Diet, habits, lifestyle, seasonal changes, emotions, and stress can change the balance and efficacy of our bodily energies. This inevitably disrupts the digestive fire and ultimately results in improperly digested foods as well as metabolic wastes (called ama). Accumulated ama will enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, collecting at the joints, clogging the channels, and settling in the weaker spots of your body. Emotions, information, and experiences that are not well-digested by the mind also create ama that lodges in the subconscious mind and the body’s tissues. Over time your life force, immunity, and cellular integrity are negatively affected. From this state, degeneration and disease arise as a crisis of toxicity.