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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.

Sports and exercise in the heat

Regular exercise improves your health and wellbeing. But at high temperatures the exertion can also be harmful. Find out here what precautions to take if you do sport in the summer months.

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What to put in your travel first aid kit

Summer, sun, sea and sand: if you’re planning a trip to a faraway continent you should think about replenishing your first-aid kit in good time and taking the necessary precautions – especially if you’re going to the tropics, Africa, Asia or South America.

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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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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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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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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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Breast cancer facts

Every year around 6,000 women and 50 men in Switzerland contract breast cancer. It's the most common form of cancer among women. We've put together a few facts about the condition.

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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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Staying safe in the sun

Finally it has turned warm again and the sun invites us to spend time out of doors. However, UV radiation, especially if it is intense, can damage our skin. Our new health tip tells you when you have to be careful and how best to protect yourself.

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Breastfeeding preemies

How do you breastfeed a child that’s born prematurely? Certain things have to be done differently, especially if the baby was born very tiny and immature and can’t yet suckle on its own.

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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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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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Affordable and effective fitness equipment

Whether outdoors, indoors, on holiday or at home, a skipping rope can be quickly and easily packed away. Our latest health tip explains who is suited to skipping as a form of exercise and what you should look out for.

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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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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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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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Floating relaxes body and mind

Floating is a big trend. In addition to relaxing the muscles it creates inner peace. In our latest health tip we explain how floating works and how it affects the body.

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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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How to boost your life expectancy

The fact that sport has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing has been well known for some time now. Tennis and team sports also offer additional aspects. Team sports not only keep us fit. They also show us how to work in a team, and they teach us other important values.

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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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Sports and exercise in the heat

Regular exercise improves your health and wellbeing. But at high temperatures the exertion can also be harmful. Find out here what precautions to take if you do sport in the summer months.

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Reiseapotheke

What to put in your travel first aid kit

Summer, sun, sea and sand: if you’re planning a trip to a faraway continent you should think about replenishing your first-aid kit in good time and taking the necessary precautions – especially if you’re going to the tropics, Africa, Asia or South America.

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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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Brustkrebs

Breast cancer facts

Every year around 6,000 women and 50 men in Switzerland contract breast cancer. It's the most common form of cancer among women. We've put together a few facts about the condition.

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Staying safe in the sun

Finally it has turned warm again and the sun invites us to spend time out of doors. However, UV radiation, especially if it is intense, can damage our skin. Our new health tip tells you when you have to be careful and how best to protect yourself.

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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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Affordable and effective fitness equipment

Whether outdoors, indoors, on holiday or at home, a skipping rope can be quickly and easily packed away. Our latest health tip explains who is suited to skipping as a form of exercise and what you should look out for.

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Floating relaxes body and mind

Floating is a big trend. In addition to relaxing the muscles it creates inner peace. In our latest health tip we explain how floating works and how it affects the body.

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How to boost your life expectancy

The fact that sport has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing has been well known for some time now. Tennis and team sports also offer additional aspects. Team sports not only keep us fit. They also show us how to work in a team, and they teach us other important values.

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How to deal with holiday constipation

It’s great to be on holiday, away from it all, exploring new countries and cultures and eating to your heart’s content. But if your bowels get blocked, the fun’s soon over. What to do if holiday constipation strikes?

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Stinging nettles - the local superfood

Stinging nettles are best known for the painful weals they cause on the skin if you’re unlucky enough to touch the leaves. However, what many people don't realise is that this plant is also a versatile, delicious and healthy food.

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Simply dye your Easter eggs naturally

Next weekend it will be that time again. Easter is just around the corner. Of course, the tradition of egg dyeing deserves to be continued. You can find out how to dye or paint your Easter eggs in a natural way in our health tip.

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It's all about the inner values!

When it comes to assessing your body weight, the body mass index (BMI) has always been the accepted standard. But how accurate is the BMI and what alternatives are there?

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In spring, choosing the right clothes makes all the difference

Spring has finally and officially arrived, but with it we also face the well-known challenge of having to choose the right thing to wear when we go out. This health tip will help you and your children make good choices on how to dress when temperatures fluctuate strongly.

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Healthy snacks between meals

It's four o'clock in the afternoon. Your energy reserves are slowly but surely running low. Our health tip tells you how you can boost your energy levels.

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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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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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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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Breastfeeding preemies

How do you breastfeed a child that’s born prematurely? Certain things have to be done differently, especially if the baby was born very tiny and immature and can’t yet suckle on its own.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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