Yogurt is helpful for GERD sufferers because of the probiotics it introduces to the gastrointestinal tract, and high-fiber fruits and vegetables assist in shielding the digestive system against GERD. These foods also assist some other intestinal issues, as stated by Healthline.
Yogurt contains probiotics, also known as the "good" bacteria. When people eat yogurt, those micro-organisms enter the digestive tract. Human trials have shown that protection from dangerous bacteria is possible, as is a general improvement in symptoms causing irritable bowel syndrome as well as some other intestinal infections. Probiotics also help the body fight diarrhea, keeping it from dehydrating the body. Research is still necessary to prove a causal connection between probiotics and GERD symptoms, but enough anecdotal evidence exists to suggest this as a treatment, even without scientific documentation, according to Healthline.
When people consume fruit or vegetables high in fiber, the gastrointestinal tract and the rest of the body benefit in a number of ways. Researchers have established that foods with fiber help fight the symptoms of GERD, although the exact mechanism is still under study. Fiber reduces the risk of elevated cholesterol, hemorrhoids and runaway blood sugar as well, so adding more fiber to the diet is beneficial, notes Healthline.