Bananas are high in potassium which is an alkalizing mineral that has a high pH value. The higher the pH value, the lower the acidity, which is why the banana is a formidable antidote to acidity. They also have a component that makes the stomach lining produce more mucous. This mucous protects the inner lining of the stomach, reducing the damage caused due to acidity.
Holy Basil ( Tulsi )
Holy Basil ( Tulsi ) has compounds that make it an effective digestive agent. It stimulates the stomach to produce more mucous and has potent anti-ulcer properties. It also reduces the effect of peptic acids in the stomach thereby preventing excessive acidity. Eat five to six basil leaves after your meal to get instant relief.
Milk has a high amount of calcium that helps it prevent acid build up and absorbs the excess acid .Cold milk provides instant relief from the burning sensation one feels during acid reflux.
Fennel aids in digestion reliving constipation. Rich in volatile oils containing flavanoids, plamitic acid and many others, it is known to have very potent anti-ulcer properties. Apart from that it acts as a coolant for the lining of the stomach helping it to heal faster.In case you’ve a sudden bout of acidity, boil a few seeds in water and leave overnight, drink this water when you feel uneasy.
Cumin Seeds ( Jeera )
Cumin Seeds has properties that stimulate the production of saliva which helps in better digestion, improves metabolism and relieves gas and other gastric troubles. One can either chew on it to relieve acidity or a better method is to boil it in water and drink the water when it has cooled down.
Clove is a natural carmitive and helps improve peristalisis (the movement of food down the stomach) and also increase the production of saliva. In case you’re suffering from acidity, chew a clove slowly so that the saliva is released .Saliva will immediately lower acid reflux..
Cardamon is known to stimulate digestion and relieve people of stomach spasms. It soothes the mucous lining of the stomach helping it ward off the effects of excess acid produced in the stomach. To relieve acidity crush two pods of cardamom (with or without the skin), boil the powder in water and drink the cooled juice for instant relief.
Mint leaves lowers the acid content of the stomach and improves digestion. Plus its cool effect helps to reduce the pain and burning associated with acid reflux. If you feel an attack coming on chop some mint leaves, add them to a pot of boiling water and drink this water after it cools.
Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion thereby reducing the effect of the acid on the stomach. You can chew a piece of ginger for relief. If you find that too pungent, you can try boiling it in water and drinking the decoction.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Indian Gooseberry has high amounts of vitamin C that helps in healing the injured stomach lining and oesophagus. Have one teaspoon of Indian Gooseberry powder twice a day to help keep acidity away.