The Excretory System: Proper Elimination for Peak Organ Performance

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

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The excretory system is made up of numerous organs that work in unison to ensure that waste is effectively removed from your body. The primary organs are the kidneys, skin, and lungs; the accessory organs are the liver, gallbladder, organs of the urinary system, and large intestine.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it eliminates body waste through sweat. The lungs expel carbon dioxide from the blood, so respiration is a function of the excretory system. The kidneys, bladder, and urethra are part of the urinary system and in combination, they rid the blood of excess nitrogen, urea, salts, and water in the form of urine. The liver performs two functions for the excretory system. First, it breaks down toxins and transforms them, such as turning ammonia into urea, which are then excreted through the kidneys as urine. The liver also makes bile, which breaks down fat. Bile is then stored within the gallbladder, and it is released in the small intestine where it breaks down fat and ethanol. The large intestine removes any excess water from waste as it travels through the intestine. The remaining solid waste is then excreted.

Disorders include: gallstones, diseases of the urinary system, diseases of the liver and large intestine, skin disorders. Ayurveda’s protocols ensure the proper elimination of toxins so that all systems function at their peak and the body can be kept in balance.



With over 35 years of experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and teaching institution.  


This series is sponsored by Brewster Public Library, Butterfield Library, Desmond-Fish Public Library, Field Library, Mahopac Public Library, Putnam Valley Library, and Reed Memorial Library.

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