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
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
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
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