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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.

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1. Stomach and Bowel Conditions

Many symptomatic conditions of leaky gut affect the stomach and bowels and general digestion. Most of these symptoms also cause nausea and similar issues.

  • Gastric ulcers grow on the inside of the stomach and cause stomach pain, bloating, and heartburn.
  • Infectious diarrhea occurs when bacteria, viruses, or parasites create an infection in the digestive system.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has a variety of symptoms, though the most common are abdominal pain, excess gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Crohn’s disease is another inflammatory bowel disease that usually develops gradually. Its signs and symptoms include fever, fatigue, diarrhea, and mouth sores.
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