June isn’t just the sweet start of summer – it’s also peak produce season and the host of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. As we celebrate the vibrant colors and nutritious benefits of fresh summer produce, let’s dive into how certain fruits and veggies can be superheroes for managing chronic conditions like diabetes, kidney and bladder disease, COPD, asthma, and allergies. Get ready to add a splash of health to your plate with these fantastic produce partners!

Diabetes: Sweet Solutions for Blood Sugar Control

Managing diabetes doesn’t mean saying goodbye to delicious foods! Fresh fruits and veggies are a staple in any diabetes-friendly diet, and summer has a great selection for you and your blood sugar. Here are some fresh picks to add to your plate:

  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are packed with antioxidants and fiber, helping to regulate blood sugar. They’re also a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and collards are low in carbs and high in vitamins A, C, E, and K. They’re also packed with iron, calcium, and potassium.
  • Avocados: These creamy delights are low in carbs and high in fiber and healthy fats, which can help manage blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for hours.
  • Citrus Fruits: Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits offer a refreshing summer-tastic source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
  • Tomatoes: Juicy and versatile, tomatoes are rich in lycopene, vitamin C and E, and potassium (and super low in calories.)

Kidney and Bladder Disease: Hydrating Heroes

Keeping your kidneys and bladder in top shape means focusing on hydration and cutting back on potassium and sodium to reduce stress on these organs. Some foods are better for kidney health than others, and fresh produce is always top of the list. If you have urological issues, these produce picks are your new best friends:

  • Cranberries: Known for their bladder-boosting properties, cranberries can help prevent urinary tract infections and stop harmful bacteria from sticking to the lining of your bladder and kidneys.
  • Red Bell Peppers: Low in potassium and high in vitamins A, C, and B6, bell peppers are perfect for kidney health.
  • Cabbage: This cruciferous veggie is low in potassium and high in vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber and folic acid.
  • Cauliflower: A versatile veggie that provides plenty of vitamin C and K, folate, and fiber. Cauliflower is also a great source of anti-inflammatory compounds and may help prevent bladder cancer as part of a balanced diet.
  • Red Grapes: Packed with antioxidants and resveratrol (a flavonoid that can protect against kidney damage), red grapes are a sweet treat for kidney health.

COPD: Lung-Loving Choices

For those with COPD, it’s all about reducing inflammation and supporting lung health. Here’s a list of produce that helps you breathe easier:

  • Apples: An apple a day may keep COPD symptoms at bay with their high polyphenolic content.
  • Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene, carrots can help reduce inflammation. They’re also easy to digest and minimize bloating – a must for troubled breathers.
  • Bananas: These potassium powerhouses can help with muscle function, including the muscles that control breathing.
  • Spinach: Packed with antioxidants, spinach supports overall lung health.
  • Pomegranates: These fruits are loaded with punicalagins, powerful antioxidants that support lung detoxification and reduce oxidative damage.

Asthma: Anti-Inflammatory Allies

The jury is still out on a dedicated asthma diet, but asthma-friendly foods abound during summer produce season. Asthma sufferers can benefit from these anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting produce picks:

  • Broccoli: High in antioxidants and vitamins C and K, broccoli helps reduce inflammation.
  • Ginger: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help soothe asthma symptoms.
  • Garlic: This potent bulb can help boost your immune system and reduce inflammation.
  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants.
  • Spinach: High in vitamins C and E, spinach can help support lung health.

Allergies: Immune-Boosting Bites

Fighting allergies with food? You bet! These fruits and veggies can help boost your immune system and keep allergy symptoms at bay:

  • Citrus Fruits: Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system (that pesky over-reactor that’s causing your allergy problems.)
  • Pineapple: Contains bromelain, an enzyme that can help reduce nasal swelling and sinus problems.
  • Apples: Apples are high in quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties that can help reduce allergic reactions.

Incorporating these super produce picks into your diet can help manage chronic conditions and boost overall health. At America’s Best Care Plus, we’re committed to supporting your health journey with our specialty supply programs tailored to manage your chronic conditions. To learn more about how we can help you live your healthiest life, visit our website or contact us today.