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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.

Dandruff: no thanks!

They're all too familiar, those annoying white flakes that fall from your scalp and are particularly visible on black clothes. Most of the time dandruff's completely harmless, but in certain cases it may indicate a health condition. Here are some tips on how to deal with dandruff.

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Menopause: when the body changes

All women will reach menopause as they age. After menstruation stops, various conditions and problems can arise, which can often persist for years. Here we describe what happens to the body and how symptoms can be alleviated.

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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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Working safely in the garden

Many amateur gardeners like nothing better than to escape the stress of everyday life by mowing the lawn, pruning trees or watering plants. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the garden. Read this health tip to find out how to avoid them.

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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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Create your electronic vaccination card now

Have you ever spent hours looking for your vaccination card? With the electronic vaccination card, those days are over! This health tip tells you all about the other advantages it brings.

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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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What to do in a thunderstorm

It's hard to predict exactly when and where a thunderstorm will strike, so people are often taken by surprise. In this health tip we explain exactly what to do.

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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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Allergic to houseplants

Are you considering brightening up your home with a houseplant but aren't sure what the best choice is? Besides the decorative aspect you should consider potential allergy problems, as some plants can provoke an adverse reaction.

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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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Healthy barbecues

Time for a summer treat! Sizzling steaks, fresh potato salad, cool drinks and warm weather are all the ingredients you need for a fun, relaxed barbecue. Here you’ll find a few tips to make sure it’s not just good for your tastebuds, but the rest of your body as well.

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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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Going barefoot has benefits

Although it's generally acknowledged that walking barefoot is good for you, few people choose to do without shoes. In our health tip you'll find out why you should venture out more often without footwear.

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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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Rhubarb: healthy or poisonous?

Whether as a tasty addition to a stew or as a sweet compote to accompany a semolina pudding, rhubarb is on everyone’s lips in the spring. But watch out! Rhubarb is really only a good choice if it is prepared properly.

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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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Does it make sense to take dietary supplements?

A balanced diet, alongside exercise and plenty of sleep, is increasingly seen as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Despite these trends, however, many of us still take supplements. Are they effective in improving health? And are there times when should you exercise caution?

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Dandruff: no thanks!

They're all too familiar, those annoying white flakes that fall from your scalp and are particularly visible on black clothes. Most of the time dandruff's completely harmless, but in certain cases it may indicate a health condition. Here are some tips on how to deal with dandruff.

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Menopause: when the body changes

All women will reach menopause as they age. After menstruation stops, various conditions and problems can arise, which can often persist for years. Here we describe what happens to the body and how symptoms can be alleviated.

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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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Working safely in the garden

Many amateur gardeners like nothing better than to escape the stress of everyday life by mowing the lawn, pruning trees or watering plants. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the garden. Read this health tip to find out how to avoid them.

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Create your electronic vaccination card now

Have you ever spent hours looking for your vaccination card? With the electronic vaccination card, those days are over! This health tip tells you all about the other advantages it brings.

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What to do in a thunderstorm

It's hard to predict exactly when and where a thunderstorm will strike, so people are often taken by surprise. In this health tip we explain exactly what to do.

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Allergic to houseplants

Are you considering brightening up your home with a houseplant but aren't sure what the best choice is? Besides the decorative aspect you should consider potential allergy problems, as some plants can provoke an adverse reaction.

details

Gesund grillieren

Healthy barbecues

Time for a summer treat! Sizzling steaks, fresh potato salad, cool drinks and warm weather are all the ingredients you need for a fun, relaxed barbecue. Here you’ll find a few tips to make sure it’s not just good for your tastebuds, but the rest of your body as well.

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Going barefoot has benefits

Although it's generally acknowledged that walking barefoot is good for you, few people choose to do without shoes. In our health tip you'll find out why you should venture out more often without footwear.

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Rhubarb: healthy or poisonous?

Whether as a tasty addition to a stew or as a sweet compote to accompany a semolina pudding, rhubarb is on everyone’s lips in the spring. But watch out! Rhubarb is really only a good choice if it is prepared properly.

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Does it make sense to take dietary supplements?

A balanced diet, alongside exercise and plenty of sleep, is increasingly seen as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Despite these trends, however, many of us still take supplements. Are they effective in improving health? And are there times when should you exercise caution?

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Do you get enough sleep?

First you want to quickly read to the end of the chapter or finish watching the series, and then you’ll go to bed – at least that's the plan. And it's important to stick to the plan, because getting the right amount of sleep is very good for you and for how you feel.

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Is it really necessary to throw out yoghurt whose date has expired?

In Switzerland, one third of all food ends up in the bin. Among the reasons for this are misconceptions about the shelf life of individual products. Learn more about how long your food remains fresh and why the sell-by-date is not always correct.

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Suffering from hay fever?

Spring has arrived and the first rays of sunshine are tempting us all out of doors. But not everyone looks forward to the good weather. Individuals who suffer from hay fever can hardly be expected to welcome the prospect of streaming eyes, itchiness and a runny nose. So what are your options in dealing with hay fever?

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New food trend from the US: the pegan diet

Hot on the heels of vegan, detox and superfoods, a new trend has hit Switzerland: the pegan diet, a blend of vegan and Paleo. Can it possibly work?

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Use hygiene to prevent styes in the eye

It’s painful, looks like a pimple, and may not be squeezed under any circumstances. This Health Tip explains all you need to know about styes in the eye and how to prevent getting one.

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Jogging on the right surface

"You don't need much to go jogging": just put on your shoes and run! But what's the best surface for healthy, successful training and exercise?

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Competitive sports and nutrition

If you want to put in the best performance in competition, eating properly is just as important as training and restful sleep. The trick is to plan things carefully to get the right quality and quantity of food at the right times.

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Asthma – finding the right treatment

More than half of all asthma sufferers use their medication incorrectly and miss out on quality of life. One of the major problems is the correct use of sprays.

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Long live love!

Numerous studies have shown that a harmonious long-term relationship isn’t just a recipe for happiness; it also has a positive impact on general health and wellbeing. You can find out more about love and health in our Health Tip.

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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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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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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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Zahnspange

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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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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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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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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