Will a Liquid Diet Help GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, is a disorder in which the acidic stomach contents back up into the esophagus, causing damage and inflammation to the lining. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Other symptoms include acid reflux, painful swallowing and chest pain. The symptoms of GERD can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications. Avoiding certain types of food, and eating specific diets, such as a full liquid diet, can also help to reduce symptoms.

Liquid Diets for GERD

Foods found on a full liquid diet include:

  • bouillon
  • broth
  • carbonated beverages,yogurt
  • liquid meal replacements
  • jelly
  • butter
  • honey
  • puddings
  • gelatin
  • pureed potatoes
  • strained cooked cereal
  • milk
  • soft custard
  • vegetable juice
  • soups

Small amounts of strained meat in broth is also allowed. Coffee, tea and fruit juices are also part of a full liquid diet but are restricted for patients with GERD.