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Welcome to the MichTel official newsletter! I am excited to share this publication with you as the months go on. In the meantime, I thought I would give you a little background onmyself and the business. They say people do business with people they trust, and trust comes with opening yourself up so people can get to know you better. I grew up in Southfield and am the proud son of a Southfield Firefighter andmy momwho stayed at home withme. In the fall of‘76, I beganmy career in the telecommunications industry, contracting to Michigan Bell, then on to LincolnTelephone Company in Lincoln, NE and then on to Mountain Bell in Denver. At some point, I became tired of traveling all the time. I decided to join the Air Force, got married in 1980, and then spent 9 months studying at the Air Force Telecommunications Technical School inTexas. I startedmy first company in 1982 while in the Air Force, and after my 4 years of service, I came back to Southfield to get the company rolling. Duringmy early years back in Michigan, I lived out every guy’s dream: I was a business owner, I went to the Police Academy at Oakland University, I was a certified firefighter, and hadmy EMT Licence. I worked as a reserve police officer, volunteer firefighter, and medic at a local public safety department. They were very exciting times, but the business demandedmore andmore time as technology improved, and I had to make some tough decisions. Fast forward 30-some years and 10 grandkids later, and here we are. Today, my hobbies include cooking on BBQ Smokers and flying RC planes, helicopters, and drones with pretty much all the grandkids. I look forward to getting to know and work with you, and I hope you enjoy these newsletters as much as I do.
In recent years, science has gained a better understanding of the critical role that gut health plays in overall health, and society is starting to pay attention. Most people know that probiotics aid in digestion, but few people understand how. While probiotics are gaining popularity, prebiotics have flown largely under the radar. According to health experts, most Americans don’t consume enough prebiotics every day, which can result in indigestion, higher levels of inflammation, increased likelihood of weight gain, and increased risk for various chronic diseases. Although research is fairly new in this area of nutrition, here is what’s known for sure. PROBIOTICS Probiotics are good bacteria (live cultures) naturally found in your gut. It is believed that probiotics boost immunity and promote gastrointestinal and overall health. Besides aiding regular bowel movement, probiotics have also been used to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). To addmore probiotics into your diet, eat fermented dairy foods like Greek yogurt, kefir products, and aged cheeses. All of these foods contain a significant number of live cultures. If you are dairy- intolerant, try eating kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and cultured nondairy yogurts. PREBIOTICS Prebiotics are natural, nondigestible fiber compounds that promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics pass through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract undigested. Once they reach the colon, they are fermented by gut microflora, promoting the growth of probiotics. Prebiotics keep good and bad gut bacteria balanced, improve gastrointestinal health, and may even enhance calcium absorption. A BALANCEDGUT IS AHEALTHYGUT T he I mportance of P robiotics and P rebiotics
- Keith Spicer
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