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

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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Insects on your plate

Have you ever eaten insects? If not, you no longer have to travel far to enjoy this rare delicacy. Since May 2017 it's been legal to sell insects as food in Switzerland. In this health tip you'll find out everything you need to know about insects as a foodstuff.

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Snoring – and what you can do about it

Loud snoring can upset your partner and leads to disturbed sleep. Tiredness and irritability are the result. This health tip explains what you can do about this night-time nuisance and what causes it.

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Digital detox: going offline

Can you remember the last time you switched off your mobile for a day? We're always checking our email, WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts, or surfing the internet. All that can be a real strain in the long run. We're going to show you how to do without.

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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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Escaping the winter blues

In winter, as temperatures begin to fall, many people also feel their mood sinking. The combination of darkness, cold, and never-ending grey oppresses the spirit. Here you can find out all about winter depression and how to avoid falling into a pit of depression.

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Smartphone hygiene

People tend to take their smartphone wherever they go. They use their fingers to access the touchscreen features and hold the phone to their ear. But do they ever think of cleaning it? In this health tip we show you how to keep your smartphone clean.

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Flu season: get protection now

Fever, coughing, aches and pains – the flu season is back. Here you can find out how to protect yourself and your family from this annoying virus and when it makes sense to get a vaccination.

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Strengthening the immune system

Are your work colleagues sneezing once again? Or perhaps you yourself are starting to feel a cold coming on? The following simple tips can strengthen your immune system and help you stay healthy and enjoy the autumn and winter days.

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Tinnitus – the buzzing in the ear

Almost everyone knows it: after a loud bang or following a rock concert, a whistling, buzzing or hissing sound will linger in the ear, but usually not for long. With people suffering from tinnitus, however, this condition is permanent. Read more about the likely causes of tinnitus and the options available for treating it.

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Cycling safely in the autumn

Cyclists need to be especially careful in the autumn. The normal risks posed by other road users are increased by the darkness and by wet leaves on the road. Nevertheless, you can find out here how to stay safe on your bike as winter approaches.

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Fascia training: what it can do – and what it can’t

After a long day in the office or a strenuous bout of fitness training, fascia training with the “Blackroll” is supposed to promote relaxation, ease pain and improve mobility. At least that's what the retailers say. But what does medical opinion have to say about the Blackroll?

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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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Taking proper care of your feet

As summer draws to a close many of us switch from our sandals and light sneakers to closed leather shoes. Here you can find out why it's particularly important to take good care of your feet at this time of year.

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Protection from house dust mites

These tiny arachnids can be found in almost any home. While they don't pose a risk for most people, those with allergies should keep contact with house dust mites to a minimum. Here are a few tips on how to do so.

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Detoxing – does it make sense?

The idea is to get all the toxins out of your body by living on fruit and vegetable juices for a few days and avoiding particular foodstuffs. Lots of people swear by these detox diets and feel healthier and more vital afterwards. What’s the idea behind this health trend?

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What's the best treatment for mouth ulcers?

You may not even notice that you have a mouth ulcer until you eat or drink something sour. We have a few tips on how you can best treat these painful blisters.

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Air travel: how to stay healthy and comfortable

Summer is a great time to get away from it all. But between you and that relaxing beach there’s often the prospect of a long, arduous flight. We’ve come up with a few tips on what to wear, eat and drink, plus some exercises you can do on board, to make flying a healthy and pleasant experience.

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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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Make sure you stay safe and well in the mountains

All hikers know that the right footwear is essential, because if your boots are too tight, even the shortest hike can seem endless. We have collected a few tips and tricks to do with hiking boots.

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Insects on your plate

Have you ever eaten insects? If not, you no longer have to travel far to enjoy this rare delicacy. Since May 2017 it's been legal to sell insects as food in Switzerland. In this health tip you'll find out everything you need to know about insects as a foodstuff.

