamin-D

Preventing a vitamin D deficiency in the winter months

Vitamin D is one of the most important substances for the human body. The best source of it is sunlight. Below you can find out how to ensure you get enough vitamin D, even in the dark time of the year.

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Grippe_vorbeugen

Avoiding winter flu

At this time of the year Switzerland is in the grip of the seasonal flu epidemic. We show you how you can reduce the risk of catching flu and protect yourself and others by taking a few simple precautions.

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Epilepsie

First aid in the event of an epileptic seizure

It's not always easy to identify an epileptic seizure. The symptoms can be very diverse and seizures may vary in intensity. Many people are unfamiliar with the symptoms and don't know how to react when someone suffers a seizure.

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Sport-bei-Kaelte

Doing sport while out in the cold

Let’s admit it, doing sport outdoors at minus temperatures calls for special stamina. Read more about your options for braving the cold.

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Feuerwerk

New Year's Eve without drama: Handling fireworks correctly

The last day of the year generally finishes off not only with bottle corks popping, but also with colourful fireworks lighting up the sky. To ensure that nothing spoils the fun, it's worthwhile to keep a few things in mind when handling fireworks.

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Blasenentzündung

Preventing a visit to the loo from being agony

Troublesome symptoms such as a constant need to urinate or pain or burning when passing water are often the result of a bladder infection. In this health tip you’ll find out how to prevent the problem.

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Husten

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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Gesundes-Fastfood

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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Buerofitness

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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Jetlag

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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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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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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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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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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Fit in the office: Exercises for the arms and neck

Five minutes of doing simple exercises at the desk will help you to clear your mind, strengthen your neck, arms and back, and prevent bad posture. You can easily do these exercises in your normal clothes at work, and they will foster a sense of wellbeing.

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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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Keeping fit in the office: back exercises

Sitting the whole day in front of a screen often leads to tension in the neck muscles and back pain. We show you here the exercises you can do to help during work.

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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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The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most natural way of feeding a baby. Not only does it strengthen the mother-baby bond, it also has many health benefits. Breast milk provides babies with the best possible start in life.

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Znuenibox

A tasty snack with pep

Learning, playing and discovering – a day at school needs a whole lot of energy. A tasty and balanced mid-morning snack is just the right kind of tonic. In this health tip, you can learn about all the things that belong in your child’s tuck box and the things that don’t.

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Zahnspange

Proper teeth cleaning for people with braces

Children are taught the importance of proper oral hygiene already at an early age. Wearing braces, however, poses additional challenges for dental hygiene. Read more about what to pay attention to.

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Strassenverkehr

Visibly safe on the way to school

For children, the daily trip to and from school is a special experience. In the autumn, when the days are shorter and sometimes foggy, parents need to take care that their children can also get to their destination safely even when visibility is poor.

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When breastfeeding isn't working

While some women are able to breastfeed easily right from the start, others find themselves faced with unpleasant surprises. In some situations it may even be necessary to advise against breastfeeding altogether.

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Breastfeeding for vegetarian and vegan mothers

Breast milk provides your baby with many important nutrients. A proper diet is key to the quality of your milk. Here are some tips for vegetarian and vegan mothers.

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Familienferien

Family holidays

School holidays are just around the corner, and many families will use this time for taking a trip together. But regardless of whether you head to the beach, into the mountains or to an exotic faraway place, it's important to be well prepared, especially when taking along children.

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Practical breastfeeding apps

Now your baby has arrived you don’t want to forget anything important! The first days and weeks with a newborn can be very demanding for inexperienced parents. You can make things a lot easier with the right smartphone breastfeeding app.

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Breastfeeding children with a risk of allergy

Until recently the recommendation was to avoid giving certain foods to children with a risk of allergy for as long as possible. Now there are indications that early exposure to allergens increases tolerance.

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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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Common breastfeeding problems

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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A healthy body image: saying no to the cult of the body

A positive attitude to your own body is good for your health, and good for your self-esteem. It’s particularly important to foster a healthy body image among children and young people.

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Contraception during breastfeeding

The birth of a child is a very special event for any couple. But most parents would prefer not to have another baby immediately. So it’s especially important to choose the right form of contraception during breastfeeding.

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Energy drinks: Dangerous or helpful?

Energy drinks are known to serve many purposes, such as pick-me-ups and as ways of boosting concentration and performance. But very few people are aware of the risks that come along. Learn more about the harmful consequences that children and young people face from excessive consumption of such products.

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When is breastfeeding not possible?

Around 2% of women cannot breastfeed. There can be many reasons for this. In these situations you should be particularly careful or, better still, avoid it completely.

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Breastfeeding twins

Most mothers greet the prospect of breastfeeding twins with mixed feelings. On the one hand they are delighted with the idea of an addition to the family, and on the other they worry about being able to provide adequate care and nutrition. Breastfeeding twins or even multiples is not a problem if you have patience, practice, and family support.

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Breastfeeding during pregnancy

After birth, breast milk is the most natural and best possible nutrition for babies because it is exactly tailored to their requirements. If you become pregnant while breastfeeding, you can safely carry on breastfeeding the older child in most cases. Nonetheless, it's advisable to be aware of some aspects.

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Can you continue to breastfeed even if you have a cold?

Unfortunately even breastfeeding mothers are not immune from illnesses like coughs, colds and upset tummies. What precautions can you take to keep your baby safe during breastfeeding?

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