Muscle Maven Radio

Hosted by health coach, writer, and food and fitness adventurer Ashleigh VanHouten (aka The Muscle Maven), Muscle Maven Radio aims to expand our knowledge and competence around wellness, fitness and living a happy, healthy life. It’s all about taking our health into our own hands through research, experimentation, and curiosity, learning with an open mind and avoiding dogma and quick fixes. Through Muscle Maven Radio, we aim to approach the health journey as a fun and exciting experience, rather than a daunting and overwhelming chore. Join Ashleigh as she interviews athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, and experts in all areas of health and wellness, and have fun with your health journey!
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Aug 31, 2021
In this short episode Ashleigh offers up practical, tangible, and experience and science-backed tips for improving your sleep. Sleep is often the toughest and most under-appreciated aspect of the health puzzle, and considering Ashleigh has struggled with this element the most, she’s done her research and is sharing with you her own struggles as well as what’s worked for her. She covers key elements of sleep hygiene and sleep science around:
  • Room set up/temperature/lighting
  • Diet
  • Exercise and lifestyle
  • Why cultivating a night time routine is just as important as your morning routine
  • Supplements, and more!
If you want more holistic health advice around sleep and all aspects of wellness, consider signing up for Ashleigh’s online habit coaching platform - every day she’ll send you information and resources, and you have one-on-one access to her as your personal health coach to ask questions!
Here is the direct link to the BiOptimizers Magnesium breakthrough product Ashleigh endorses - use the code MUSCLEMAVEN to save on this and anything else you buy!
Other resources to check out:
BLUBLOX: eye masks, light blocking and computer glasses, warmer light bulbs:
Natural Stacks GABA Brain Food:
Effects of Light on Circadian Rhythms, Sleep and Mood:
Aug 24, 2021
Let’s talk about sex! Today Ashleigh welcomes back her friend Dr. Elly Michelle Lieppman, a licensed naturopathic doctor who specializes in individualized women’s medicine, optimizing hormones, digestion, and energy.
In this short episode, Dr. Elly and Ashleigh tackle the complex and spicy topic of sexual health and libido - discussing topics like:
  • How libido is an indicator of overall health
  • The many physical and emotional layers that contribute to libido
  • What our sex hormones are telling us
  • Dietary issues that can contribute to low libido
  • Why women especially should prioritize their sexual health more 
Dr. Elly Michelle is passionate about restoring balance in the body naturally and sustainably through lifestyle medicine, nutrition, and strategic supplementation, by uncovering the root cause of health concerns and understanding what is going on in your body at a deeper level. Learn more at
If you liked this episode and want to learn more, consider downloading the In Harmony with your Hormones online workshop - it contains more than four hours of lectures hosted by Dr. Elly and Ashleigh on women’s physiology and hormones; understanding your cycle; optimal dietary and exercise approaches for hormonal health; and a deeper dive on sexual health, two healthy recipe ebooks, as well as a number of downloads and resources. Check it out here:
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Aug 10, 2021

This week Ashleigh sits down with functional medicine practitioner and co-author of the book Hangry, Dr. Brooke Kalanick, to talk about hormonal health, managing stress, and why muscle is the gift that keeps on giving. They cover practical tips on how to not let your health take the back burner no matter how busy you are; learning how to listen to your body and make adjustments without guilt or fear; and how the past year has made people more proactive about their health. They also touch on the challenges of peri-menopause and how to combat them, and Dr. Brooke backs up Ashleigh’s most common tips on the importance of eating protein and lifting weights. These aren’t fads, people!

A licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Brooke attended Seattle, Washington’s Bastyr University, where she earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Her areas of expertise include female health, hypothyroidism and autoimmunity with specialties in PCOS, Hashimoto’s, menopause and weight loss. Learn more and work with Dr. Brooke - check out her website

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