You may have heard, 'you are what you eat.' Turns out, that's not too far off. In many ways, you are a collection of more than thirty trillion microorganisms in your gut, communicating with your organs and immune system, impacting overall health — the gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome is comprised of an ecosystem of microbes like bacteria, fungi, and viruses that naturally live both on and within us, protecting us against harmful germs and helping break down our food to release energy. As our own Dr. Hakim Bouzamondo, DVP and Head of Global Nutrition Research and Development at Abbott, puts it: 'Up until now, people haven't recognized that the gut microbiome is just as important as every other organ in your body... it's a hidden organ.'