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Kefir Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Type: Ferments
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: White
Effect: Ojas, Tamasic

Serving Size: 1/4 c
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ayurvedic perspective

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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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, WYAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 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.
- AbigailAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 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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