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Snoring – and what you can do about it

Loud snoring can upset your partner and leads to disturbed sleep. Tiredness and irritability are the result. This health tip explains what you can do about this night-time nuisance and what causes it.

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Digital detox: going offline

Can you remember the last time you switched off your mobile for a day? We're always checking our email, WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts, or surfing the internet. All that can be a real strain in the long run. We're going to show you how to do without.

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Escaping the winter blues

In winter, as temperatures begin to fall, many people also feel their mood sinking. The combination of darkness, cold, and never-ending grey oppresses the spirit. Here you can find out all about winter depression and how to avoid falling into a pit of depression.

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Smartphone hygiene

People tend to take their smartphone wherever they go. They use their fingers to access the touchscreen features and hold the phone to their ear. But do they ever think of cleaning it? In this health tip we show you how to keep your smartphone clean.

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Flu season: get protection now

Fever, coughing, aches and pains – the flu season is back. Here you can find out how to protect yourself and your family from this annoying virus and when it makes sense to get a vaccination.

details

Strengthening the immune system

Are your work colleagues sneezing once again? Or perhaps you yourself are starting to feel a cold coming on? The following simple tips can strengthen your immune system and help you stay healthy and enjoy the autumn and winter days.

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Cycling safely in the autumn

Cyclists need to be especially careful in the autumn. The normal risks posed by other road users are increased by the darkness and by wet leaves on the road. Nevertheless, you can find out here how to stay safe on your bike as winter approaches.

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Fascia training: what it can do – and what it can’t

After a long day in the office or a strenuous bout of fitness training, fascia training with the “Blackroll” is supposed to promote relaxation, ease pain and improve mobility. At least that's what the retailers say. But what does medical opinion have to say about the Blackroll?

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Taking proper care of your feet

As summer draws to a close many of us switch from our sandals and light sneakers to closed leather shoes. Here you can find out why it's particularly important to take good care of your feet at this time of year.

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Protection from house dust mites

These tiny arachnids can be found in almost any home. While they don't pose a risk for most people, those with allergies should keep contact with house dust mites to a minimum. Here are a few tips on how to do so.

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Detoxing – does it make sense?

The idea is to get all the toxins out of your body by living on fruit and vegetable juices for a few days and avoiding particular foodstuffs. Lots of people swear by these detox diets and feel healthier and more vital afterwards. What’s the idea behind this health trend?

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What's the best treatment for mouth ulcers?

You may not even notice that you have a mouth ulcer until you eat or drink something sour. We have a few tips on how you can best treat these painful blisters.

details

Flugzeug

Air travel: how to stay healthy and comfortable

Summer is a great time to get away from it all. But between you and that relaxing beach there’s often the prospect of a long, arduous flight. We’ve come up with a few tips on what to wear, eat and drink, plus some exercises you can do on board, to make flying a healthy and pleasant experience.

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Wanderschuhe

Make sure you stay safe and well in the mountains

All hikers know that the right footwear is essential, because if your boots are too tight, even the shortest hike can seem endless. We have collected a few tips and tricks to do with hiking boots.

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Breast cancer facts

Every year around 5,900 women and 40 men contract breast cancer. It's the most common form of cancer among women. We've put together a few facts about breast cancer.

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Animal encounters

Many hikers love meeting animals along their way. To make sure you go away with pleasant memories of the encounter it's important to conduct yourself properly – especially if your path crosses a field where livestock are grazing.

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An unwelcome souvenir

On holiday you get to sleep in different places. But in establishments like hotels, holiday apartments and B&Bs you can end up sharing your bed with an unpleasant bloodsucker: the bedbug. Find out here what to do about this pest.

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Swimming safely in rivers and lakes

Open-air pools are often pretty crowded when the weather gets hot, so many people prefer to cool down in a river or lake. Read here what to look out for when swimming in open water.

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Sunburn or sun allergy?

When the sun shines, your skin can quickly end up red and painful. What looks like sunburn could also be a sun allergy.

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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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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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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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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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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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Hitzschlag

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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