A layer of special epithelial cells helps protect the intestines. These cells link together by connecting to tight junction proteins, which act as gateways between the intestines and the bloodstream. Part of their job is to allow vital nutrients to pass while protecting the body from compounds that could cause disease. If a malfunction affects the tight junctions, a person can develop intestinal hyperpermeability or leaky gut.
Many symptomatic conditions of leaky gut affect the stomach and bowels and general digestion. Most of these symptoms also cause nausea and similar issues.
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