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Kefir Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
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Effect: Ojas, Tamasic
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Ferments
Color: White

Serving Size: 1/4 c
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Kefir is a thin yogurt drink that cools and soothes as it refreshes. Its sour taste, like yogurt, improves its digestibility when compared with other dairy products. As it is less thick than yogurt, it also digests more easily than yogurt. Kefir can aggravate sluggish, Kapha digestion. If your digestion is sluggish and heavy, add warming spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, or cardamom.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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With homemade kefir derived from kefir grains, it is easy to separate the curd from the whey. The curd is much less Pitta enhancing than the whey, which is very sour. The curd is rather mild and much easier to balance. And homemade kefir, other than the dosha balance issues, is the greatest health food I have ever encountered. It is a gift from God.

- Roger Bird, Colorado springs, CO, 05-17-11 (Reply)
In other Ayurveda sources online I have read that kefir is somewhere between buttermilk and yogurt in terms of heaviness, with yogurt being MORE heavier and Tamasic than kefir. In that case, kefir would have just as much, if not more, Sattvic qualities as fresh yogurt. As with yogurt, i suppose the overall effect depends upon a)quantity being consumed, and b) freshness.
- Rob, London, 04-16-12 (Reply)
I drink plain Kefir (Lifeway brand) and sprinkle about a half teaspoon of Garam Marsala in it and stir. It is DELICIOUS and feels nurishing. (My constitution is Vata).
- Kathleen Peluso, Norwich, NY, 06-17-12 (Reply)
Hi, Is there a way that kefir could be balanced so that it could be used by someone with a Pitta constitution? Thanks!
- ed, Hartford, 07-16-12 (Reply)
I am pitta and also would like to know as I love it and until now thought it was okay??? Namaste Shelley Jo
- Shelley Jo Graham, WY, 11-11-15 (Reply)
Pitta does better with kefir that is made fresh, rather than store bought.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 12-18-15 (Reply)
Thank you, I ordered Water Kefir to make at home as I am allergic to dairy anyway! Namaste!
- Shelley Jo Graham, WY, 12-20-15 (Reply)
i found the kefir we were given (home made) was very acidic and the fact that it has to be kept in the fridge (cold) goes against my belief of warm or room temp drinks. We are a kapha family so kefir is not on our list of drinks to have. Stick with the water and ginger in warm water.
- Abigail, 01-15-16 (Reply)
As indicated above, kefir is generally not ideal for Kapha individuals. It is possible to warm kefir up by adding some warm - not hot - water to it.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-20-16 (Reply)
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