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Brewing Health: Tamarind Water Kefir and Gut-Healing Powers

As someone who has struggled with lupus flares and gut health issues, I've learned firsthand the importance of nurturing a healthy gut microbiome. One of the most powerful tools I've discovered on this journey is Water Kefir. That’s right. Water Kefir is a fermented drink packed with probiotics and other beneficial compounds. You probably are familiar with Milk Kefir, but there is a dairy-free version, and I am going to talk all about it.

water kefir grains
water kefir grains

In this post, I'll show you how to make Tamarind Water Kefir at home and share the incredible health benefits I've experienced since incorporating it into my routine.

tamarind water kefir
Tamarind Water Kefir

What is Water Kefir?


Water kefir is a fermented drink made from water, sugar, and kefir grains, a type of SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).  Think kombucha but with more strains of good bacteria! The grains feed on the sugar in the water, producing a fizzy, tangy drink that's packed with beneficial microorganisms.

If you haven’t already checked out how and why I drink Water Kefir daily to heal my gut, read about it here.

Why Tamarind? 

Tamarinds are naturally sweet but have a low glycemic index, which means a low impact on blood sugar. This fruit brings me back to my childhood, when I used to eat Mexican Tamarind candy growing up in El Paso, Texas. But this time, I am enjoying the benefits of tamarind that includes macronutrients like potassium, iron, B1, B2, C, K, and more. Tamarind has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can protect against diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart-related disease.

So this is why I combine Tamarind and Water Kefir into one delicious drink … to experience magical and delicious healing properties for my gut health!

Here you go …

tamarind water kefir recipe
Tamarind Water kefir Recipe

Tamarind Water Kefir Recipe



* 32 ounces of filtered or spring water

* 3 tbsp of sugar (I use organic cane sugar)

* 1/2 cup tamarind (soaked for 4-6 hours in the water above)

* ¼ cup of kefir grains


  • 32 oz glass mason jar + lid 

  • Nut bag, cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve

  • High-speed blender


1. Peel the tamarind and soak in 32 ounces of water, covered for 4-6 hours.

2. Add to a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Note: the seeds are a bit tough and can be loud in the blender. 

3. Strain through a nut bag or sieve and add to the glass jar. Add in the water, kefir grains and sugar. Stir well.

4. Cover with a lid (or fermentation lid). Burp once a day to release gas.

5. Cover the jar with a cloth and place in a warm place for 24-48 hours, depending on the desired level of fermentation.

6. Store the tamarind water kefir in the refrigerator and consume within a few days. Enjoy!

So what’s the flavor? Think sweet, tangy and caramel flavors in a healthy drink? Say less. 

Health Benefits


Since incorporating Tamarind Water Kefir into my diet, here are some of the key benefits I've experienced:

* Improved gut health: The probiotics in water kefir have helped to heal and seal my gut lining, reducing inflammation and improving digestion.

* Reduced inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of tamarind have helped to reduce inflammation in my body, which has been a game-changer for managing lupus flares.

* Regulate immunity: The beneficial microorganisms in water kefir have helped to support my immune system, reducing my susceptibility to illness.

* Increased energy: The probiotics and other beneficial compounds in water kefir have given me a natural energy boost, helping me to feel more vibrant and alive.


Tamarind Water Kefir is a delicious and nutritious addition to any health routine. By incorporating this fermented drink into your diet, you can experience improved gut health, reduced inflammation, boosted immunity, and increased energy. Give it a try and see the benefits for yourself!

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Make this recipe? Share on IG @gennymack__ . Check out Genny's IG post on this delightful drink.

In Love in Good Gut Health,

Genny Mack


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